By John Coon

The Associated Press

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LOGAN, Utah — Selected as the preseason favorite to repeat as Pac-12 champion, Oregon is embracing the challenge and living up to the expectations so far.

Ruthy Hebard had 20 points and eight rebounds, Sabrina Ionescu added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 Oregon never trailed in beating Utah State 88-58 on Wednesday night.

Erin Boley added 14 points for the Ducks and Taylor Chavez chipped in 13 as Oregon (3-0) coasted after shooting 56 percent from the field and finishing with a 36-26 advantage on rebounds.

“We knew that we’d have to come out and play hard and aggressive from the start and not give them any hope to get into this game,” Ionescu said.

Shannon Dufficy had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Aggies, and Rachel Brewster added 12 points. Utah State (2-1) committed 13 turnovers, which led to 19 points for Oregon. The Aggies shot 38 percent from the field, the third straight opponent the Ducks held under 40 percent.

“The defense is what is going to carry us to, hopefully, the Final Four this year,” Hebard said. “We definitely need to get better. We know our offense is going to work for us. We got to control the defense a little better, but once we get that we will very hard to beat.”

Oregon shot 75 percent from the field in the opening quarter, highlighted by 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range.