Brown scores 21, OR stifles Washington 65-40

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Ruthy Hebard dominated on the interior while scoring 14 of her career-high 30 points in the third quarter, and No. 9 OR pulled away for a 76-63 win over Washington on Friday night at Alaska Airlines Arena.

Payton Pritchard also had 12 points for the Ducks (15-8, 5-5 Pac-12), who rebounded from a 35-point road loss at Stanford.

"They've shown the ability to bounce back and that shows that we are maturing".

"That was a heck of a weekend for Ruthy", Oregon coach Kelly Graves said.

"After I missed those free throws, I was starting to get down on myself and my teammates did a great job of picking me up, " Thompson said. "It's pretty important, but we still have a couple more games to go".

Those issues shooting from the perimeter surfaced again on Friday for OR, but Hebard was unstoppable in the paint. Sophomore guard Malachi Flynn scored (16 points) had a step-back three pointer during the run.

The Oregon Ducks have been playing well with wins in four of five following a 65-40 rout of the Washington Huskies as a nine point favorite.

Oregon State shot 1 for 7 on 3-pointers in the first half, but made 8 of 12 from distance in the second half and overtimes. OR coach Dana Altman then went with Pritchard, a sophomore, and four freshmen to pressure WSU full court, and the lead grew to 67-48.

A cooler shooting third quarter for UO helped WSU cut the deficit to 10 points going into the fourth quarter. "We didn't run much for her". After a mad scramble, Tres Tinkle got the ball and put in a layin from the left side.

Washington State lost its seventh consecutive game and has just three wins since opening the season 6-0. Washington State comes off of a 94-62 loss at the Oregon State Beavers where the team mustered 37.9% shooting.

But with two wins in a row, and five in their last six, OR has all of a sudden vaulted into the top third of the Pac-12 standings.

Washington (7-17, 1-12) lost its fifth straight and simply didn't have the size to counter OR in the paint. The Huskies were just 21 for 67 (9 for 17 in the fourth) and 9 for 29 from 3.

"Troy made some good plays, and I thought his steals helped him tonight", OR coach Dana Altman said.

Graves was critical of his team's defensive letdown in the second half, when Washington State outscored them 45-42.

OR took a 28-21 halftime lead by relying mostly on Brown Jr., who had 16 points at the break.

OR blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Washington 27-15.

OR went 20 of 25 in the first half and led 48-34.

Washington: Melgoza continues to shine even in a hard season for the rebuilding Huskies. Wooten had two blocks in just 44 seconds after coming off the bench at the first media timeout and three for the game to give him 73, tied for third most by a Pac-12 freshman. She made 9 of 18 shots on Friday. "I mean, 12-for-12, a flawless night, and she went ideal (5-of-5) from the line too, It's incredible".

Oregon State earned a sweep over the Washington schools at Gill Coliseum, their first of this Pac-12 season.

Freshman forward Troy Brown had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon. Many of those came on passes to Hebard in the post. But Washington State closed on a 22-9 run to pull within 66-56 at the end of the third.

Washington's leading scorer, freshman Jaylen Nowell, failed to reach double figures for the first time in 16 games with nine points on 4-of-15 shooting and five turnovers.



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