Ducks Fall at Kansas State
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Oregon got strong games from Maddie Scherr and Endyia Rogers but struggled to find its rhythm offensively in a 68-56 loss at Kansas State Saturday night at Bramlage Coliseum.
How it Happened: The Ducks got off to a shaky start, falling behind 14-6 halfway through the first thanks to a 7-1 rebounding edge for Kansas State. UO responded with a 9-3 run to end the quarter to cut the deficit to 19-16 after one.
Oregon cut the Wildcat lead to two at the 8:19 mark of the half but Kansas State responded by opening the lead back up to 28-22 with five minutes to go in the second. Maddie Scherr scored eight points over the final five minutes of the half and trimmed the deficit to three at two different points before the Wildcats got a late bucket to go up 38-33 at the break.
Scherr hit another three right out of the break to cut the deficit back to two, but UO went cold over the next four minutes as the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run to go up 45-36. The two teams went back-and-forth the rest of the way in the third, as K-State led 45-35 after three.
Kansas State continued to stretch the lead out, with the largest lead of 14 coming at the 5:34 mark. Oregon showed some late life as Scherr hit a three to make it 62-54, before Endyia Rogers hit a runner to cut the lead to six with 49 seconds left. The Wildcats, though, would hit their free throws down the stretch to ice it.
Who Stood Out: Scherr scored a career-high 16 points while hitting 4-of-8 from three-point range and dishing out six assists. In her first regular season game as a Duck, Rogers turned in 14 points off the bench on 6-of-16 shooting while grabbing five rebounds and recording five assists.
Up Next: Oregon wraps up its road trip to the Midwest with a game at Northwestern on Tuesday (6 p.m. PT, Big Ten Network).