EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team opens the WNIT on Thursday against Pacific at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (15-15) and Tigers (18-12) tip at 7 p.m. The winner will face the winner of the Washington vs. Hawai'i game in the second round.
WNIT History: This is UO’s sixth trip to the WNIT (13-3)
WNIT Championships: 1989, 2002
Last WNIT Game: L, 71-57 to Cal (Third Round, 2010)
Pacific Series Record: Oregon leads, 3-0 (2-0 in Eugene)
Last Meeting: W, 76-71 (Nov. 18, 2008 in Eugene)
Notable: The Ducks are the top scoring team in the nation at 93.5 points per game. All-Pac-12 choice Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 15.9 rpg and double-doubles, with 27. Alleyne also ranks third in the Pac-12 in scoring at 21.8 ppg. All-Pac-12 freshman team choice Chrishae Rowe is second in the league in scoring at 21.9 ppg and is the top scoring freshman in the NCAA.
Record: 18-12, 12-6 WCC
Last Game: L, 77-64 on March 10 vs. BYU (WCC Tourney)
Head Coach: Lynne Roberts (Eighth Season)
Notable: Pacific star guard Kiki Moore will be a familar face for the Ducks. The senior started her career at Washington State before playing at Fresno State and now Pacific. Oregon faced her twice with WSU in 2009-10, and twice with Fresno State (once in 2011-12, once in 2012-13). Moore averaged 16 points per game in her four previous games against the Ducks, including 24 in the first of two games against UO with Washington State. Kendall Kenyon is averaging a double-double with 15.9 points and 10.3 rebounds 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. Fans can listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and on TuneIn Radio (mobile app and online).
Selection – Monday, March 17, Round 1 – March 19-21,
Round 2 – March 22-25, Round 3 – March 26-28,
Round 4 – March 29-31, Semifinals – April 2-3,
Championship – Sat., April 5, 6 p.m. PT
Oregon has gone to the WNIT (or NWIT) five times in program history - 1979, 1989, 2002, 2007 and 2010 - with a 13-3 record and two titles. In 1979, Oregon fell in the consolation bracket after going 3-1 in the tournament. UO defeated Minnesota (85-74), lost to Stephen F. Austin (76-53), beat Colorado (74-67) and lost to USC (67-64). Oregon went 3-0 to win the NWIT in 1989 (hosted in Amarillo, Texas), defeating DePaul (82-77) in the quarterfinals, Toldeo (93-63) in the semifinals and San Diego State (67-64) in the title game. The Ducks won the WNIT in 2002, which included five games. Oregon knocked off Saint Mary’s in the first round (71-61), Oregon State in the second round (50-48), Washington in the quarterfinals (77-73), Michigan State in the semifinals (65-54) and Houston in the title game (54-52). Oregon had a bye to start the 2007 tournament and knocked off UC Santa Barbara (70-54) before falling to Wyoming (64-62). In head coach Paul Westhead’s first season, 2010, the Ducks defeated Eastern Wash. in the first round (95-66) and New Mexico in the second round (93-67) before losing to California in the quarterfinals (71-57).
ALL-PAC-12 COACHES VOTE
After being an honorable mention selection last year as a freshman, Jillian Alleyne has been named All-Pac-12 by the league’s coaches. Alleyne is the fifth player to be named all-Pac-12 under head coach Paul Westhead. Amanda Johnson was picked in 2012, Nia Jackson in 2011 plus Taylor Lilley and Micaela Cocks in 2010. In other honors, Chrishae Rowe was named to the all-freshman team and was an honorable mention all-conference pick. Senior Ariel Thomas was also an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection.
ALL-PAC-12 MEDIA VOTE
Jillian Alleyne was also an All-Pac-12 selection by the media, but in this vote, Chrishae Rowe joined her on the All-Pac-12 list. Rowe was also an all-freshman choice by the media while Alleyne was also picked to the all-defense team.
ALLEYNE SETS PAC-12 SINGLE-SEASON REBOUNDS RECORD
In the first half against Washington State in the Pac-12 Tournament on March 6, Jillian Alleyne eclipsed Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike’s single-season Pac-12 record of 466 rebounds, set last season. Alleyne has 476 now this year, averaging an NCAA-leading 15.9 per game, which, if the season ended today, would also break the Pac-12 record 13.8, set by UCLA’s Natalie Williams in 1991-92. Alleyne has grabbed 20+ rebounds in six games this year, with a season-high 25 coming against Washington on Jan. 26. Alleyne ended the regular season with 16 boards in wins against both Arizona State and Arizona and 21 against WSU in a loss in the conference tournament.
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 record. Bev Smith held the school’s total rebounds record with 376, set during the 1980-81 season. Courtney Paris holds the NCAA record with a whopping 539 rebounds during her freshman season in 2005-06.
A TWO-THREE PUNCH
Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe and Jillian Alleyne rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in single-season UO history for total points. Rowe has 657 points this year, the second most in single-season program history, while Alleyne has 653 points, the third most in single-season program history. The Oregon record is 693 points, set by Alison Lang during the 1982-83 season.
ALLEYNE RECORD BOOK RANKS
Just a sophomore, Jillian Alleyne has already accomplished so much in her Oregon career. The forward from Fontana, Calif., owns the Oregon single-game (27) and single-season (476 and counting) rebounding records and ranks sixth all-time with 853 career boards. If the season ended today, Jillian Alleyne’s 15.9 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. Alleyne also ranks third in single-season history with 653 points this year and her current field goal percentage (56.6) would be the ninth best.
ALLEYNE FASTEST DUCK TO 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Sophomore Jillian Alleyne reached 1,000 career points on Feb. 28 against No. 20 Arizona State. She did it faster than any player in school history as she is the only sophomore at Oregon to reach the milestone. She is the 25th player overall to reach 1,000 career points. At this rate she could join Alison Lang (1980-84) and Bev Smith (1978-92) as the only players in school history to reach 2,000 career points.
THOMAS JOINS 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB TOO
On a three-pointer in the first half against Arizona on March 2, Ariel Thomas etched her name in the Oregon history books as the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. The senior point guard did it on senior day, with her mother Martha in from Sacramento and in attendance at Matthew Knight Arena. She has 1025 career points heading into the WNIT.
LOPER ALSO REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Redshirt junior Katelyn Loper reached the 1,000-point mark in her career with a three-pointer in the second half against Arizona on March 2. 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 349 points this year for the Ducks. All-in-all, Loper has 1,018 career points with a season still to play. Note: Only players to score all 1,000 of thier career points at Oregon are counted in the UO record books.
ALLEYNE BREAKS UO DOUBLE-DOUBLES RECORD
Jillian Alleyne posted her 25th double-double of the season on Feb. 28 against No. 20 ranked Arizona State, breaking the single-season program record of 24, set by Bev Smith during the 1981-82 season. Smith holds the career mark of 88. Alleyne currently ranks fifth all-time with 39 career double-doubles (27 this year, 12 last season as a freshman), behind Debbie Sporcich’s 40.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 15.9 per game. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 27 of 30 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 had 21 rebounds against WSU in the Pac-12 Tournament, her sixth game with 20+ boards this season. She had back-to-back 16 rebound games in the final regular season weekend against Arizona State and Arizona.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 93.5 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 is 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 10 times this season. 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 FOURTH IN THE NATION IN MADE THREES
Oregon is third in the nation in made three-pointers, averaging 9.5 per game. Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17, leads the nation at 12.4 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.
DUCKS SNAP TOP-25 LOSING STREAK
Oregon shocked No. 20 ranked Arizona State, 98-90, on Feb. 28 and ended a 33-game losing streak against ranked foes in the process. The last time Oregon defeated a top-25 team before Feb. 28 versus the Sun Devils was against No. 22 ranked California, 62-42, on Feb. 15, 2007 at old McArthur Court. The win was the Ducks’ first over a top-25 team in head coach Paul Westhead’s tenure. Oregon came close to knocking off a ranked foe twice earlier this season, taking then-No. 23 California to overtime before losing, 101-98, in Berkeley and battling then-No. 15 ASU to the wire in Tempe before falling, 97-94.
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 21.9 points per game. She ranks 17th 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. Rowe averages more points per game, rebounds per game and steals per game than Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Kesley Plum.
ROWE THE TOP SCORING FROSH IN UO HISTORY
With 657 points this season, Chrishae Rowe is the highest scoring freshman in Oregon history. The previous record was 424, set by Debbie Sporcich during the 1990-91 season. Overall, Rowe’s 657 points ranks second in single-season program history. The record is 693 points, set by Alison Lang in 1982-83. Rowe needs 36 more points to match the UO record.
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 72.1 percent, an improvement of 18.3 percent.
REBOUNDING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL
Oregon leads the Pac-12, averaging 50.5 rebounds per game. That number is set to beat both the Oregon and Pac-12 records. The program record is 49.4, set during the 1978-79 season when the Ducks still played in the Northwest Basketball League. The Pac-12 record is owned by Arizona State at 47.8 rebounds per game during the 1990-91 season.