UO Falls to No. 9 Bruins

EUGENE, Ore. — Grace VanSlooten recorded a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead Oregon, but No. 9 UCLA saw four players score in double figures to lead the Bruins to a 74-55 win Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. 

The double-double marked the seventh for VanSlooten this season, as she was joined in double figures by Chance Gray and her 15 points. The Ducks shot 39 percent from the floor to UCLA’s 38 percent, but the Bruins scored 22 points off 16 Oregon turnovers while owning a 24-7 edge in second-chance points.

“Defensively, we were a little bit better,” said UO head coach Graves. “We actually played some man tonight and disguised some things defensively. I thought we did some good things … You’re not going to beat a team when you have 46 points off turnovers andsecond-chance points.”

UO (11-16, 2-12 Pac-12) never led in the game, as it fell behind 16-4 in the game’s first four minutes. UCLA grabbed six offensive boards, resulting in 11 second-chance points in the first quarter.

“We lacked the (ball) movement, at times,” said UO head coach Kelly Graves. “They’re hard to score on, to be honest with you. Tough matchup for us in a lot of ways.

“We didn’t shoot well from the line, we didn’t’ shoot well from the three. We didn’t get a ton of good looks from the three, and then we struggled to finish at times.”

The Ducks went 1-for-6 from behind the 3-point line, compared to UCLA shooting 9-of-29 from deep. The Bruins attempted 23 more field goals than UO.

UCLA’s Lauren Betts matched VanSlooten’s game-high 17 points while collecting nine rebounds. Charisma Osborne hauled in 12 rebounds to go with 11 points and Londynn Jones finished with 15 points for the Bruins.

How It Happened: UCLA hit on its first three field goals of the game, all 3-pointers, to open a 9-2 lead early in the first quarter. The Bruins’ lead increased to 12 before Kennedy Basham knocked down a midrange jumper, bringing the score to 14-4. UCLA converted five UO turnovers into eight points and led 25-13 after the first stanza.

The Ducks got within eight in the second quarter on a Gray step-back jumper, only to see the Bruins score the next seven to push their lead back to 15. Gray finished with seven points in the quarter and had a team-high nine at the half.

Oregon shot at a higher percentage in the first half, 46 to 44 percent, but the Bruins had 17 more shot attempts thanks to 10 offensive rebounds and forcing nine turnovers. UCLA scored 15 points off turnovers and 13 second-chance points, leading to a 45-28 halftime lead.

After being held scoreless in the first half, Phillipina Kyei scored a team-high six points in the third. Her third bucket of the quarter trimmed the deficit to 13 points, but UCLA responded by scoring the frame’s final nine points to take a 62-40 lead.

The Ducks outscored the Bruins 15-12 in the fourth, getting 10 points from VanSlooten and three from Gray. Both teams went 5-for-15 from the field, with UO scoring the game’s final four points.

Notable: VanSlooten registered her seventh double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds (first double-double in last 10 games) … The game marked the Ducks’ seventh straight against a top-25 team (0-11 against ranked teams this season) … UO went 1-for-6 from deep and is a combined 3-for-24 over the last three games (12.5 percent) … Oregon has held its opponents below their season scoring average in 17 of the last 21 games (UCLA entered the game averaging 80.5 points per game).

Up Next
: The Ducks head north to face Washington Friday night (7 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Washington).