Sunday, January 3, 2010

Oregon rallies for 98-92 win after losing big lead

Micaela Cocks led six Oregon players in double figures with 22 points and the Ducks held on to beat Washington State 98-92 Sunday in the highest scoring game ever played between the schools.

Nia Jackson added 20 points, seven assists and five steals for Oregon (11-3, 2-0 Pac-10), which blew a 17-point lead and overcame a five-point deficit late in the game.

April Cook and Kiki Moore led the Cougars (5-8, 0-2) with 24 points each. Jazmine Perkins added 15 points.

Trailing 80-75, Jackson fueled the Ducks' comeback with two layups followed by a 3-pointer and short jumper to make it 84-80 Oregon with 4:37 to play.

The Cougars pulled to within a basket, 88-86, but Taylor Lilley answered with a 3-pointer for the Ducks, who then made 7-of-8 free throws in the final 1:28 to secure the victory.

Lilley finished with 15 points, Amanda Johnson had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Victoria Kenyon and Nicole Canepa added 11 points each for the Ducks, who are 2-0 in the Pac-10 for the first time since 2004-05 - the last season they made the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon was down 19-18 midway through the first half before going on a 24-6 run to go up by 17, 42-25.

The Ducks hit four of their five first-half 3-pointers during that stretch - two by Kenyon and one each from Johnson and Lilley.

But Washington State went on a 10-0 run in the final 1:48 of the first half to make it 51-46 Oregon at the break. The Cougars got two 3-pointers from Moore and the other four points from Carly Noyes.

Cook scored 10 points during a 16-2 run in the second half that put the Cougars up 80-75 with 6:46 to play.

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