Oregon snaps OSU losing streak with second quarter explosion

Sabrina Ionescu exults after making a shot. Photo courtesy of Oregon Athletics.
Sabrina Ionescu exults after making a shot. Photo courtesy of Oregon Athletics.

Eugene – The No. 7 Oregon Ducks snapped the 14-game losing streak against rival No. 18 Oregon State with a 75-63 win on Sunday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon used a 28-11 second quarter advantage to take control of the matchup at halftime, leading 40-18. In the last 2:54 of the second quarter, the Ducks went on an 11-0 run to lay the hammer down on the Beavers.

Four Oregon players scored in double figures, with freshman Satou Sabally leading the way with 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Junior Maite Cazorla had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Sophomores Sabrina Ionescu and Mallory McGwire had 15 and 14 points, respectively.

The win was revenge for the Ducks, who lost to the Beavers two nights earlier in Corvallis. It also marked the end of a long winning streak for Oregon State against their rivals. Oregon players said Friday’s game served as motivation for part two of the series.

“We don’t really pay attention too much to what the streak is,” Ionescu said. “But it’s kinda nice to shut their crowd up, shut their fans up.”

Sabally said there was personal incentive, too.

“They also recruited me highly, so it meant a little more to beat them to show ‘okay, I made the right decision,'” Sabally said of Oregon State.

The defense that the Ducks played in the second quarter was some of the best of the season. Coming into Sunday’s game, the Beavers were the best three-point shooting team in the country at 43 percent. Oregon held Oregon State to 7-of-21 from beyond the arc, and it was one of the major contributing factors to the win.

“We wanted to keep them uncomfortable,” Duck coach Kelly Graves. “We chose to trap a lot of those high ball screens.”

As great as Oregon played in the first half, the Beavers kept coming and started to gnaw away at the 22-point halftime deficit in the second half.

“I thought we played faster,” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. “I thought we pushed the ball a little bit more.”

“We ended up going to a smaller lineup that loosened things up.”

Rueck was pleased with the fight and grit his team showed to battle against their rival, Oregon after being down as much as 25 points.

“I’m really proud of the way we fought tonight,” he said. “This was an opportunity where we could’ve hung our heads, but we kept fighting.”

Oregon is now 18-3 overall and 7-1 in Pac-12 play for first place. After 100 games in the Civil War series, they are 60-40 all time.

The Ducks travel to Colorado to play the Buffalos Friday.

Sierra Webster contributed to this report.