Oregon hopes to sweep OSU

The Ducks will host the Beavers at 3 P.M. on Sunday.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 2:55 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2021 4:06 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- No. 14 Oregon women's basketball will look to end regular season with a win when the Ducks host rival Oregon State on Sunday. 

The Ducks defeated Oregon State in their last meeting on December 13, 79-59. 

Oregon held OSU to just 35 percent shooting in that game. 

The Beavers have won five of their last six games shooting 50 percent from three in that span. 

Head coach Kelly Graves knows things won't be as easy this time around. 

"They're so difficult to defend because you can't speed them up and you can't take away everything," Graves said. 

Graves also had high praise for OSU guards Aleah Goodman and Talia von Oelhoffen.

Goodman was just named ESPNW's National Player of the Week while von Oelhoffen earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. 

Goodman is averaging 16.6 points per game along with 5.1 assists per game this season. 

von Oelhoffen, who was a late addition this season, scored in double figures in each of the Beavers' wins over USC and UCLA. 

"They have weapons, that's no question," Graves said. "Plus I think Aleah Goodman is playing her best basketball of her career right now."

This is also Oregon's last home game of season. 

Although there won't be fans in the stands, the Ducks will honor seniors Erin Boley and Lydia Giomi following Sunday's game. 

Boley and Giomi helped the Oregon program to three straight Pac-12 regular season championships and a pair of conference titles. 

"They've left a legacy that is going to be hard to match," Graves said. 

Boley is coming off a 13-point performance against USC on Sunday. 

Ducks freshman guard Te-Hina Paopao and Taylor Mikesell are players to watch as well. 

The two combined for 43 points in the win over OSU in December.

Graves says a loss could potentially lead to another rematch against Oregon State in the Pac-12 tournament. 

"I don't want play Oregon State anymore than I have to," Graves said. "That's how good they are."

Tip off is scheduled for 3 P.M. on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena. 

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