Turnovers doom Ducks at Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. — The No. 25 Oregon women's basketball team committed 17 turnovers and fell, 83-67, to Ole Miss on Wednesday night at The Pavilion.
The Rebels scored 23 points off the Oregon turnovers while Ole Miss turned the ball over just seven times.
The Ducks (8-2) trailed early but a pair of Ruthy Hebard free throws tied it up, 11-11, with 3:24 left in the first quarter. The Rebels went on a run late in the first and led, 24-15, at the end of the quarter.
Down 11 early in the second quarter, Justine Hall hit a three to bring the Ducks within four, 28-24, with 6:18 left before halftime. That would be the closest the Ducks would get. Oregon turned the ball over three straight times and Ole Miss pushed the lead back up to 11, 35-24, with 4:43 remaining in the second quarter. At the half, the Rebels owned a 49-35 lead. The Ducks shot 43 percent from the floor in the first half but allowed Ole Miss to score 18 points off 14 turnovers.
After Hebard hit a layup to start the third quarter, Ole Miss went on a 7-0 run to take a 59-38 lead with 7:24 remaining. The Rebels led, 67-50, at the end of the third quarter. Oregon kept trying to chip away but the Rebels maintained a double-digit lead until the final buzzer.
Mallory McGwire posted her first career double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Hebard, who entered the game shooting a Pac-12-best 80 percent from the floor, went 10-of-13 against Ole Miss to finish with a team-high 22 points plus eight rebounds. Hall, playing in just her second game with Oregon after transferring from Purdue last year, tallied 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting and Maite Cazorla added six points and six assists.
The Ducks fly home today before heading up to Portland to play a doubleheader with the men's basketball team at the Moda Center on Dec. 17. The women will play Portland State at 5 p.m. before the men play UNLV at 8 p.m.