Less than 48 hours ago, the No. 2 Oregon Ducks suffered their first Pac-12 conference loss of the season 72-66 to the Arizona State Sun Devils. How would Oregon respond on Sunday afternoon against another tough opponent in No. 18 Arizona? Would the Ducks come out fired up or continue the slump?
Oregon held a five point lead with under a minute of game time to go. Ionescu sank two free throws with 20.7 left on the clock and a 69-64 lead. Sophomore Taylor Chavez and junior Satou Sabally forced a turnover and Ionescu ended up back on the charity stripe.
The Ducks (13-2, 3-1 Pac-12) grinded out a tough win over Wildcats (13-4, 2-3 Pac-12) with a final score of 71-64 in Tucson, Arizona.
Here are three quick takeaways from the game:
SHELLEY, CHAVEZ ZONE WORK
The Ducks settled into a 2-3 defensive zone with sophomore Taylor Chavez and freshman Jaz Shelley lingering at the top. The two forced the ball to the outside but it was their quickness and hands that forced turnovers and fast break opportunities. Unfortunately, the Ducks could only capitalize with three total fast break points.
Oregon recorded 11 steals and forced 15 turnovers in the win.
SENIOR DOMINANCE PT. 1: DOUBLE-DOUBLE FOR RUTHY HEBARD;
The dynamic duo was at it again and the Ducks needed every bit of them. Seniors Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard have an undeniable chemistry and know how to finish games.
Hebard recorded 19 points and 14 rebounds and absolutely dominated the paint. Oregon outscored 36 to 18 in the paint over Arizona.
SENIOR DOMINANCE PT. 2: TRIPLE-DOUBLE FOR THE GOAT
Ionescu recorded her 22nd career triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. She had just two points at halftime.
In the fourth quarter alone, Ionescu scored 11 of Oregon 18's points and hitting 7-for-7 from the free thrown line. Clutch.
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Instant Analysis: No 2 Oregon edges No. 18 Arizona in a nail biter originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest