Depleted Ducks defeat Bulldogs for second win

EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon women's basketball team won its second consecutive game Tuesday night, defeating the Samford Bulldogs 72-61 at Matthew Knight Arena.

Four Ducks scored in double figures led by Junior Danielle Love with a game-high 17 points. Junior Ariel Thomas scored 15, while sophomore Jordan Loera added 14. Freshman Jillian Alleyne contributed 11 points of her own to go with her game-high 19 rebounds.

Defensively, Oregon recorded seven steals and four blocks, while Samford only managed one of each. Thomas led the Ducks with steals, while Alleyne and sophomore Megan Carpenter blocked two shots each.

As a team, the Ducks outshot the Bulldogs 40.7 percent (22-of-54) to 33.8 percent (22-of-65) from the field and 37.5 percent (9-of-24) to 33.3 percent (11-of-33) from beyond the arc.

Loera started things off with a three-pointer on the first possession of the game followed by a mid-range jumper off a steal and subsequent assist from Ariel Thomas to put Oregon up 5-0. On the Ducks' next possession, Loera recorded an assist of her own as she dished the ball out to Danielle Love for a three-point basket. Yet another Oregon three-pointer by Thomas put the Ducks up 11-0 with 18 minutes remaining in the first half.

After trading baskets, Samford cut the Ducks' lead to 20-19 with an 11-0 run of their own. The Bulldogs managed the tie the game at 22 a piece with 9:10 remaining, before Oregon extended the lead once again. The Ducks closed the half up 37-27 with the advantage in rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, three-point field goal percentage and overall shooting percentage. Oregon shot an impressive 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from three-point range in the first period.

Samford opened the half with a 10-0 run, tying the game once again. A 9-0 run by the Ducks put the game out of reach, however, as Samford was unable to regain a lead.

Oregon finished with a 20-4 advantage in points in the paint, while also leading Samford in fast break points (19-3) and points off turnovers (14-5).

The Ducks (2-8) return to the hardwood on Friday, Dec. 21 at Portland with tip-off at noon.


- For the second straight game, Oregon went with the starting unit of Ariel Thomas, Jordan Loera, Danielle Love, Jillian Alleyne and Megan Carpenter. Love, Carpenter and Loera have started all 10 games this year.

- The Ducks jumped out to an 11-0 lead which was their largest to start a game in 2012-13. In fact, Oregon has posted runs of 5-0 or better in six of their first 10 games this season. UO opened games with leads versus No. 13 Oklahoma (7-0), Arkansas (8-0), Denver (5-0), Nevada (5-0), Illinois (5-0) and Samford (11-0).

- For the first time this season, Oregon had a lead at halftime (37-27). UO is 1-0 when leading at the half, while just 1-8 this season when trailing at the midway point.

- The Ducks' largest lead of the game was 12 points which they held twice: 15-3 with 14:59 in the first half and 70-58 with 40 seconds in the second half. The game was also tied twice: 22-22 with 9:09 in the first half and 37-37 with 17:37 in the second half. Samford never led in the game.

- Oregon made a season-best 37.5 percent of its 3-point attempts (9-of-24). Six different players made 3-pointers in the game.

- Jillian Alleyne (11 points and 19 rebounds) registered her fourth double-double of the season. It marked the eighth time this season she's grabbed 10 or more boards (and the sixth time in the last seven games). It was the seventh time this season that she has led the team in rebounding.

- Danielle Love (17 points) reached double-figures in scoring for the seventh time this year. It was the third time this year Love has led the team in scoring.

- Ariel Thomas (15 points) reached double-figures for the second straight game.

- Jordan Loera (14 points) reached double-figures for the second time in the last three games. It was the fourth time this season she had 10 or more points.