Paopao, Oregon beat another top-10 foe with win vs. No. 9 UConn
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Te-Hina Paopao had 22 points and eight rebounds as Oregon beat No. 9 UConn 72-59 on Monday.
Sedona Prince added 14 points as Oregon (10-5) won its second game against a top-10 team in three days. The Ducks defeated seventh-ranked Arizona 68-66 in overtime on Saturday.
Freshman Carolina Ducharme scored 22 points while Olivia Nelson-Ododa added 17 points for the Huskies (9-4), who were without their top two scorers due to injury.
Oregon built a 15-point halftime lead before Ducharme hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 44-34. Maddie Scherr followed with a 3-pointer for the Ducks. Prince hit a jumper and Nyara Sabally had a steal and layup before Endyia Rogers added a basket to push Oregon ahead 53-36.
Ahlise Hurst hit a 3-pointer late in the third quarter as Oregon extended its lead to 62-39.
UConn scored the first 10 points of the game before Sydney Parrish and Sabally each hit a 3-pointer for Oregon. The Huskies then moved ahead 14-8, but Paopao scored the final seven points of the first quarter.
The Ducks followed with the first 11 points of the second quarter to take a 26-14 lead. UConn closed within 30-22 before the Ducks went on a 9-2 run to close out the half.
UConn: The Huskies were without senior guard Christyn Williams, who averages 14.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, due to COVID-19 protocols. All-American guard Paige Bueckers remains out with a tibial plateau fracture. ... UConn fell to 16-5 all-time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ... The Huskies moved up one spot to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 on Monday, marking the 537th straight week they are in the rankings.
Oregon: The Ducks have faced all four teams that reached last year’s Final Four, beating Arizona and UConn and losing to Stanford and South Carolina. ... Oregon has won two straight against UConn to run its all-time record to 2-3 against the Huskies. ... Sabally, who leads Oregon with 16.4 points per game, scored seven points before leaving in the fourth quarter with an apparent knee injury. She has already missed seven games this season due to injury.
Connecticut: Hosts Seton Hall on Friday.
Oregon: At Washington on Friday.
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