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Women's Hoops Meets Pepperdine Monday
Release Date: 11/22/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. - After its first road game of the year, at No. 1 ranked UConn on Wednesday, the Oregon women's basketball team returns home to play host to Pepperdine on Monday night.

The Ducks (2-2) and Waves (2-2) will tip at 7 p.m. on Monday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

Last Game: 11/20 at No. 1 UConn (L, 114-68)
Series Record: Oregon leads, 2-1 (0-0 in Eugene, Ore.)
Last Meeting: L, 67-66 (Dec. 11, 1987 in Malibu, Calif.)
Notable: Oregon is coming off a 114-68 loss at No. 1 ranked UConn. Freshman Chrishae Rowe shined again, with a team-high 27 points on 12-of-27 shooting, plus four rebounds and a team-best three steals. Jillian Alleyne nearly posted a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Next Game: 11/23 at Wyoming
Head Coach: Ryan Weisenberg (First Season)
Notable: Head coach Ryan Weisenberg was promoted from assistant prior to the season after Julie Rousseau resigned after nine years. A young team, Pepperdine does not have a senior on its roster. Bria Richardson is averaging a team-high 17.8 per game while Ea Shoushtari is putting up 12.5 points and a team-best 7.3 rebounds per game. The Waves visit Wyoming on Saturday before heading down to Eugene to play the Ducks on Monday.

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 Fans can listen to Terry Jonz’ call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and on TuneIn Radio.

In addition to the Ducks hosting the Waves, Southern California will battle South Carolina in the battle of USCs on Monday in Los Angeles. Four more league teams are in action on Tuesday night, with Utah visiting UNLV, Wake Forest at Arizona, Washington State heading to BYU and Stanford playing Purdue in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

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.

Reserve guard Amanda Delgado made the most of her minutes on Nov. 20 at No. 1 ranked UConn. The junior went 3-of-4 from three-point range for nine points in just seven minutes. Delgado had missed the prior game, at home against Sacramento State on Nov. 17, as she is eased back after offseason knee surgery.

UConn’s Stefanie Dolson recorded the second triple-double in Connecticut history, with a career-high 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as the top-ranked Huskies ran away from Oregon 114-68 on Nov. 20. Brenna Stewart had 28 points and eight rebounds and Bria Hartley added 17 points, six rebounds, and six assists for the Huskies (5-0). Freshman Chrishae Rowe had 27 for the Ducks (2-2), just over her season average, while Jillian Alleyne was just short of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. The Huskies never trailed. They used a 13-2 run to open up an early 18-point lead and ran away from there. Paul Westhead had his run-and-gun team averaging almost 110 points a game this season, but the Huskies held the Ducks to 31 percent shooting, blocked 12 shots and outscored Oregon in the paint 64-28.

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 26.0 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne is 11th (17.8 ppg) and Katelyn Loper is 13th (16.3). Alleyne is also third in the league in rebounding, at 11.5 per game.

Oregon has done quite well limiting the long ball through the first three games of the season. Opponents are shooting just 19.4 percent (24-of-124) 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). On the opposite, Oregon is shooting 32.1 percent from deep.

Oregon and Pepperdine have not met since the 1987-88 season. The Ducks and Waves, who have played three times, all in Malibu, Calif., first met in 1983 when Oregon won 85-79. The second meeting also went to the Ducks, an 83-70 win in 1986. Pepperdine got some revenge in 1987, winning the most recent meeting, in a nailbiter, 67-66. 

Oregon assistant coach Shandrika Lee will be looking at some familiar uniforms on Monday night, as the third-year assisant played for the Waves until graduating in 2008. Lee led the Waves in points (13.4 ppg), assists (3.2 apg) and steals (1.4 spg) and earned first team all-West Coast Conference honors as a senior in 2003-04. She led her team to a 17-13 mark and a berth in the Women’s NIT. Lee’s junior season was cut short by an ACL injury just prior to Pepperdine’s WCC opener. She did, however, average 17.6 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per contest prior to her season-ending injury. Lee, who paced Pepperdine in steals during three of her four seasons in Malibu, Calif., ranks fifth all-time in program history with 183 steals. Pepperdine’s 14th-leading scorer behind 1,172 career points, Lee also ranks second in program history with 173 made 3-pointers, third with an .813 free throw percentage and eighth with a .348 3-point percentage. Her .449 accuracy from behind the arc in 2002-03 remains a Pepperdine record. During Lee’s tenure, Pepperdine qualified for two NCAA Tournaments and made a pair of WNIT showings under head coach Mark Trakh. Lee’s standout collegiate career earned her an invitational tryout with the Los Angeles Sparks following graduation. A two-time WCC All-Academic nominee, Lee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine.

Chrishae Rowe was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second straight time, the league announced last Monday. 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 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 +21 (74 points for, 53 points against) in just under 25 minutes together on the floor. Oregon 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 +38 (289 points for, 251 points against) while Jillian Alleyne is a close second at +30 (244 points for, 214 points against). Danielle Love is at +27 (308 points for, 281 points against).  

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.

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.

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.

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.

Oregon is 36-11 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 2-1 when reaching the 80-point 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.

Jillian Alleyne posted her 14th career double-double and second of the season against Portland on Nov. 12. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year with 12 double-doubles.

Oregon is 30-21 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 2-2 to start the 2013-14 non-conference schedule.

Oregon is 38-34 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 2-1 at MKA this season.

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 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.

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