Ducks women take down Washington Huskies, 101-85

Ducks women take down Washington Huskies, 101-85
Oregon Ducks Jillian Alleyne (#14) goes up for against Washington Huskies Talia Walton (#3) during the Oregon Women Basketball's 101-85 win over the Huskies on Sunday afternoon. Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - Jillian Alleyne put up a 34 points, 25 rebounds and 12 free throws, to aid the Ducks in their 101-85 win over the Washington Huskies on Sunday afternoon.


Head coach Paul Westhead was pleased with Alleyne's performance on the court, and said that Alleyne's playing abilities have drastically shifted since her freshmen year.


"I don't know where it was in the scheme. Alleyne, as a freshmen, had a great year. We can all agree to that. But, there were still some things around the edges that we needed to refine," Westhead said. "But, once we started games in November and December, she played much harder. I couldn't be any happier for her."


Leading the nation in points at 95.7 per game, Westhead said he felt confident going into this game.


"This was a great game for us. Our team played really well," Westhead said. "We had a tight game. This is two games in a row that our kids turned it up, instead of turning it down in the second half. It's a great conference win for us."


Alleyne's triple-double was her second this season, with her first being against Southern. Other key players in Oregon's offense included Lexi Petersen with 23 points Chrishae Rowe with 17 points, and Katelyn Loper with 16 points.


"We needed this win tonight," Petersen said. "Last year, we only won two Pac-12 games, which were both against Washington Sate University. This win is going to allow us to maintain momentum through the rest of the season.”


Westhead agreed with Petersen and added that this two-game sweep came at a pivotal time in their season. The Ducks lost their first six conference games this year before defeating the Washington State Huskies on Friday night.


Westhead said that he felt Loper was one of their biggest contributors in their win.


"Loper was key for us during the second half. She had some three pointers that helped put us in the lead" Westhead said. "She is such a good kid."


During the game, the lead changed only two times.


The Ducks played the game without team captain, and key contributor, Ariel Thomas, who is out as a result of an ankle injury. According to Westhead, there is no official return date for Thomas yet, but the trainers are hoping to have her back in uniform when the Ducks face Arizona.


The Ducks resume conference play on Jan 31, with a road trip to Arizona. The game will begin at 6 p.m.