Freshmen Jennah Isai and Grace VanSlooten lead Oregon women’s basketball in exhibition win over Carroll College

Freshmen Jennah Isai and Grace VanSlooten each had 12 points to lead four players in double-figures for Oregon’s women’s basketball in a 72-41 win over Carroll College Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

Isai and VanSlooten (6 of 12) combined to go 10 of 18 from the field.

“I think Grace showed off everything she’s got in her arsenal. “I think Jenna did a really good job, she attacked the basket and got to the line.

Endyia Rogers (11 points) and Te-Hina Paopao (10) also scored in double-figures for UO, which bid farewell to center Sedona Prince, who is having season-ending elbow surgery and electing to forego her final season of eligibility to pursue a professional career.

In her absence, Oregon relied on Phillipina Kyei (seven points, seven rebounds) and Kennedy Basham (three points, five rebounds) at center.

The Ducks shot just 3 of 21 from three-point range but were 25 of 46 from inside the arc.

“Our first time under the lights and I thought we did some good things,” Graves said. “If shoot 3 of 21 from the three-point line the rest of the year it’s going to be a long year.

“I think Philli, she hasn’t played a lot of basketball, she got a late start with us for a week and then she was out of practice for a little while. So she’s only really been going hard for about two weeks for us and you can tell she (can pick up) conditioning level a little bit. Kennedy is a true freshman and she’s going to have to step up a little bit too. We went small from time to time and that’s going to be fine if we shoot better than 3 of 21 from the three-point line. We’ve got some work to do.”

“I hope we’re better shooters than that,” Graves said. “We sure appear to be during practice and when we scrimmaged last week. I’m not that worried about it.”

Oregon trailed 11-10 after the first quarter, but took a 26-17 lead at halftime and pulled away in the second half.

Graves wanted to see more assists (10) and offensive rebounds (13) considering the caliber of opponent.

“We can’t play our next game the way we started this game or else we’ll be behind by a lot, maybe too much to catch up,” he said. “That’s why you want to get this out of the way early on.”

Oregon opens the season against Northwestern at 3 p.m. on Nov. 7.

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