It would be natural for the No. 18 Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team to look ahead a little bit toward Sunday’s game at Arizona. For the first 10 minutes of the game against Arizona State, it sure looked like that was exactly what was happening.
But after that slow start, the Ducks turned it on in the second half and defeated the Sun Devils 82-62 in Tempe.
Oregon moves to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in conference action while ASU dropped to 7-8 overall and is still looking for its first Pac-12 victory at 0-3.
The third quarter was the difference as the Ducks took just a 32-26 lead into halftime. But Oregon came out of the locker room on fire and outscored the Sun Devils 27-14 in that quarter and cruised from there.
Final Score: Oregon 82, Arizona State 62
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Keys to the game
The Ducks got off to a slow start and found themselves down by seven in the first quarter. But Oregon went on a mini-run at the end of the quarter and found itself down just 18-15 after 10 minutes of action.
Things started to get back to normal in the second quarter, but Oregon was in some foul trouble with Phillipina Kyei, Grace VanSlooten and Taya Hanson all saddled with two fouls each.
The third quarter quickly turned into the VanSlooten Show. The Oregon freshman forward scored 12 of her 16 points in that 10-minute span.
At one point, the Ducks led 70-42 and that was after being down 10-3 very early on.
Taya Hanson, once a Sun Devil, returned to her former home court and poured in 13 points.
It's on the stat sheet
Endyia Rogers: 19 points
Grace VanSlooten: 16 points, 6 rebounds
Taya Hanson: 13 points
Phillipina Kyei: 10 points, 18 rebounds
Kennedy Basham: 5 points, 6 rebounds, 14 minutes
Tyi Skinner (ASU): 20 points, 4-8 3-pt FG
The Ducks go to Tuscon and take on No. 15 Arizona on Sunday. The Wildcats escaped an upset bid by Oregon State and won 72-69. Arizona is 13-2 overall and 3-1 in conference play.