Ducks Stumble in Boulder

BOULDER, Colo. — Oregon saw four players score in doubles figures, but were unable to suppress No. 4 Colorado Friday night, as the Buffaloes came away with a 90-57 victory at CU Events Center. 

The Ducks (11-13, 2-9 Pac-12) were led by 16 points from Grace VanSlooten, while Ula Chamberlin scored a season-high 13 behind four 3-pointers. Phillipina Kyei added 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds and Chance Gray rounded out the quartet with 10 points.

Colorado (20-3, 10-2) shot 54 percent from the floor and 46 percent from behind the arc, as Maddie Nolan led five Buffaloes in doubles figures with 19 points. Quay Miller produced a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.

After the Ducks trailed by just six after the first quarter, the Buffaloes used the middle two quarters to separate, outscoring UO by 12 in the second and by 15 in the third to take a 33-point lead into the fourth.

How It Happened: Oregon committed three turnovers in the game’s first three minutes that resulted in four CU points. The Buffaloes went on an 11-1 run in the quarter to open a 14-5 lead at the midway point of the first.

The Ducks trimmed CU’s lead to four points on Chamberlin’s second trey of the quarter, 20-16, and trailed by six at the end of the first, 22-16. Kyei had a team-high seven points in the frame while Chamberlin added six.

UO hit its first five 3-point attempts of the game, including a third trey from Chamberlin to put the score at 34-27 in favor of the Buffs. However, CU closed the quarter on a 15-4 run, including scoring the final nine points over the last 1:03 to take a 49-31 lead to the break.

The Ducks finished the half 5-of-7 from downtown and shot 38 percent from the field overall while Colorado shot 54 percent from the field. CU owned a 22-4 edge in points in the paint and outscored Oregon 13-0 in the fastbreak.

The Buffaloes scored 10 points in the first two minutes of the third quarter to extend its lead to 24, forcing an Oregon timeout. CU finished the third shooting 67 percent from the floor, going 4-for-6 from 3-point range in scoring 29 points, as its lead swelled to 33 after 30 minutes.

Notable: Chamberlin set season highs in points (13) and made 3-point baskets (4) … CU’s 33-point victory marked its largest in the series history … Gray has made at least one 3-pointer in 16 straight games, extending her career-long streak … Kyei’s stretch of four straight double-doubles was snapped … The Ducks fall to 0-8 against top-25 teams this season and to 0-6 on the road in conference play.

Up Next: The Ducks play at No. 20 Utah on Sunday (11 a.m. PT, Pac-12 Mountain).