EUGENE, Ore -- A 14-3 run midway through the second half propelled the 19th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes past the University of Oregon women's basketball team, 60-49, on Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon fell to 4-24 overall and 2-15 with the loss. The Buffaloes are now 22-5 (12-5).
Jillian Alleyne registered her 11th double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Jordan Loera followed with a team-high 12 points. Colorado’s Arielle Roberson led all scorers with 16 points.
Oregon’s Liz Brenner and Loera hit two early 3-pointers to help the Ducks build an 8-4 lead at the under-16 timeout in the first half.
But the Buffaloes responded with an 8-0 run capped by a Jen Reese 10-footer in the lane. The Ducks were able to put a stop to the run when Alleyne put home a layup after Loera forced a Colorado turnover. With 7:06 left in the half, Colorado’s lead was just three, 15-12. The Oregon defense held the No. 19 Buffaloes to just 28 percent shooting (7-of-25) in the game’s 13 minutes.
After another Colorado misfire, junior Ariel Thomas drove the lane and cut the lead to one, 15-14, with a running right-hander from the right block. On the ensuing possession, Thomas gave the Ducks the lead with an off-balance 18-foot jump shot from the top of the key.
The two teams played evenly over the final six minutes of the half. Then, with the game tied at 21, Colorado’s Arielle Roberson converted a 3-point play to put the Buffaloes back on top, 24-21, with under 30 seconds left in the half. Colorado would carry the 24-21 edge into the break.
Oregon held Colorado to just 11-of-38 shooting in the first half. In addition, the Ducks hit three first-half long balls compared to Colorado’s one.
The second half began just like the first half ended. Seven minutes into the final frame, the Ducks trailed the tightly contested game by just two, 30-28. Brenner was then fouled on a layup with 12:40 to go. She would split the pair of free throws to make it a 30-29 game.
But after Brenner’s free throws, Colorado caught fire from behind the arc and buried 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to open up its largest lead of the game, 36-29, with 12:05 left.
Then, after an Oregon turnover, the Buffaloes extended their lead to 12 (44-32). The 14-3 Colorado run carried the game to the under-eight media timeout (7:51).
Colorado extended the lead to 15 (52-37) but Devyn Galland brought the Ducks back to within 11, 52-41, after converting a nifty 3-point play with 2:47 remaining.
Oregon could not pull any closer than 11 the rest of the way. Despite shooting just 35 percent, Colorado prevailed, 60-49.
Oregon committed 21 turnovers that resulted in 20 Colorado points. The Ducks lost the rebounding battle, 40-35, but did force the Buffaloes to just 4-of-13 shooting from behind the arc. Oregon hit nine of its 23 3-point attempts (39 percent).