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Eugene, Ore. -- In the first leg of their of the series against the mountain schools, no. 4 Oregon breezed by no. 14 Utah, 87-65, while no. 9 Oregon State earned a big win over Colorado, 89-65. This sets up both teams to be the top two in the Pac-12 standings up to this point.
In Matthew Knight Arena, Oregon was the picture of a team win, having six players score in double figures, while being led by forward Satou Sabally, who had 20. The Utes competed with the Ducks through the third quarter, only being down by 4 points. That margin then thinned to only one following a pair of free throws from Meghan Huff, who led the Utes with 38 points. Following that trip to the free throw line, the Ducks spent their last 9 minutes game on a 27-7 run.
"I told her after the game," said Oregon head coach Kelly Graves. "I'm really glad we have to play them one time this year. That is a good basketball team. I told her we prepared harder for them than anybody because they are so solid. But I really liked how we resonded in the 4th quarter."
"We just played our game and got everyone the ball," concluded Sabally. "We aren't selfish players. This is what makes us good."
Up in Corvallis, Colorado stuck with Oregon State through the first quarter, and then it was all Beavers for the rest of the way. The Buffaloes only trailed by six points, but behind guards Aleah Goodman and Destiny Slocum, the Beavs entered halftime with a 51-33 lead.
Goodman, in particular, set highs in 3 point percentage, points, and minutes. She finished with 25 points, on 9/12 shooting and a perfect 6/6 from beyond the arc. Slocum also contributed 26 points, which has become par for the course for the guard since the start of Pac-12 play. With Madison Washington out of the lineup, head coach Scott Rueck trotted out a four guard lineup of Goodman, Slocum, Mikayla Pivec and Katie McWilliams. Pivec and forward Joanna Grymek finished with 12 points each.
"You have two people that can create so many options for your offense because of their dynamic scoring ability let alone their unselfishness and their playmaking ability," said head coach Scott Rueck. "Then you add Mik [Pivec] and you add Katie [McWilliams] who can also play point guard and that's a dangerous thing."
"They're playing a little bit different positions so I mean our focus has to really be there so I think that definitely opens up a lot on both ends on the floor," Goodman finished.
Oregon State take on Utah at 12 pm in Gill Coliseum, while Oregon hosts Colorado at the same time in Matthew Knight Arena.