EUGENE, Ore. - After starting the 2013-14 season with three straight home games, the Oregon women's basketball team visits No. 1 ranked UConn on Wednesday.
The Ducks (2-1) and reigning national champion Huskies (4-0) tip at 4 p.m. PT at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.
* Full set of PDF game notes available via the link below the photo.
Jillian Alleyne (ankle) and Amanda Delgado (knee) are questionable for Wednesday’s game against UConn. Megan Carpenter is out with a foot injury. All three made the trip.
Wednesday night’s game will broadcast on SNY (DirectTV 625 & Dish 438) and online at ESPN3.com. Radio is available in both Eugene (KUGN 590) and Portland (KUIK 1360).
AROUND THE PAC-12
Utah (at Utah State) and Washington (vs. Seattle U) start off this week’s slate of Pac-12 games on Tuesday night. Oregon’s battle at No. 1 ranked UConn is the only league game on Wednesday night. The weekend is highlighted by Stanford visiting Texas and UCLA hosting Oklahoma.
NCAA THREE-POINT ATTEMPT RECORD FALLS
In a season full of record setting performances already, Oregon and Sacramento State combined to break the NCAA three-point attempts record on Sunday. The Ducks and Hornets combined for 86 three-point tries, bettering the NCAA record of 75, set by Ole Miss and Bowling Green in 1999. The previous school record of 66 was also obliterated, set with Portland State in 2011.
OREGON’S LAST TIME OUT
Oregon dropped its first game of the season on Sunday afternoon, 97-85, against visiting Sacramento State. The Ducks were forced into 15 first half turnovers, and after a cold shooting start to the second half, could not rally back against the Hornets. Oregon had a 67-49 edge on the glass, but Sacramento State had a 23-4 advantage on points off turnovers. Freshman Chrishae Rowe scored a game-high 28 points and posted her first career double-double with a game-high 14 rebounds. Senior Danielle Love also posted a double-double after scoring10 points and matching her career-high with 13 rebounds. Ariel Thomas scored a season-high 18 points, helped by a 9-of-10 performance at the free throw line. Sacramento State went 11-of-49 from three-point range, but knocked down three of its last five attempts to ice the game.
After three games, Oregon not only has the No. 1 scoring offense in the Pac-12, at 109.3 points per game, but the Ducks also boast three of the top-10 individual scorers in the Pac-12. Freshman Chrishae Rowe is ranked second in the league, averaging 25.7 points per game, while Katelyn Loper is seventh (20.0 ppg) and Jillian Alleyne, despite missing most of the Sacramento State game, is 10th (18.7 ppg).
Oregon has done quite well limiting the long ball through the first three games of the season. Opponents are shooting just 18.7 percent (20-of-107) from three-point range against the Ducks. Last week, Portland shot 16.2 percent (6-of-37) from downtown while Sacramento State shot 22.4 percent (11-of-49) from three. On the opposite, Oregon is shooting 33.9 percent from deep.
ROWE EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT PAC-12 HONOR
Chrishae Rowe was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second straight time, the league announced on Monday. Rowe, a freshman guard, averaged 25 points and 9.5 rebounds as the Ducks split a pair of games against Portland and Sacramento State. In a 113-86 victory over the Pilots, Rowe scored 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting with a pair of three-pointers, five rebounds and two assists. In Sunday’s loss to the Hornets, Rowe stepped up after Jillian Alleyne went out with injury. The Corona, Calif., native tallied a game-high 28 points and posted her first career double-double as she added 14 rebounds (seven offensive, seven defensive). She also recorded four steals against Sacramento State. For the season, the Santiago HS grad is averaging a team-high 25.7 points with 8.3 rebounds. She is shooting 41.3 percent from the floor and 39.1 percent from three-point range.
LEXI PETERSEN RETURNS
Oregon lost starting guard Lexi Petersen to a season-ending knee injury in the season-opener last year against Saint Mary’s. Her road back concluded on Sunday against Sacramento State, as the redshirt sophomore made her first appearance of the year. The Tukwila, Wash., native scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes on the floor. Petersen and fellow guard Laura Stanulis were slated to be the Ducks’ starters last year before both went done with early season knee injuries.
LAST TIME AGAINST UCONN
The No. 1 ranked Huskies saw six players score in double figures as UConn won, 95-51, over the Ducks on Dec. 31, 2012 in Eugene, Ore. It was the first ever meeting between the two teams. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a game-high 19 points while Stefanie Dolson added 16. Caroline Doty posted a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks with 18 points and matched Ariel Thomas with a team-best six rebounds. UConn owned a 49-35 edge on the glass while forcing the Ducks into 27 turnovers. While the Ducks are known for their three-point proclivity, it was UConn that went 15-of-31 from long range as Oregon was 6-of-19 on three-pointers. Oregon attempted 55 field goals while UConn had 80 shots in the game.
PAC-12 SCORING RECORD FALLS VS. BAKERSFIELD
Oregon broke both the Pac-12 and school scoring records on Nov. 9 in its season-opening win over CSU Bakersfield. The Ducks won 131-91, breaking Stanford’s conference record of 122, set against Long Beach State in 1993 and Cal State Fullerton in 1994. The previous school scoring record was 121, set against Hawai’i on Jan. 16, 1979. The NCAA record is 149, set by LBSU in 1987.
DUCKS BREAK PAC-12 THREE-POINT RECORD
Helping them break the conference scoring record were the Pac-12 and school record 20 three-pointers the Ducks dropped on Nov. 9 against CSU Bakersfield. The NCAA record is 22 made threes. Katelyn Loper matched the school record with nine threes.
LIGHTS OUT SHOOTING
Oregon shot better than 40 percent from the floor just five times last year, and won two of those games (Fresno State, Samford). The Ducks shot 42.6 percent in the season-opener against CSU Bakersfield, hitting 43 of their whopping 101 field goal attempts. They followed up that performance by shooting 46.1 percent against Portland (35-of-76). Oregon struggled from the field (33.7 percent)n agaisnt Sacramento State but are still shooting 40.6 percent as a team this season (108-of-266). Jillian Alleyne leads the team, shooting 66.7 percent.
Through three games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is at +32 (59 points for, 27 points against) in just under 18 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Katelyn Loper leads the team with a +58 (240 points for, 182 points against) while Jillian Alleyne is a close second at +55 (188 points for, 133 points against). Ariel Thomas, Danielle Love and Chrishae Rowe are all better than +30.
ALLEYNE CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 14th career double-double and second of the season against Portland on Nov. 12. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year with 12 double-doubles.
NON-CONFERENCE RECORD UNDER WESTHEAD
Oregon is 30-20 in non-conference action under head coach Paul Westhead. (Note: this mark does NOT include the Pac-12 Tournament or other postseason tournaments.) The Ducks were 9-3 against non-league foes in 2009-10, his first season, then 9-2 in 2010-11, 8-4 in 2011-12 and 2-10 last season. Oregon’s two non-conference wins last year came in back-to-back games against Fresno State and Samford at home. The Ducks are 2-1 to start the 2013-14 season.
WESTHEAD’S HOME RECORD
Oregon is 38-34 at home under head coach Paul Westhead. The Ducks averaged 11 home wins per season under Westhead before last year, when Oregon won three games at Matthew Knight Arena. His best record was in his first season, 2009-10, when the Ducks boasted a 14-6 home mark, which included six Pac-12 victories. Oregon is 2-1 at MKA this season.
HOME SWEET HOME
Paul Westhead and the Ducks will have a chance to improve on their home record early this season. Oregon plays nine of its 11 non-conference games at home this season, only leaving Matthew Knight Arena to visit reigning national champion UConn on Nov. 20 and Seattle U on Dec. 4. The trip to Seattle will give the Ducks a chance to play a regular season game in Key Arena, which hosts the Pac-12 Tournament for the second straight season this year.
Due to the Pac-12’s unbalanced scheduling, Oregon will only play the Bay Area schools and the Mountain schools once this season. The Ducks will visit Stanford and Cal to open conference play and will host Utah and Colorado in early February.
Oregon will be without the services of 2012-13 starting guard Jordan Loera (LOW-etta), who suffered a knee injury in preseason practices. The versatile 5-foot-9 junior averaged 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a sophomore while starting all 31 games. The Moses Lake, Wash., native led the team in steals with 37 during the 2012-13 campaign.