Unranked Oregon women's basketball downs No. 9 UConn 72-59
For just the first time since the 2003-04 season, UConn suffered multiple defeats to unranked opponents. Earlier in the season it was Georgia Tech on Dec. 9, and on Monday, Jan. 17, it was the Oregon Ducks who did the Huskies in by a 72-59 margin.
It wasn't smooth sailing for the Ducks from the jump as Connecticut jumped out to a 10-0 lead to start the game off. But from there it was all Oregon. The Ducks were led by sophomore guard Te-Hina Paopao with 22 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Paopao went 7-of-17 from the floor, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range in her 32 minutes.
Off the bench, redshirt junior forward Sedona Prince notched 14 points and five rebounds.
Oregon started slow, falling behind 10-0 in the first quarter, but rallied thanks to hot shooting from beyond the arc to take the lead 15-14 by the first quarter's end. That momentum carried over into the second quarter as the Ducks went on an 18-0 run at one point to establish a healthy lead over the No. 9 ranked team. By the half, Oregon led 39-24.
In the third quarter Oregon continued to press its advantage, outscoring Connecticut 23-17 in the third stanza on 60 percent shooting from the floor.
Connecticut was playing with limited available players. Head coach Geno Auriemma had eight available players and used six of them. The Huskies were led by guard Caroline Ducharme with 22 points, three rebounds and two assists; forward Olivia Nelson-Ododa notched 17 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
The Ducks had a scary moment when forward Nyara Sabally hit the floor after teammate Maddie Scherr collided with her right knee in the fourth quarter. Sabally was helped back into the locker room but ultimately made her way back to the bench with ice on her knee later in the fourth.
Oregon (10-5) will square off against Pac-12 competition in its next contest when it faces Washington (5-5) on Friday, Jan. 21.
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