Nyingifa leads No. 16 UCLA women over Oregon 89-80
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon freshman Jillian Alleyne recorded her fifth double-double of the season but visiting UCLA held off the feisty Ducks, 89-80, in the Pac-12 season-opener on Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena.
Alleyne finished the game with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ariel Thomas followed with a game-high 20 points and five assists, Devyn Galland registered 11 points and Danielle Love chipped in 10 points for the Ducks. Five UCLA players finished with at least 10 points; Atonye Nyingifa led the Bruin charge with 18. Markel Walker (10 points, 11 rebounds), posted a double-double for 16th-ranked UCLA.
UCLA improved to 10-2 (1-0 Pac-12) with the win while Oregon fell to 2-11 (0-1 Pac-12).
Alleyne scored the first four points of the game for the Ducks and the two teams played evenly through the first five minutes of play. Down 8-7, Amanda Delgado buried a three from the right wing to give the Ducks a two-point lead. The Bruins scored the next six off of two Oregon turnovers, however, to take a 14-10 lead with 13 minutes left in the opening half. They would extend their lead to seven (19-12) just moments later at the 10:50 mark.
UCLA utilized a 16-0 run over the next six-plus minutes to grab a 35-13 lead and break the game open with less than five minutes remaining in the first half. Two Thomas free throws finally broke the drought with 4:35 left.
After the Delgado three that gave the Ducks a 10-8 lead with 14:10 to go, the Bruins would score 29 of the next 35 points. With 3:10 left, UCLA held a 41-20 advantage.
Thomas led all scorers with 13 points heading into the locker room but the Bruins led 50-32 through the first 20 minutes of play. UCLA's Nirra Fields posted 12 points and six rebounds in the first.
Oregon came out firing in the second half. Love buried a three to get things started for the Ducks and Alleyne netted a baby-hook jumper after juking her defender with some nifty footwork at the 17:25 mark to cut the UCLA lead to 12 (54-42).
But the Bruins regained their composure and went on a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 19, 63-44, with 13:20 to go. Megan Carpenter hit a free throw at the 13:16 mark to stop the run.
With just under six minutes left, Thomas nailed a triple to bring the Ducks within 13 (79-66), the closest margin since midway through the first half. On the ensuing possession, UCLA missed a three and Alleyne grabbed her 11th rebound of the night. On the other end of the floor, Thomas split a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 12 (79-67).
Oregon's Liz Brenner put home a tough right-handed layup to make it an 83-73 ballgame with 3:25 left but the Bruins responded by hitting three of their next four free throws to push the lead back to 13. UCLA held off the late Oregon charge to win it by nine, 89-80.
The Ducks shot 42 percent (24-of-57) from the field and the Bruins checked in at 46 percent (33-of-72). UCLA out-rebounded Oregon 42-36 and committed seven fewer turnovers (18 to Oregon's 25).
Oregon next takes the floor on Sunday afternoon at home against USC. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
- Jillian Alleyne (19 points and 12 rebounds) registered a double-double for the fifth time this season. It marked the 10th time in 13 games that Alleyne has tallied 10 or more rebounds in a game. It was also the 10th time this year that Allene has led the team in rebounding.
- Ariel Thomas (20 points) led the team in scoring for the second time this year (in seven games). It was the fifth time this year she's tallied double-figures in scoring.
- Oregon made a season-best 24 free throws (24-of-30) for 80 percent. It was the fifth time this year that UO has shot 80 percent or better from the charity stripe.
- The Ducks made 51.9 percent of their field goal attempts in the second half (14-of-27).
- The Bruins largest lead was 26 points, 48-22, with 1:24 remaining in the first half. Oregon lead by four points, 7-3, with 17:00 minutes in the first half.
- UCLA had a 32-18 advantage in points off turnovers. The Ducks (25 turnovers) have recorded more turnovers than their opponent in all but two games this season (UO 14, Saint Mary's 18; UO 15, Oklahoma 18).