Ducks fall 97-71: '(They) did what they had to do, we just didn’t'

EUGENE, Ore. -- University of Oregon Ducks guard Ariel Thomas set her eyes on the rim, and let her hands lead the basketball into the net, hitting from the three-point line. 

Friday consisted of a series of three-pointers during one of the best offensive nights of the season for the University of Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball team. However, the Ducks still fell short of a win against the Washington Huskies. The Huskies won 97-71.  

Oregon guard Thomas came back onto the court after 14 days of no activity, and her presence continued to be the backbone of the Ducks’ team.

Oregon power forward/center Jillian Alleyne said, “Ariel is our closest leader because she’s always pushing us. She’s always ready to play. She brings the momentum to our team.”

To start the match-up, Huskies forward Kristi Kingma and center Talia Walton contributed two three-pointers. Walton went on to miss a jumper, and Oregon forward Liz Brenner took advantage of that, getting the rebound and hitting a jumper of her own, putting two points on the scoreboard for the Ducks.

Brenner went on to score 10 points during the first half. Huskies’ forward Kingma put up double digits in the first half, as well, with 17 points. The Huskies led going into halftime, 47-30

Going into the second half, the Huskies extended the lead to 25 points with 10:02 left in the game, with the score at 74-49. 

“(They) did what they had to do, and we just didn’t,” said Oregon forward/center Alleyne.

Oregon guard Thomas added, “Despite the score; despite the record, we play to win. We have to do a better job.”

By the end of the game, Oregon forward/center Alleyne had put up 20 points for the Ducks, Oregon guard Thomas had put up 12, and Oregon guard Amanda Delgado had put up 11. According to the statistics, this game was one of the best offensive battles the Ducks have had since the PAC-12 season opener. 

Both teams combined for 25 three-pointers, and 168 points overall.

“I’ve been proud of this team the whole way,” Coach Westhead said. “My thoughts are that we need to be revved up and ready to go.”

The Ducks play the Washington State Cougars on Sunday at 4 PM.