Cougs Fall in High-Paced Battle With No. 9/10 Oregon
PULLMAN, Wash. — Taking on one of the nation’s top offenses, the Cougars (10-16, 3-11 Pac-12) threw everything they had at the high-powered Ducks (23-4, 12-2 Pac-12), forcing No. 9/10 ranked Oregon to use every weapon in its arsenal to take home a 90-79 victory in Beasley Coliseum Sunday afternoon. From the outset the Cougs knew they were going to be in for a high-paced battle as the two teams traded shots early, the Ducks from in close while the Cougs bombed away from deep. Despite missing just one shot in the opening 10 minutes, Oregon held just a six-point lead after one quarter of action thanks to 11 points, including a trio of threes, from Alexys Swedlund . When a quick third foul sent Swedlund to the bench early in the second quarter, the Ducks took advantage of the shorthanded Cougs, breaking the game open with nearly perfect offensive execution. Despite falling behind by as much as 23 points to start the second half, the Cougs fought back, using a 15-2 run capped by a Borislava Hristova three to cut the deficit to just nine late in the third. Unfortunately for WSU, the nine points would be as close as the Cougs would get the rest of the way as the Ducks answered every make with one of their own in the final 10 minutes of play. As the Cougs tried to foul and shoot their way back into the game Oregon closed things out from the line where it knocked down 10-of-11 in the quarter to finish the game 18-of-19.
Stat of the Game
The Cougs tied a season-high with 11 three-pointers, shooting a season-best 55.0% (11-of-20) from distance in the game.