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Ducks bloom with Lilley back.

Byline: Rob Moseley The Register-Guard

Inseparable friends off the court, Micaela Cocks and Taylor Lilley made for quite the duo as Oregon's starting backcourt Monday.

Lilley returned from shin soreness to score 16 points, and Cocks scored a game-high 24 points as the Ducks beat Western Oregon 101-55 before 2,348 in McArthur Court. The UO women swept their two exhibition games this fall, and will open the regular season Saturday at San Jose State.

Along with their 40 points, Cocks and Lilley accounted for 14 assists, 12 rebounds, eight steals and even a blocked shot, by Lilley.

"I was just feeling the defensive energy, I guess," Lilley said. "I really did not want to let them score."

Five Ducks in all reached doubles figures. Ellie Manou scored 13, Ellyce Ironmonger added 12 and Amanda Johnson had 10. Oregon shot 49.3 percent, and held Western Oregon to 26.2 percent shooting with 30 turnovers.

Ironmonger's bucket with 28 seconds left, off a pass from Tatianna Thomas, got the Ducks over the century mark and drew a loud cheer from the home crowd.

Oregon led from the outset, though the Ducks allowed the Wolves within 23-19 midway through the first half. The Ducks went scoreless for more than four minutes to open the second half, and Western Oregon scored three straight to get within 48-36.

But Oregon then put together a 16-2 run, getting two three-pointers by Lilley and another by freshman Darriel Gaynor. The Ducks pushed the lead to 48 three times.

"At times we lost our way a little bit," UO coach Bev Smith said. "We got a little bit anxious and tried to force some things. Particularly at the beginning of the second half, we wanted to get the game over and win the game, and you just can't do that. We're not a team that can take shortcuts. So we got our composure back and went on that run, and it all worked out from there."

Overall Smith was pleased with the effort, and the presence of Lilley on the floor must have been particularly gratifying.

"(Lilley) creates so much more offensive opportunities for us, and defensively just the presence of Taylor is great," Cocks said. "And not just in games but in training, it makes it a lot more competitive. It's great having her back."

The two biggest concerns coming out of Monday, and entering the start of regular-season play, are Oregon's 19 turnovers and the Wolves' 18 offensive rebounds. The latter stat seemed of greater concern to the Ducks after the game.

"We've got to do a much better job," Cocks said. "That's definitely what we've got to go work on - boxing out before we go for rebounds. We can't get outrebounded by a team that's shorter than us."

Oregon was thin in the post after Nicole Canepa sprained an ankle in practice Saturday and didn't play. The sophomore post may not be available at San Jose State; Smith said junior Lindsey Saffold and sophomore Victoria Kenyon may get minutes in the post should Canepa be unable to go.

The Ducks were also without senior Rita Kollo, who had a pin surgically inserted into her broken foot Friday. She remains on track to return in six to eight weeks, around the start of Pac-10 play.

Saffold made her UO debut Monday after missing the exhibition opener with a toe injury. The junior college transfer had four points and six rebounds, and Jasmin Holliday added seven points and six rebounds. Gaynor, who makes up the true freshman class along with Holliday and Johnson, scored eight points.

"We definitely take after those guys when we're on the sidelines," Gaynor said. "Just watch what they do, try to keep the tempo going from when they're in. It was fun."

As role models, and as the leaders of the team, Cocks and Lilley put on a rousing show Monday.

FG FT Reb

W. OREGON Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Chase 21 0-5 1-2 4-6 0 4 1

Torland 33 3-12 3-5 2-9 0 3 10

Hawk 28 1-6 0-0 3-5 0 3 2

Hughes 19 3-11 0-0 0-1 1 1 6

Corder 25 3-8 4-6 2-4 1 1 11

Wilson 19 1-6 4-6 0-3 1 3 6

Zahler 22 2-7 2-2 2-5 1 1 8

Albus 16 3-6 2-2 0-1 2 1 8

Nordstrom 4 0-1 0-0 1-1 0 0 0

Goss 8 1-2 0-0 2-3 1 1 3

Bellando 5 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Totals 200 17-65 16-23 18-41 7 19 55

Percentages: FG .262, FT .696. 3-Point Goals: 5-23, .217 (Zahler 2-3, Goss 1-2, Torland 1-4, Corder 1-4, Chase 0-1, Hughes 0-1, Albus 0-1, Nordstrom 0-1, Bellando 0-1, Wilson 0-2, Hawk 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (Chase). Turnovers: 30 (Hughes 7, Albus 4, Torland 3, Corder 3, Wilson 3, Zahler 2, Chase 2, Goss 2, Bellando 2, Hawk, Nordstrom). Steals: 5 (Chase, Torland, Hawk, Corder, Albus).

FG FT Reb

OREGON Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS

Johnson 26 4-9 0-0 1-4 2 0 10

Thomas 15 2-4 0-0 0-0 2 1 4

Manou 15 5-11 3-4 3-7 1 3 13

Lilley 29 7-15 0-0 0-5 8 0 16

Cocks 35 8-12 5-5 2-7 6 2 24

Ironmonger 21 4-8 4-4 3-3 1 1 12

Gaynor 16 2-4 3-4 0-3 2 4 8

Kenyon 12 0-1 3-4 0-1 1 2 3

Holliday 18 3-4 1-1 2-6 1 2 7

Saffold 13 2-7 0-0 2-6 0 4 4

Totals 200 37-75 19-22 14-46 24 19 101

Percentages: FG .493, FT .864. 3-Point Goals: 8-21, .381 (Cocks 3-5, Johnson 2-6, Lilley 2-7, Gaynor 1-1, Thomas 0-1, Saffold 0-1). Team Rebounds: 4. Blocked Shots: 5 (Manou 2, Holliday 2, Lilley). Turnovers: 19 (Ironmonger 4, Johnson 3, Manou 3, Thomas 2, Lilley 2, Kenyon 2, Cocks, Gaynor, Saffold). Steals: 16 (Lilley 4, Cocks 4, Holliday 3, Gaynor 2, Kenyon 2, Manou).

Western Oregon 33 22 -55

Oregon 48 53 -101

A-2.348 (9,075). Officials-Penny Davis, Wendy Dailey, Michol Murray.
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