EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team opens its final weekend of the regular season with No. 20 Arizona State on Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (13-14, 4-12) are currently tied for 10th in the Pac-12 standings while the Sun Devils (22-6, 11-5) are tied for fourth. Oregon is battling to get back to .500 on the year to get eligible for the WNIT while ASU needs a win over either the Ducks on Friday or Oregon State on Sunday to lock up a bye in the Pac-12 Tournament next weekend.
Tip off on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Pac-12.com.
ASU Series Record: Oregon trails, 28-31 (17-10 at home)
Last Meeting: L, 97-94 (Feb. 2, 2014 in Tempe)
Notable: The Ducks continue to lead the nation in scoring at 93.3 points per game. Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in both rebounding (15.7 per game) and double-doubles (24). Alleyne is currently tied with UO legend Bev Smith for the most double-doubles in single-season program history. Alleyne already broke Smith’s single-season rebounds record.
ARIZONA STATE BREAKDOWN
Last Game: Feb. 23 vs. Utah (W, 60-40 in Tempe)
Head Coach: Charli Turner Thorne (17th Season)
Notable: Arizona State is ranked No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 22 in the USA Today/Coaches poll. The Sun Devils have won two straight after dropping three in a row prior. ASU lost at Arizona, 68-49, Stanford, 61-35, and Cal, 74-63, before sweeping Colorado and Utah at home last weekend. ASU has seven players averaging 7+ points per game.
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.
In the final regular season weekend of the season, the SoCal schools visit Utah and Colorado, the Washington schools head to the Bay Area and the Arizona schools trip to Oregon and Oregon State.
ALLEYNE TIES SCHOOL DOUBLE-DOUBLE MARK
Jillian Alleyne posted her 24th double-double of the season on Sunday at Washington State, matching the single-season record set by Bev Smith during the 1981-82 season. Smith holds the career mark of 88, but Alleyne has 36 so far through less than two full seasons. Alleyne currently ranks fifth all-time, behind Debbie Sporcich’s 40 career double-doubles.
LOPER NEARS 1,000-POINT CLUB
Redshirt junior Katelyn Loper could reach the 1,000-point mark in her career on Friday against Arizona. Loper scored 334 points as a freshman and 335 points as a sophomore at Hofstra before transferring to Oregon. After sitting out last season, Loper has 315 points this year for the Ducks. All-in-all, Loper has 984 career points entering the weekend and needs 16 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark.
ALLEYNE CLOSES IN ON 1,000-POINT CLUB TOO
Sophomore Jillian Alleyne already has scored 980 career points and needs just 20 more to join Oregon’s 1000-point club. Alleyne scored 402 points last year as a freshman and has 578 points this year as a sophomore.
THOMAS COULD JOIN 1,000-POINT PARTY ALSO
A third Oregon player could also jump into the 1,000-point club this weekend, as senior Ariel Thomas is 30 points away. The point guard has 970 points thus far in her career.
ALLEYNE BREAKS OREGON REBOUNDS RECORDS
When Jillian Alleyne grabbed a rebound on the first missed shot of the game on Feb. 17 versus UCLA, Alleyne broke the program’s single-season rebounds records. Bev Smith held the school’s total rebounds record with 376, set during the 1980-81 season. The Pac-12 record is 466, set last season by Chiney Ogwumike, and Alleyne needs 43 more boards to match it. Courtney Paris holds the NCAA record with a whopping 539 rebounds during her freshman season in 2005-06. It was believed Alleyne broke the Pac-12 mark against UCLA as well, but the Pac-12 record book was incorrectly updated and did not include Chiney’s record-setting total from last season. The old record was 376, set by Neka Ogwumike.
ALLEYNE NEARS MORE REBOUND RECORDS
If the season ended today, Jillian Alleyne’s 15.7 rebounds per game average would crush both the single-season school and Pac-12 rebounds per game record. The school mark is 13.6, set 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. The NCAA record is 18.5, set by Bethune-Cookman’s Rosina Pearson in 1984-85.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 15.7 per game. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 24 of 27 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 Colorado. Alleyne had 16 rebounds at halftime against USC on Feb. 14, besting her NCAA-leading average in the opening 20 minutes alone. Alleyne grabbed 22 boards last Friday at Washington, her fifth 20+ rebound game of the season, with all five coming in Pac-12 play.
WHEN PLAYING ARIZONA STATE
- Oregon trails, 28-31, all-time in the series with Arizona State, but leads, 17-10, in Eugene.
- Oregon is just 1-15 against Arizona State since losing, 54-47, on March 6, 2005 in the Pac-12 Tournament.
- The Ducks are 1-8 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
2013-14: In the first meeting between the two teams, freshman Chrishae Rowe scored a game-high 39 points, her third 35+ point scoring game of the year, which matched Bev Smith’s career record.
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.
LAST TIME AGAINST ARIZONA STATE
The Oregon women’s basketball team pushed Arizona State to the brink, but the No. 15 ranked Sun Devils topped the Ducks, 97-94, on Feb. 2 at Wells Fargo Arena. The loss snapped a three-game conference winning streak for the Ducks and prevented them from getting their first Pac-12 road sweep since the 2008-09 season, when Oregon won both games in Washington. Oregon led by six, 75-69, with 6:47 left to play but Arizona State responded with a 9-0 run to take a 78-75 lead with 4:28 remaining. Oregon tied it up at 83-83 with 3:25 on the clock but Arizona State pushed its lead up to six, at 91-85, with 1:14 left and the Ducks couldn’t claw their way back in. There were 13 lead changes in the game and 11 ties. Chrishae Rowe, the NCAAs top scoring freshman, posted 39 points, just two shy of her own school record, set at Seattle U earlier this season. Rowe went 12-of-22 from the floor and 13-of-14 at the free throw line. She hit on 2-of-7 three-point tries. Jillian Alleyne posted her 31st career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Katelyn Loper and Lexi Petersen each added 12 points for the Ducks. Joy Burke had career-highs in scoring (22) and rebounds (15) as the Ducks couldn’t stop her in the post late in the game. Oregon’s foul trouble contributed to that, as Alleyne picked up her fourth foul with 10:55 left in the game and had to be careful. Alleyne eventually fouled out with 43 seconds left. Loper and Petersen also played significant minutes with four fouls each.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 93.3 points per game. If the season ended today, Oregon’s points per game average would be the sixth highest in NCAA history. The Pac-12 record is 92.8 points per game, set by Stanford during the 1991-92 season, which currently the sixth most in NCAA history. The Oregon program record is 84.6 points per game, set during the 1978-79 season. Oregon has reached 100+ points nine 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.
DUCKS THIRD 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 12.7 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.
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 21.8 points per game. She ranks 16th overall in the NCAA 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 12th in the Pac-12 at 73.6 percent, an improvement of 19.8 percent.
REBOUNDING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL
Oregon leads the Pac-12, averaging 50.6 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. The Ducks have been out-rebounded by an opponent in just six games this year, with a 0-6 record in those games. Last time against Washington State, Oregon had a 59-35 edge ont he glass.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
This season Oregon is 9-2 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field but is 4-12 when shooting less than 40 percent. Oregon picked up its first loss when shooting better than 40 percent on Feb. 2 at No. 15 ranked Arizona State. Oregon also lost on Feb. 21 at Washington, 108-100, when it shot 43.8 percent from the field. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine, Southern, Washington on Jan. 26 and Utah when shooting less than 40 percen.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 47-19 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 13-9 when reaching the 80-point mark.
THE CENTURY MARK
Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 16 times, winning all but two of those games (14-2). Oregon has reached 100+ points nine 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. Oregon’s only losses when reaching 100+ points were against Arizona, 119-112 on Jan. 16, 2010, and on Friday night at Washington, 108-100.
WHEN PLAYING TOP-25 OPPONENTS
The Sun Devils will be the fifth top-25 opponent Oregon has faced this season. The Ducks are 0-4 in top-25 games this year, falling at No. 1 UConn, No. 4 Stanford, No. 23 California (in overtime) and No. #14 Arizona State. Oregon’s last win over a top-25 team was at No. 22 ranked California on Feb. 15, 2007 at old McArthur Court. Oregon is 0-33 against top-25 foes since that win.
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 93.3 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (73.0 percent), rebounds (50.6 per game), steals (10.81 per game) and turnover margin (+3.08 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.56 per game) plus offensive rebounds (20.63)
Oregon dropped to No. 120 in the NCAA RPI after falling at Washington and Washington State last weekend. Currently, the Ducks are No. 80 in the Jeff Sagarin RPI while they come in at No. 108 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.
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. That does not take into account the numerous times teams have rushed to beat the clock and turned the ball over in the process.
WESTHEAD’S HOME RECORD
Oregon is 47-38 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 11-5 at Matthew Knight Arena this season overall and 3-4 in Pac-12 play.