EUGENE, Ore. - After a 10 day break for finals, the Oregon women's basketball team will get back into action when the Ducks play host to in-state foe Portland State at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (5-2) have won three straight games while the Vikings (2-4) are coming off a loss to No. 24 ranked Gonzaga.
PSU Series Record: Oregon leads, 23-10 (10-5 at home)
Last Meeting: L, 87-85 (Nov. 15, 2012 in Eugene)
Notable: Oregon is coming off a 105-100 win at Seattle U on Dec. 4. The Ducks have had 10 days off due to finals week. Against the Redhawks, freshman Chrishae Rowe, who entered the game ranked No. 15 in the nation in scoring, set the single-game school record with 41 points in Oregon’s third straight victory.
PORTLAND STATE BREAKDOWN
Last Game: Dec. 5 vs. #24 Gonzaga (L, 96-47)
Head Coach: Sherri Murrell (Seventh Season)
Notable: Portland State is 2-4 this season. The Vikings lost to No. 24 ranked Gonzaga, 96-47, in their last game but defeated Columbia, 75-67, in the contest prior. Their game against the Ducks will be just their second road game of the season and second straight. Portland State is being outscored 78.5-65.7 this season. Kate Lanz leads the team in ppg (14.7).
All non-televised Oregon home games can be watched online via the Pac-12 Live Stream. The live feed is free for all, not just those who receive the Pac-12 Networks via their cable operator. Live stats and audio are available at GoDucks.com. Fans can listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and on TuneIn Radio.
AROUND THE PAC-12
Including the Ducks, four Pac-12 teams are in action on Saturday. While Oregon hosts Portland State at 2 p.m., Stanford hosts Gonzaga in a battle of top-25 teams. In addition, Arizona State visits Cal State Fullerton while Utah also visits rival BYU.
DUCKS RANK SECOND IN POINTS PER GAME
Oregon is second in the NCAA in scoring at 98.3 points per game. The Ducks were No. 1 last week, but Baylor, after its 133-130 4OT loss to Kentucky, moved to No. 1 at 102.8 points per game. Oregon has reached 100+ points four times through the first seven games this season. The Ducks’ 131 points against Bakersfield in the season-opener on Nov. 9 is the second most in any NCAA game this season (behind Kentucky’s output against Baylor, which was the highest combined score in NCAA women’s basketball history).
ROWE BREAKS SCHOOL SCORING RECORD
Freshman Chrishae Rowe snapped the school’s single-game scoring record with 41 points in Oregon’s 105-100 win at Seattle U on Dec. 4. In just her seventh collegiate game, Rowe tallied 41 points on 14-of-25 shooting, including 6-of-8 behind the three-point line. She also went 7-of-9 at the free throw line. Her final five points were the most important, as they were part of the Ducks’ 10-2 run that broke a 90-90 tie with 5:15 remaining. Rowe entered the game ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 and No. 15 in the nation, averaging 22.7 points per game. The Pac-12 single-game scoring record is 50 points while the NCAA record is 60 points.
ROWE’S 41 POINTS IN THE NCAA RANKINGS
Chrishae Rowe’s school record 41 points are the most by a freshman in the NCAA since Mercer’s Briana Williams scored 41 against Jacksonville on Jan. 24, 2011. The last freshman to score more than 41 points in a game was during the 2009-10 season, when both Delaware’s Elena Della Donne (54) and Oral Roberts’ Kevi Luper (44) did it. Overall, Rowe’s 41 points is tied for the third most in the NCAA this season, behind Troy’s Joanna Harden (52) and UT Martin’s Jasmine Newsome (44).
LOPER LEADING THE NATION IN MADE 3FGs
Redshirt junior transfer Katelyn Loper leads the NCAA, averaging 4.5 made three-pointers per game. Loper, a transfer from Hofstra who sat out last season, started off her Oregon career with a bang, matching Taylor Lilley’s school record with nine threes in the Ducks’ season-opening win over Bakersfield on Nov. 9.
ROWE NAMED PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
After breaking the school record with 41 points at Seattle U last week, Chrishae Rowe was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the thrid time in five games. Rowe claimed the first two honors before Washington’s Kelsey Plum won in week three and Arizona State’s Sophie Brunner took home the award in week four.
PAC-12 TEAM STAT LEADERS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 98.3 points per game, but the Ducks boast the top three-point percentage defense (24.2 percent), rebounding offense (53.3 rpg) amd turnover margin (+2.14) in the conference. The Ducks also lead the league in offensive rebounds (22.0 rpg) and made three-pointers (11.71) per game. Oregon is second in team free throw percentage (74.1 percent), blocked shots (3.57 per game), steals (9.29 per game), assist-to-turnover margin (1.15) and defensive rebounds (31.3 per game).
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 25.3 ppg), Jillian Alleyne (4th - 19.4 ppg) and Katelyn Loper (7th - 18.6 ppg) rank in the top-10 in scoring in the Pac-12 this season. Loper has gotten it done behind the three-point line, knocking down a Pac-12-best 32 three-pointers (4.57 per game) this season. Alleyne is also dominating on the glass as well, averaging a Pac-12-high 13.0 rebounds per game. Rowe is second in steals (2.57 per game) and second, behind Loper, in made three-pointers (3.14 per game).
Oregon has done quite well limiting the long ball this season. Opponents are shooting just 24.2 percent (45-of-186) from three-point range against the Ducks. The last three Oregon opponents have all shot better than 31 percent from three-point range but none of the Ducks’ first four opponents - including No. 1 ranked UConn - shot better than 24 percent from long range.
MATCHING LAST YEAR’S WIN TOTAL
Oregon has already eclipsed its win total from last year’s tough 4-27 campaign. The Ducks took 98 days to reach four wins last year and just 22 days this season.
OREGON’S LAST TIME OUT
Freshman Chrishae Rowe set a new single-game school record with 41 points and the Oregon women’s basketball team defeated Seattle U, 105-100, in a thriller on Wednesday night at Key Arena. Jillian Alleyne added 17 points and 16 rebounds, her fifth double-double of the season and 17th of the sophomore’s young career. Oregon is 5-0 when Alleyne posts a double-double this season. Katelyn Loper knocked down five three-pointers as she scored 22 points. Loper entered the game ranked No. 1 in the NCAA, averaging 4.5 made three-pointers per game. After opening up a 23-point lead in the first half, Seattle U rallied and the game went back-and-forth until, at 90-90 with 5:15 left, Oregon used a 10-2 run to take a 100-92 lead. Rowe scored five points in the spurt, including a three-pointer with 3:30 on the clock which gave her 39 points to break the school record. The Ducks hit their free throws down the stretch to ice the win, which was their first non-conference road win since winning 99-72 at Santa Clara on Dec. 21, 2010. Oregon was 0-7 in non-conference road games since that victory in the Bay Area.
LAST TIME AGAINST PORTLAND STATE
Oregon dropped an 87-85 decision to Portland State on Nov. 15 last season. Jillian Alleyne had a career game, breaking the school record with 27 rebounds and matching the previous school scoring record with 38 points. She scored 30 points and grabbed 21 boards in the second half alone. Depsite Alleyne’s big day, Portland State won when Courtney VanBrocklin scored a layup as time expired to give the Vikings the two-point win. Alleyne was joined in double-figures scoring by Laura Stanulis (15) and Danielle Love (15). Portland State led by as much as 12 points in the second half. Oregon rallied to tie it up late, but the Vikings escaped Matthew Knight Arena with the win.
ALLEYNE CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 17th career double-double and fifth of the season against Seattle U on Dec. 4. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year as a freshman with 12 double-doubles. Oregon is 5-0 this season when Alleyne gets a double-double.
Oregon checks in at No. 92 in the Sagarin RPI but is much better, 38th, in the RealTime RPI. The Ducks are ninth in the Pac-12, according to Sagarin, while their RealTime ranking puts them fifth in the league. The NCAA’s RPI has not yet been calculated.
Through seven games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is a +48 (157 points for, 109 points against) in just over 54 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Alleyne leads the team with at +81 this season, while Loper is close at +78. Ariel Thomas (+42) and Danielle Love (+51) are both better than 40.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
Oregon shot better than 40 percent from the floor just five times last year, and won two of those games (Fresno State & Samford). This season, however, Oregon is 4-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field. 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). The Ducks shot just 34.8 percent from the floor and beat Pepperdine but rebounded by shooting 45.6 percent (36-of-79) in a win over Princeton. Oregon hit on 46.3 percent (19-of-41) of thier shots in a 105-100 win at Seattle U on Dec. 4.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 39-11 under head coach Paul Westhead when scoring 80-or-more points. The Ducks went 17-5 when reaching 80 points in 2009-10, Westhead’s first and most successful season. Since then, Oregon has gone 9-3 in 2010-11 when scoring 80+, a perfect 8-0 in 2011-12 and 0-2 last season. This year, Oregon is 5-1 when reaching the 80-point mark.
THE CENTURY MARK
Oregon has reached 100+ points four times already this season. The Ducks scored a Pac-12 record 131 points in their season-opening win over CSU Bakersfield and 113 points in a victory versus Portland. Most recently, the Ducks defeated Princeton, 110-90, on Dec. 1 and Seattle U, 105-100, on Dec. 4. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 11 times, winning all but one of those games (10-1).
With the new 10-second backcourt violation rule in place this season, Oregon’s press-and-run style should benefit. Thus far, Oregon has forced two 10-second backcourt violations, with one against Portland on Nov. 12 and on versus Sacramento State on Nov. 17.
NCAA 3FG ATTEMPT RECORD FALLS VS. SAC STATE
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.
PAC-12 POINTS RECORD SMASHED 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.
PAC-12 MADE 3FG RECORD BREAKS VS. BAKERSFIELD
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 Taylor Lilley’s school record with nine threes.