No. 11 Oregon girls’s basketball faces No. 1 Stanford after 27-game successful streak ends

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All good things must end, including a list of formidable streaks for the Oregon women’s basketball team.

The Ducks (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12) had the nation’s longest winning streak (27) with a 73-71 loss to UCLA on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Additionally, Oregon’s 24-game Pac-12 win streak, which began with a win in Arizona on January 12, 2020 and included 12 wins against high-ranking opponents, ended.

UCLA, the last visiting team to win at Matthew Knight Arena on February 22, 2019, also ended the Ducks’ home winning streak in 22 games.

“It’s been a long time,” said coach Kelly Graves of a loss. “You knew it would probably come to an end at some point.”

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Oregon, which spent the last 64 weeks of the Associated Press poll in the top 10 and dates back to the 2017-18 season, slipped from 8th to 11th in this week’s rankings published Monday.

The Ducks will play at the Stanford No. 1 on Friday (11:30 a.m., Pac-12 Networks) in Santa Cruz, California.

The Cardinal (9-0, 6-0) has not played a home game since his season opener on November 25th due to the COVID-19 emergency instructions from the Santa Clara County Health Department.

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“The first (loss) really hits you; it hits you hard I think it’s important that we relax, ”said Graves. “Unfortunately we have to do that against the best team in the country. (Stanford’s ranking) is legitimate.

“I’ve seen a lot of teams play and they are the best team in the country.”

The Pac-12 also ranks No. 7 Arizona and No. 9 UCLA in the top 10. Arizona State, Washington State and Oregon State received votes in this week’s AP poll.

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Oregon is ranked number 4 in the front row of NET rankings used by the NCAA tournament selection committee behind Stanford, Connecticut and Baylor as a measurement tool.

After Taylor Chavez took care of a personal matter and Sedona Prince was out due to injury, the Oregon rookies sparked a comeback after an 11-point deficit against the Bruins.

Te-Hina Paopao scored 19 points in 8v14 and Angela Dugalic added 13 points and nine rebounds from the bench.

It wasn’t enough to break a career high of 33 points from UCLA striker Michaela Onyenwere, named Pac-12 Player of the Week.

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