EUGENE — Coach Kelly Graves found a lot for No. 1 Oregon to work on after the season opener.
Two days after shocking the best team in the world in an exhibition game, the Ducks easily downed Northeastern 89-47 on Monday. Ruthy Hebard led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
All-America guard Sabrina Ionescu added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the Ducks, who led by as many as 38 points. Ionescu’s 3-pointer with just over five minutes left in the game stretched Oregon’s lead to 78-45. She went to the bench for good with just under three minutes to go.
Forward Lydia Giomi added a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds for Oregon.
“Two areas that jump out to me that were just uncharacteristic of the Ducks — we didn’t shoot the 3 well, 9-of-35, that’s just not who we are, and 15 turnovers. So two of the areas that we pride ourselves in, we just didn’t do that good a job,” Graves said.
Oregon downed the U.S. national team 93-86 in an exhibition game on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena, handing the Americans only their second loss ever to a college program. Ionescu led the way with 30 points, while Satou Sabally added 25.
So it was not surprising that the Ducks remained a solid No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll earlier Monday, receiving 28 of 30 first-place votes from a national media panel.
Junior Stella Clark led Northeastern (0-2) with 12 points.
No. 7 Oregon State 69, Pacific 57: CORVALLIS — Mikayla Pivec had 18 points and 17 rebounds to help No. 7 Oregon State beat Pacific in the second round of the preseason WNIT. Pacific closed to within eight points at 62-54 late in the fourth quarter, but the Beavers made enough plays down the stretch to hold on for the win. Aleah Goodman and Destiny Slocum added 17 points apiece for the Beavers (2-0), who overcame 23 turnovers. They will face DePaul on Thursday in the semifinals. Brooklyn McDavid scored 32 points to lead Pacific (1-1).