EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon women’s basketball team lost to Nevada 77-73 Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon falls to 0-7 on the year, while Nevada advances to 4-4 on the year.
Junior Danielle Love led the Ducks offensively with a career-high 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Freshman Jillian Alleyne and sophomore Megan Carpenter also scored in double figures as they contributed 19 and 10, respectively. Junior Ariel Thomas added 10 points of her own.
Alleyne, the nation’s leading rebounder with 14.8 rpg, also recorded a game-high 18 rebounds to give her the game’s only double-double and her second of the season. She also made her presence felt on the defensive end as she blocked two shots and recorded one steal. Sophomore Jordan Loera recorded a season-high four steals.
Love started things off for the Ducks by making a three-point basket on the game’s first play and following that with a tough layup down low. The Ducks held a lead for the first 16 minutes of the game before Nevada, on the heels of a 10-0 run, took a 33-32 advantage with 3:43 in the first half. UO’s largest lead during that stretch was eight points (22-14, 10:58).
The Wolfpack had three players score in double figures led by Chanelle Brennan with 24. As a team, Nevada outshot Oregon 40.3% (31-77) to 39.7% (27-68). The Ducks outshot their opponent from beyond the arc 31.8% (7-22) to 16.7% (4-24), however. Oregon’s bench outscored Nevada’s bench 15-10.
Oregon (0-7) returns to the hardwood on Wednesday, Dec. 16 on the road at Illinois. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 5 p.m. (PT) in Champaign, Ill.
• Oregon used its fourth different starting lineup of the year, opening the game with Danielle Love, Jillian Alleyne, Megan Carpenter, Devyn Galland and Jordan Loera. Only Love, Carpenter and Loera started all seven games this year.
• UO had four players score in double figures (Love 21, Alleyne 18, Carpenter 11, Thomas 10) for just the second time this season. Oregon also had four players with 10+ points in the regular-season opener against Saint Mary’s.
• The Ducks shot 39.7 percent on field goals (27-of-68) the second-highest shooting percentage this year. The season high is 41.7 percent (25-of-60) at Hawai’i on Nov. 23.
• Danielle Love scored a career-high 21 points. Her previous best was 16 points which is a mark she reached twice a year ago.
• Jillian Alleyne recorded her second double-double of the season (19points and 18 rebounds). It was the sixth time in seven games this year she tallied 10 or more rebounds. It was just the third time this year she scored in double-figures.
• Ariel Thomas (10 points and five rebounds) made her return to the line-up after missing the first six games of the year with an injury.