Career Night By Parrish Sparks Ducks
PORTLAND — Sydney Parrish scored a career-high 26 points and Sedona Prince matched her career best with 22 as the No. 18 Oregon women's basketball team ended its three-game losing streak with a 62-59 win Saturday over Portland at the Chiles Center.
With the Ducks still short-handed as Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers recover from injuries, Parrish stepped up by making 5-of-8 three-pointers and dished out five assists. Prince was 8-of-14 from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds,
How It Happened: Parrish and Prince combined for Oregon's first six points as the Ducks took an early 6-2 lead, and a Parrish three-pointer followed by a layup from Ahlise Hurst made it 14-9 late in the first quarter.
Prince picked up two fouls in the opening period, and didn't play in the second. That's when Parrish took over, scoring 13 of Oregon's 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting, including 3-of-3 from three-point range. The outburst from Parrish helped the Ducks lead 31-25 at halftime.
"That's as good as we've had somebody play; she carried us in that first half," UO coach Kelly Graves said. "Every time they made a run, she seemed to hit a big shot at the right time. I'm really happy for her."
Prince avoided more foul trouble after halftime, scoring 12 of Oregon's 17 points in the third quarter. Parrish had three assists in the period and Scherr added two, handling the ball in the absence of Paopao and Rogers through intense pressure by Portland's defense. The Ducks did turn it over five times in the period, but still led 48-41.
Threes by Shannon Dufficy and Parrish helped the Ducks jump out to a 56-47 advantage early in the fourth. The Pilots closed the gap with a 5-0 run, and they had a chance to tie after scoring with 7 seconds left and regaining possession almost immediately after a UO turnover, the Ducks' sixth of the quarter and 11th of the half. But a potential game-tying three-pointer missed, and Oregon held on to win.
Who Stood Out: Parrish previously had a career high of 18, which she tied by halftime Saturday. Prince bounced back from a one-rebound performance Wednesday against UC Davis by grabbing eight for the Ducks on Saturday.
Maddie Scherr scored just three points, but she dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds while committing just one turnover against the trapping pressure from the Pilots. She was on the bench after fouling out for the final 2:16, during which the Ducks turned it over three times.
"I thought Maddie was huge tonight," Graves said. "Unfortunately we didn't have her for the last few minutes, and that hurt. But she did a great job against that pressure."
What It Means: The Ducks won for the first time since Nov. 20, the last time either Sabally, Paopao or Rogers played. Graves said Rogers could play in two weeks when the Ducks make a trip to the Midwest, and Paopao and Sabally could return soon after.
"The cavalry's coming," Graves said. "… And if we play as hard as we did tonight, we're going to be fine until then."
Up Next: The Ducks host Long Beach State on Saturday, Dec. 11., at 2 p.m.