Cazorla leads No. 9 Oregon women over USC

LOS ANGELES — The Oregon women's basketball team had won all its games by large margins, except for the ones it lost by double digits.

What the No. 9 Ducks had not experienced until their 70-66 victory over Southern California on Friday night was an actual close game.

"It's nice to know that on the road against a team that was playing pretty well, that we can make the plays down the stretch," Ducks coach Kelly Graves said.

It made for their first single-digit game of the season, a victory led by Maite Cazorla hitting a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:32 left for the last of her 18 points.

The victory left the Ducks (14-2, 3-0 Pac-12) at least feeling tested down the stretch.

Oregon also got 16 points from leading scorer Sabrina Ionescu, who was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. Cazorla added six assists, and the biggest 3-pointer of Oregon's young season.

"I wasn't hitting them before, but you have to keep shooting," Cazorla said.

She made only one of her first five 3-point attempts, but the entire Ducks team struggled early from the 3-point line, particularly in the first quarter.

The Ducks were 1 of 10 from deep and turned the ball over 10 times in the first period. They were fortunate to trail only 14-7 at its end.

"You have 10 turnovers and shoot 14.3 percent (overall) in the first quarter, you're going to be down to anyone," Graves said.

USC (10-4, 0-3) trailed by as many as 10 points in the third quarter but got a huge offensive lift from Kristen Simon in the second half to tie it at 62. Simon, shut out in the first half, finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.

It was the lowest scoring game of the season for the Ducks. They started the night averaging 89.2 points per game, fourth most in the country.

No. 14 UCLA 84, No. 16 OREGON STATE 49: At Los Angeles, Monique Billings scored 19 points and UCLA ended Oregon State's eight-game winning streak.

Billings was 8 of 12 from the field with six boards and three steals for the Bruins (11-3, 2-1 Pac-12), who have won four of their last five.

UCLA attempted 29 more shots from the field than Oregon State (11-3, 2-1), a disparity helped by a 21-10 edge on the offensive glass and a 21-9 advantage in turnovers.

Marie Gulich had 16 points and Taya Corosdale added 10 for the Beavers.

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