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Ducks fall to Beavers, second time in one week

Oregon Beavers Ruth Hamblin (#44) sets a screen for freshman guard Katie McWilliams (#10). Oregon Ducks Mar'Shay Moore (#13) works hard to fight through the screen with senior forward Jillian Alleyne (#14) waiting to assist her. The Civil War game ended with the Beavers winning 59-45. Whitney Bradshaw, Oregon News Lab

EUGENE, Ore. - After losing to the Oregon State Beavers in the first game of the Civil War last Friday 60-33, the Ducks fell to their rivals again Sunday 59-45. The Beavers improved their overall record to 12-3 with 3-1 in conference play while the Ducks now stand at 11-4 with 0-4 in conference.

Oregon Ducks Jillian Alleyne was held to just six points, teammate Lexi Petersen was held to just four, and Lexi Bando ended the game with no points despite playing 20 minutes. Liz Brenner led the Ducks with 13 points and Maite Cazorla added 12. The Beavers had three players in double-digits, Ruth Hamblin scored 12, Gabriella Hanson added another 12 and Jamie Weisner put in 11.

The Beavers shot 47.8 percent from the field while the Ducks only shot 35.3 percent.

The Beavers led most of the first half until the Ducks managed to close the gap and pull ahead by one point to go into the locker room at 25-24.

But the Beavers dominated the second half, shooting 54.5 percent of their baskets to the Ducks 26.9 percent.

Despite the loss, Ducks Head Coach Kelly Graves praised his team -- after praising Oregon State. "Well first of all," said Graves, "I do want to congratulate Oregon State. They played a really good basketball game. I'll tell ya, that's a heck of a team."

"But I'm really proud of our group today," Graves said. "I thought we came back on less than forty-eight hours, after getting just worked over up at their place. We showed some character today. We came out, played well, played hard, and did a lot of really good things. Unfortunately a stretch in the third quarter hurt us and we could just never make up for it. But overall I'm really proud of the effort."

The Ducks have now dropped their last four games. "Three of the four games now we led at halftime," Graves said. "Which is encouraging in some ways. And discouraging, obviously, in others. But the fact is we can play. We just gotta get that first win to get the monkey off our back."

The Ducks next play Stanford in Matthew Knight Arena Friday, January 15th, with tipoff at 6 pm.

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