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Hebard carries Oregon women’s basketball in 76-63 victory over Washington

In the second half of Oregon’s loss to Stanford last weekend, Ruthy Hebard was held scoreless.

On Friday night in Seattle she erupted for 30 points and 14 rebounds, boosting her team to a dominant 76-63 thumping of the Washington Huskies. The victory keeps the No. 9 Ducks (11-2 Pac-12) in a three-way tie for first place in the Pac-12 with No. 8 UCLA and No. 17 Stanford.

While Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu (10 points) were the only Ducks to score in double figures, the team delivered an accurate shooting performance. By the end of the night, the Ducks shot nearly 52 percent from the field.

The first half saw the teams trading body blows. The Ducks would pull ahead, but the Huskies kept scoring just enough to keep things close. Going into halftime, the Oregon held a 33-27 lead.

In contrast to their brutal second half against Stanford, the Ducks delivered a strong performance out of the break. It was Hebard who led the charge with a monster 14-point effort, giving her team a 60-42 lead heading into the final period of play.

Oregon only scored five points in the final seven minutes of play.

The Ducks will look to complete a sweep of the Washington schools when they face Washington State on Sunday.

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