EUGENE, Ore. -- Freshman Jillian Alleyne's late put back propelled the University of Oregon to its first victory of the season as the Ducks knocked off visiting Fresno State, 65-64, at Matthew Knight Arena on Sunday.
Coming out of a timeout with 20.4 second left, Ariel Thomas drove the lane and missed a contested layup but Alleyne was there for the rebound and put back to give Oregon a 65-64 advantage with 9.3 seconds left. Fresno State called a timeout with 7.8 seconds left and drew up a play for Rosie Moult, who took a wide open three-pointer from the right wing that hit off the front iron and bounced away as time expired.
Alleyne finished with a game-high 23 points and Thomas followed with 13. Megan Carpenter posted her second double-double of the season, recording 12 points and 13 rebounds. Moult led the Fresno State attack with 17 points.
The Ducks shot 63 percent (17-of-27) from the floor in the second half and held the Bulldogs to just 21-of-72 shooting (29.2 percent) for the game. In addition, Oregon netted 11 of its 13 free throw attempts. The Ducks improved to 1-8 on the season, while Fresno State fell to 6-4.
After an Alleyne layup opened up the game's scoring, Fresno State went on a 17-6 run to take a nine-point lead midway through the first half. But Carpenter fueled a 5-1 Oregon run to cut into the Bulldog lead. When Fresno State missed a three-pointer at the eight-minute mark, she grabbed her sixth rebound of the half and then buried the Ducks' first three of the game to make it an 18-13 ballgame. Danielle Love converted a layup just moments later to cut the Fresno State lead to one, 19-18, with 6:47 left in the half
The two teams combined for just 10 points the rest of the half and the Bulldogs held a 25-22 advantage over the Ducks heading into halftime. Carpenter finished the first with eight rebounds, while Fresno State's Rosie Moult led all scorers with eight points. The Ducks shot just 27.6 percent (8-of-29) from the field and committed 11 turnovers but held their opponent to 18.8 percent shooting (6-of-32).
Oregon stormed out of the halftime gate with a 5-0 run to reclaim the lead, 27-25, after Thomas put home a fast-break layup. The two teams traded baskets the next two possessions and then Carpenter nailed a three-pointer to give the Ducks their largest lead of the game, 32-27, and force a Fresno State timeout with 17:49 remaining. But out of the timeout, the Bulldogs' Moult responded with a three of her own to cut the Duck lead to two, 32-30. After Alleyne split a pair of free throws, Fresno State tied the game at 33 the next trip down the floor.
The two teams played evenly over the next eight minutes of play. With just under nine minutes remaining, Jordan Loera buried a shot from behind the arc to give the Ducks a 47-45 edge. Alleyne followed with a three-point play to put Oregon ahead, 50-46, with 8:12 remaining.
Fresno State responded with a 5-0 run of its own to reclaim the lead, 51-50, but the resilient Ducks fought off the Bulldog charge to take a 58-55 lead after a Carpenter layup with 3:55 left in regulation. Alleyne pushed the Oregon lead back to five with a layup immediately following the under-four media timeout. However, back-to-back Fresno State threes gave the edge back to the Bulldogs, 61-60, with 1:50 to play.
The Bulldogs forced an Oregon turnover and called a timeout with 1:27 remaining. But out of the timeout, Loera stole a Fresno State pass and was fouled going up for a layup on the other end. She converted both free throws to put the Ducks back up 62-61.
The back-and-forth action continued on the ensuing possession. Fresno State's Moult took a pass from the top of the key and knocked down a triple from the right wing to put her squad back up by two, 64-62, with less than a minute left.
On Oregon's next trip down the floor, Alleyne went up for a jumper in the paint and was fouled. She split the pair of free throws to trim the Bulldog lead to one, 64-63, with 30 seconds remaining. Fresno State's Taylor Thompson missed the front end of a one-and-one just moments later to give Oregon the ball back. The Ducks then called a timeout with 20.4 seconds left, setting up Alleyne's late-game heroics.
The victory gave the Ducks their first of the year. They next take the floor on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at home against Samford. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.
- Oregon used its fifth different starting lineup of the season: Ariel Thomas, Jordan Loera, Danielle Love, Jillian Alleyne, Megan Carpenter. Love, Carpenter and Loera have started all nine games this year. It was Thomas' first start of the season (and the 32nd of her career).
- The Ducks made a season-best 44.6 percent of their field goal attempts (25-of-56). The previous high was 41.7 percent which they had in a road game with Hawai'i.
- Oregon shot for a better field goal percentage than the opponent for just the second time this season. The other time came against Portland State on Nov. 15 (Oregon - 36.5 percent; Portland State - 35.9 percent).
- Jillian Alleyne scored in double-figures for the third straight game (and the fifth time this year). It was the second time this season Alleyne has led the team in scoring. It was the third time that she has tallied 20 or more points in a game.
- Megan Carpenter registered her second double-double of the season (which was also her second in the last four games).
- Ariel Thomas scored a season-high 13 points in her third game back since returning from an injury.