Coached by Paul Westhead, Oregon scores five seconds into the game and rolls to victory as EWU splits on road trip
Oregon scored five seconds into the game on a three-pointer to take the lead for good as they rolled to an 86-48 victory over Eastern Washington Monday (Nov. 16) in Eugene, Ore., in the women's collegiate basketball debut for Oregon's Paul Westhead.
Eastern finished 1-1 in its season-opening road trip, having started the season with a 72-64 victory over Portland Saturday (Nov. 14) in Portland, Ore.
The Ducks led 11-2 less than four minutes into the game, then led 47-25 at halftime. Oregon continued to build its lead in the second half before winning by 38 points.
Eastern junior Julie Piper led the Eagles with 10 points and eight rebounds, and junior Kyla Evans added eight points and five boards.
The Ducks out-shot (41 percent to 29 percent) and out-rebounded (51-37) the Eagles, and made eight three-pointers compared to just three for the Eagles. Oregon also had a commanding 26-7 advantage in free throws.
The Eagles return to action with a pair of home games this Thursday (Nov. 19) against Idaho at 7:05 p.m. and Saturday (Nov. 21) versus Corban College at 2:05 p.m.
Westhead comes to Oregon with a coaching resume that spans nearly four decades, including stints in the NBA, WNBA and the men's collegiate ranks. Known for executing an exciting brand of run-and-gun basketball, Westhead recently coached the Phoenix Mercury to a WNBA championship in 2007. His latest hardware made him the only head coach to win a championship in both the NBA (1980 with the Los Angeles Lakers) and WNBA.
The Ducks, who were just 9-21 overall and 5-10 in the Pacific 10 Conference, overwhelmed their two exhibition opponents. Oregon defeated Southern Oregon 109-47 on Nov. 3 and Western Oregon 109-65 on Nov. 8. A year ago, Oregon was the lowest-scoring team in the Pac-10, averaging less than 57 points a game