EUGENE, Ore.—CSU Bakersfield got off to hot start at the University of Oregon Friday night, but the Ducks overcame the Roadrunner early double-digit lead to defeat CSUB 77-62 in women’s basketball action Friday night.
Aja Williams and Erika Williams combined for 11 points over the first five minutes of the first quarter as CSUB opened the game on a 15-4 run. The Ducks called timeout and returned with seven consecutive points. Aja Williams would make her first four field goal attempts, score 10 points in the opening frame and help the ‘Runners to a 20-17 lead after 10 minutes.
"We started off well and played well in the first half," said CSUB head coach Greg McCall.
Oregon scored the first eight points of the second quarter to take the lead. The Roadrunners missed their first five field goal attempts. CSUB battled back as Oregon would take 37-30 advantage into halftime.
A Kate Tokuhara layup 1:13 into the third reduced the Ducks’ lead to 39-34. Oregon scored the next 10 points to pull away to a double-digit advantage. The Roadrunner knocked the lead down to 55-44 when Oregon scored the next six to take a 61-46 advantage into the fourth.
"The third quarter is where they hurt us," McCall said. "We need to do a better job of getting off to a better start in the second half."
CSUB would chip the lead down to 14 early in the final quarter when Addi Walters sank a long three-pointer. CSUB went cold again, going scoreless over a 2:39 span as the Ducks extended the lead to 20 points. The Roadrunners chipped away as a Walters’ three-point play with just over four to play again made it a 14-point game. The ‘Runners called a play for Walters who sank a three-pointer to cut the advantage to 71-60 at the 3:56 mark.
CSU Bakersfield could have made it a three-possession game on the ensuing possession but were called for an offensive foul. The turnover led to Ruthy Hebard three-point play. The Roadrunners would not score again until there was 1:12 to play as Oregon would go onto the victory.
Hebard led all scorers with 23 points. She was 8-for-9 from the field and completed a double-double with 10 rebounds. Sabrina Ionescu also charted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Maite Cazorla and Sierra Campisano each scored 12 for the Ducks.
Aja Williams ended the night with 21 points. Walters made a total of four three-points as she scored 15 points. Brittany Sims scored 10 points and grabbed a team high seven rebounds for the Roadrunners.
CSUB held the Ducks to 28.6% shooting (29-66) from the field. The ‘Runners were 42.8% from the field (23-58) but were outrebounded by Oregon 41-34. CSUB committed 22 turnovers which were turned into 27 Duck points.
"We turned the ball over way too many times," McCall said. "They were trapping us at time, but we made sloppy passes. That is where the length hurt us."
The Roadrunners are at California (3-0) Sunday beginning at 2 p.m.