January 18, 2022
Daily Briefing — Jan. 18, 2022: Eager Beavers
It’s Tuesday, the barest day of the week. Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List, and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 70 of college basketball is here, after Oregon’s Ducks and Beavers pulled off a couple ranked “upsets.” I put “upsets” in quotes because Oregon has looked every bit a top-10 team since welcoming back its preseason-All-Pac-12 trio of point guards Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers and big Nyara Sabally about a week-and-a-half ago. It played Stanford well, before beating then-No. 7 Arizona. With wing Maddie Scherr able to move back to her natural position, preseason-all-conference center Sedona Prince able to come off the bench, big Kylee Watson able to come off the bench in a low-usage role, and combo guard Ahlise Hurst sliding off the ball more, the Ducks’ roles are finally matching their skillsets. Oregon doesn’t play another top team until a rematch at Arizona on Feb. 4, so it has time to work out chemistry before its next test.
Oregon State, for its part, lost to then-No. 7 Arizona by only two last Thursday in its first game in nearly a full month, before beating Colorado last night.
(All times in Eastern)
Watch List, Tuesday, Jan. 18
Monday, Jan. 17 recap
#9 UConn, RV* Oregon: The Ducks beat the Huskies 72-59. UConn scored the first 10 points, then lost the next 35 minutes by 30. The Huskies shot 16.7% from three; Oregon notched 13 steals, part of 19 UConn turnovers. Point guard Te-Hina Paopao led the Ducks with a game-high-tying 22 points on 7-for-17 from the field and 4-for-9 from three, eight rebounds, and three assists, backup center Sedona Prince had 14 points on 6-for-9 FG, five rebounds, and four fouls in 28 minutes. UConn off-ball guard Caroline Ducharme tied Paopao’s 22 points on 10-for-21 from the field and 1-for-8 from three with three rebounds and two assists against five turnovers without sitting; center Olivia Nelson-Ododa notched 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting, eight rebounds (three offensive), six assists, two steals, and three blocks.
Oregon star big Nyara Sabally suffered a potentially-severe-looking injury to her twice-surgically-reconstructed right knee in the mid-fourth quarter, but head coach Kelly Graves noted afterwards, “I think she’s going to be fine… I’m just hopeful that she’s well and that it was more of a scare than anything.”
#13 Georgia, RV Mizzou: The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 72-62. Georgia led by eight in the mid-fourth quarter, before Mizzou big Haley Frank went on a personal 9-2 run with three threes — two pull-ups in isolation over Bulldog center Jenna Staiti. The teams combined to shoot 42.9% from three; the Tigers committed 16 turnovers; the teams combined for 40 fouls. Staiti led Georgia with a 22-point, 12-rebound double-double on 8-for-18 shooting with five offensive boards and two blocks against four turnovers; point guard Que Morrison had 18 points on 4-for-15 from the field (1-3 3pt.) and 9-for-11 from the line, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Mizzou big wing Aijha Blackwell scored a game-high 27 points on 8-for-14 from the field (2-3 3pt.) and 9-for-14 from the line with 13 rebounds for a double-double, plus three assists against three turnovers; Frank notched 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting and 4-for-8 from three, seven rebounds (three offensive), and four unintentional fouls in 37 minutes.
#22 Colorado: 69-66 overtime loss to Oregon State. 18 points were scored over the final eight-and-a-half minutes; that time frame started with a five-point Buffalo lead that got reversed on two Beaver spot-up threes, the latter their 6-foot-8 backup center’s career-first; Colorado retook a one-point lead on the ensuing possession, and then the end of regulation went like this:
- Oregon State turnover
- Colorado missed three
- Colorado offensive rebound
- Colorado turnover
- Oregon State turnover
- Oregon State intentional foul
- Colorado 1-for-2 at the line
- Oregon State game-tying layup
The teams shot a combined 1-for-14 in overtime outside of Beaver point guard Talia von Oelhoffen’s go-ahead three with 18 seconds left. Overall, Oregon State shot 8.6% better from the field and 12.9% better from three than the Buffs; the Beavers had 12 blocks; Oregon State committed 18 turnovers. Colorado backup center Quay Miller scored a game-high 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting (1-5 3pt., 5-6 FT) with three assists against four turnovers; combo forward Mya Hollingshead and wing Frida Formann each had 13 points on 5-for-14 from the field with two steals against two turnovers — Hollingshead (1-3 3pt.) with 11 rebounds (five offensive) for a double-double, Formann on 2-for-7 from three. The Beavers were led by von Oelhoffen’s 17 points on 6-for-13 from the field and 4-for-8 from three, five rebounds, two steals, and three blocks against four turnovers; big Ellie Mack came off the bench and finished with 16 points on 6-for-6 shooting and a perfect 4-for-4 from three and seven rebounds.
Princeton: 70-50 win over Penn. Won the first quarter 24-9 in a battle of Ivy League contenders. Held the Quakers to 31.4% from the field and 23.5% from three.
Rhode Island: 66-58 win over UMass. Won the first quarter 24-8 in a matchup of A10 contenders. With the conference looking at possibly securing two bids in March, every conference game counts, making this a particularly tough defeat for the Minutewomen.
- Columbia vs. Cornell
- Charlotte vs. FIU
- UT-Martin vs. Belmont
- Western Carolina vs. Southern Wesleyan