EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will look to continue its early season success against Sacramento State at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (2-0) and Hornets (2-0) both run similar uptempo offensive systems. Oregon is averaging a Pac-12 best 122.0 points per game while Sacramento State leads the Big Sky in scoring, at 92.5 points per game.
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Last Game: 11/12 vs. Portland (W, 113-86)
Series Record: Oregon leads 1-0 (1-0 at home)
Last Meeting: W, 110-60 (Nov. 28, 2011)
Notable: Oregon is averaging 122 points per game through its first two games of the season, both wins. The Ducks scored a Pac-12 record 131 against Bakersfield in the opener and 113 points in a win over Portland on Tuesday night. Jillian Alleyne has posted back-to-back double-doubles.
SACRAMENTO STATE BREAKDOWN
Last Game: 11/10 vs. San Diego State (W, 93-89)
Head Coach: Bunky Harkleroad (First Season)
Notable: Sacramento State runs a similar fast-break offense as the Ducks under first-year head coach Bunky Harkleroad. Harkleroad, who took over for former Oregon standout Jamie Craighead at Sacramento State, led Glenville State for four years prior, where the Pioneers paced Div. II in scoring each season. Glenville State scored 95.3 ppg in 2012-13.
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AROUND THE PAC-12
In addition to Oregon hosting Sacramento State, five other Pac-12 teams will be in action on Sunday. Cal visits Georgetown and Arizona State tips with Texas Tech at noon PT, while UC Davis heads to Stanford, North Carolina visits UCLA late in the evening. Ole Miss and Washington State meet in Hawai’i.
THE LAST TIME OUT
Oregon won big for the second time in as many games, defeating Portland in a 113-86 on Tuesday night. The Ducks saw Jillian Alleyne (25), Katelyn Loper (23) and Chrishae Rowe (22) all break the 20+ point barrier for the second straight game while Alleyne posted her second double-double of the season and 14th of her career with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Oregon shot 46.1 percent from the floor while limiting Portland to 36.7 percent shooting.
PAC-12 SCORING LEADERS
After two games, Oregon not only has the No. 1 scoring offense in the Pac-12, at 122 points per game, but the Ducks boast the top-3 individual scorers in the conference as well. Katelyn Loper leads the league, averaging 26 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne and Chrishae Rowe are tied for second with 24.5 points per game. Alleyne leads the Pac-12 with 14.5 rebounds per game.
Oregon has done quite well limiting the long ball through the first two games of the season. Opponents are shooting just 15.5 percent (9-of-58) from three-point range against the Ducks. Portland shot 16.2 percent (6-of-37) from downtown on Tuesday night while Bakersfield shot 14.3 percent (3-of-21) from three. On the opposite, Oregon is shooting a blistering 41.7 percent.
LAST TIME AGAINST SACRAMENTO STATE
Oregon defeated Sacramento State, 110-60, in the two programs’ first and only meeting, on Nov. 28, 2010, in McArthur Court. Kristi Fallin scored a career-high 26 points in the victory, going 9-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-8 from three-point range. Then-freshman Danielle Love grabbed 12 rebounds in the game. Also a freshman at the time, Ariel Thomas posted six points, three rebounds and six assists. Laura Stanulis and Chynna Miley also saw playing time against the Hornets. As for Sacramento State, currently players Alle Moreno, Sadie Clements, Shanti Smith and Se’nyce Parrish all appeared for the Hornets. Clements scored 11 points off the bench and shot 3-of-3 from three-point range. She also grabbed six rebounds and tallied three assists, the second most on the team. Moreno scored five points on 2-of-6 shooting while Smith grabbed eight rebounds.
PAC-12 SCORING RECORD FALLS VS. BAKERSFIELD
Oregon broke both the Pac-12 and school scoring record on Nov. 9 in its season-opening win over CSU Bakersfield. The Ducks won 131-91, breaking Stanford’s conference record of 122, set against Long Beach State in 1993 and Cal State Fullerton in 1994. The previous school scoring record was 121, set against Hawai’i on Jan. 16, 1979. The NCAA record is 149, set by LBSU in 1987.
DUCKS BREAK PAC-12 THREE-POINT RECORD
Helping them break the conference scoring record were the Pac-12 and school record 20 three-pointers the Ducks dropped on Nov. 9 against CSU Bakersfield. The NCAA record is 22 made threes. Katelyn Loper matched the school record with nine threes.
ROWE NAMED PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
After helping the Oregon women’s basketball team break both the conference and school scoring record in Saturday’s win over CSU Bakersfield, Chrishae Rowe was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. Rowe posted 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. The freshman from Corona, Calif., also went a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line and grabbed six rebounds.
LIGHTS OUT SHOOTING
Oregon shot better than 40 percent from the floor just five times last year, and won two of those games (Fresno State, Samford). The Ducks shot 42.6 percent in the season-opener against CSU Bakersfield, hitting 43 of their whopping 101 field goal attempts. They followed up that performance by shooting 46.1 percent against Portland on Tuesday night (35-of-76).
Through two games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is +28 (51 points scored, 23 points against) in 13:33 minutes on the floor. The starters’ +/- projected for 40 minutes is an astouding +82.66. Individually, Katelyn Loper leads the Ducks with an amazing +62 (171 points scored, 111 points against), while Jillian Alleyne (+54) and Ariel Thomas (+52) also have eye-catching numbers.
Jillian Alleyne posted her 14th career double and second of the season against Portland on Nov. 12. Megan Carpenter tallied her third career double-double in the opener against Bakersfield.
NON-CONFERENCE RECORD UNDER WESTHEAD
Oregon is 30-19 in non-conference action under head coach Paul Westhead. (Note: this mark does NOT include the Pac-12 Tournament or other postseason tournaments.) The Ducks were 9-3 against non-league foes in 2009-10, his first season, then 9-2 in 2010-11, 8-4 in 2011-12 and 2-10 last season. Oregon’s two non-conference wins last year came in back-to-back games against Fresno State and Samford at home. The Ducks are 2-0 to start the 2013-14 season.
WESTHEAD’S HOME RECORD
Oregon is 38-33 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 has won both homes games this season.
HOME SWEET HOME
Paul Westhead and the Ducks will have a chance to improve on their home record early this season. Oregon plays nine of its 11 non-conference games at home this season, only leaving Matthew Knight Arena to visit reigning national champion UConn on Nov. 20 and Seattle U on Dec. 4. The trip to Seattle will give the Ducks a chance to play a regular season game in Key Arena, which hosts the Pac-12 Tournament for the second straight season this year.
Due to the Pac-12’s unbalanced scheduling, Oregon will only play the Bay Area schools and the Mountain schools once this season. The Ducks will visit Stanford and Cal to open conference play and will host Utah and Colorado in early February.
Oregon will be without the services of 2012-13 starting guard Jordan Loera (LOW-etta), who suffered an ACL injury in preseason practices. The versatile 5-foot-9 junior averaged 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a sophomore while starting all 31 games. The Moses Lake, Wash., native led the team in steals with 37 during the 2012-13 campaign.
Oregon was picked to finish last in the 2013-14 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll. Stanford, which was picked to finish first, received 11 of 12 first place votes, with Cal garnering the other. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Behind the Cardinal in the poll was Cal, followed by Colorado, Washington and UCLA to round out the top-5. USC checked in at No. 6, ahead of Utah, Oregon State, Washington State and Arizona State. Arizona and Oregon rounded out the poll. Teams earned 11 points for a first place vote down to one point for a 12th-place vote.