TEMPE, Ariz. - The Oregon women's basketball team will look to extend its current three-game winning streak on Sunday when the Ducks visit No. 15 ranked Arizona State.
The Ducks (12-8, 3-6 Pac-12) and the second-place Sun Devils (18-3, 7-2) tip at noon PT at Wells Fargo Arena.
Arizona Series Record: Oregon trails, 28-30 (10-7 road)
Last Meeting: L, 60-45 (Jan. 11, 2013 in Tempe, Ariz.)
Notable: Oregon continues to lead the nation at 95.3 points per game, which would be the third highest in NCAA history. Jillian Alleyne, who leads the nation in rebounds per game (15.7) and double-doubles (18), was named USBWA National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Player of the Week after the UO swept the Washington schools last weekend.
ARIZONA STATE BREAKDOWN
Last Game: Jan. 31, 2014 vs. Oregon State (W, 64-62)
Head Coach: Charli Turner Thorne (17th Season)
Notable: Four of Arizona State’s seven league wins have come by three or less points, not including an overtime win over USC. The No. 15 ranked Sun Devils feature seven players who average 7+ point per game, led by Deja Mann’s 11.7 ppg. Sophie Brunner and Kelsey Moos each average 6+ rebounds to lead the team.
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
Oregon’s game at Arizona State 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).
So far this week, Utah defeated Colorado, 58-55, on Wednesday while Stanford held off a late rally to beat Cal, 70-64. Both home teams won in the pair of rivalry games. In Pac-12 action on Friday night, Oregon won, 84-72, at Arizona while Oregon State let a late lead slip away in a 64-62 loss at Arizona State. In Los Angeles, Washington beat UCLA, 70-58, and Washington State knocked off USC, 79-75.
ALLEYNE 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 15.7 rebounds per game with 18 double-doubles. She is second in the Pac-12, averaging 21.8 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.
WHEN PLAYING ARIZONA STATE
- Oregon trails, 28-30, all-time in the series with Arizona State, including a 10-17 record on the road.
- Oregon is just 1-14 against Arizona State since losing, 54-47, on March 6, 2005 in the Pac-12 Tournament.
- The Ducks are 1-7 against the Sun Devils under head coach Paul Westhead.
- Oregon’s last win over Arizona State was on Feb. 13, 2010. The Ducks knocked off the Sun Devils, 82-81, in Eugene when Taylor Lilley (26) and Micaela Cocks (20) combined for 47 points. ASU led by as much as 11 in the second half, but the Ducks rallied back quickly and Cocks’ three-pointer with 51 seconds left sealed the deal on the Oregon win.
- Oregon’s last win over ASU in Tempe, Ariz., was on March 2, 2000, when the Ducks prevailed, 67-56.
- Oregon’s longest winning streak in the series with ASU is 11 games, running from 1995-2000.
- Arizona State’s longest winning streak in the series is 10 games, going from 2005-2010.
- Arizona State won the first meeting between the two teams, 70-69, on Jan. 5, 1981 in Tempe, Ariz.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. ASU
2012-13: Liz Brenner posted a double-double while Jillian Alleyne narrowly missed one (12 points, nine rebounds) in a low-scoring 60-45 loss on Jan. 11, 2013.
2011-12: Oregon trailed by just one with 1:27 left to play but Arizona State won, 53-49, on Jan. 14, 2012 in Eugene. Jasmin Holliday had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
2010-11: With both teams receiving votes in the AP Poll, Arizona State used 21 points off turnovers to defeat the Ducks, 73-68, on Jan. 14, 2010. The Ducks were 3-0 in Pac-10 play up to that loss. Micaela Cocks and Nia Jackson each had 15 points.
LOW SCORES AGAINST ASU
Oregon, one of the most explosive teams in the Pac-12 in five years under head coach Paul Westhead, has routinely struggled to score against Arizona State. The Ducks have eclipsed 70 points just once, in their lone win over ASU in the last nine years (82-81). Oregon has averaged 60.1 points per game against Arizona State under Westhead, with a low of 45 points last season.
LAST TIME AGAINST ARIZONA STATE
Arizona State defeated the University of Oregon women’s basketball team 60-45 on Jan. 11, 2013 at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, Ariz. Oregon led 26-23 at the half, but ASU outscored the Ducks 37-19 in the second half to pull away with the victory. Liz Brenner and Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks offensively. Brenner tallied her first double-double of the season with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. It was just her fourth game back since rejoining the team after playing with the UO volleyball team. Alleyne registered 12 points and nine rebounds, narrowly missing out on her sixth double-double of the season. Amanda Delgado chipped in with seven points and six boards in 18 minutes off the bench. She scored all of her points and registered six of the seven rebounds in 10 first-half minutes. The Ducks committed 28 turnovers which translated to ASU’s 27-12 advantage for points off turnovers. The Sun Devils were forced into 14 turnovers. Arizona State was led offensively by Janae Fulcher who tallied a game-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds. Joy Burke contributed 11 points, the only other Sun Devil to reach double-figures in scoring. Oregon had a narrow edge in rebounding, 47-43. The biggest stat difference came in the steals category where ASU had a 15-7 advantage.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 95.3 points per game. If the season ended today, Oregon’s 95.9 point average would be the third-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 9.55 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.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 15.7 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 15.7 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 final 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 314 rebounds this season with nine regular season games left to play.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 30th career double-double (in 51 career games played) and her NCAA-leading 18th of the season on Friday at Arizona. She has a double-double in 16 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 is tied for fifth all-time at Oregon in career double-doubles, matching Amanda Johnson. 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 21.5 points per game. She ranks 23rd 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 77.2 percent, an improvement of 23.4 percent.
ALLEYNE SHINES IN PAC-12 PLAY
Despite the Ducks’ 3-6 start to conference play, sophomore Jillian Alleyne has consistently shined. The 6-foot-3 forward is averaging a team-high 23.4 points per game in Pac-12 contests to go with a ridiculous 17.4 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 and went for 29 points and 20 rebounds (10 offensive, 10 defensive) on Friday at Arizona.
REBOUNDING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL
Oregon leads the Pac-12, averaging 52.7 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 9-0 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. Oregon shot 43.4 percent at Arizona on Friday night.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 46-15 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 12-5 when reaching the 80-point mark.
WHEN PLAYING TOP-25 OPPONENTS
Arizona State will be the fourth top-25 opponent Oregon has faced this season. The Ducks are 0-3 in those games, falling at No. 1 UConn, No. 4 Stanford and No. 23 California (in overtime). Oregon’s last win over a top-25 team was at then No. 22 ranked California on Feb. 15, 2007 at old McArthur Court. Oregon is 0-32 against top-25 foes since that win.
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 95.3 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (73.0 percent), rebounds (52.7 per game), steals (11.1 per game) and turnover margin +3.65 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.55 per game) plus offensive rebounds (21.6)
After beating Arizona on Friday night, Oregon improved five spots in the Sagarin RIP, from 63 to 58. Oregon checks in at No. 75 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