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Oregon Women's Basketball

Dominant Performance From Prince not Enough in 88-77 Defeat

February 28, 2021
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The Ducks handled the Beavers 79-59 in Corvallis on December 13 but knew they would get everything Oregon State had in the final home game of the season. 

The Ducks were without freshman guard Te-Hina Paopao who was nursing a right foot injury. The starting lineup looked a lot different, as Graves deployed a combination of Sabally, Boley, Chavez, Shelley, and Mikesell to take on the Beavers.

Sabally won the opening tip but the Beavers were quick to score behind leading scorer Aleah Goodman. Nyara Sabally was establishing herself inside and playing strong defense before Sedona Prince came in around 8:00.

Prince was bruising with the OSU bigs and was playing with fire. The Ducks were getting good looks early but couldn’t get them to fall. They started off converting just 3 of their first 10. 

Erin Boley was strong in the mid-range game with a fading jumper.  Kelly Graves went with a bigger lineup and had Prince, Sabally and Boley all on the floor after OSU brought in 6-9 big Jelena Mitrovic.

Her towering presence didn’t seem to phase Prince, who had an emphatic block on Mitrovic, which she followed up with a corner three.

No. 32 also had her fading post jumper going early, displaying her entire offensive arsenal.  OSU was forced to call a timeout to try and regroup.

Oregon led 21-18 at the end of the first quarter.

OSU tightened up on defense and forced a turnover with a shot clock violation. The Ducks were firing on all cylinders as Sedona Prince hit a jumper at the top of the key. She tracked down a block for another inside bucket.

The Beavs were using the pick and roll really effectively--something Graves emphasized defending in his keys for victory. Oregon State was harassing Prince on defense and the offense needed to switch something up with its top scorer slowing down a bit. 

Nyara Sabally looked like she was forcing it on offense (then 2-6 FG) but was playing her most phsyical game of the season. Prince continued an insane first half and was getting anything virtually anything she wanted inside. 

The Beavers’ shoting began to heat up again after a corner three from Sasha Goforth, who had 12 first half points. Sedona Prince had 18 points on 8-11 shooting and Oregon trailed Oregon State 38-35 at the half. 

Sedona Prince didn’t start the second half in a questionable move from Graves. Sabally continued to get to the basket and draw fouls but the Ducks were giving up open layups.

Sabally picked up her third foul with 6:23 remaining in the third quarter. Erin Boley started to heat up after she got her hand in for a steal and held her own inside. She followed that up with a free throw line jumper and a bucket from the baseline.

OSU was flying in transition and ill-advised passing from the Ducks had Oregon State threatening to open up the game, leading 54-46 with 3:37 left in the third. 

Oregon entered a scoring drought as the Beavers went on a 9-0 run to push the lead to 12. Sedona Prince looked to be tiring and had a huge block in help defense. The Ducks looked out of sorts while their opponents looked composed. 

Aleah Goodman was a bucket for Beavers all night and Oregon’s offensive struggles continued as it forced the ball inside. The Ducks trailed 61-50 at the end of three and risked the game getting away from them.

Oregon State continued its hot shooting from distance, and it would finish shooting 55% from 3-point range. 

Taylor Mikesell continued to play hard with a tough layup to lower the deficit to 10 points with 4:28 remaining. The Ducks struggled to get a stop after Erin Boley fouled Sasha Goforth on a 3-point shot. 

An Aleah Goodman 3-pointer late in the third put the game out of reach, and Oregon would go on to lose 88-77. 

WATCH GAME HIGHLIGHTS

Final Stats

Sedona Prince: 22 pts (9-15 FG), 5 reb, 2 ast, 2 blk, 1 stl

Erin Boley: 16 pts (7-11 FG), 4 reb, 1 ast

Taylor Mikesell: 16 pts (7-16 FG, 2-6 3pt FG), 3 ast, 2 reb

Nyara Sabally: 13 pts (4-14 FG), 10 reb, 4 ast

Lydia Giomi: 4 pts (1-3 FG), 1 reb

Maddie Scherr: 3 pts, 3 reb, 2 stl

Angela Dugalic: 3 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast, 1 blk

 
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