Ducks come from behind to win in 2 OTs: 'We dig down and figure it out'
EUGENE, Ore. - The Ducks staged a late comeback to overcome a 14-point second half deficit, beating the Broncos of Santa Clara 92-88 in double overtime.
Freshman guard Lexi Bando scored a career high 28 points on the night, and largely kept the Ducks in the game who had shown little life throughout the night.
The two teams traded baskets early, but the Broncos were up 15-11 after they switched into a full-court press, causing the Ducks to turn the ball over several times.
The Ducks took control over the next several minutes, going on an 11-0 run to take a 22-15 lead.
The run was one of the few times during the game where the Ducks showed any life, but the Broncos managed to work their way back into the game to take a 35-34 lead into the break.
Santa Clara opened the second half with a burst of energy, jumping out on a 10-2 run to take a 45-36 lead. The Broncos continually pounded the ball into the post through their high-low game, and took the largest lead of the night at 14 points with 5:48 to play.
From there, the game changed completely. The Ducks went into a halfcourt trap defense to slow down the Bronco offense, and Oregon went on to score the next 13 points of the game.
The run ended with a Santa Clara free throw to put the Broncos up 70-68 with 17 seconds left, but a layup from Lexi Petersen tied the game with six seconds left and sent the game into overtime.
The Ducks were down two once again in the final minute of overtime, but senior Amanda Delgado got to the bucket to tie the game at 76 and force a second overtime period.
Oregon took control early in the final five minutes, and was able to hold a four-point lead through most of the second overtime. Petersen was 5-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:18, and the Ducks escaped with a 92-88 win.
"I think we just turned up the heat a little bit," said Head Coach Kelly Graves. "We got them rattled, and took advantage of it. It started defensively, just the urgency we had."
Junior forward Jillian Alleyne recorded her 1,000th career rebound with her first board of the game, and tied the conference record of 18 straight double-doubles.
Alleyne finished the game with 16 points and 20 rebounds.
"It means a lot to me honestly. Rebounds are something that I've always been very prideful of since I started playing the game of basketball," said Alleyne. "To have 1,000 rebounds is almost unreal. To have 1,000 and only be a junior, I'm just looking forward to keep going from here."
The Ducks once again showed that they can fight with their backs against the wall, just two games after outscoring Navy 48-19 in the second half of an eight point win.
Another slow start on Thursday was troubling, but the Ducks have thrived in the late moments of the game recently.
"It's hard to say what exactly clicked," Petersen said. "But on our team we have a lot of toughness. Going through what a lot of us have been through at Oregon, we want to win games. We know we have that opportunity with Coach Graves. For whatever reason we come out slow, but when it comes down to it we dig down and figure it out."
Up next, The Ducks remain at home to face Fresno State on Sunday at 2 p.m.