Eugene, Ore. (NWN) — Sedona Prince had 18 points before a fourth-quarter exit in a season-opening 91-34 of Idaho State’s No. 10 Oregon on Tuesday night.
Duck forward Nyra Sabli scored 14 points and four rebounds in the third quarter before injuring a foot or ankle. Coach Kelly Graves helped her off the court and initially went to the locker room, but returned to the bench to watch the fourth quarter.
The injury is a potential blow to the Ducks, as Sabli averaged 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds last season. Graves said after the game he believed Sabli would be fine.
Kelly Bourne had seven points for the Bengals, who were trailing on 57 points. Idaho State was 2-of-25 from a 3-point range and was 22.6% overall.
Oregon scored 61% overall and went 21-0 at one point.
“We wanted to come out, and not come slow and not have a bad start to the season. I think this team can go a long way,” said Prince. “And I hope we did today. The night proved it for everyone in the country.”
The win extended Oregon’s winning streak at home to 43 on non-conference teams. It was the first time in 19 months that the Ducks played in front of fans at Matthew Knight Arena due to coronavirus restrictions.
“From the start, I thought defensively we were on point. Offensively we wanted to get the ball in early and often. We did that early in the game and then it started to snowball a little bit,” Graves said. Said. “But I thought it was a complete game. We played well on both ends of the field tonight.”
Idaho State finished last season 22-4 and Big Sky were the regular season and tournament champions before losing to Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Oregon finished last season 15-9 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament, falling to Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen.
Oregon took a 13-0 lead on Tuesday, including eight points from Sabli. The Bengals were clearly unmatched as the Ducks took a 39-7 lead.
Oregon took a 50-20 lead at the break and the route was on.
“We just knew what we wanted to do. We had patience on offense, and were just timid on defense. It was great, it was really fun to play honestly. I had a blast,” said Prince.
The two teams had last met seven times, with the Ducks winning all seven.
The Bengals have played with five other-ranked teams since 2009–10, and the only win – and the first win over an NWN Top 25 team – was against No. 25 Washington in 2017.
Idaho State: The Bengals finished last season 11-0 at home, with a perfect home record for only the second time in the school’s history. … It was the 125th game of his career for Estefi Ors, setting a new program record. … none of the Bengals scored in double digits. … it was the third largest margin of defeat in the team’s history.
Oregon: The Ducks are ranked in the NWN Top 25 in each of the previous 77 rankings for 2017-18. … Oregon beat the Bengals 27-6 in the opening quarter alone. … Maddie Sher finished with 14 points and five assists.
Idaho State: Host Park University on Saturday.
Oregon: hosts Dixie State on Sundays.
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