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Comeback Falls Short at No. 2 Stanford

Jan 7, 2022

STANFORD, Calif. – Oregon battled from start to finish on the road against No. 2 Stanford before seeing a comeback bid ultimately come up just short in an 80-68 loss Friday in the Pac-12 opener.
 
"I was proud of our team," said head coach Kelly Graves. "I was proud of our effort, our grit and our toughness. We got down 18 at one point and fought back, but maybe just didn't get the shots that we wanted to. I'm okay with this, we just need to keep playing that hard."
 
The Ducks' All-Pac-12 trio of Te-Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers and Nyara Sabally were in the starting lineup together for the first time this year and combined to score 55 points.
 
How it Happened: Heading into the fourth quarter down by 16, Oregon battled back in the final frame getting as close as seven points down in the final minutes. Maddie Scherr hit a big three-pointer to make it 70-62 with 5:22 to play before Sabally converted an and-1 to make it 73-66 with 2:57 to play. However, Stanford's Lexie Hull hit a three-pointer with 1:43 left and the Cardinal hit some free throws down the stretch to finish it off.
 
The two teams went back-and-forth over the first six minutes of the game, as UO answered a 6-2 start by Stanford with a 9-2 run. Rogers hit a step-back three to give the Ducks a 7-6 lead before Sabally made it 9-6 with a layup. After Rogers hit a pair of free throws to make it 11-8, the Cardinal went on an 11-4 run to close the quarter and make it 19-15.
 
Stanford would add to the lead in the second quarter, however, scoring 10 straight after a Paopao and-1 to go up 35-22 with 2:59 until halftime. The teams traded buckets the rest of the half, as Rogers hit a three-pointer at the halftime buzzer to cut the deficit to 42-31 at the break.
 
The Cardinal stretched the lead in the third quarter, going up by as much as 18 with 4:53 left in the period. Paopao helped keep the Ducks within striking distance with seven points in the quarter as UO trailed 66-50 after three.
 
Who Stood Out: Rogers led the team with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting, going a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point range while also grabbing four rebounds. Sabally added 19 points and eight boards on 7-of-15 shooting and scored 12 of her 19 in the first half before adding her final seven points in the fourth quarter. Paopao played 33 minutes in her second game back from injury and finished with 14 points while going 5-for-5 at the line.
 
Scherr scored six points and grabbed six rebounds, including three offensive boards in the first quarter. She also hit a pair of big three-pointers in the second half to help keep the Ducks within striking distance.
 
Up Next: The Ducks close out their Bay Area trip against California on Sunday (1 p.m., Pac-12 Network).