EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s basketball team had a historic night at Matthew Knight Arena Saturday as the Ducks pounded Bakersfield 131-91 in their regular-season opener. The Ducks snapped the Pac-12 and school records for points (131) and made three-pointers (20) in the win.
Katelyn Loper led all Ducks with a game-high 29 points on 9-of-15 shooting from downtown, tying Taylor Lilley’s mark for most three-pointers in a game (at USC, Jan. 30, 2010).
“It is nice to get a win that counts,” head coach Paul Westhead said. “We were playing with a lot of confidence tonight, which is always nice to see. They were able to let go and just play. Tonight was a good start and a good win.”
The last time the Ducks hit the century mark was in their season-opener of the 2011-12 season, in a 102-93 win over Cal Poly. The 131 points scored by Oregon broke both the school and Pac-12 record (122) for most-points scored in a game, last set by Stanford in 1993 and 1994 against Long Beach State and Cal State Fullerton, respectively. The Ducks also broke the school (15) and conference (18) record for most three-pointers made in a game with 20, surpassing Washington’s mark set last year on Feb. 15, 2013, against the Ducks.
“Records are fun but, to me, what matters is that we won the game and that we shot well,” said Westhead. “If we worried about records then we would have had our starters in throughout the last seven minutes of the game.”
Alleyne opened the season for Oregon with a bucket in the paint after a missed three-pointer by Loper 13 seconds in. The Ducks then went on a 14-0 run capped off by a three-pointer from Rowe. Laura Stanulis recorded her first points of the season - since going down in the fifth game of last year with an injury - on a jumper at the free throw line with 13:43 left in the first half.
The Roadrunners eventually found some rhythm and went on a 12-4 run before Loper knocked down back-to-back three-pointers for a 32-16 Oregon lead with 11:39 left in the half.
Rowe gave the Ducks their biggest lead of the half, 63-40, after a pair of free throws with 1:59 left on the clock. Megan Carpenter put in a pair of layups for Oregon before Tyonna Outland of Bakersfield knocked down two free throws to end the half, giving Oregon a 67-47 lead at the half.
Loper jump-started the Oregon offense in the second half with one of her nine 3-pointers. The Bakersfield defense did its best to contain the Oregon offense, but the Ducks were firing on all cylinders on a record-breaking night. Oregon had a 51-17 advantage in fast break points as the Ducks forced the Roadrunners into 22 turnovers.
Loper’s three-pointer at 9:17 broke the program record for most-threes in a single game (15) which was last set in 2011 against USC.
“(Redshirting last year) I think I learned as a player just to study how the system worked," Loper, a Hofstra transfer, said. "This year, I changed up how I look at the game. I don'’t take it for granted. That’s what (the redshirt year) taught me.”
Oregon’s biggest lead of the night (51) came with 5:24 left in the game as the Ducks took a 124-73 lead behind Chloe Stiles’ 3-pointer, which also broke the Ducks' 34-year-old scoring record, set on Jan. 16, 1979 against Hawai'i.
Alyssa Shannon of CSUB cut the Ducks' lead back down to 128-91 after completing a three-point play with 1:19 left in the game. Another three-pointer by Stiles, this time with 57 seconds left to play, put Oregon two shy of tying the NCAA record for made three-pointers (22), set by Florida Gulf Coast last season against East Tennessee State.
As a team, Oregon shot 43 percent from the field including 20-of-42 from downtown. The Ducks also overpowered the Wolves on the boards, with a 68-46 edge.
“We knew that Loper was a terrific shot,” said Westhead. “She doesn’t hesitate. Rowe makes everything look so easy, like a walk in the park."
Outland led the Roadrunners with 23 points on 13-of-16 shooting at the free throw line. Brittany Sims added 18 points of her own while Dajy Vines chipped in with 14 points.
“It’s really great honestly,” said Alleyne, of the shooters on the team. “It’s way different than last year. They’re knocking down shots, and when they’re not, I’m there with the rebound. I love it.”
The Ducks return to action at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, against Portland at Matthew Knight Arena.
POSTGAME NOTES: The Ducks set a new Pac-12 Conference and school record with 131 points…The previous Pac-12 scoring record was 122, set twice by Stanford against Long Beach State in 1993 and again versus Cal State Fullerton in 1994…The previous school scoring record was 121, set against Hawai’i on Jan. 16, 1979…Oregon knocked down a Pac-12 record and school-record 20 three-pointers…The previous league record was 18 three-pointers, set by Washington against the Ducks last season (Feb. 15, 2013)…The previous school record was 15 three-pointers, set at USC on Jan. 13, 2011…The Ducks were two three-pointers off the NCAA record of 22, set by Florida Golf Coast last year (Jan. 12, 2013)…Katelyn Loper tied the school record with nine three-pointers…Taylor Lilley also had that many, nine three-pointers, at USC on Jan. 30, 2010…Oregon had three 20-point scorers in the game…The Ducks only had two 20-point scorers in a game once last year (at Washington State, Jan. 25, 2013)…Newcomers Chrishae Rowe and Loper both started in their first game with the Ducks…Rowe and Loper scored 11 of the Ducks’ first 15 points…Rowe finished with 27 points while Loper added 29...After going down with a season-ending injury in the fifth game last year, Laura Stanulis scored her first points of the season on a jumper at the free throw line with 13:43 in the first half…Jillian Alleyne picked up a double-double with 5:01 left in the first half, the 13th of her career…Alleyne finished with 24 points and a game-high 16 rebounds…Oregon attempted 101 shots in the game, still a ways off the school record of 113, set against Sacramento State in 2010.