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Notes: Ducks Continue Bay Area Swing vs. No. 23 Cal
Release Date: 01/04/2014
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BERKELEY, Calif. - The Oregon women's basketball team continues Pac-12 play at noon on Sunday when the Ducks visit No. 23 ranked California in a Pac-12 Networks televised game at Haas Pavilion.

The Ducks (9-3, 0-1 Pac-12) are coming off a loss to Stanford on Friday night while the Bears (9-3, 1-0) are coming off a win over Oregon State.

Cal Series Record: Oregon leads, 36-29 (14-16 in Berkeley)
Last Meeting: L, 77-55 (Feb. 22, 2013 at Haas Pavilion)
Notable: Oregon leads the nation, averaging 102 points per game, even after being held to a season-low 66 points at No. 4 ranked Stanford on Friday night. Jillian Alleyne leads the nation, averaging 14.2 rebounds to go with 20.8 points, good for third in the Pac-12. Chrishae Rowe’s 23.4 points leads the Ducks in scoring, which ranks second in the Pac-12.

Last Game: Jan. 3 vs. Oregon State (W, 72-63)
Head Coach: Lindsay Gottlieb (Third Season)
Notable: Cal has won two straight since falling to No. 1 ranked UConn. Cal’s only other losses were at home against then No. 2 ranked Duke and at George Washington. The Bears are led by Reshanda Gray’s 15.4 points per game and Courtney Range’s 8.8 rebounds per game. Point guard Brittany Boyd is averaging 11.8 points and 5.6 assists.

Oregon’s game against Cal will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, with Krista Blunk doing play-by-play and Mary Murphy on color. Fans can also listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and online via TuneIn Radio. A TuneIn Radio app is also available for mobile devices.

Facing one of her toughest individual match-ups on the season, going head-to-head with Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike on Friday night, sophomore Jillian Alleyne showed she was up for the challenge. Alleyne posted her 10th double-double of the season and eighth straight with 26 points and 13 rebounds. She went 11-of-15 from the field (73.3 percent) and 4-of-5 at the free throw line.

Oregon leads the NCAA in scoring at 102 points per game. The Ducks are the only team averaging more than 100 points per game this year, as Baylor is second at 99.2. Oregon has reached 100+ points seven times through the first 12 games this season and hit the century mark five straight games before last Sunday’s 96-point output against Cal State Northridge. 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 133-130 4OT output against Baylor) and set new Pac-12 and school records. The Ducks’ 130 points against Southern would have set both school and conference marks as well, if not for the 131 points scored against Bakersfield.

Oregon is second in the nation in made threes (11.25) behind only Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17. The Ducks and Hornets combined to attempt an NCAA record 86 threes. Oregon would have tied the NCAA record with 52 three-point attempts against Southern, but Sacramento State took 55 four days prior on Dec. 14 against UC Irvine. This season, Oregon is averaging 11.25 made threes per game, while shooting 32.3 percent as a team beyond the arc.

Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 14.2 per game. She posted 19 rebounds against Cal State Northridge last Sunday and grabbed 13 boards against Stanford on Friday. The sophomore has recorded eight straight double-doubles since coming up one rebound shy (15 points, nine rebounds) of one at No. 1 ranked UConn on Nov. 20.

Chrishae Rowe is sixth in the nation in scoring, averaging 23.4 points per game. She second in the Pac-12, behind only Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike. Rowe is the top scoring underclassman in the nation, however, as all five players above her in the rankings are juniors or seniors. In fact, the next best freshman in the nation ranks 50th overall in scoring, with Evansville’s Sara Dickey averaging 19.6 points per game. Rowe has scored in double figures each game of her young career, although she is coming off a season-low 11 points against No. 4 Stanford on Friday.

Oregon and Iona are the only programs in the nation to boast both a top-10 scorer and a top-10 rebounder in the NCAA rankings. Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe ranks sixth in the nation in scoring, averaging 23.4 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne is first in the NCAA in rebounding, averaging 14.2 boards per game. Oregon and Iona are also the only teams in the country to boast a top-10 rebounder and a top-10 three-point shooter (made threes per game).

Redshirt junior Katelyn Loper is fourth in the NCAA, averaging 3.33 made three-pointers per game (40 in 12 games). 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. Loper leads the Pac-12 with 40 made three-pointers and is 15th in the league in scoring at 15.1 points per game. Chrishae Rowe is second in the league with 38 made threes.

Last year Jillian Alleyne shot 53.8 percent from the free throw line in her otherwise stellar freshman campaign. This year, the sophomore now ranks eighth in the Pac-12 at 78.7 percent, an improvement of 25 percent. Of the top 15 in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage, only one (Tia Presley - 92) player has more attempts than Alleyne (89).

Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 102 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (74 percent), rebounds (54.9 per game), rebound margin (+10.1 per game), steals (11.92 per game) and turnover margin (+4.25 per game).  Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (11.25 per game).

- Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 23.4 ppg), Jillian Alleyne (3rd - 20.8 ppg) and Katelyn Loper (15th - 15.1 ppg) all rank in the top-15 in scoring in the Pac-12 this season.
- Alleyne is dominating on the glass as well, averaging a Pac-12 leading 14.2 rebounds per game. No other player in the league is averaging better than 11.5 rebounds per game.
- Loper and Rowe have gotten it done behind the three-point line, as Loper leads the Pac-12 with 40 three-pointers (3.33 per game) and Rowe is second with 38 threes (3.17 per game).
- Rowe is also second in the Pac-12 in steals (2.67 per game).
- The Ducks, the Pac-12’s best free throw shooting team, also boast three of the top-10 free throw shooters in the conference. Lexi Petersen leads the Ducks and ranks sixth in the league at 82.1 percent, followed by Jillian Alleyne (8th - 78.7) and Ariel Thomas (9th - 78.6).
- Thomas is third in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) with 55 assists and just 22 turnovers. Her 4.58 assists per game is fifth best in the conference.
- Amanda Delgado is fifth in three-point field goal percentage at 43.3 percent.

No. 4 ranked Stanford held the Ducks to just 33.8 percent shooting and the Oregon women’s basketball team fell, 96-66, to the Cardinal on Friday night at Maples Pavilion. Stanford improves to 12-1 (1-0 Pac-12) while the Ducks slide to 9-3 (0-1). The teams entered the game on a combined 17-game winning streak, as the Ducks had won seven in a row and the Cardinal downed 10 straight opponents. The Ducks continue their Bay Area swing on Sunday, visiting No. 23 ranked Cal at noon. Oregon went 24-of-71 from the field (33.8 percent) against the Cardinal and scored a season-low 66 points. The Ducks are 2-3 this season when shooting less than 40 percent. Jillian Alleyne recorded her 22nd career double-double and 10th this season with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Ducks were a perfect 9-0 when Alleyne posted a double-double this year. The Ducks, which entered the game as the Pac-12’s top free throw shooting team at 75.6 percent, went 12-of-23 (52.2 percent) at the line against the Cardinal. Oregon also entered the game ranked third in the league in three-point percentage defense, holding opponents to 25.5 percent shooting from deep. Stanford shot 12-of-24 (50 percent) from three-point range on Friday night.

Oregon has lost four straight games to the Bears, but the Ducks’ last win came inside Haas Pavilion. Oregon defeated Cal, 60-46, behind freshman Ariel Thomas’ then-career-high 21 points. The Bears shot just 21.3 percent from the field and went 1-of-26 from three-point range. Deanna Weaver and Amanda Johnson added 13 points in that game.

The sixth-ranked California Golden Bears defeated the University of Oregon women’s basketball team, 77-55, on Feb. 22, 2013 at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, Calif. The win improved Cal’s record to 24-2 overall and 14-1 in Pac-12 Conference action. The Ducks dropped to 4-23 on the year and 2-13 in league action. Oregon struggled from the field making 15-of-59 for 25.4 percent. The Ducks made just 6-of-26 of their 3-pointers for 23.1 percent. The Golden Bears made 40.3 percent of their field goals (29-of-72), including 42.1 percent from behind the 3-point arc (8-of-19). Devyn Galland was the only Oregon player to reach double-figures in scoring. She netted 10 points, most of which came from the free throw line where she went 7-of-8. Jordan Loera added nine points and a team-best eight rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end. Ariel Thomas contributed nine points, seven rebounds and a team-high four assists. Danielle Love and Liz Brenner each had eight points. Cal had a 51-37 rebounding advantage in the game, a number that included 16 offensive boards. The Bears also had a 32-8 edge for points in the paint.

2010-11: Ariel Thomas scored a then-career-best 21 points when the Ducks last defeated Cal, 60-46, on Feb. 24, 2011.
2009-10: Cal eliminated Oregon in the third round of the WNIT, 71-57, on March 25, 2010 at old McArthur Court. The Bears would go on to win the WNIT that year.
2009-10: Before the teams met in the WNIT that season, Taylor Lilley scored a game-high 22 points and knocked down four three-pointers as the Ducks lost, 79-73, on Feb. 20, 2010 at Haas Pavilion in the regular season. Lilley reached 93 three-pointers on the season in that game, giving her the new Pac-10 single-season record.
2006-07: Oregon defeated No. 22 ranked Cal, 62-42, on Feb. 15 at McArthur Court. Eleanor Haring scored 17 points to pace the Ducks. It was Oregon’s last win against a top-25 ranked team. Oregon is 0-31 against ranked teams since beating Cal during the 2006-07 season.

Jillian Alleyne posted her 22nd career double-double and 10th of the season against No. 4 ranked Stanford on Jan. 3. She has a double-double in eight straight games and Oregon is 9-1 this season when Alleyne gets a double-double. The Ducks’ loss at Stanford was their first when Alleyne posted a double-double. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year as a freshman with 12 double-doubles, when she was selected Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in the media vote.

Through 12 games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is a team-best +76 (254 points for, 178 points against) in a little over 91 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Jillian Alleyne leads the Ducks with a +176 while Katelyn Loper is just behind at +169. Danielle Love is a +139 and Ariel Thomas is a +135. Chrishae Rowe is a +62. Every player on the roster has a positive +/- number for the season.

Oregon dropped one spot in the Sagarin RPI to 51st, after losing at Stanford on Friday night. The Ducks are higher, 37th, in the RealTime RPI. The Ducks are sixth in the Pac-12, according to Sagarin, and their RealTime ranking also puts them sixth in the league. The NCAA’s RPI has not yet been calculated.

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 7-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine and Southern when shooting less than 40 percent while the Ducks shot 33.7 percent in a loss to Sacramento State, 30.7 percent at No. 1 UConn and 33.8 percent at No. 4 Stanford on Friday.

Oregon is 43-11 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 9-1 when reaching the 80-point mark.  Only No. 1 ranked UConn and No. 4 ranked Stanford have held Oregon under 80 points this season.

Oregon has reached 100+ points seven times already this season. The Ducks scored a Pac-12 record 131 points in their season-opening win over Bakersfield and 113 points in a victory versus Portland. The Ducks scored 100+ points in five straight games, including 130 on Dec. 18 in a 40-point win over Southern and 124 points on Dec. 20 against Cal Poly. The Ducks failed to reach 100 in their most recent games, 96-61, over Cal State Northridge and a 96-66 loss at No. 4 ranked Stanford. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 14 times, winning all but one of those games (13-1).

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 three 10-second backcourt violations, with one against Portland on Nov. 12, one versus Sacramento State on Nov. 17 and one against Portland State on Dec. 14.

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