HONOLULU, Hawai’i -- The University of Oregon women’s basketball team lost to Arkansas 79-67 in the final game at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown on Sunday afternoon at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Oregon fell to 0-5 on the year with the defeat to the Razorbacks, who improved to 5-1 overall on the year.
The injury-plagued Ducks suffered another blow in Sunday’s loss after senior Laura Stanulis left the game with an apparent leg injury midway through the second half. Her status will be determined after the team returns home to Oregon on Monday.
Sophomore Amanda Delgado established a new career-high with 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. Delgado, who averaged 18.3 points per game over the three day tournament, hit 5-of-12 from behind the 3-point arc in the loss to Arkansas.
Stanulis added 13 points and eight assists in 26 minutes of work before leaving the game. Junior Danielle Love was the only other Oregon player in double-figures, scoring 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting from the field.
Arkansas was led offensively by Keira Peak who scored a game-high 24 points to go with 10 rebounds and five steals. The Razorbacks had the interior scoring advantage with a 38-12 edge for points in the paint. UA also forced 27 Oregon turnovers which led to a 23-7 advantage for points off turnovers.
Oregon shot 36.5 percent on field goals in the game (23-of-63) and hit 9-of-25 shots from behind the 3-point arc (36 percent). The Ducks were once again good from the free throw line making 12-of-15 attempts for 80 percent.
The Razorbacks made 43.4 percent of their field goal attempts (33-of-76) and 36 percent from behind the arc (9-of-25). UA was just 4-of-7 on free throw attempts (57.1 percent).
For the second straight game the Ducks jumped out to another early lead, an 8-0 advantage following a pair of 3-pointers from Delgado and a baseline jumper from Stanulis. After the teams traded baskets over the next six minutes, Stanulis hit a 10-footer from the right elbow to give Oregon a 17-11 advantage with 11 minutes in the half.
Arkansas took its first lead of the game, 21-20, after Jhasmin Bowen’s turnaround jumper with 7:17 on the clock. That basket was part of a 15-2 run the Razorbacks posted to take a 32-23 advantage with three minutes to play.
Oregon, which trailed 45-28 at the half, hit four 3-pointers to open the second half and trailed 51-40 with 16:45 left in the game. The Razorbacks countered with an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to take a 62-42 lead.
The Ducks continued to hang with the Razorbacks going on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 11 points, 65-54, with 7:39 remaining. Oregon played the final eight minutes of the game with just seven healthy players after Stanulis left the game with an injury.
UO battled to within nine points, 76-67, with 36.7 seconds left on the clock.
Oregon (0-5) returns to the hardwood on Sunday, Dec. 2 with a home game against Denver. That game is scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena.