Loera, Ducks end losing streak with 65-60 win over Cougars

Loera, Ducks end losing streak with 65-60 win over Cougars

EUGENE, Ore. -- After a little over a minute of steady rebounds and turnovers at the beginning of the University of Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State University Cougars Women’s Basketball game, Oregon guard Jordan Loera positioned herself behind the three-point line, and tossed the basketball into the air.

The ball fell into the net and put the Ducks on the scoreboard first with 3 points. Loera went on to score 18 more points.

The Ducks’ losing streak ceased at Sunday night’s game against the Cougars, as the Ducks defeated Washington State, 65-60. The win gave the Ducks their fourth victory of the season.

Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne said, “We really dug in in practice this week. We came out, and we played as a team. We were passing the ball. We had chemistry. We weren’t being selfish. It was a really good team game. As a result, we got the win.”

After Loera’s three-pointer, Alleyne added four points to the scoreboard with a layup and a tip-in to put the Ducks up 7-2 with 13:38 left in the first half.

Loera hit another three pointer less than 3 minutes later. By the end of the first half she had tallied up 8 points, Alleyne had 10 points and the Ducks led 28-15.

Oregon head coach Paul Westhead said, “The only thing we really identified at halftime was [to] try and replicate what [they] did in the first half.”

To start the second half, Cougar guard Dawnyelle Awa went in for a layup, putting the score at 28-17.

After about a minute and a half, the Ducks' Loera answered Awa’s two points with yet another three pointer to put the score at 31-17. 

“We had a couple nice plays. Timely baskets always help you. We’ve been the victim, in games of untimely misses, so now we had some timely makes,” Westhead said.

Nearing the end of the game, Loera added three more points with free throw shots, sealing the win for the Ducks. Loera and the Ducks led, 65-60, as the last 15 seconds on the clock dwindled down to zero.

MVP honors for the game went to Loera with her career high of 21 points and 12 rebounds.

“I thought Jordan Loera played a spectacular game. She was very tenacious. She presented herself like we were saying we had to play," Westhead said after the game.

Alleyne also put up a double-double with 15 points - 17 rebounds, and Oregon guard Ariel Thomas had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Cougar guard Lia Galdeira racked up 19 points and 5 rebounds for Washington State.  

The Ducks never lost the lead.

“It was a selfless game and that’s what happens when we play for each other. We win," said Alleyne.

Loera added that she believes the Ducks are “definitely going forward. I’m so proud of my team.”

Oregon will head to Berkeley this Friday to face the Cal Bears at 6 PM.