Aggie women fall to Oregon at duel in the desert

Posted at 5:18 PM, Dec 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 18:18:55-05

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Maite Cazorla scored 26 points, Sabrina Ionescu added 25, and No. 10 Oregon beat No. 19 Texas A&M 84-62 on Thursday in the Duel in the Desert.

It was the second time the teams played in a little more than a month. The Ducks won at Texas A&M, 83-68, on Nov. 16 in the semifinals of the Preseason Women's NIT.

Ruthy Hebard had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Ducks, who played their third straight SEC opponent after losing at No. 5 Mississippi State and beating Mississippi.

Oregon (10-2), which outscores its opponents by an average of 27.6 points per game, came into the tournament ranked third in the nation in offense, averaging 89.6 points.

The Ducks, who ranked sixth in the NCAA in field goal shooting at 51.5 percent, made 27 of 50 shots (54 percent), including 12 of 24 from 3-point range.

Danni Williams led the Aggies with 22 points.

Texas A&M took its only lead at 2-0 before Oregon went on a 10-0 run in less than two minutes, getting seven points from Satou Sabally.

Oregon shot 82.4 percent (14 of 17) from the floor in the first quarter to double up Texas A&M, 34-17.

The Aggies (10-3) did a better job defensively in the second quarter, when they frustrated Oregon on the perimeter by pressuring the ball and forcing the Ducks to commit seven of their eight first-half turnovers.

Oregon made 2 of 11 shots in the second quarter, while the Aggies hit 5 of 11 to cut the lead to 41-31 at halftime.


Texas A&M: The Aggies were ranked No. 18 when suffering their first loss of the season to West Virginia on Dec. 3. They dropped three spots to No. 21. With this loss, A&M doesn't figure to be in jeopardy of dropping out of the Top 25, considering it lost to a top 10 team.

Oregon: Oregon returned all five starters from a team that advanced to the program's first-ever Elite Eight, including Ionescu, the national freshman of the year. The 5-foot-11 sophomore has scored in double figures in seven consecutive games and is averaging 19.8 points in that span. Ionescu has a share of the NCAA record with seven career triple doubles.


Texas A&M hosts SMU on Dec. 28.

Oregon plays Hawaii in Las Vegas on Friday.

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