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EUGENE — The streak had to come to an end at some point.

After pulling out a thrilling overtime win in Gill Coliseum on Friday, their 14th straight over the Ducks, the Beavers ran out of gas in the rematch on Sunday.

Behind 21 points from freshman Satou Sabally the Ducks picked up a 75-63 Pac-12 women’s basketball win before a Matthew Knight Arena crowd of 7,249.

Oregon also got 16 points from Maite Cazorla, 15 from Sabrina Ionescu — she had a career-high 35 on Friday — and 14 from Mallory McGwire.

“Everybody talks about Sabrina but there are weapons all over the floor,” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. “You saw what Satou can do tonight. She was the difference early. She made us pay every time we were off her. … I thought she really was a difference maker tonight.”

Kat Tudor, who had a career-high 34 on Friday, led the Beavers with 17 points while Marie Gulich had 16 after a career-high 28 on Friday. Freshman Aleah Goodman had 11 off the bench after not playing on Friday.

It was the first Oregon win in the series since an 81-72 decision on the opening night of Matthew Knight Arena back on Jan. 23, 2011.

Oregon State (14-5, 5-3) is at Utah on Friday while the Ducks (18-3, 7-1) head to Colorado.

The victory, coupled with Stanford’s loss at UCLA, puts the Ducks alone in first place. The Beavers fall into a tie for fourth with Arizona State, California and Utah.

“That’s a heck of a team,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said of the Beavers. “They do not quit. I thought we were obviously in control the whole game and they just keep coming at you, coming at you, coming at you.”

Oregon broke the game open in the second quarter. After Tudor converted a three-point play to get the Beavers within 22-14 with minutes left in the half, the Ducks countered with a 10-0 run, highlighted by a Sabally 3 — her third of the quarter — after the ball bounced off the hands of three players.

The run became 18-2 as the Ducks took their largest lead of the half at 40-15.

Oregon lead 40-18 at the break.

Sabally had 13 points in the first half after just three total on Friday.

“She hit a couple of the open 3s but she was looking to be a lot more aggressive off the dribble and around the basket,” Graves said. "It was great to see. When she does that, along with the other kids we’ve got, it gives us a whole new dimension.”

It was the second time in six games the Beavers have trailed by at least 19 points at the half on the road against a ranked opponent.

“That’s our hurdle right now is being tough on the road,” Rueck said. “We’re inexperienced and tonight that was evident in the first half. We weren’t as tough as we needed to be, didn’t handle the adversity early. We needed to answer with points and execution. I thought we settled early for shots.”

After being disappointed with his team’s defense in Friday’s loss, Graves couldn’t have been more excited out of what he saw on Sunday.

The Ducks limited the Beavers to a 6-for-24 performance in the first half and they had just three field goals in each of the first two quarter. On Friday, the Beavers hit their first seven 3s in the first quarter and scored 28 points.

“The first 20 minutes is as good of defense that has ever been played in this arena since I’ve been here,” Graves said. “Probably ever, on the women’s side so I was really proud of how hard we played and how in tune and focused we were defensively.”

Despite trailing by as many as 27 points in the third (50-23), the Beavers weren’t about to go quietly.

A 17-4 run made it a 56-40 deficit at the end of the third. The Beavers won the quarter 22-16 and were 9 for 19 from the field and 2 for 5 from 3.

Tudor and Goodman had 3s early in the fourth to pull the Beavers within 58-46 with 8:35 to play. A three-point play by Gulich left the deficit at 62-49 with 7:25 left, but the Ducks were able to regain control and salt away the win.

The Beavers struggled to get in a flow offensively in the first half. They went nearly seven minutes without scoring in the first quarter as the Ducks used a 10-0 run to take a 12-7 lead.

Despite falling behind so early, Sunday was different than the UCLA game when the Beavers fell behind big and ended up losing by 35.

“I liked our grit and toughness,” Rueck said. “We’re getting better. This team has grown up a lot in the last two weeks. We learned some tough lessons in L.A., they’ve applied those lessons positively and I’m really proud of the way we fought tonight.

“This was an opportunity where we could have hung our heads a little bit more but we kept fighting. I thought we showed a lot of heart.”


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Sports editor of the Albany Democrat-Herald and Corvallis Gazette-Times

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