EUGENE, Ore. - After sweeping the Washington schools at home last weekend, the Oregon women's basketball team hits the road for a battle with Arizona on Friday night in Tucson.
The Ducks (11-8, 2-6 Pac-12) will meet the Wildcats (4-15, 0-8) at 6 p.m. PT on Friday at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz.
Arizona Series Record: Oregon leads, 30-26 (11-16 road)
Last Meeting: L, 100-68 (Jan. 13, 2013 in Tucson, Ariz.)
Notable: Oregon continues to lead the nation at 95.9 points per game, which would be the second highest in NCAA history. Jillian Alleyne, who leads the nation in rebounds per game (15.5) and double-doubles (17), was named USBWA National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week after the UO swept the Washington schools last weekend.
Last Game: Jan. 26, 2014 at Utah (L, 60-57)
Head Coach: Niya Butts (Sixth Season)
Notable: Arizona has lost eight straight league games to start conference play after winning its last three non-conference games, including a 65-56 win over Texas Tech. Candice Warthen leads the team in scoring at 12.1 points per game. The Wildcats average a league-worst 59.5 points per game, as opposed to Oregon’s nation-best 95.9 points per game.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
With point guard Ariel Thomas out for the last three games due to injury, redshirt sophomore guard Lexi Petersen has filled in quite well. The Tukwila, Wash., native has averaged 16.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists in that stretch.
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
Both of Oregon’s games this weekend will be streamed live at Pac-12.com for free. A subscription to Pac-12 Networks is not needed. Fans can also listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio via KUGN 590 AM (Eugene), KUIK 1360 AM (Portland) and TuneIn Radio (online and mobile devices).
AROUND THE PAC-12
There are some rivalry games in the Pac-12 this week. Colorado and Utah meet on Wednesday and Sunday while top-25 ranked Stanford and Cal square off on Thursday and Sunday. In addition to the rivalry games, the Oregon schools head to the Arizona schools while the Washington schools visit the LA schools.
WHEN PLAYING ARIZONA
- The only time Oregon has lost when scoring 100+ points under head coach Paul Westhead was against Arizona. The Wildcats won, 119-112, over the Ducks on Jan. 16, 2010 in Tucson. The 231 combined points is the most in Pac-12 history. The Ducks’ 112 points are the most scored by a losing team in Pac-12 history and Arizona’s 119 points are the most scored in a league game in conference history. The Ducks set the Pac-12 overall scoring record this year with 131 points against Bakersfield.
- Arizona defeated Oregon, 100-68, in the two teams’ lone meeting last season. The Ducks visited Tucson, but due to the league’s unbalanced scheduling, the Wildcats never came to Eugene.
- Arizona has won four of the last five meetings against the Ducks, with Oregon’s lone win in that stretch coming in Eugene. Oregon won, 87-73, on Jan. 12, 2012.
- Oregon is 3-6 against Arizona under head coach Paul Westhead. The Ducks won, 68-55, on Jan. 8, 2009, in Westhead’s first game versus the Wildcats.
- Oregon and Arizona first met Jan. 3, 1981, with the Ducks prevailing, 94-58, in Tucson.
- Oregon won the first seven times the Ducks and Wildcats met, running from 1981 to 1989.
- That seven wins is Oregon’s longest winning-streak in the series.
- Arizona’s longest winning-streak in the series is six games, running from 2002-2005.
HIGH SCORES EXPECTED IN TUCSON
Under head coach Paul Westhead, the Ducks and Arizona have met nine times. The two teams have combined to score, on average, 166.1 points per game, with a high of 231 and a low of 112. A game in the 80s should be expected on Friday night.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. ARIZONA
2012-13: In the two teams’ only meeting last season, Jillian Alleyne posted a double-double with a game-highs in points (18) and rebounds (12). The Wildcats had seven players score between 10 and 17 points.
2011-12: Lexi Petersen, then a true freshman, scored 17 points as the Ducks beat Arizona, 87-73, on Jan. 12, 2012 in Eugene. Petersen, like she is now for Ariel Thomas, came in for injured point guard Nia Jackson and shined.
2010-11: The Ducks lost three times to Arizona, as the Wildcats swept the season series beat Oregon in a heartbreaker, 90-89, in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. In that tournament game, Oregon mounted a huge comeback, rallying back from an 18-point second half deficit, to take an 87-86 lead with 2:13 to play on an Ariel Thomas three-pointer. But Arizona’s Soana Lucet hit a go-ahead bucket with 14 seconds left for the win. Thomas finished with a career-high 29 points.
2009-10: In the epic 119-112 game on Jan. 16, 2010, Nicole Canepa matched the old school record with 38 points on 14-of-18 shooting. She tied Bev Smith and Debbie Adams at that mark. Taylor Lilley would later match it as well before Chrishae Rowe broke the record with 41 points at Seattle U this season on Dec. 4.
2006-07: Oregon’s last win in Tucson was on Feb. 10, 2007. The Ducks won, 59-55, behind Kaela Chapdelaine’s 10 points as Eleanor Haring made two free throws with three seconds left to seal the win. The Ducks swept the Wildcats that season, the last time Oregon did so.
LAST TIME AGAINST ARIZONA
The Oregon women’s basketball team lost, 100-68, at Arizona on Jan. 13 at the McKale Center in Tucson, Ariz. Turnovers were the difference in the game, with Arizona forcing the Ducks into 26 mishaps while the Wildcats registered only 10. The result was a 35-9 Arizona advantage for points off turnovers. Another major factor was the hot shooting from UA, which made 12-of-27 of its 3-point attempts for 44.4 percent. The Wildcats also had a 14-5 edge in the steals category and a 25-9 difference in assists. The Ducks’ interior players paced the team, led by Jillian Alleyne who tallied game-highs with 18 points and 12 rebounds for her sixth double-double of the season. Megan Carpenter tallied nine points and 11 rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench, while Liz Brenner posted 10 points and nine rebounds. Six UA players scored in double-figures, led by Alli Gloyd who tallied team-highs with 17 points and nine rebounds. Layana White (16 points), Keyahndra Cannon (14 points), Davellyn Whyte (13 points), Carissa Crutchfield (13 points) and Nyre Harris (10) points also reached double-figures. Oregon made 38.3 percent from the field (23-of-60) and 28.6 percent from behind the 3-point arc (4-of-14).
ALLEYNE NAMED USBWA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
After standout performances against Washington State and Washington, Oregon sophomore Jillian Alleyne was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale National Player of the Week, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced on Tuesday. To qualifty a player has to win her conference player of the week as well. Alleyne was named Pac-12 Player of the Week on Monday. She is the first Pac-12 Conference player to earn the award this season. This is the first time an Oregon player has won the USBWA’s weekly award since it was first started for the 2012-13 season, along with the USBWA’s National Player of the Year award. Both awards were named for former Hall of Famer former UCLA All-American Ann Meyers Drysdale. The USBWA has been naming a postseason All-America team since the 1987-88 season. Alleyne, who entered last weekend leading the nation with 14.7 rebounds per game and 15 and double-doubles, bettered both numbers against the Cougars and Huskies. The sophomore forward went off for 21 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks against Washington State in an 82-66 win on Jan. 24 before posting a dominating 34 points and 25 rebounds with five assists and three more blocks on Jan. 26 in a 101-85 win over Washington. Alleyne continues to lead the nation, averaging 15.5 rebounds per game with 17 double-doubles. She is tied for second in the Pac-12, averaging 21.4 points per game.
ALLEYNE CLAIMS PAC-12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Prior to being named the national player of the week, Jillian Alleyne earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. Alleyne’s Player of the Week award is the Ducks’ first since Amanda Johnson claimed the award on Nov. 21, 2011.
ROWE EARNS FIFTH PAC-12 FROSH OF THE WEEK
After averaging 20.5 points per game and seven rebounds per game in the Ducks’ two wins over Washington State and Washington, Chrishae Rowe was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for a fifth time. Jillian Alleyne and Rowe swept the Pac-12 weekly awards for the first time in program history.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 95.9 points per game. If the season ended today, Oregon’s 95.9 point average would be the second-highest in NCAA history. The Pac-12 record is 92.8 points per game, set by Stanford during the 1991-92 season. The Oregon program record is 84.6 points per game, set during the 1978-79 season. Oregon has reached 100+ points eight times this season. Oregon was held under the century mark in its first seven Pac-12 games before a 101-88 win over Washington on Jan. 26. 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.
DUCKS SECOND IN THE NATION IN MADE THREES
Oregon is third in the nation in made three-pointers, averaging 9.6 per game. Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17, leads the nation at 12.9 made threes per game. The Ducks and Hornets combined to attempt an NCAA record 86 threes in thier game. Oregon would have tied the NCAA record with 52 three-point attempts against Southern on Dec. 18, but Sacramento State took 55 four days prior on Dec. 14 against UC Irvine.
REBOUNDING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL
Oregon leads the Pac-12, averaging 52.9 rebounds per game. That number is set to smash the Oregon and Pac-12 record. The Ducks currently hold the Pac-12 record with 46.6 rebounds per game, set during the 1986-87 season.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
This season Oregon is 8-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field but is 3-8 when shooting less than 40 percent. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine, Southern and Washington when shooting less than 40 percent while the Ducks have shot under 40 percent from the field in each of their eight losses. Last weekend, Oregon knocked off Washington State, 82-66, when shooting 43.5 percent from the field. It was Oregon’s first conference win and the first time the Ducks shot better than 40 percent against a league foe. The Ducks shot 39.7 percent in their win over Washington.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 45-15 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 11-5 when reaching the 80-point mark.
ALLEYNE SHINES IN PAC-12 PLAY
Despite the Ducks’ 2-6 start to conference play, sophomore Jillian Alleyne has consistently shined. The 6-foot-3 forward is averaging a team-high 22.8 points per game in Pac-12 contests to go with a ridiculous 17.1 rebounds per game. Alleyne has posted a double-double against every Pac-12 foe the Ducks have met this season, including 26 points and 13 rebounds at No. 4 Stanford to open league play on Jan. 3. She had season-highs of 34 points and 25 rebounds on Jan. 26 in the win over Washington.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 15.5 per game. She upped her average after grabbing 19 rebounds on Friday night against Washington State and 25 more versus Washington on Sunday. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 17 of 19 games this season, only coming up short when she went out with a rolled ankle against Sacramento State and when she grabbed nine boards at No. 1 ranked UConn on Nov. 20.
ALLEYNE NEARS REBOUNDS RECORDS
If the season ended today, Jillian Alleyne’s 15.5 rebounds per game average would smash the single-season school record of 13.6, held by Bev Smith during the 1979-80 season. The Pac-12 record is 13.8, set by UCLA’s Natalie Williams during the 1991-92 campaign. Bev Smith also holds the school’s total rebounds record with 376 during the 1980-81 season. The Pac-12 record is also 376, set by Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike during the 2009-10 season. (Oregon women’s basketball played in the Northwest Basketball Leauge until 1982). Alleyne came up just short of breaking those last two records last season as she pulled down 370 boards in her freshman campaign, just six shy of the school and Pac-12 marks. She already has 294 rebounds this season with 10 games left to play.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 29th career double-double (in 50 career games played) and her NCAA-leading 17th of the season on Sunday against Washington. She has a double-double in 15 straight games. 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. Right now Alleyne ranks sixth all-time at Oregon in career double-doubles. Amanda Johnson’s 30 career double-doubles ranks fifth all-time. The school record is 88, set by Bev Smith from 1978-82. Smith also holds the single-season record, with 24 double-doubles during the 1981-82 season.
ROWE LEADS ALL FRESHMEN IN SCORING
Chrishae Rowe leads all freshman in the nation, scoring 21.4 points per game. She ranks 23rd - tied with Jillian Alleyne - in the NCAA overall and second in the Pac-12. She and Washington’s Kelsey Plum (37th, 20.0 ppg) are the only freshman ranked in the top-50 in the nation in scoring.
ALLEYNE’S BIG IMPROVEMENT AT THE LINE
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 ninth in the Pac-12 at 78.1 percent, an improvement of 24.3 percent.
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 95.9 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (73.3 percent), rebounds (52.9 per game), steals (11.32 per game) and turnover margin (+4.05 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.63 per game) plus offensive rebounds (21.74)
Oregon improved 14 spots in the Sagarin RPI from 77 to 63, after defeating both Washington State and Washington. Oregon checks in at No. 73 in the RealTime RPI and is 72nd in the NCAA RPI.
GETTING UP SHOTS
In the NCAA, a team has taken 100 or more field goal attempts in a game this year just four times. Oregon accounts for three of those instances. Baylor attempted a NCAA-high 105 shots against Duke in a four-overtime game, while the Ducks attempted 102 shots on Dec. 18 against Southern plus 101 shots against both No. 23 ranked California on Jan. 5 (OT) and Bakersfield on Nov. 9.
THE CENTURY MARK
Oregon has reached 100+ points eight times 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 Pac-12 play until hitting 101 points against Washington in the eighth conference game of the year. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 15 times, winning all but one of those games (14-1).
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 four 10-second backcourt violations, with one against Portland on Nov. 12, one versus Sacramento State on Nov. 17, one against Portland State on Dec. 14 and one at No. 23 ranked California on Jan. 5.