Friday, December 21, 2012

Pilots earn another big basketball win

  After going five minutes without scoring to start the second half, the Oregon Ducks got a pair of three-point shots from Jordan Loera to cut a 45-35 deficit to four points, and eventually cut the margin to 49-46.

   But, that's as close as Oregon got to the host Portland Pilots, who powered through the end of the game for a 68-49 victory in non-conference women's basketball action Friday afternoon at the Chiles Center.

   Sophomore Kari Luttinen scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Pilots, who improved to 5-7 with their fourth-straight victory.

   "We're a young team, and we've just settled down in the last stretch of games," Portland coach Jim Sollars said. "We're taking better shots and are able to make a higher percentage of those better shots, and that's showing in our results."

   Portland beat three teams from the Big Sky Conference entering the game and have added a Pac-12 team to their resume.

   The Pilots play host to Portland State, Dec. 29.

   Ariel Thomas scored 12 points to lead Oregon, which dropped to 2-9. The Ducks had a significant sign of optimism on their bench, though, as sophomore Ellizabeth Brenner, fresh from helping the volleyball team to the national championship match, was in street clothes and preparing to regoin the team.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Pilots hoop season hard to figure

It's a big weekend for the basketball program at the University of Portland.
Both the men's and women's team get a shot at showcasing how far they've progressed toward being prepared for the West Coast Conference season.
The women get a home game with Oregon on Friday, while the men's team plays in a four-team tournament Saturday in Las Vegas beginning with a game against Colorado State.
The women's team is 4-7 and lost five straight at one point. But, they Pilots have won their last three games against solid opponents - Nevada, Fresnoto the 73-49 win and was named the WCC Player of the Week.
Oregon has struggled mightily, winning just its first game Sunday to improve to 1-8.
Portland's men's team is 5-6 having hammered Portland State 81-60 and played competitively with both Washington State (72-60), and UNLV (68-60). But, the Pilots only narrowly beat Div. III Lewis & Clark (78-73), and got absolutely drilled by Ohio (81-52 and Kentucky (74-46).