EUGENE, Ore. - The numbers didn't line up in favor of the Oregon Ducks this week.
“We have to get back to scoring the basketball. The percentage is alarming. 25 for the game. 25 for the three-point. 59 from the foul line,” said University of Oregon Women’s Basketball coach Paul Westhead following Tuesday night’s Civil War game. “It's still a game where you have to make baskets.”
The Ducks fell short of a win against the Oregon State Beavers at Matthew Knight Arena last night. The Beavers won 63-53.
The loss put the Ducks at a record of 2-15 for the season. The Beavers stood at 8-9 after notching the win.
By the end of the first half of the game, the Beavers had put up 37 points on the scoreboard to the Ducks 20.
But the Ducks didn’t let the Beavers win without a fight.
“We feel like we’re having a little bit of difficulty right now," Oregon Duck forward Danielle Love said, "but we still try to stick together and push each other and motivate each other to keep giving more and keep producing more and just coming together as a team, and try to keep the confidence levels up.”
Confidence poured out of the Duck team as they made their way to the court after halftime.
“I think the first half, we kind of struggled," Oregon Duck forward Liz Brenner said. "In the second half, we realized what we needed to do.”
In the final half of play, the Ducks outscored the Beavers by 9 points. The Ducks managed to close the 19-point gap during the second half to single digits with three minutes left in the game. As the clock wound down, however, the Beavers came out on top, with a 10-point advantage.
Brenner had 17 points and 8 rebounds, which helped the Ducks get back into the game. Love contributed as well, with 12 points and 7 rebounds.
Oregon State head coach, Scott Reuck, said, “We knew it would be a war till the finish today. This team has a lot of heart and they seemed dialed in during shoot around today. They have a lot of respect for Oregon and the Civil War.”
The Ducks face the Beavers again on Sunday, January 20, at 2p.m. in Corvallis, and they’re looking for a victory.
“I think the second half tonight definitely boosted our confidence a little bit," Brenner said Tuesday. "We fought hard and we made a comeback, and I think that will just lead into Sunday. We’re coming back [to] get another chance at it.”
“I think they see now that they can perform,” said Oregon Ducks Coach Westhead. “We’ll be OK.”