The Ducks turned the ball over 12 times in the first half alone, and missed 21 three-pointers overall, but an excellent effort from freshman guard Chrishae Rowe was enough to put the Western Oregon Wolves away, 103-58.
Oregon was never able to get on a very long run, as the 18 turnovers created opportunities for WOU that they were only too willing to capitalize on. However, WOU gave the ball back 33 times, which allowed Oregon the easier exhibition win.
“Exactly what we were looking for, the good and the not so good, so we had things to work on,” head coach Paul Westhead said. “I liked our two freshmen.”
Rowe tied for the Ducks’ scoring lead with 17. She added 6 rebounds and 3 steals. Junior Katelyn Loper added 17 herself, and fellow freshman Drea Toler scored 15.
“She’s got a good shooting trigger and she’s not bashful. I think Katelyn’s going to be a good addition to this team,” Westhead said on Loper.
“It was fun, it was good to finally get to the court against someone,” Rowe said. “It’s a lot more running, about executing the little things. (Scoring) is part of the reason why I’m here.”
Toler struggled in the first half, putting up an 0-for-7 before the intermission. She scored 5 within a short window and ended up with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals on the night.
“I had no concern that she wasn’t going to turn that around,” Westhead said. “She’s fearless, she runs into you, well, she runs into you.”
Toler fueled Oregon’s second big run of the night with her five-straight points, just under 12 minutes to play. Backup center Megan Carpenter added four straight to put the Ducks up 79-40 late.
Veteran guard Ariel Thomas compared the freshman guard’s quickness to the men’s team senior guard Johnathan Loyd.
Meanwhile, last year’s freshman sensation Jillian Alleyne remained the force on the boards that she gained acclaim for last year. She finished the night with 11 hard-fought boards and 7 points.
Rounding out the roster, Thomas piled up 12 points and 7 assists, Carpenter scored 10 and had 8 rebounds, and starting forward Danielle Love scored 8.
“I hope it’s day-to-day, rather than see you next week or see you in december, but my guess is it’s not tomorrow. Neither has returned to what you would call practice,” Westhead said.
The Ducks get one more warmup when Oregon plays in-state Oregon Tech on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The first true game takes place Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at Matt Knight when CSU Bakersfield comes to town.