It was quite an exhibition, all right.
Mostly of Oregon’s vast physical superiority as the second-ranked Ducks bullied their way to 125-42 victory over Corban on Saturday in front of an announced turnout of 9,447 at Matthew Knight Arena.
“Contrary to what people think, those games aren’t that much fun for the athlete,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said, “They’d prefer to get pushed ... (but) it give us a chance to work on some stuff.”
Because it was an exhibition typically played closer to Halloween than New Year’s Day, the result won’t show on either team’s official record nor will any of the individual statistics go into the season book. Still, there were some numbers of note.
The Ducks shot 58% from the field, and had 34 assists on their 45 field goals, along with 26 steals as Corban committed 36 turnovers, leading to a whopping 62 Oregon points off those miscues.
Ruthy Hebard led six Ducks in double figures with 24 points in 19 minutes, on 10 of 12 from the field. Satou Sabally finished with 23 points in 20 minutes and Sabrina Ionescu added 14 points and 11 assists. Erin Boley’s 15 points came on five 3-pointers and Minyon Moore had 11 points and nine assists to round out the starting lineup’s numbers while off the bench, Jaz Shelley chipped in 15 points as each of the nine Ducks who played scored at least six points.
Reserves Holly Winterburn and Morgan Yaeger weren’t in uniform because of minor injuries, though Graves said “if this was Stanford, they’d probably play.”
Jordan Woodvine led Corban with 15 points and Shawnie Spink added 13.
The competitive aspect of the encounter ended the day it was scheduled. For the record, Oregon scored the first nine points of the game and led 33-10 after the first quarter. In those opening 10 minutes, the Ducks had 10 assists on their 12 field goals and were credited with 10 steals, among the 11 turnovers by the Warriors.
Oregon’s lead was 62-30 at halftime, and all nine available Ducks had scored. The number that stood out at halftime: Oregon had 25 points off Corban’s 15 turnovers. Corban had none with the Ducks committing only three turnovers in the opening 20 minutes, and just four in the game.
The lead ballooned to 102-37 entering the final 10 minutes after Oregon outscored Corban 42-7 in the third quarter. That onslaught included a 19-0 run by the Ducks as the Warriors turned the ball over on seven consecutive possessions, among 12 turnovers in the quarter.
“We’re bigger, longer ... I think our kids understand this is an aberation,” Graves said of the physical mismatch.
Playing in the Cascade Collegiate Conference at the NAIA Division II level, Corban’s 8-4 overall record includes a 71-69 loss to Northwest Christian University.
Things certainly get more difficult for the Ducks now. The Pac-12 favorites open their conference schedule Friday at home against Colorado (11-0) with Utah to follow next Sunday. The Ducks then take a road trip to play at Arizona State (10-2) and No. 18 Arizona (11-0) before the final two weekends of January include a home game against No. 5 Stanford before a home-and-home weekend series against unbeaten and No. 3 Oregon State.
“I am so pumped to get Pac-12 started,” Graves said. “Now comes the show, and it’s for real.”