Ducks dominate in Rose City

No. 10 Oregon cruises past Pilots, 85-52, at Chiles Center
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - A big third quarter provided some cushion for the Oregon women's basketball team as the No. 10 Ducks won their second non-conference game, 85-52 over Portland at the Chiles Center on Monday.

The UO women (2-0) got off to a halting start due in part to effective defensive pressure from the Pilots (1-1). Oregon led comfortably at halftime, 34-22, but then blew the game open by outscoring Portland 29-11 in the third quarter, fueled by a trio of three-pointers from Taylor Mikesell.

Oregon recorded its 21st straight victory, going back to last season, tying the program record. Erin Boley led the way with 25 points and nine rebounds for the Ducks, who open Pac-12 play on Friday at home against Colorado.

"The first half we looked really out of sync," UO coach Kelly Graves said. "We were just playing faster than we should; give them credit, they put a lot of pressure on us, and we just kind of panicked a little bit."

Portland returns to action with a home game against Seattle Saturday.

 

PILOTS GET CHANCE FOR STATEMENT GAME

PORTLAND - It doesn’t happen very often that the University of Portland women’s basketball program gets a chance to tell the world how good it is, but that’s what’s on tap Monday night at the Chiles Center.

The Pilots play host to No. 10 Oregon at 8 p.m. in a non-conference game.

Portland is coming off an 82-70 road win over Seattle University Wednesday.

Oregon is coming off a 116-51 win over the same team Saturday on its home court in Eugene.

Again, game time is 8 p.m.

Both schools won their conference tournament titles in spring, but Portland’s was the more emotional victory as the Pilots were seeded fourth in the tournament after starting the season picked for last in the West Coast Conference. 

Oregon won the Pac-12 regular season title, and defended that position in winning the conference tournament.

The Ducks were a significant contender to win the national title, something backed-up by the WNBA Draft where the top two picks were from the UO program.

Oregon lost most of its starting roster, but picked up a slew of transfers, starting with junior Taylor Mikesell, who played her first two seasons at Maryland and scored 28 points Saturday.

Sophomore Sedona Prince, a 6-foot-7 center, transferred from Texas and scored 17 points Saturday.

The Ducks return key forwards Erin Boley, a senior forward who started all 33 games last year, and 6-5 sophomore Nyara Sabally, who missed the past two seasons with injuries.

Portland returns junior Hayley Andrews, who led the team in scoring in the WCC Tournament, and sophomore Alex Fowler, who was a first-team all-conference pick last season.

Senior Maddie Muhlheim led the Pilots in three-point shooting, and sophomore Keeley Frawley, who helped lead the team to its first win over Brigham Young in 20 years in January with 14 points.

Junior guard Rose Pflug played two seasons at Pepperdine before transferring to Portland. She had 14 points and eight assists in her first game.

Portland had experience in playing with ranked teams, scoring a win over No. 11 Gonzaga in the WCC Tournament.

 

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