EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will play host to USC at 7:30 p.m. on Friday for its Play4Kay Pink Game.
Pac-12 Networks will televise the game. The Ducks (13-10, 4-8 Pac-12) will sport special pink uniforms and shoes against the Trojans (15-9, 8-4).
PINK GAME DETAILS
The Ducks will offer $5 general admission tickets to all fans that wear pink to the game. There will also be $2 raffle tickets for sale for a chance to win a pair of the Ducks' pink game shoes. A pair will also be available for auction on OregonAuthentic.com this weekend. All funds will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.
USC Series Record: Oregon trails, 42-17 (11-17 at home)
Last Meeting: L, 109-85 (Jan. 19, 2014 in Los Angeles)
Notable: Oregon continues to lead the nation in scoring at 94.3 points per game, which would be the fifth highest in NCAA history. Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounds per game (15.3) and is second in double-doubles (20) while Chrishae Rowe is the top scoring freshman in the country and ranks 10th overall in the NCAA at 23.0 points per game.
Last Game: Feb. 8, 2014 at Oregon State (L, 75-63)
Head Coach: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (First Season)
Notable: USC snapped a three-game losing streak with a 68-54 win over rival UCLA on Feb. 8 at the Galen Center. Before the losing streak, the Women of Troy had won nine of 10 games, including a 109-85 win over Oregon on Jan. 19. The 109 points scored was the first time any team broke the century mark at the Galen Center.
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
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.
This weekend in Pac-12 play, in addition to the SoCal school heading to Oregon and Oregon State, the Washington schools visit Utah and Colorado while they Bay Area schools head to Arizona and Arizona State.
WHEN PLAYING USC
- Oregon has lost seven straight to USC and 11 of the last 12 meetings.
- The Ducks’ last win over USC was on Jan. 30, 2010. Oregon won in Los Angeles, 85-77. That was the most points scored by the Ducks in a game against the Trojans in the 59-game history of the series.
- Taylor Lilley set the UO single-game record with nine three-pointers in that 2010 game against the Trojans. She also set a career-high with 36 points.
- Oregon has just one win in the Galen Center, and is 1-9 at the facility since it opened for the 2006-07 seaqson. The Ducks are 1-6 against USC (1-5 regular season, 0-1 Pac-12 Tournament) plus 0-3 against other foes at the Pac-12 Tournament.
- USC won 19 of the first 22 meetings in the series, which started on March 21, 1981 in Los Angeles. USC won that game, 67-64.
- Oregon’s longest winning streak in the series is five games, coming from 1997-99.
- USC’s longest winning streak in the series is 10 games, from 1990-95.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. USC
2013-14: Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks with 21 points and 17 rebounds but the Ducks lost, 109-85, to USC on Jan. 19, 2014.
2012-13: Ariel Thomas had one of her most efficient games in the Ducks’, 67-62, loss to the Trojans on Jan. 6, 2013. Thomas scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists. She had just one turnover and added three steals.
2011-12: In the Ducks’ last game against USC in Los Angeles - Jan. 19, 2012 - then-freshman Liz Brenner scored 16 points.
2010-11: On Jan. 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, Nia Jackson led the Ducks with a double-double on 25 points and 11 assists. Oregon lost, 79-76.
2009-10: In the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament at the Galen Center, Oregon lost 80-76 on March 12, 2010. USC’s Ashley Corral hit a three-pointer with 24 seconds left to push the Women of Troy past the Ducks. Taylor Lilley had 22 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST USC
Despite Jillian Alleyne’s 15th double-double of the season, the Oregon women’s basketball team lost, 109-85, at USC on Jan. 19. The Ducks fell to 9-8 (0-6 Pac-12) with the loss while the red-hot Women of Troy improved to 13-6 (6-1). USC, now tied for second in the league standings, has won eight of its last nine games. Alleyne finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds, for her 13th straight double-double of the season. Chrishae Rowe scored 19 points for the Ducks, who were without starting point guard Ariel Thomas after the senior suffered an ankle injury late in the game on Friday at UCLA. Lexi Petersen, who started in Thomas’ place, scored 14 points and dished out a career-high six assists. Freshman Drea Toler scored a career-high 12 points in 15 minutes on the floor. USC’s Cassie Harberts scored a game-high 30 points and added 7 rebounds. The Women of Troy saw five players score in double figures and 12 players score points. After going up 11-8 on a Rowe jumper to start the game, USC went on a 17-3 run to take a 25-14 lead with 9:40 remaining in the first half. The Women of Troy continued to shoot well in the first half, good from 76.2 percent of their shots as they led 39-26 with 4:47 left in the first half. At halftime, USC led the Ducks, 50-32. USC shot 71.4 percent from the field (20-of-28) and 66.7 percent from three (4-of-6) in the opening 20 minutes. Meanwhile, the Ducks shot 30.6 percent (11-of-36) and 7.7 percent from beyond the arc (1-of-13). Oregon started out the second half on a 9-2 run to make it a 52-41 USC lead with 17:18 left to play. The Ducks would cut USC’s lead down to 11 again, at 61-50, with 14:47 remaining, but USC responded with a 12-4 run to take a 73-54 lead with 12:36 left and never looked back.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 94.3 points per game. If the season ended today, Oregon’s 94.3 points per game average would be the fifth-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 THIRD IN THE NATION IN MADE THREES
Oregon is third in the nation in made three-pointers, averaging 9.48 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 for a team 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 15.3 per game. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 20 of 23 games this season, only coming up short when she went out with a rolled ankle against Sacramento State and when she grabbed nine boards against both No. 1 ranked UConn and on Monday night against Colorado.
ALLEYNE NEARS PAC-12, UO REBOUNDS RECORDS
If the season ended today, Jillian Alleyne’s 15.3 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 352 rebounds this season with six regular season games left to play. At her current per game average, she will grab 92 more boards in those six games, giving her 444 for the season.
ALLEYNE 2ND IN THE NCAA IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne dropped to second in the NCAA after coming up just short of a double-double on Monday night against Colorado. The sophomore grabbed nine boards to go with 15 points against the Buffs, snapping her streak of 18 straight games with a double-double. She has 20 this season, while Joy Adams of Iona has an NCAA-leading 21. 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 fifth all-time at Oregon in career double-doubles with 32 (in 54 games played), recently jumping Amanda Johnson’s 30 career double-doubles. 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. Alleyne needs four more double-doubles to match Smith’s single-season record with six games remaining in the regular season.
ROWE TIES SMITH FOR MOST 35+ POINT GAMES
Just a freshman, Chrishae Rowe has already tied Oregon legend Bev Smith for the most 35+ point games in program history with three. Smith recorded 35 points against both Kentucky (March 12, 1980) and Boise State (Jan. 13, 1979) and set a career-high with 38 points at Montana (Feb. 5, 1981). This year, Rowe tallied a school record 41 points at Seattle U on Deec. 4, 2013, 39 points at Arizona State on Feb. 2, 2014 and 38 points versus Utah on Feb. 8, 2014.
ROWE LEADS ALL FRESHMEN IN SCORING
Chrishae Rowe leads all freshman in the nation, scoring 23.0 points per game. She ranks 10th in the NCAA overall and second in the Pac-12. Rowe, plus Washington’s Kelsey Plum and Delaware State’s Raven Bankston are the only freshmen 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 74.5 percent, an improvement of 20.7 percent.
REBOUNDING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL
Oregon leads the Pac-12, averaging 51.2 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 9-1 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field but is 4-9 when shooting less than 40 percent. Oregon picked up its first loss when shooting better than 40 percent on Sunday at No. 15 ranked Arizona State. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine, Southern, Washington and Utah when shooting less than 40 percen.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 47-16 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 13-6 when reaching the 80-point mark.
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 94.3 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (72.4 percent), rebounds (51.2 per game), steals (11.35 per game) and turnover margin (+4.09 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.48 per game) plus offensive rebounds (21.04)
Oregon is No. 72 in the NCAA RPI but is up to No. 59 in the Jeff Sagarin RPI. The Ducks come in at No. 83 in the RealTime 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
Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 15 times, winning all but one of those games (14-1). 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 against Washington in the eighth conference game of the year.
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.
WESTHEAD’S HOME RECORD
Oregon is 47-36 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 11-3 at Matthew Knight Arena this season overall and 3-2 in Pac-12 play.
The Ducks won, 101-85, over Washington in a Pac-12 Networks game on Jan. 26. However, the Ducks are 1-6 on the Pac-12 Networks this year and lost, 114-68, at No. 1 ranked UConn in a SNY and ESPN3.com broadcasted game. The Ducks have four more TV games on the schedule - at home against USC and UCLA next weekend plus the Washington game on Feb. 21 and the regular-season finale against Arizona on March 2. Oregon is 12-3 in non-televised games this year.
SEVEN-GAME WINNING STREAK
After winning just four games last year, the Ducks posted a seven game winning streak, running from Nov. 25 against Pepperdine to Dec. 29 against Cal State Bakersfield. No. 4 ranked Stanford snapped the streak on Jan. 3. It was Oregon’s longest winning streak under head coach Paul Westhead. The previous best under Westhead was when the Ducks opened the 2011-12 campaign with six straight wins. The seven game winning streak was the longest since the Ducks won seven straight during the 2005-06 season.
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.
ALLEYNE MATCHES UO FG PERCENTAGE RECORD
Jillian Alleyne tied the Oregon single-game field goal percentage record on Jan. 31 at Arizona when the sophomore went 11-of-11 from the field. Lauri Landerholm first set the Oregon record when she went 11-for-11 against Washington State on Jan. 22, 1987. Alleyne went 5-for-5 in the first half and 6-for-6 in the second half at Arizona, finishing with 29 points and 20 rebounds for her second straight 20-20 game. She had 34 points and 25 rebounds on Jan. 26 against Washington.
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.
ROWE’S 41 POINTS IN CONTEXT
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. Her 41 points are tied for the 15th most in a NCAA game this season and are the most by any freshman. The 41 points are the most by any player in the Pac-12 this year. Troy’s Joanna Harden has the most points in a game this season, with 52 against Alabama-Huntsville on Nov. 26.