There will be some more chippy play on the table if these two teams meet again at the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas.
No. 3 Oregon extended its winning streak to 10 games with a bruising 79-48 victory over No. 19 Arizona State on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.
The first-place Ducks (22-2, 11-1) have not lost since coughing up a 12-point fourth-quarter lead to the scrappy Sun Devils (16-8, 6-6) during a 72-66 defeat on Jan. 10 in Tempe, Ariz.
Tensions remained high long after Oregon separated itself on the scoreboard en route to the regular-season split.
Coach Kelly Graves was assessed a technical foul with 3:01 left in the third quarter and his team up by 22 points.
Sabrina Ionescu and Arizona State senior guard Robbi Ryan were hit with offsetting technical fouls less than two minutes later.
“I think it was just a high emotional game,” freshman guard Jaz Shelley said after sparking Oregon with 14 points off the bench. “We did really well to not let our emotions get the better of us. Our team came together, and I think we did better with that. They were all fired up and wanted to come out and hit us, but we did really good to stay together and not let that affect us.”
Despite entering the fourth quarter with a 57-30 lead after Shelley banked in a 3-pointer, Graves left most of the starters in to add some salt to the Sun Devils’ wound.
Satou Sabally hit back-to-back 3s to make the score 74-43 with 4:39 remaining. The junior forward finished with her third consecutive double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds).
“(Shelley) said we kept our emotions under control. I didn’t,” Graves said when asked about being slapped with a technical during a grudge match that included 37 combined personal fouls. “It’s an important game for us and it was for me and my staff. Sometimes that happens. I was into it.”
Ionescu, who recorded her 24th triple-double during the Ducks’ 85-52 victory over No. 12 Arizona on Friday, finished with 19 points on 6-for-9 shooting.
Ryan, who led the Sun Devils with 20 points during their soul-crushing 64-62 loss at No. 9 Oregon State, was held to three points on a 1-for-8 afternoon from the field.
It was Oregon’s seventh win against a ranked opponent during this winning streak with a road trip to No. 10 UCLA up next.
“They’re a great team. I think they’re the front-runner to win the national championship,” Arizona State coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “This is a great gauge for where we’re at.”
Erin Boley knocked down a 3-pointer and Ionescu hit a jumper to extend the lead to 35-17 early in the third quarter, forcing Turner Thorne to call a timeout.
Minyon Moore widened the gap to 42-19 after two free throws. The senior guard was shaken up moments later after running into a pick she didn’t see coming.
After spending a few minutes on the bench, Moore returned and finished with five points, four rebounds, four assists and six steals.
“That kid comes in and changes the whole game and puts so much pressure on them defensively that they can never really get into sync,” Graves said of the USC graduate transfer. “She got her bell rung, too. Man, that’s tough. I got on her teammates for that. You’ve got to make sure they’re always talking and she knows that that’s coming.”
Oregon had a 27-15 lead at the intermission after an eyesore of an offensive display on both ends.
Ionescu had 13 points on 4-for-5 shooting at halftime. The other 16 players that saw action in the first 20 minutes had a combined 29 points on an 11-for-43 (25.6%) effort from the field.
Ruthy Hebard scored 11 points in the game on only seven shots as Arizona State clogged the lane to take away the pick-and-roll.
“They really try to bottle Sabrina up and they don’t allow Ruthy to roll,” Graves said. “Sometimes that’s by pushing and holding, and they do a good job of rotating help. But we were ready for it and we had our open shooters ready.”
Oregon continued to prove it can also win games on the defensive end.
Arizona State took a 2-0 lead on a basket by Iris Mbulito and then want 9 minutes, 39 seconds without scoring.
A 3-pointer by Shelley and a steal and layup by Taylor Chavez capped a 15-0 run by the Ducks during the visitors’ drought.
“You need to hit shots against Oregon, and we didn’t,” Turner Thorne said. “We were trying to control the tempo, so i loved the first half. It was just a tough day.”
Ionescu completed a four-point play to make the score 22-8 with 4:35 remaining in the second quarter.
Oregon shot 37% in the first half but held Arizona State to 24% shooting.
The Ducks led 10-2 at the end of the first quarter after shooting 30.8% (4-for-13). The Sun Devils were 1-for-10 from the field.
But the home team heated up in the second half, shooting 60.7% from the field and going 8-for-14 on 3s.
Shelley and Boley, who also scored 14 points, were a combined 8-for-10 on 3s.
“We just did a really good job of staying united,” Boley said. “There was some talking back and forth, but I think that’s part of the game and we knew that coming in. It comes with the physicality.”
The Ducks, who allowed 30 points in the fourth quarter at Arizona State, scored 30 of their 52 second-half points in the extra chippy third quarter.
“I think it was definitely a revenge game for us,” Shelley said. “We knew that we are the better team and we knew that we shouldn’t have lost that game. We had a fire in our belly to come out and show them how we can really play and that we’re the better team.”
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