When the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus last March, it also eliminated the chance for the Portland Pilots and Oregon Ducks to have met in the first round.
On Monday evening, we got the matchup, albeit without Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard or Satou Sabally, with the No. 10 Oregon Ducks (2-0) winning 85-52 thanks to a strong third quarter.
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The Pilots played the Ducks tough in the first half, trailing by just nine points after one quarter and 12 points at the half. But, Oregon outscored Portland by 18 points in the third quarter to put away the contest.
Senior Erin Boley led the way for Oregon with 25 points on 11-17 shooting showing she takes on more of an offensive load this season. Before, she primarily spaced the floor but against Portland she took pull-up jumpers and cut backdoor for lay-ins.
Sedona Prince (13) and Taylor Mikesell (11) joined Boley in double figures. Freshman five-star guard Te-Hina Paopao added five assists, leading the team.
Meanwhile for the Pilots, Alex Fowler had 12 points on 5-14 from the field. Only one Pilot who took more than four shots made at least half of their attempts, Lauren Walker who had six points on 3-6 shooting.
As a team, Oregon outshot Portland 51.6% to 37.5% from the floor.
Next, Oregon opens up Pac-12 play hosting Colorado (2-0) on December 4th.
Then for the Pilots, they’ll host the Seattle U Redhawks on Sunday afternoon at the Chiles Center. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m., and the contest will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Northwest.