EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will play just its second road game of the season on Wednesday night, meeting Seattle U at Key Arena.
The Ducks (4-2) and the Redhawks (3-4) will tip at 6 p.m.
All-Time Series Record: Oregon leads Seattle U, 6-0
Last Meeting: W, 100-57 (Feb. 27, 1981 - Eugene, Ore.)
Notable: Oregon is coming off arguably its best half of basketball this season. The Ducks outscored Princeton, 64-35, in the second half en route to a 110-90 win. After halftime, Oregon shot 48.8 percent (20-of-41) from the floor, 46.7 percent from three (7-of-15) and 94.4 percent (17-of-18) at the free throw line.
SEATTLE U BREAKDOWN
Last Game: 11/30 vs. Cornell (W, 52-49)
Head Coach: Joan Bonvicini (Fifth Season)
Notable: After losing three straight to start the season (Pepperdine, Washington State, Washington), Seattle U has won three of its last four games. The Redhawks won their own Delta Dental Thanksgiving Tournament last weekend, knocking off Coastal Carolina and Cornell. Kacie Sowell is averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game.
Fans can listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and on TuneIn Radio. Seattle U will also offer a web stream and live stats on its web site, www.goseattleu.com.
AROUND THE PAC-12
Including the Ducks, four Pac-12 teams are in action on Wednesday. Washington visits Houston and Colorado heads to Wyoming while Washington State hosts Cal State Northridge. The Ducks have 10 days off after visiting Seattle U, as the University of Oregon has fall quarter finals next week. The Ducks’ next game is on Dec. 14 against Portland State.
OREGON’S LAST TIME OUT
Oregon trailed by 11 points after Princeton scored the first bucket of the second half, but the Ducks rallied to tie the game, 70-70, with 13:22 left in the game. From that point on, Oregon outscored Princeton 40-20 to defeat the Tigers, 110-90 on Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks had five players reach double-figures, including a game-high 27 points by Jillian Alleyne. Katelyn Loper added 24 points as she broke out of a short shooting slump by going 7-of-15 from the field and 6-of-13 from the field, with four of her makes from downtown coming in the second half. Chrishae Rowe added 17 points, Danielle Love scored a season-high 15 and Lexi Petersen, who returned from season-ending knee surgery against Sacramento State, tallied a season-best 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers.
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 98.3 points per game, but the Ducks boast the top free throw percentage (74.4) and best three-point percentage defense (23.2) in the conference. Oregon actually boosted its already stellar team free throw percentage after going 24-of-30 from the line against Princeton (80 percent). The Ducks boast three of the top-11 free throw shooters in the conference in Katelyn Loper (4th), Ariel Thomas (7th) and Jillian Alleyne (11th).
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 22.7 ppg), Jillian Alleyne (6th - 19.8 ppg) and Katelyn Loper (9th - 18.0 ppg) rank in the top-10 in scoring in the Pac-12 this season. Loper has gotten it done behind the three-point line, knocking down a Pac-12-best 27 three-pointers this season. Alleyne is also dominating on the glass, averaging a Pac-12-high 12.5 rebounds per game. She is one of just five players averaging better than 10 rebounds per game. Rowe is second in the conference in steals, averaging 2.5 per game.
Oregon has done quite well limiting the long ball through the first five games of the season. Opponents are shooting just 23.2 percent (38-of-164) from three-point range against the Ducks. That number has gone up over the last week, as Pepperdine posted the highest three-point percentage of any Oregon opponent thus far at 35.7 percent (5-of-14). Princeton was just behind at 34.6 percent (9-of-26). Before those two games, no Oregon opponent shot better than 23.5 percent, and that was at No. 1 ranked UConn, who went just 4-of-17 from long range.
MATCHING LAST YEAR’S WIN TOTAL
Oregon has already matched its win total from last year’s tough 4-27 campaign. The Ducks took 98 days to reach four wins last year and just 22 days this season. Oregon is averaing 37.5 points per game more than a season ago. (60.8 in 2012-13, 98.3 this season)
LAST TIME AGAINST SEATTLE U
Oregon and Seattle U have met six times, with the Ducks owning a perfect 6-0 record in the series. The teams have not met since 1981, however, when the Ducks won, 100-57, in Eugene. The last meeting in Seattle was a 71-61 Oregon win in 1980. The Ducks and Redhawks met six times over a two season span, from 1979-81, as part of the Northwest Basketball League.
Former Oregon standout Shaquala Williams is on the coaching staff at Seattle U. The 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year is in her second season with the Redhawks after coaching at Sacramento State, under former Oregon teammate Jamie Craighead.
PETERSEN LOOKS LIKE OLD SELF
Lexi Petersen had her best game of the year against Princeton. The redshirt sophomore guard - who went down in last year’s season-opener with an ACL injury and missed the remainder of the 2012-13 campaign - came back against Sacramento State this year after a long rehab. Petersen averaged 5.3 points over her first three games back as she worked into shape. The guard looked like her old self in her fourth game back, scoring a season-high 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting with two assists and two steals in a season-high 22 minutes.
Oregon checks in at No. 127 in the Sagarin RPI this week after knocking off Princeton, who is now at No. 67, partly due to playing the No. 41 ranked schedule in the nation thus far. The Princeton win was the Ducks’ best so far this season, according to the RPI, as Bakersfield (268), Portland (147) and Pepperdine (158) are all below the Ducks. Oregon’s strength of schedule is ranked No. 175 in the NCAA, out of 346 total teams.
ALLEYNE CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 16th career double-double and fourth of the season against Princeton on Dec. 1. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year as a freshman with 12 double-doubles. Oregon is 4-0 this season when Alleyne gets a double-double.
Through five games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is at +38 (130 points for, 92 points against) in just over 46 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Katelyn Loper leads the team with a +73 while Jillian Alleyne is a close second with a +70. Ariel Thomas is a +51 while Danielle Love is a +43.
With the new 10-second backcourt violation rule in place this season, Oregon’s press-and-run style should benefit. Thus far, Oregon has forced two 10-second backcourt violations, with one against Portland on Nov. 12 and on versus Sacramento State on Nov. 17.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
Oregon shot better than 40 percent from the floor just five times last year, and won two of those games (Fresno Stat & Samford). This season, however, Oregon is 3-0 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). The Ducks shot just 34.8 percent from the floor and beat Pepperdine but rebounded by shooting 45.6 percent (36-of-79) in a win over Princeton.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 38-11 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 4-1 when reaching the 80-point mark.
THE CENTURY MARK
Oregon has reached 100+ points three times 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. Most recently, the Ducks defeated Princeton, 110-90. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 10 times, winning all but one of those games.
NCAA 3FG ATTEMPT RECORD FALLS VS. SAC 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 POINTS RECORD BREAKS 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.
PAC-12 MADE 3FG RECORD SNAPS VS. 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 Taylor Lilley’s school record with nine threes.