Basket-brawl: Duck women come up short against Cal

EUGENE, Ore. - It was more of a brawl than a basketball game.

Oregon guard Amanda Delgado took matters into her own hands during the first half of the Ducks vs. Bears game.

With a mere 5 minutes left in the first half, Cal guard Layshia Clarendon and Delgado wrestled for the ball.

Delgado hit the ground with the ball still in her hands, as Clarendon tried to rip it out of her grasp. The official blew the whistle, signaling a foul on Clarendon. Soon thereafter, Clarendon pushed Delgado’s head onto the court with her forearm.

After much conversation and booing from the crowd, Clarendon was given a technical and subbed out by Cal guard Mikayla Lyles.

On the penalties, Oregon coach Paul Westhead said, “I thought we did a decent job, but we can’t control things like how it’s viewed by the officiating crew. It is what it is.”

With Oregon guard Ariel Thomas benched from a medical injury sustained in Friday’s game against Stanford, the University of Oregon Women’s Basketball team took another beating in a game where controversial fouls and penalties were aplenty, losing to the #6 California Golden Bears on Sunday, 72-45.

Oregon head coach Westhead said, “I take this very personal. It’s not that we’re not doing anything. We just haven’t hit the right chord yet.”   

The scoring started early with guard Jordan Loera putting two points on the board with a layup, 11 seconds into the first half. The Bears answered back with 11 points of their own.

The Ducks’s second score came from a mid-range jumper by forward Danielle Love, making the score 11-4 with 16:08 left in the first half.  Love added two more points soon thereafter.

The margin gap for the Ducks began to expand by the end of the first half, with the Bears leading, 38-19.

The Ducks suffered from 16 turnovers in the first half, most of which contributed to the 19 point difference. By the end of the game, the Ducks had tallied up 24 turnovers against the Bears.

“I think our turnovers were a big issue this game. You can’t get a good pass or attack the basket well if you’re going to be careless with the ball,” said guard Devyn Galland.
Coming into the second half, Cal guard Brittany Boyd started the scoring with a quick jumper, putting the score at 40-19.

Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne answered Boyd’s jumper with a layup 40 seconds later.  The Ducks went on to score 24 more points for the rest of the game.

The leading scorers for the Ducks were guard Galland with 11 and forward Alleyne with 9.

On Galland, Coach Westhead said, “She’s a feisty young freshman. ‘Don’t get in my way’ is her attitude. Some of the Cal players tried to get in her way and she tried to move them; did a nice job.”

The Ducks are now 3-19 on the season and 1-9 in the PAC 12. “I’m doing everything I can to help this team,” said Coach Westhead.

Said Brenner, “We have a lot of games left this season, and we just [have] to take it one game at a time; one practice at a time. We have to focus on what we have right now, and do the best that we can with who we got.” 

The Ducks head to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes on Friday, February 8 at 6 p.m.