WBB | Oregon Defeats Buffalo 102-82

Oregon Women’s Basketball defeated the Buffalo Bulls 102-82 at home on Sunday to move to 4-0 on the season. It was the Ducks second win over a 2018 tournament team after beating Syracuse last weekend. In fact, Buffalo is a team who made the Sweet 16 last season. Oregon really owned this game from the start behind their hot shooting. The Ducks finished shooting 55% from FG and 50% from three. Most impressively though, they made 34 of their 38 free throws, good for 89%. Ruthy Hebard was the most efficient shooter on the team, as she shot 8-of-9 from FG and 9-of-10 from FT, finishing with 25 points. Satou Sabally shot 7-of-11 for 20 points. Maite Cazorla and Erin Boley both added 15 points. Boley shot 5-of-8 from three. Sabrina Ionescu didn’t have her best game, as she committed seven turnovers and didn’t get her first field goal until the second half. Ionescu still managed to get her 12th career triple-double, finishing with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in 38 minutes. The biggest concern for the Ducks was their 19 turnovers in this matchup. Also, Buffalo guard Cierra Dillard went for 32 points on 10-of-24 shooting. All nine Oregon players played nine or more minutes, showing solid bench depth despite having limited players. Up next for the Ducks, they’ll go to the Saint Mary’s tournament in Moraga, CA. They’ll start action on November 23rd as they’ll face UC Riverside at 12:00 PM.

Game Story (by Mark Wang)

Postgame audio

Head Coach Kelly Graves, Junior Guard Sabrina Ionescu, Junior Forward Ruthy Hebard

FB | Oregon Subdues Sun Devils in 31-29 Senior Night Victory

Oregon Football picked up the win on Senior Night, outlasting the Arizona State Sun Devils in a 31-29 victory on Saturday, November 17. The Ducks’ offense got off to a scalding start, out-gaining the Sun Devils 364-142 in the first half. Oregon took its first two-score lead at 14-3 via CJ Verdell’s first career touchdown catch early in the second quarter, which added to his touchdown run from the first. UO then struck through the air, as Justin Herbert and Dillon Mitchell renewed one of the country’s best quarterback-receiver duos through a 57-yard end zone bomb late in the frame. Scores by both sides led to a 28-13 Oregon lead at the end of the first half.

Sledding got a lot tougher from there for the Ducks, though. As the offense slowed to a crawl, gaining only 41 yards in the third quarter, Arizona State brought the game within 12 thanks to Brandon Ruiz’ late-frame 29-yard field goal. Arizona State receiver Brandon Aiyuk further narrowed the margin on a 25-yard screen-pass touchdown from quarterback Manny Wilkins, who finished 15-32 passing with 182 yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils. Wilkins nearly brought the Sun Devils even when he crossed the goal line on a quarterback sneak with 4:35 remaining; however, receiver Frank Darby’s catch on the ensuing two-point attempt was ruled out of bounds, leaving the score at 31-29. The game essentially ended following Lamar Winston, Jr.’s strip-sack on ASU’s last possession of the game, which shortly followed Herbert’s second interception of the night.

Herbert finished the night 19-34 for 262 yards, two touchdowns and two picks. Bolstered by Travis Dye’s 105 yards on 18 carries and CJ Verdell’s 70 yards on 14 totes, Herbert continued his strong connection with Mitchell. The junior receiver from Missouri eclipsed 100 yards receiving (with 104) for the sixth time this season. The win puts the Ducks at 7-4, reaching last year’s total with the Civil War and a bowl game still to come. Meanwhile, Oregon delivered a death knell to Arizona State’s Pac-12 South title hopes by handing them the loss; with their 30-7 victory over Colorado earlier in the day, Utah clinched a spot in the conference championship game.

GAME STORIES

Ducks Defense Steps Up on Senior Night (by Jonathan Rifkind)

First-Half Variety Helps Oregon’s Offense to Hot Start in Win (by Naveed Habibelahian)

POSTGAME AUDIO

Mario Cristobal

Troy Dye, Travis Dye and Gus Cumberlander

Justin Herbert, Thomas Graham, Jr. and Lamar Winston, Jr.