EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will look to continue its six-game winning streak on Sunday when the Ducks host Cal State Northridge at 4 p.m. in their non-conference finale.
The game is part of a doubleheader with the men's basketball team, which plays Morgan State at noon. Fans that show their ticket stub from the men's game will receive a $5 general admission ticket for the women's game.
Oregon (8-2) will play Cal State Northridge (4-8) on Sunday before starting Pac-12 play next weekend at Stanford and Cal.
CSUN Series Record: Oregon leads, 1-0 (1-0 at home)
Last Meeting: W, 79-75 (Dec. 19, 2011 in Eugene, Ore.)
Notable: Oregon leads the nation, averaging 106.2 points per game. Jillian Alleyne is also the nation’s No. 1 rebounder, averaging an NCAA-best 13.8 boards per game. Oregon is on a six-game winning streak, which matches the longest by the Ducks under head coach Paul Westhead. The Ducks have scored 100+ points in five straight games.
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE BREAKDOWN
Last Game: Dec. 21 vs. Saint Mary’s (L, 72-60)
Head Coach: Jason Flowers (Fourth Season)
Notable: The Matadors have wins over USC and Clemson this season. CSUN snapped a five-game losing streak with a 65-64 win over the Trojans on Dec. 10. Ashlee Guay leads the team with 14.8 points per game while Boise State transfer Cinnamon Lister is just behind at 14.6 ppg. Against USC, Guay and Lister combined for 27 points.
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 or satellite 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.
AROUND THE PAC-12
After the holiday break, the Pac-12 gets back in action on Saturday with three games, including Stanford visiting Fresno State and Cal Poly heading to UCLA. In addition to Oregon’s game against Cal State Northridge on Sunday, there are four more games. Arizona hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff at noon, Colorado welcomes Southern Utah at 1 p.m., and California plays host to Lafayette at 2 p.m. The biggest game of the weekend is Oregon State bringing No. 2 ranked Notre Dame to Corvallis for a 2 p.m. tip on Sunday.
PETERSEN’S CAREER NIGHT
Lexi Petersen had a career night on Dec. 20 against Cal Poly. The redshirt sophomore, who missed last season after suffering an ACL injury in the season-opening game, looked better than ever against the Mustangs, scoring a career-high 25 points. She made a career-best seven field goals, including a career-high four three-pointers. Petersen made her debut this season on Nov. 17 against Sacramento State after missing the first two games of the year.
After winning just four games last year, the Ducks are on a six game winning streak. It is tied for Oregon’s longest winning streak under head coach Paul Westhead. The Ducks opened the 2011-12 campaign with six straight wins.
DUCKS LEAD NCAA IN SCORING, SECOND IN 3FGs
Oregon leads the NCAA in scoring at 106.2 points per game. The Ducks and Baylor (100.9) are the only teams in the nation averaging better than 100 points per game. Oregon has reached 100+ points seven times through the first 10 games this season and five straight games. The Ducks’ 131 points against Bakersfield in the season-opener on Nov. 9 is the second most in any NCAA game this season (behind Kentucky’s 133-130 4OT win against Baylor, which was the highest combined score in NCAA women’s basketball history) and set new Pac-12 and school records. The Ducks’ 130 points against Southern would have set both school and conference marks as well, if not for the output against Bakersfield. Oregon is second in made threes behind only Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17. The Ducks and Hornets combined to attempt an NCAA record 86 threes. Oregon would have tied the NCAA record with 52 three-point attempts against Southern, but Sacramento State took 55 on Dec. 14 against UC Irvine.
TOP-10 SCORER, TOP-10 REBOUNDER
Oregon and Iona are the only programs in the nation to boast both a top-10 scorer and a top-10 rebounder in the NCAA rankings. Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe ranks 10th in the nation, averaging 24.2 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne is first in the NCAA in rebounding, averaging 13.8 per game. Iona’s Joy Adams is tied with Alleyne with an NCAA-best 13.8 rebounds per game while the Gaels boasts the the No. 3 scorer in the nation in Damika Martinez (26.9 points per game). Iona and Oregon are also the only teams in the country to boast a top-10 rebounder and a top-10 three-point shooter.
LOPER 5TH IN THE NATION FOR MADE 3FGs
Redshirt junior transfer Katelyn Loper is fifth in the NCAA, averaging 3.6 made three-pointers per game. Loper, a transfer from Hofstra who sat out last season, started off her Oregon career with a bang, matching Taylor Lilley’s school record with nine threes in the Ducks’ season-opening win over Bakersfield on Nov. 9. Loper leads the Pac-12 in total three-pointers made (36) and is 10th in the league in scoring at 16.2 points per game. Chrishae Rowe is just behind Loper, ranking 15th in the NCAA with 3.3 made threes per game. Rowe is second in the Pac-12, behind only Loper, with 33 three-pointers this year.
ALLEYNE’S BIG IMPROVEMENT AT THE LINE
Last year Jillian Alleyne shot 53.8 percent from the free throw line in her otherwise stellar freshman campaign. This year, the sophomore now ranks 11th in the Pac-12 at 80.4 percent, an improvement of 26.6 percent.
Oregon has done quite well limiting the long ball this season. Opponents are shooting just 25.8 percent from three-point range against the Ducks, the second best mark in the Pac-12 and 23rd best in the NCAA. Oregon limited No. 1 UConn to just 23.5 percent shooting from downtown.
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 106.2 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (76.9 percent), rebounds (55.1 per game), assists (19 per game), steals (12.2 per game) and turnover margin (+5.50 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (120 total) and offensive rebounds (23.8 per game).
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 24.2 ppg), Jillian Alleyne (4th - 20.4 ppg) and Katelyn Loper (10th - 16.2 ppg) all rank in the top-10 in scoring in the Pac-12 this season. Alleyne is also dominating on the glass as well, averaging a Pac-12 and NCAA leading 13.8 rebounds per game. Loper and Rowe have gotten it done behind the three-point line, as Loper leads the Pac-12 with 36 three-pointers (3.6 per game) and Rowe is second with 33 threes (3.3 per game). Rowe is second in the Pac-12 lead in steals (2.8 per game). Alleyne is tied for fifth in blocked shots (1.2 per game). The Ducks, the Pac-12’s best free throw shooting team, also boast four of the top-11 free throw shooters in the conference. Lexi Petersen is third at 89.5 percent, followed by Ariel Thomas (6th - 84.8 percent), Loper (7th - 83.3 percent) and Alleyne (11th - 80.5 percent). Thomas leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.07) with 46 assists and just 15 turnovers. Amanda Delgado is fourth in three-point field goal percentage at 44.8 percent.
OREGON’S LAST TIME OUT
The Ducks broke the 100-point barrier for a fifth straight game and improved their win streak to six games - the longest winning streak under Westhead - with a 124-87 victory over Cal Poly on Dec. 20 at Matthew Knight Arena. A career-high scoring performance from Lexi Petersen (25 points), a double-double from Jillian Alleyne (19 points and 16 boards) and yet another scoring barrage from Chrishae Rowe led the Ducks past the Mustangs. Rowe poured in 27 points and Petersen added a career-high 25 in another contest full of offensive fireworks for the Ducks. The Mustangs opened an early 5-2 lead, but the Ducks used a 21-5 run to pull away and never looked back. Petersen drained a three-pointer to cap Oregon’s first half run as the Ducks led 23-7 at the 15:53 mark. She broke her season-high of 13 points in the first half alone, making 3-of-4 from deep to score 16 points at halftime and lead Oregon out of the gates. Alleyne scored a bucket down low to push Oregon over the 100 point plateau with 8:10 left to play. Two minutes later, Rowe drained a three-pointer to give Oregon its largest lead of the game (37) with a 108-71 lead.
LAST TIME AGAINST CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Jasmin Holliday scored a team-high 23 points as the Ducks defeated Cal State Northridge, 79-75, on Dec. 19, 2011 at Matthew Knight Arena. Danielle Love and Ariel Thomas scored nine points each as starters while Laura Stanulis, Liz Brenner, Lexi Petersen and Megan Carpenter came off the bench. It was Brenner’s first game of her career after finishing her freshman volleyball campaign. She scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in 13 minutes.
ALLEYNE CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 20th career double-double and eighth of the season against Cal Poly on Dec. 20. She has a double-double in six straight games and Oregon is a perfect 8-0 this season when Alleyne gets a double-double. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year as a freshman with 12 double-doubles, when she was selected Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in the media vote.
Through 10 games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is a team-best +71 (215 points for, 144 points against) in a little over 72 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Katelyn Loper leads the team with a +160 while Jillian Alleyne is just behind at +151. Danielle Love is a +130 and Ariel Thomas is a +121. Every player on the roster has a positive +/- number for the season.
Oregon moved up 10 spots in the Sagarin RPI, to No. 55, after its win over Cal Poly, which checks in at No. 134 this week. The Ducks are higher, 34th, in the RealTime RPI, seven spots better. The Ducks are sixth in the Pac-12, according to Sagarin, and their RealTime ranking also puts them sixth in the league. The NCAA’s RPI has not yet been calculated.
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 6-0 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 then shot 45.6 percent (36-of-79) in a win over Princeton. Oregon hit on 46.3 percent (19-of-41) of thier shots in a 105-100 win at Seattle U on Dec. 4 and knocked down 43.2 percent of their field goals (41-of-95) versus Portland State. In its most recent contest, the Ducks shot 43.9 percent from the field in a win over Cal Poly. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine and Southern when shooting less than 40 percent while the Ducks shot 33.7 percent in a loss to Sacramento State and 30.7 percent at No. 1 UConn.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 42-11 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 8-1 when reaching the 80-point mark. Only No. 1 ranked UConn has held the Ducks under 80 points this season. Oregon scored 68 in Hartford, Conn., against the Huskies.
THE CENTURY MARK
Oregon has reached 100+ points seven 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 have scored 100+ points in five straight games, including 130 on Dec. 18 in a 40-point win over Southern and 124 points on Dec. 20 against Cal Poly. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 14 times, winning all but one of those games (13-1).
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 three 10-second backcourt violations, with one against Portland on Nov. 12, one versus Sacramento State on Nov. 17 and one against Portland State on Dec. 14.