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EUGENE, Ore. - Fresh over a pair of 100-point performances in exhibition games, the Oregon women's basketball team will kick off the 2013-14 regular season on Saturday at 7 p.m. against CSU Bakersfield.
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AROUND THE PAC-12
There are some big games in the Pac-12 on the opening weekend on women’s basketball season. No. 25 ranked UCLA kicks off the slate on Friday at 10 a.m. PT at No. 12 Nebraska. Washington also visits Saint Mary’s on Friday, as the Gaels are receiving votes in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll. The biggest game of the weekend is on Sunday afternoon, when No. 2 ranked Duke visits No. 9 ranked California. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.
THE LAST TWO GAMES
Oregon swept through its two game exhibition schedule, averaging 109.5 points per game. The Ducks defeated Western Oregon, 103-58, on Oct. 30 and knocked off Oregon Tech, 116-51, on Nov. 4. Freshman guard Chrishae Rowe and junior transfer guard Katelyn Loper each had a game-high 17 points. Loper knocked down three 3-pointers while Rowe went 8-of-14 from the field. Against Oregon Tech on Monday night, Rowe moved into the starting lineup after coming off the bench in the opener. The Corona, Calif., native rewarded head coach Paul Westhead’s confidence with a 35-point, 15-rebound double-double. She also tallied four assists and a game-high seven steals. Loper sank eight three pointers, including five in the second half, en route to a 26-point outburst. Sophomore Jillian Alleyne had a double-double as well, with 15 points and 11 rebounds in just 21 minutes. Freshman point guard Drea Toler nearly joined the double-double club, with 16 points and nine rebounds.
A RECORD NIGHT, SORT OF
Records do not count in exhibition games, but the Ducks would have set a program record with 16 three-pointers against Oregon Tech on Monday night. The still standing mark is 15 made three-pointers at USC on Jan. 11, 2011. Junior transfer guard Katelyn Loper had eight of those 16 three-pointers on Monday night on 14 attempts. The school record for three-point attempts is 21, set by current San Jose State women’s basketball head coach Jamie Craighead against Iowa on March 17, 2001.
LAST TIME AGAINST CSU BAKERSFIELD
CSU Bakersfield prevailed, 82-78, over the Ducks on Nov. 27, 2010 at McArthur Court int he two team’s only other meeting. Ariel Thomas, now a senior for the Ducks, came off the bench to play 13 minutes but did not score. Danielle Love, also now a senior, saw the floor for less than one minute. For the Roadrunners, Tyonna Outland, now a redshirt junior, scored nine points in 15 points, going 3-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 at the free throw line. Despite going 0-of-6 from three-point range, Amber Williams led the Roadrunners with 18 points after hitting on 8-of-11 tries at the free throw line. Oregon was led by Amanda Johnson’s 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting and 14 rebounds. CSU Bakersfield had 32 bench points in the game, compared to 10 for the Ducks.
THE DUCKS IN SEASON OPENERS
Oregon is 3-1 in season openers under head coach Paul Westhead. All-time, the Ducks have been very successful in season-openers, going 34-7 since the program began in the 1973-74 season. Oregon did lose last season, however, 78-69 to Saint Mary’s. Before Paul Westhead, Bev Smith went 7-1 in season openers, while Jody Runge was 6-2 and Elwin Heiny went an impressive 14-3 in his 17-year career. Nancy Mikleton went 2-0 and Jane Spearing was 1-0 in her only season at the helm.
The Ducks have opened up the season at home 21 times in their 41 years as a program, including all of the last four years under head coach Paul Westhead. Oregon has been on the road for the season-opener 12 times and at a neutral site eight times.
NON-CONFERENCE RECORD UNDER WESTHEAD
Oregon is 28-19 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.
WESTHEAD’S HOME RECORD
Oregon is 36-33 at home under head coach Paul Westhead. The Ducks averaged 11 home wins per season under Westhead before last year, when Oregon won three home games. 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.
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.
ALLEYNE SHINES AS A FRESHMAN
Jillian Alleyne was a bright spot during a trying season for the Ducks a year ago. The then-freshman forward dominated night after night for head coach Paul Westhead’s sqaud, leading the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (11.0 rpg). Alleyne ended the year tied for seventh in the NCAA in rebounds per game and was the highest ranked freshman in the nation. She was also 10th among freshman in scoring. Her 370 total rebounds last year was the second most in school history, just six back of Bev Smith’s single-season record (376). She nabbed 12 double-doubles as a freshman, ranking sixth in the Pac-12.
ALLEYNE BLASTS OUT OF THE GATES
Jillian Alleyne posted one of the best games in Oregon women’s basketball history in just her second collegiate game. In a double-overtime loss (87-85) to Portland State on Nov. 15, Alleyne broke the school record and tied the Pac-12 mark with 27 rebounds. It was the 24th highest single-game rebounding total in NCAA history. She also tied the school record with 38 points against the Vikings.
Head coach Paul Westhead will have the services of four seniors this season. Forward Danielle Love has started 71 games over the last three seasons, while averaging 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Love is a career 31.4 percent three-point shooter, knocking down 82. She needs 27 more to enter the top-10 all-time in Oregon history (Jessica Schutt, 109). Guard Ariel Thomas has started 51 games over her three-year career, averaging 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. After injuries decimated the Ducks’ backcourt a season ago, Thomas filled in at point guard and posted a career-high 83 assists. Guard Laura Stanulis is also back after receiving a medical hardship waiver for last season. The Portland native has appeared in 66 games and was averaging a career-best 8.2 points per game last season before going down with an injury in the fifth game of the season. Chynna Miley is the final senior on the roster. The forward has seen playing time in 47 games and is a career 35.3 percent three-point shooter.
SO MUCH BACK
Oregon returns all but one letterwinner off last year’s roster. Head coach Paul Westhead brings back 89.1 percent of his scoring, 97 percent of his rebounding, 92.1 percent of the assists, 96 percent of the steals and 99.2 percent of the blocks Oregon register last year. The Ducks will also add two freshmen (Chrishae Rowe, Drea Toler) and three redshirts (Laura Stanulis - injury, Lexi Petersen - injury, Katelyn Loper - transfer) to the mix. Stanulis and Petersen were set to be starters last year before being injured. Loper averaged 12.7 points per game as a sophomore at Hofstra.
STANULIS AND PETERSEN BATTLE BACK
Sophomore starting guard Lexi Petersen went down with an ACL injury in her left knee after the season opener against Saint Mary’s last year. She soon had company, as senior starting guard Laura Stanulis was lost for the year with an ACL injury in her left knee, as well, after the fifth game of the season. Both are out of the lineup tonight against Western Oregon, however, but both are practicing with the team and are on track to play in the regular season.
MONEY AT THE FREE THROW LINE
Despite losing Pac-12 free throw percentage leader Devyn Galland (87.5 percent, transfer to Saint Mary’s), the Ducks have back two of the best free throw shooters in school history. Senior guard Ariel Thomas shot 82.8 percent (48-of-58) from the free throw line last year, the eighth-best mark in single-season school history. Forward Danielle Love actually was better than Thomas last season, at 92.5 percent on 49-of-53 shooting, but Oregon’s record books require a minimum of two made free throws per game to qualify. Love came up just short of the setting the school record, at 1.6 makes per game. Thomas played in 22 games, compared to all 31 for Love.
IN THE PAC-12 RANKINGS
Oregon ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 last year in defensive rebounding (29.65 per game) and ranked No. 2 in made three-pointers (5.81), No. 3 in blocked shots (4.39), No. 4 in offensive rebounding (14.74) and No. 5 in free throw percentage (69.2%).
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.