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Eugene & Corvallis, OR. -- The first time UCLA and Oregon faced each other, the Ducks won by double-digits. But Friday’s performance was a different story. It was a night full of firsts for the Oregon women’s basketball team. With the 74-69 loss to the UCLA Bruins, the Ducks dropped back-to-back games and suffered their first home loss of the season.
Offensively, Oregon struggled without junior forward Ruthy Hebard. Hebard didn’t suit up after injuring her knee in the Ducks’ loss at Oregon State. In her absence, Oregon shot 44.4 percent as a team against the Bruins, including 6-of-26 from three-point range.
“Offensively, we’ve been a mess for a while,” said Oregon head coach Kelly Graves. “I mean 6-of-26? You’re not going to beat many teams like that. We don’t have that one kid that is just on fire. But we have to figure it out and figure it out quickly because Sunday is not going to be a picnic.”
Oregon will try to break a two-game skid, as the Ducks host USC Sunday morning at 11:00.
Meanwhile, Oregon State women’s completed the comeback over USC, 68-61, despite falling behind 16-0 to start the game. The beavers outscored the Trojans 33-24 in the second and third quarters combined holding USC to 30 percent shooting over that span.
"I don't think anyone panicked,” OSU head coach Scott Rueck said. “It was like, ‘okay these are the circumstances now, how can we best respond?’ That was the story of the game. It never got easy, it never got easy."
Oregon State was down by one with just over one minute to play when Aleah Goodman knocked in a three pointer. That was followed by Destiny Slocum step back three with the shot clock winding down. Slocum had 16 points in the game.
Mikayla Pivec led Oregon State with 18 points while adding eight rebounds.
“Down 16-0 you're not going to get right away,” Oregon State guard Mikayla Pivec said. “So we just tried to chip away. Get a stop, get a score, get a stop. We were able to get it down to 11 after the first quarter. Then one at halftime and we never went away the rest of the game."
The Beavers improve to 22-5 and 12-3 in the Pac-12 Conference. OSU hosts UCLA at 1 PM on Sunday.