EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will play an Ivy League opponent for the first time on Sunday, when the Ducks welcome Princeton to Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (3-2) and Tigers will tip at noon. The men's basketball team plays Cal Poly later in the day at 7 p.m.
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.
Last Game: 11/25 vs. Pepperdine (W, 83-80)
Series Record: First meeting
Last Meeting: None
Notable: Oregon is coming off an 83-80 victory over Pepperdine on Monday night. The Ducks led by as much as 24 points in the second half, but needed a steal by Danielle Love and a pair of Ariel Thomas free throws in the final seconds to ice the Waves. Jillian Alleyne had 21 points.
AROUND THE PAC-12
In addition to the Ducks hosting the Tigers on Sunday, there will be one other Pac-12 team in action. UCLA will play in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Naples, Fla.
DELGADO MAKES MOST OF MINUTES
Reserve guard Amanda Delgado has made the most of her minutes in Oregon’s last two games. The junior, who is still easing back into action after offseason knee surgery, is 5-of-7 from three-point range in Oregon’s last two games, despite playing just 19 combined minutes. Delgado scored nine points in seven minutes on 3-of-4 shooting from long range at No. 1 UConn on Nov. 20 and then went 2-of-3 from deep in 12 minutes against Pepperdine on Nov. 25. Delgado shot 3-of-10 from three-point range over Oregon’s first two games.
OREGON’S LAST TIME OUT
Oregon led by as much as 24 points in the second half but needed to hold on late to defeat Pepperdine. Pepperdine had the ball with less than 10 seconds on the clock, down just one at 81-80, but Danielle Love deflected the inbounds pass and Jillian Alleyne tied up the loose ball to force a jump, and the possession arrow went to the Ducks. Ariel Thomas calmly knocked down a pair of free throws after being intentionally fouled and there was not enough time left for the Waves to get a shot up for a long three to tie it. Jillian Alleyne posted a double-double with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Oregon is 3-0 this year when Alleyne gets a double-double.
After four games, Oregon not only boasts the league’s top scoring offense (99.2 points per game), but three of the top 15 scorers individually in the Pac-12. Chrishae Rowe ranks second, averaging 23.8 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne (18.4) is eighth and Katelyn Loper (16.8) is tied for 12th. Jillian Alleyne leads the league with 12.6 rebounds per game. Just five players in the conference average more than 10 boards per game.
Oregon has done quite well limiting the long ball through the first three games of the season. Opponents are shooting just 21 percent (29-of-138) from three-point range against the Ducks. Last week, Sacramento State shot 22.4 percent (11-of-49) from three while No. 1 ranked UConn was shot just 25 percent (2-of-8). Pepperdine went 5-of-14 (35.7 percent) from long range. On the opposite, Oregon is shooting 32.0 percent as a team from deep.
LAST TIME AGAINST PRINCETON
Oregon and Princeton have never met. In fact, the Ducks have never played an Ivy League school before Monday’s game against the Tigers.
ROWE SHINES ON BRIGHTEST STAGE
Freshman Chrishae Rowe scored a team-high 27 points on 12-of-27 shooting against No. 1 ranked UConn at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The Corona, Calif., native used a wide array of offensive moves - post ups, cross over dribbles, floaters, three-point shooting - to lead the Ducks in scoring despite being guarded most of the night by the Huskies’ All-American guard, Bria Hartley. Rowe also grabbed four rebounds and led the Ducks with three steals as Oregon forced the Huskies into 16 turnovers.
ROWE TAKES FIRST TWO PAC-12 FROSH AWARDS
Chrishae Rowe was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second straight time, the league announced on Nov. 18. Rowe, a freshman guard, averaged 25 points and 9.5 rebounds as the Ducks split a pair of games against Portland and Sacramento State in the second week of the season. In a 113-86 victory over the Pilots, Rowe scored 22 points on 8-of-17 shooting with a pair of three-pointers, five rebounds and two assists. In Sunday’s loss to the Hornets, Rowe stepped up after Jillian Alleyne went out with injury. The Corona, Calif., native tallied a game-high 28 points and posted her first career double-double as she added 14 rebounds (seven offensive, seven defensive).
Through three games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is at +32 (105 points for, 73 points against) in just over 37 minutes together on the floor. Oregon’s second best lineup swaps Laura Staunlis at point guard for Ariel Thomas, and that group is a +11 (27 points for, 16 points against) in 7:01. Individually, Katelyn Loper leads the team with a +51 (354 points for, 303 points against) while Jillian Alleyne is a close second at +41 (302 points for, 268 points against). Ariel Thomas and Danielle Love are also over +30.
NCAA THREE-POINT ATTEMPT RECORD FALLS VS. SACRAMENTO STATE
In a season full of record setting performances already, Oregon and Sacramento State combined to break the NCAA three-point attempts record on Sunday. The Ducks and Hornets combined for 86 three-point tries, bettering the NCAA record of 75, set by Ole Miss and Bowling Green in 1999. The previous school record of 66 was also obliterated, set with Portland State in 2011.
PAC-12 SCORING RECORD FALLS VS. BAKERSFIELD
Oregon broke both the Pac-12 and school scoring records 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 AGAINST BAKERSFIELD
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.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
Oregon shot better than 40 percent from the floor just five times last year, and won two of those games (Fresno State, Samford). This season, however, Oregon is 2-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field. 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 (35-of-76). Oregon struggled from the field (33.7 percent) against Sacramento State and No. 1 ranked UConn (30.7 percent) in a pair of losses. The Ducks won for the first time this year when shooting below 40 percent in an 83-80 victory over Pepperdine on Nov. 25. The Ducks shot just 34.8 percent from the floor and beat the Waves.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 37-11 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 3-1 when reaching the 80-point mark.
THE CENTURY MARK
Oregon has reached 100+ points twice already this season. The Ducks scored a Pac-12 record 131 points in their season-opening win over CSU Bakersfield and 113 points in a victory versus Portland. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark nine times, winning all but one of those games.
ALLEYNE CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 15th career double-double and third of the season against Pepperdine on Nov. 25. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year as a freshman with 12 double-doubles. Oregon is 3-0 this season when Alleyne gets a double-double.
NON-CONFERENCE RECORD UNDER WESTHEAD
Oregon is 31-21 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 3-2 to start the 2013-14 non-conference schedule.
WESTHEAD’S HOME RECORD
Oregon is 39-34 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 3-1 at MKA 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.
LEXI PETERSEN RETURNS
Oregon lost starting guard Lexi Petersen to a season-ending knee injury in the season-opener last year against Saint Mary’s. Her road back concluded on Nov. 17 against Sacramento State, as the redshirt sophomore made her first appearance of the year. The Tukwila, Wash., native scored six points and grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes on the floor. Petersen and fellow guard Laura Stanulis were slated to be the Ducks’ starters last year before both went down with early season knee injuries. Stanulis has appeared in all of the Ducks’ games thus far in 2013-14.
Oregon will be without the services of 2012-13 starting guard Jordan Loera (LOW-etta), who suffered a knee 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.