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
By: Sam Greenville & Cole Rothman
This evening, Oregon Men’s Basketball took on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The Ducks, coming off a two-game losing slide, continued the form they had all tournament long at The Battle For Atlantis. In the first half, Oregon forced the Rainbow Warriors to work deep into the shot clock and take contested 3-pointers. Much to their credit, Hawaii was able to knock down a lot of those contested shots. Hawaii shot 47% from deep in the first half, thanks largely in part to Eddie Stansberry. Stansberry finished the half with 14 points on 5-9 from the field and consistently bailed the Rainbow Warriors out of poor possessions late in the shot clock. The Rainbow Warriors played well in the first half and were able to go into the locker room tied 34-34 at the break.
The Ducks started the night slow and it seemed like they were in for a close game from whistle to whistle. Dana Altman had other plans. The Ducks came out of halftime with a newfound sense of urgency and effort on both ends. The Ducks got hot in a big way on the offensive end and really locked down on defense. Oregon opened the second half with a 18-1 run and after that it was smooth sailing. The Ducks lead never dipped below 13 and the Ducks were able to clear the bench late. Payton Pritchard finished 20 pts and 11 assists, his first double-double of the year. Oregon finished with 5 scorers in double figures and CJ Walker had his best game of the season. Walker finished with 18 points on 8-10 from the floor and seemed to be more in control tonight. If the Ducks can get steady production out him going forward, that could add a whole other dimension to this already efficient offense.
The Ducks are going to need all the production next Saturday as they travel to Ann Arbor take on No.4 Michigan.