Oregon takes care of UCLA at Pauley Pavilion 80-66


UCLA's #21 Michaela Onyenwere being chase by Oregon's #3 Taylor Chavez./Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1.

2/14/20 WESTWOOD, CA - The top team in the Pac-12 Conference, the Oregon Ducks (22-2, Pac-12,11-1) rank No. 3 in the nation, came to Westwood and took on the UCLA Bruins (21-2, Pac-12,10-2) rank No. 7 in the nation, came away with an impressive 80-66 victory.


Michaela Onyenwere led the Bruins in scoring with 23 points, and 6 rebounds, and Japreece Dean 14 points. Ruthy Hebard led the Ducks in scoring with 30 points and 17 rebounds, and Sabrina Ionescu18 points.


The Ducks in the first quarter jumped out early on the Bruins 9-0. The Bruins responded with a basket by Dean, and Onyenwere made the score 9-4. UCLA was having problems keeping Oregon off the glass, and Lindsey Corsaro and Chantel Horvat came in off the bench to help with the rebounding.


Oregon led 19-8 lead after a basketball by Taylor Chavez, and UCLA's head coach Cori Close to call a timeout. Oregon went on a 13-0 run to close out the quarter leading 22-8. The Bruins made only 2 of 17 of their shots.


In the second quarter, Onyenwere made a basket that made the score 22-10, but the Ducks' Ionescu' layup, and a free throw, Minyon Moore's jump shot, and Taylor Chavez's three-point shot, pushed their lead up to 30-13. UCLA called another timeout after trailing 38-22 with 3:09 left in the first half.


UCLA trail Oregon by twenty-points at halftime 48-28. The Bruins shot poorly making 11 of 33 shots from the floor 33.3% and 1 of 13 from three-point range. The Ducks made 18 of 30 shots from the floor 66.0% and 5-9 from the three-point range.


Dean led the Bruins in scoring in the first half with 9 points, and Onyenwere with 6 points. Hebard led Oregon in scoring with 16 points, and Ionescu 14 points.



Oregon's #24 Ruthy Hebard reverse layup./Jerry Kelly/T.G.Sportstv1

UCLA trailed Oregon by twenty-points at halftime 48-28. The Bruins shot poorly making 11 of 33 shots from the floor 33.3% and 1 of 13 from three-point range. The Ducks made 18 of 30 shots from the floor 66.0% and 5-9 from the three-point range.


Dean led the Bruins in scoring in the first half with 9 points, and Onyenwere with 6 points. Hebard led Oregon in scoring with 16 points, and Ionescu 14 points.


In the third quarter, UCLA trailed Oregon by twenty-six points, 60-34, with 4:36 left in the quarter. Hebard's size and muscle were too much for UCLA on the glass and in the paint.


Oregon ended the third quarter leading 67-48, and Hebard led all scorers with 28 points, after making 13 of her 16 shots from the floor. If the Bruins were going to have a chance of making a comeback, they would have to step up their defense, and not allow Oregon to back door them on the weak side.


In the fourth quarter, Oregon called a timeout, after leading 72-58 with 4:59 left in the game. The Bruins cut into Oregon's lead, were down by twelve-points 74-62, with 3:32 left in the game, before Oregon called another timeout.


“I felt as a team we didn't fight at the beginning. We came out tentative,” Dean said.


After the timeout, the Ducks went on to beat the Bruins 80-66 to remain at the top of the Pac-12 Conference. The inside and outside game by Oregon proved to be too much for the Bruins to handle, and the poor shooting in the first half was too much to overcome.


"I think Oregon is playing the best basketball in the country now. They are really skilled and very talented," UCLA head coach Cori Close said.


The Bruins shot 36.9% from the floor after making 24 of 65 shots, and the Ducks shot 55.2% after making 32 of 58. On Monday, UCLA will have to play a much better first half of basketball when they take on #11 rank Oregon State Beavers at Pauley Pavilion. #UCLABruins,#OregonDucks,#NCAA,#Pac12,#TGSportstv1,