The game against the Cal Poly Mustangs proved again what a great defensive effort can produce. The girls came out with their full court hounding press and created numerous turnovers resulting in easy baskets. In addition, the girls were hot from the three point line. They nailed several of them and I could sense the frustration from the Cal Poly bench. Every time they made a move, Oregon would respond and add to their lead. The game was soon out of reach. Cal Poly settled down later in the third half and made more baskets but Oregon would answer right back. I would imagine that if Oregon plays this way during league, the team should do quite well in the standings. The Oregon team has some very good players. I observed numerous passes to open player for easy baskets. They are really beginning to play as a team.
I also want to comment on what a great image they are creating within the community. The Pleasant Hill girls basketball team was at this game. Bev Smith, an Oregon great, talked to the girls during halftime which was appreciated by the girls and their parents and coach. After the game, numerous oregon players came back to the court to spend time with the Pleasant Hill team. They were signing posters, posing for pictures, and just intermingling with the girls. I have numerous photos of the interaction and will see about posting them soon. Great job Oregon players! You are making a difference.