Ducks Drop Weekend Opener in L.A.
LOS ANGELES — The Oregon women's basketball team was unable to recover from a slow start on Friday night in an 83-56 loss to No. 8 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.
"We're going to learn from this," said head coach Kelly Graves. "We need to figure out how to play tougher."
The No. 13 Ducks (12-6, 9-6 Pac-12) will look to bounce back and put an end to their three-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon at USC.
How It Happened: UCLA (13-3, 11-3 Pac-12) got off to a blistering start offensively, going 4-of-5 from three-point range through the first six minutes to take an 18-8 lead and prompt an Oregon timeout. The Bruins finished the first quarter 6-of-11 from beyond the arc to build a 28-11 lead through the first 10 minutes.
Oregon's offensive struggles continued in the second quarter as the Ducks once again managed just 11 points. The Ducks held UCLA to 10 fewer points than in the opening period, but the Bruins took a 46-22 lead into halftime.
The Ducks started to find some rhythm in the third quarter, outscoring the Bruins 22-17 to get the deficit under 20 points entering the final 10 minutes. Nyara Sabally went 3-of-3 from the floor with a three-pointer for eight points in the period, and Sedona Prince added five points.
Oregon was unable to carry that over into the fourth quarter, as UCLA held the Ducks to 12 points and 4-of-13 shooting to finish off the victory. Junior Taylor Chavez – back in action for the first time since Jan. 24 after going through COVID-19 protocols – made a pair of three-pointers in the quarter.
Who Stood Out: Sabally led the Ducks with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting, and Te-Hina Paopao had 11 points while going 3-of-5 from three-point range. Chavez paced Oregon with four assists while playing 17 minutes in her return.
Notable: Sabally scored in double figures for the fourth straight game and team-leading 13 time this season, while Paopao posted her 11th double-digit scoring performance … Oregon finished with more bench points (22) than its opponent (17) for the 15th time in 18 games.
Up Next: Oregon will face USC on Sunday at 12 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network.