Women’s basketball soundly defeated by No. 1 Oregon in second loss of season

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Women’s basketball soundly defeated by No. 1 Oregon in second loss of season

Junior guard Stella Clark goes up for a layup in a game last season versus Delaware.

Junior guard Stella Clark goes up for a layup in a game last season versus Delaware.

Muhammad Elarbi

Junior guard Stella Clark goes up for a layup in a game last season versus Delaware.

Muhammad Elarbi

Muhammad Elarbi

Junior guard Stella Clark goes up for a layup in a game last season versus Delaware.

Niyati Parikh, news correspondent

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Northeastern women’s basketball took its second loss of the season at No. 1 Oregon Monday evening, losing by a substantial margin, 89-47.

With a tough loss early last week to South Dakota, the Huskies faced yet another challenge against the top-ranked Oregon Ducks. The Ducks are riding the thrill of a win against Team USA, handing them their second-ever loss to a collegiate team.

Junior guard Stella Clark and senior forward Ayanna Dublin were two key players for the Husky offense with Clark having 12 points, three rebounds and four assists and Dublin adding eight points and four rebounds.

From the start of the game the Huskies were physical, causing jump balls and putting pressure on Oregon.

The first points of the game for the Huskies came from Dublin, on a routine jumper. Over the next two minutes, however, the Ducks went on a 9-2 run, piling pressure on the Husky defense.

With Northeastern playing an active 3-2 zone, Clark continued to put on the offensive pressure as she sank a triple, cutting the deficit to nine at 16-7. The Huskies continued to challenge the Ducks’ offense despite the lead on them. With less than a minute left in the first quarter, freshman forward Mide Oriyomi stole the ball and broke away for a layup. The first quarter ended 16-9, with the Ducks still on top.

The Ducks stayed hot with a 16-2 run in the beginning of the second quarter, powered by a multitude of turnovers by the Northeastern offense. The first points of the quarter for the Huskies came four minutes in.

The Huskies, despite the Ducks’ lead, did not back down, as Minyon Moore, a graduate transfer from USC and Ducks’ senior guard, fouled sophomore guard Kendall Currence on a drive. Currence converted both free throws. Dublin also hit a 2-pointer with seven seconds left in the half. The lopsided score at halftime was 47-22 in favor of Oregon.

Clark was in early foul trouble as she picked up her third personal foul going into the second half. The Ducks continued to drive their offense in the third quarter, padding their lead. At the end of the quarter, the score was 67-35.

Even with the 30-point deficit, the Huskies did not give up and continued driving until the whistle blew. The game ended 89-47, dropping the Huskies to 0-2 on the year.

The Huskies face Dayton Saturday at 6 p.m. in Cabot Center.