The Oregon Ducks defeated the South Dakota State Jack Rabbits by a score of 95-56 in Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks were coming off their first loss of the season against Louisville 72-62 in the Paradise Jam Island Division Tournament. Oregon has had plenty of time to prepare for the rematch against South Dakota State as they have had 8 days of rest since the loss in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Oregon won the match-up against the Jack Rabbits last year by a score of 63-53. The result was the same the second time around as Oregon thoroughly handled the Jack Rabbits 95-56. The Ducks jumped ahead early thanks to their defensive play which forced 13 turnovers and allowed Oregon to get easy baskets in transition. Oregon could not be stopped from beyond the arc as they shot 14-24 from downtown on 58% shooting as Holly Winterburn and Erin Boley were feeling it from deep with Winterburn scoring 5 3-pointers and Boley making 4. South Dakota State had no answer for the front court tandem of Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally as Hebard led all scorers with 22 points and Sabally contributed 16 to the winning effort. Despite the stellar play from the rest of the Oregon players it was Sabrina Ionescu who stole the show. Ionescu finished with 12 pts, 11 asts, 7 rebs, and broke the Oregon all-time 3 point scoring record.
The Ducks now prepare for a road test against Long Beach State in California, Saturday, December 14th as there are only 4 games remaining before the Ducks begin Pac-12 Conference play.
Post-game Story: Ryan Milano
In the 123rd edition of the Civil War, Oregon led from start to finish to defeat Oregon State, 24-10. Both teams started with a field goal, making it tied 3-3 towards the end of the first quarter. On the ensuing kickoff, Mykael Wright brought it back 98 yards to put Oregon up 10-3. Not long after, Johnny Johnson hauled in a 28 yard TD pass from Justin Herbert to put the Ducks up 17-3. While it looked like the game was tipping Oregon’s direction quickly, the offense stalled for a long period and it would remain 17-3 through the third quarter. Oregon’s defense certainly came ready to play, allowing 380 total yards and just one touchdown. While Justin Herbert (18-30, 174 yards, 1 TD) and Oregon’s offense (365 total yards) didn’t have its best day, defense and special teams certainly delivered for the Ducks. Oregon State RB Jermar Jefferson narrowed the score to 17-10 with a 19-yard rush TD with 11:03 remaining, Oregon’s defense forced the big turnover on a fumble from Jefferson. Following that play, Cyrus Habibi-Likio was able to punch in a 20-yard rush TD with 1:15 to play, delivering the final dagger. With the win, Oregon closes out an undefeated season at home, moves to 10-2 on the season, and awaits either USC or Utah in the Pac-12 championship game next Friday night.
Oregon’s Offense Stalls on Senior Night (by Mark Wang)
Oregon Outlasts Oregon State Behind Strong Defense and Special Teams (by Jonah Rosenberg)
Head Coach Mario Cristobal
Sophomore DB Jevon Holland
Senior LB Troy Dye
Junior WR Johnny Johnson III
Junior DB Thomas Graham Jr.