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Oregon Basketball

Ducks Roll Over USC

January 12, 2019
596

Oregon - 93

USC - 53

Another day, another dominating performance for the Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball team. Oregon flew down to Los Angeles in hopes to rattle off a sweep of the LA teams, and move to 15-1 and 4-0 in conference. Tonight they took a step closer as they whalloped the Trojans, beating them by 40 on USC’s home floor. It was an aggressive game throughout as the refs were holding onto each call as if they had gone over their weekly quota already, but, Oregon was clearly the more talented team and dominated from start to finish. Let’s dive right in to this edition of Good, Bad, and Ugly.

 

Good:

Usually Sabrina locks up the top spot but, as our good friend Lee Corso says, “Not so fast my friend.” And that’s probably what Satou Sabally said before the game to Sabrina. Now, I’ll go out on a limb and say that Oregon’s best player is Sabrina Ionescu. I’m only kidding because that is more than fair to assume, as she is perhaps the best player in the country. After Sabrina, Oregon’s second best player has long been considered to be Ruthy Hebard, but, as of late, Satou Sabally is certainly making her claim. In her last four games, Sabally has put up point totals of 27, 19, 25 and 26, (tonight) continuing to show her improvement off her stellar freshman season. Sabally has such a unique skill set in today’s game, as her height (6’4”) doesn't match her play style. For example, Hebard and Sabally are listed as the same height, but Satou can put the ball on the floor and dribble, or step back and hit three pointers. Her skillset is also extremely advanced for someone her age, as she can dominate whenever she wants against whoever is guarding her. Sabally has also really improved her rebounding as of late, as again tonight she went for 7 rebounds, while adding in 2 assists, 2 steals and a block. She is a matchup nightmare, and that sleep cycle isn’t ending anytime soon if she is on the floor.

An obligatory Ionescu “good” category is in order. Sabrina only took 13 shots, but that’s all she needed as she hit 6 of them, good for 17 points, 4 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals. Again, another well rounded game from Sabrina. I could stop there, but what fun is that? Ionescu was aggressive early on tonight, as she constantly pushed the pace, and played some lockdown defense. In the half court setting, Sabrina looked for a pick and roll situation with Hebard, but USC was able to lock that down for most of the night. Instead, she was able to use that pick and roll to find an open teammate in the corner, high post or slashing underneath the rim for a quick bucket/shot. If none of the following were working, Sabrina would “settle” for an aggressive drive to the rim, or a fake drive, quick pull up jumper which was usually nothing but nylon. Again, this is nothing out of the ordinary for Sabrina, but so often we forget just how good players are until they’re gone, and Sabrina will go down on that lengthy list. Everything she does is effortless and controlled, and is absolutely one of the most gifted talents on the court at all times.

Because this game was a 40 point blowout, I’ll keep this recap short and sweet. If you’ve read my stuff, you know it’s hard for me to do that, but I’m trying this time.

Oregon’s bench played really well tonight, as the three (Gildon, Chavez and Giomi) amassed 26 total points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 7 steals (6 of those steals coming from Taylor Chavez). It was a spectacular performance from Chavez as the freshman put up 14 of those points, and hit 4/7 three pointers in a coming out party. On the defensive side, she does what she normally does and played as hard as nails tonight, and finally it showed up in the stat sheet as she accounted for 6 steals. A good night all around for everyone.

 

Bad:

Even in a 40 point blowout, I can find some bad things. No, I’m not a pessimistic person but, I think there were 2-3 things that could have improved. First off, I would’ve liked to see Erin Boley get some more shot attempts. We know she’s a very streaky shooter, and if she were riding a hot wave of shooting into Sunday’s contest against UCLA, that certainly would’ve helped. Boley only took four shots, all of them three point attempts, and made one of them. I just think it would’ve helped for her to get some more looks from the floor.

Secondly, the rebounding margin was only a +1 tonight. This isn’t a reason to panic at all, but, giving up 16 offensive rebounds just didn’t sit well with me. That’s all.

Lastly, it didn’t ultimately matter but, I wish Ruthy Hebard got some more shots as well. After a dominating 34 point, 9 rebound outing, for her to only get 6 shots was a bit of a letdown. Granted we still won by 40 so it doesn’t matter, as 5 Ducks scored in double digits.

 

Ugly:

A forty point win means there was nothing ugly tonight. Everyone go celebrate their Friday nights.

The Ducks travel 20 minutes north to UCLA on Sunday to take on the Bruins. The Bruins are only 9-7 on the season but have played their opponents tough, losing to Oregon State by 10 and Stanford by just 6. Should hopefully be closer than tonight, but we’ll find out Sunday night. As always, Go Ducks.

 
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