It never figured to be competitive, and it wasn’t.
The win won’t count on Oregon’s record, and none of the statistics will be recorded.
So what did the Ducks get out of abusing Concordia 110-49 in a women’s exhibition basketball game Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena?
“It was a good tuneup. I’m glad we scheduled the game,” UO coach Kelly Graves said. “I wouldn’t want to go into Pac-12 play with a two-week layoff” since the previous counting game on Dec. 21.
At 11-1 in counting games and ranked fifth in the nation, Oregon opens its conference schedule Friday at home against Washington. The Ducks are one of five Pac-12 teams in the nation’s top 20, and there figure to be a few other challengers in Oregon’s quest to repeat as conference champions.
“You’re going to have to be ready each and every night and I love it,” Graves said. “I think we’ll be ready. Our team is hungry and they’re ready to play.
“I think we’re clicking on most of our cylinders.”
The Ducks certainly were in Sunday’s rout. Oregon finished with a .561 overall shooting percentage, and recorded 34 assists on 46 field goals. Oregon logged 14 steals and limited the Cavaliers to a .293 shooting percentage.
Erin Boley’s 22 points led six Ducks in double figures and Satou Sabally added 21 points. Sabrina Ionescu finished with 10 assists while Oti Gildon’s eight rebounds led Oregon, which finished with a 52 to 24 domination on the boards
With the playing time spread out about as equally as possible, Gildon off the bench logged the most minutes with 24. Every Duck played at least 21 minutes as Oregon showed it has quality in its depth, if there are only four reserves.
“Only one (Oregon player) averages 30 minutes or more (in playing time),” Graves pointed out. “We’ve been spreading it out all year ... I anticipate we’ll go nine deep” during the conference season.
He singled out 6-foot-6 sophomore Lydia Giomi, who had 10 points on 5 of 6 from the field to go with six rebounds, and Taylor Chavez, the team’s lone active freshman, who made 5-of-7 three-pointers in scoring 17 points.
“Lydia is playing a lot better, she’s doing a good job,” Graves said. “She’s been rebounding well and defending well.”
Of Chavez, he said “she’s been playing great for us but hasn’t shot the ball well, it was great to see her hit those baskets.”
The game was virtually no contest after the opening three minutes when the Ducks trailed the Cavaliers 8-4. Oregon then scored the next 16 points, part of a 24-2 run to end the first quarter with a 28-10 advantage. The run reached 35-2 as Oregon led 60-22 at halftime, and it was 82-32 after three quarters.
Kizzah Maltezo scored 25 points for Concordia, including six three-pointers in 13 attempts.