Scoresheet: Stanford edges Oregon in women's basketball
The Oregon women's basketball team is still seeking a signature win.
Perhaps the 13th-ranked Ducks (12-5, 9-5 Pac-12) can gain some confidence from a hard-fought, 63-61 loss to No. 6 Stanford (19-2, 16-2) on Monday, Feb. 15, at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
Oregon had a five-point lead late, but the more experienced Cardinal made the clutch plays down the stretch in a frantic and physical contest.
Oregon coach Kelly Graves expressed pride in how hard his team competed against a Stanford team that is considered a national championship contender.
"We would have felt a lot better about a win, but we should still feel better about our performance, even in this loss," Graves said.
Stanford hit its last four field goals and Beaverton native Cameron Brink's two foul shots with 28 seconds left were the deciding points.
The Ducks missed their final four shots, a couple of them open looks, and made three turnovers in the final 1:46. The last of those was a travel by Oregon point guard Te-Hina Paopao, who slipped to the floor as she tried to drive to her right under strong defense from Stanford's Kiana Williams.
Oregon trailed by as many as 15, but rallied and took its first lead at 51-49 on a pair of Nyara Sabally free throws with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter.
Williams, who finished with a game-high 20 points, made key baskets on consecutive possessions, the second a 3-pointer that tied the score at 61 with 1:30 on the clock. From there, the teams exchanged turnovers and Oregon's Jaz Shelley missed an open 3-pointer before Brink scored the deciding points after she was fouled by Sabally. A terrific passing combination got the ball to Brink underneath and the freshman made both free throws with 28 seconds left for the final points of the night.
Oregon's Taylor Mikesell, who had team-high 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, missed an open 3-pointer with 19 seconds on the clock. She chased down the rebound, but Stanford's Lexie Hull intercepted a pass.
Hull missed both free throws with 12 seconds on the clock, but Paopau's travel — Oregon's 18th turnover — sealed the outcome.
Each team had 18 turnovers in a game that did not feature a free-throw until 2:37 remained in the third quarter.
Oregon is scheduled to get another shot at a highly-ranked opponent on Friday, Feb. 19, when it visits No. 8 UCLA.
• The Ducks are one of four Pac-12 teams in the first tournament seed projection from the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee, which was announced Monday.
Oregon sits at the No. 11 overall seed in the preliminary top-16 listing. Stanford is No. 3, Arizona No. 8 and UCLA No. 9.
College volleyball — Northern Colorado (6-1) scored the first four points and the last four points in the deciding fifth set, winning it 15-10 for a 3-2 Big Sky Conference win at Portland State (0-5).
For the Vikings, Megan Sester had 20 kills and Ally Wada had 53 assists and 15 digs.
• Oregon's Nuneviller honored — Oregon's Brooke Nuneviller swept the Pac-12 volleyball awards for the week ending Feb. 14, earning both offensive and defensive player of the week honors. In two 3-0 wins over Arizona, Nuneviller hit .380 while averaging 4.17 kllls and 4.87 digs per set.
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