Oregon falls in WNIT semifinals
VERMILLION, S.D. — After winning four straight games without star forward Jillian Alleyne to reach the semifinals of the WNIT, the Oregon women's basketball team ran into a hot-shooting South Dakota squad and lost, 88-54, in front of 5,080 on Wednesday night at the DakotaDome.
South Dakota shot 71.4 percent (15-of-21) from three-point range while the Ducks, who entered the game as the nation's No. 1 three-point shooting team, went 5-of-14 from long range.
Oregon finishes the season with a record of 24-11, just one victory shy of the program's single-season record.
HOW IT HAPPENED: Oregon started cold in the first quarter and trailed South Dakota, 19-9, going into the second. The Ducks trailed UTEP, 20-9, in the first quarter on Monday night but rallied back from 18 points down to win the game.
That comeback would not happen on Wednesday, as South Dakota continued to shoot the ball well from long range and shot 54 percent from the field overall.
Oregon pulled within four early in the second quarter but South Dakota went on a big run and took a 39-25 lead into halftime. The Coyotes exploded for 29 points in the third quarter to put the game away.
BOX SCORE BLAST: Jacinta Vandenberg finished with a team-high 17 points, her highest output of the season. Lexi Bando tallied 15 points, including a 3-for-6 shooting night from three-point range. Freshman Maite Cazorla scored seven points to go with eight assists and just one turnover.
RECORD BOOK: Lexi Petersen played the 126th game of her career on Wednesday, breaking the previous program record of 125 set by Micaela Cocks. Maite Cazorla finished the season with 206 assists, just three from matching Corrie Mizusawa’s record of 209, set during the 2004-05 season.
THREE-POINT THREATS: With the season complete, three Ducks finished in the top-10 of UO's single-season three-point percentage record book. At 45.3 percent (72-of-159), Lexi Bando posted the fourth-best percentage in UO history. She shot 44.0 percent last year, now the seventh best mark. Lexi Petersen finished her senior season with a three-point percentage of 44.7, good for sixth in program history. Kat Cooper, at 42.8 percent from three, ranks 10th in UO history.