EUGENE — Playing without all-America candidate Ruthy Hebard, the No. 10 Oregon women's basketball team showed no adverse effects Tuesday in an 87-45 victory over Hampton before 2,142 fans in Matthew Knight Arena.
Hebard was in a walking boot for what UO coach Kelly Graves termed precautionary reasons after being hurt late in Saturday's win over Oklahoma. Junior Oti Gildon started in her place and had a career night, scoring a career-high 20 points and adding a career-best 12 rebounds for her first career double-double.
How It Happened: The Ducks led for all but 22 seconds of the game, the time it took before Mallory McGwire hit two free throws on the opening possession. Despite the absence of Hebard, Hampton had no luck penetrating the paint, settling for three-point attempts all night long; the first make came midway through the first quarter, keeping the Lady Pirates within 15-9. But that was the only make on Hampton's first 19 three-point attempts, the next coming after 28:43 of elapsed time, midway through the fourth quarter.
Oregon, meanwhile, got nine points from Lexi Bando in the first quarter to open up a 21-11 lead. It was 43-18 by halftime, when Satou Sabally had matched Bando's nine points and Gildon had eight. The big lead allowed Graves to open the second half with sophomore Sierra Campisano in place of McGwire, and to get extended minutes as well for Anneli Maley and Lydia Giomi.
Who Stood Out: Gildon's career-high 20 points came on 9-of-11 shooting, and three of her 12 rebounds were on the offensive end. Freshman Sabally added 18 points, and sophomore Sabrina Ionescu added 13 points with 10 rebounds and six assists.
What It Means: Not only was Hebard sidelined, but the Ducks had several players battling illness, yet they still put together a commanding performance and nearly doubled up the opposition.
Head coach Kelly Graves
"We were a little short-handed tonight, but man, I was really impressed with the intensity we came out with defensively. We mixed our defenses up, and I thought we were solid and consistent all night long. Offensively I thought we were on point again; didn't shoot from three all that well, but some good run-outs, good ball movement. … That's a pretty good team that we made look not-as-good tonight. That's a really good win."
Junior wing Oti Gildon
"I was a little nervous; I hadn't started in a college game yet. But I stepped up to the plate. I was happy for the team, and to fill some big shoes."
Notable: The Ducks and Lady Pirates met for the just the second time ever, a year after Oregon won 86-51 in Eugene last season. … Giomi came off the bench to score a career-high five points, as she works back into the mix after missing last season due to injury. … UO opponents went 6-of-61 from three-point range over the last three games.
Up Next: The Ducks remain at home to host Weber State in Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday at 2 p.m.
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