Ducks win in nonconference finale
CANCUN — The Oregon women's basketball team ended its nonconference season impressively, furnishing a 67-56 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday night at the Moon Palace Resort.
Oregon sophomore guard Taylor Lilley led her squad with a season and game-high 24 points. The Newhall, Calif., native knocked down a career-best six three-pointers.
The Ducks (6-5) finished their competition at the Caribbean Classic 1-1, and will take time off for the holidays before returning to Eugene to prepare for their Pacific-10 Conference opener at Oregon State on Sat., Dec. 29.
Playing 39 minutes on the floor, freshman forward Ellyce Ironmonger added 18 points (tying her career high) and seven rebounds, shooting 8-of-15 from the floor.
Tulsa (3-9) was led by Tatum Beer's 14-point (5-of-10) performance, while Larissa Williams chipped in 10 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.
A team effort on the floor placed Oregon in the win column as senior guard Tamika Nurse scored nine, and two second-half three-pointers from Micaela Cocks gave her six points and three assists.
The Ducks shot 44.6 percent from the floor and drained a season-high 10 three-pointers. Oregon also was limited to a season-low 11 turnovers, while forcing the Hurricanes into 15 miscues.