Oregon loses another top game

Ducks get clobbered at UCLA; OSU hammers USC
Staff Report
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The Oregon women's basketball team had another bout with reality Friday at UCLA, losing to the eighth-ranked Bruins 83-56 at Pauley Pavilion.

The loss dropped the Ducks to 0-6 against teams ranked in the Top 20.

But, on the bright side, it's still just the regular season, so the stinging losses really don't matter much.

"We're going to learn from this," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said afterward. "We need to figure out how to play tougher." 
The No. 13 Ducks (12-6, 9-6 Pac-12) will look to bounce back and put an end to their three-game losing streak on Sunday afternoon at USC.

UCLA (13-3, 11-3 Pac-12) got off to a blistering start offensively, going 4-of-5 from three-point range through the first six minutes to take an 18-8 lead and prompt an Oregon timeout. The Bruins finished the first quarter 6-of-11 from beyond the arc to build a 28-11 lead through the first 10 minutes. 
Oregon's offensive struggles continued in the second quarter as the Ducks once again managed just 11 points. The Ducks held UCLA to 10 fewer points than in the opening period, but the Bruins took a 46-22 lead into halftime.
The Ducks started to find some rhythm in the third quarter, outscoring the Bruins 22-17 to get the deficit under 20 points entering the final 10 minutes. Nyara Sabally went 3-of-3 from the floor with a three-pointer for eight points in the period, and Sedona Prince added five points.

Oregon State blew past USC Friday afternoon, taking down the Trojans 77-52 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Freshman Talia von Oelhoffen led the Beavers with 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting from the floor. Senior Aleah Goodman went 6-for-9 from the floor to finish with 17 points.

"This game was a lot of fun," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "We've been waiting to put together a defensive performance like that. Getting consecutive games, as scheduled was important for us, and when we have had those opportunities this year we have seen growth. I think today was a huge step forward for us. I couldn't be happier for this group."