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Oregon cruises past Colorado in Pac-12 opener

Behind a 20 point, 10 rebound performance from forward Nyara Sabally, Oregon women's basketball opened their conference season with a win.

Posted: Dec 4, 2020 4:35 PM

Eugene, Ore. -- After rehabbing season ending injuries in her first two seasons in Eugene, redshirt sophomore Nyara Sabally finally got her coming out party. The forward scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds leading Oregon women's basketball past Colorado 82-53. Sabally shot a perfect 9-9 from the field while starting alongside forward Sedona Prince. It was Sabally's first start of the season after playing off the bench in the first two games and her most minutes played so far this year.

"I thought she was a factor at both ends of the floor," said head coach Kelly Graves. And her second jump, her ability to sometimes get her own miss is pretty impressive. It was great to see her have that kind of game."

Oregon led in the first quarter but Colorado hung around headed into halftime. The Buffaloes outrebounded the Ducks in the second quarter but were held to just 34.4% shooting from the field. Out of the break, Oregon saw strong performances from Sabally and freshman guard Te-Hina Paopao who combined for 15 points in third quarter alone. Paopao in particular shot 3/4 from 3PT in the second half, helping pace the Ducks 42.9% 3PT shooting effort. 

Oregon finished the game shooting 50% from the field, with junior forward Erin Boley delivering 17 points and 6 rebounds as well. Head Coach Kelly Graves again went deep into his bench, playing 12 of his 13 rostered players, with every one of those 12 registering at least one basket. 

The Ducks will play Utah on Sunday, December 6th, with the time still TBD.

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