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Oregon 91, Texas-Arlington 54

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - Oregon took several minutes to get settled against Texas-Arlington. After that, it was business as usual for the top-ranked Ducks.

Satou Sabally scored 19 points and Oregon overcame a tough first quarter to beat Texas-Arlington 91-54 at the Paradise Jam tournament.

Taylor Chavez added 17 points and Ruthy Hebard had 16 points for the Ducks (6-0), who shot 53% and made 11 of 33 3-pointers.

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu, the NCAA's career triple-doubles leader with 19, was held to a season-low seven points - less than half her 15.5-point average. She also had 10 assists and seven rebounds.

Marie Benson had 15 points and Claire Chastain added 10 points for the Lady Mavericks (4-2), who had 20 turnovers and shot 35.4% in losing their second straight.

However, Texas-Arlington gave Oregon fits in the first quarter, swapping the lead five times and tying the game three others in the first 7 1/2 minutes. Ionescu's jumper with 2:03 left put the Ducks ahead to stay, and they closed the period with nine unanswered points for a 20-12 lead.

"They're a good team," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said of Texas-Arlington. "They jumped on us on defense a little bit, changing it up, and it took us a second to figure out what they were doing. Once we did, we were golden. ... I wasn't that concerned about it, because they're a good team ... but every team in this tournament is good."

Oregon put the game away in the second quarter, opening with a 15-2 run - capped by Erin Boley's 3-pointer with 6:11 left - to push the Ducks' lead into double digits to stay. They would go on to outscore the Lady Mavericks 30-12 in the second quarter and lead 50-24 at the half.

Oregon ended the third quarter ahead 75-41 on Sabally's layup with 15 seconds remaining. The Ducks' reserves would take the lead to 39 points three times, the last at 91-52, late in the fourth quarter.

"Our kids always come out of the locker room excited about the fight," Texas-Arlington coach Krista Gerlich said. "They played really hard, and I liked their mindset. Of course, Oregon got comfortable, and got acclimated themselves. We kinda caught them off guard a couple possessions, but it didn't take long to do what they do."

Associated Press

November 29, 2019