EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will look to stop its four-game losing skid on Friday as the Ducks continue Pac-12 play at UCLA on Friday night.
The Ducks (9-6, 0-4 Pac-12) will visit the Bruins (8-9, 2-3) at 8 p.m. on Friday at Pauley Pavilion in a Pac-12 Networks broadcasted game.
UCLA Series Record: Oregon trails, 25-31 (9-19 road)
Last Meeting: L, 89-80 (Jan. 4, 2013 in Los Angeles)
Notable: Oregon has dropped four straight games in Pac-12 play after entering league action on a seven-game winning streak. The Ducks lead the NCAA in scoring at 98.2 ppg. Jillian Alleyne, who leads the NCAA in rebs (14.2), has recorded 11 straight double-doubles and has 13 total to lead the Pac-12. She is also third in the Pac-12 in scoring (21.0).
Last Game: Jan. 12 at #23 Arizona State (L, 59-57)
Head Coach: Cori Close (Third Season)
Notable: UCLA is 2-3 in conference play after knocking off Utah in the first weekend of Pac-12 play and winning at Arizona last weekend. The Bruins are led by Nirra Fields’ 17.5 points per game while Atonye Nyingifa is just behind her at 17.1 points per game. Thea Lemberger (37.59) and Nyingifa (36.71) lead the Pac-12 in minutes played per game.
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
Oregon’s game at UCLA on Jan. 17 will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. Jim Watson and Mary Murphy will have the call. Fans can also listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio via KUGN 590 AM (Eugene), KUIK 1360 AM (Portland) and TuneIn Radio (online and mobile devices). Live stats are available at uclabruins.com
AROUND THE LEAGUE
California and Stanford visit the Arizona schools this weekend while Colorado and Utah head to the Washington schools. Oregon and Oregon State head south to the SoCal schools.
WHEN PLAYING UCLA
- The Ducks and Bruins played just once last season, to open the conference slate, at Matthew Knight Arena.
- The teams also met just once during the 2011-12 season, as the Ducks won, 83-62, at UCLA on Jan. 21, 2012.
- Oregon is 1-5 against UCLA under head coach Paul Westhead. The Ducks’ lone win against the Bruins under Westhead came on the road, but not at Pauley Pavilion. When the arena was being renovated, the Ducks and Bruins played at the John Wooden Center.
- Oregon’s most points in a game against UCLA under Westhead is 83, coming in the Ducks’ 83-92 win.
- Oregon’s longest win streak against UCLA is six games, coming from 1993-96.
- UCLA’s longest win streak in the series is also six games, coming just before Oregon’s six-game run (1990-93).
- UCLA won the first meeting between the teams, 92-88, on Dec. 6, 1980, in Los Angeles.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. UCLA
2011-12: In the Ducks’ last win over the Bruins on Jan. 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, Jasmin Holliday had a double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Liz Brenner also recorded her first ever double-double in the game, grabbing 11 rebounds to go with 15 points.
2008-09: Oregon snapped a four-game losing streak at Pauley Pavilion with a 73-56 win on Jan. 4, 2009. The Ducks led for the entire game as Taylor Lilley paced the Ducks with 21 points, five assists and four steals.
2006-07: The Ducks defeated UCLA, 76-60, in Eugene on Feb. 1, 2007. Tamika Nurse scored 22 points to lead the Ducks as Carolyn Ganes chipped in 14 points.
2003-04: Oregon knocked off UCLA in Pauley Pavilion Jan. 29, 2004. The Ducks won, 61-55, as Andrea Bills recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
LAST TIME AGAINST UCLA
Then-freshman Jillian Alleyne recorded her fifth double-double of the season but visiting UCLA held off the feisty Ducks, 89-80, in the 2012-13 Pac-12 opener on Jan. 4, 2013 at Matthew Knight Arena. Alleyne finished the game with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ariel Thomas followed with a game-high 20 points and five assists and Danielle Love chipped in 10 points for the Ducks. Five UCLA players finished with at least 10 points; Atonye Nyingifa led the Bruin charge with 18. Markel Walker (10 points, 11 rebounds), posted a double-double for 16th-ranked UCLA. The Bruins had a 32-18 advantage in points off turnovers as the Ducks coughed up the ball 25 times in the game.
LOVE’S STARTING STREAK SNAPPED ON MONDAY
Senior Danielle Love did not appear in the Oregon starting lineup on Monday night at Oregon State for the first time since her freshman year. She did not make the trip to Corvallis after she suffered a concussion on Saturday night against the Beavers in Eugene. Love started 85 straight games before sitting out on Monday. Love started the last nine games of her freshman year plus all 31 games as sophomore and junior and14 games this year before Monday. For her career, Love has started 85 games and appeared in 104. The school record for career starts is 117 (Alison Lang, 1980-84) while the record for career games played is 125 (Micaela Cocks, 2007-10).
ALLEYNE SHINES IN PAC-12 PLAY
Despite the Ducks’ 0-4 start to conference play, sophomore Jillian Alleyne has consistently shined. The 6-foot-3 forward is averaging a team-high 22.8 points per game in four Pac-12 contests to go with 14 rebounds per game. Alleyne has posted a double-double against all four Pac-12 foes the Ducks have met this season, including a 19-point, 18-rebound performance on Monday night at Oregon State. She had 26 points and 13 rebounds at No. 4 Stanford to open league play on Jan. 3.
ALLEYNE CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 25th career double-double and 13th of the season on Monday night at Oregon State. She has a double-double in 11 straight games and Oregon is 9-4 this season when Alleyne gets a double-double, with all four losses coming in Pac-12 play. The Ducks’ loss at Stanford on Jan. 3 was their first when Alleyne posted 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. She leads the league in double-doubles this year and is tied for fourth nationally.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon leads the NCAA in scoring at 98.1 points per game. The Ducks were the only team averaging more than 100 points per game before a 70-point performance at Oregon State on Monday night dropped them below the century mark average. Oregon has reached 100+ points seven times this season and hit the century mark five straight games before scoring 96 points against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 29. Oregon has been held under 100 points in each of four Pac-12 games thus far and is averaging 78.5 points per game in conference play. 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 output against Baylor) 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 131 points scored against Bakersfield.
DUCKS SECOND IN THE NATION IN MADE THREES
Oregon is second in the nation in made threes (10.0) 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 in that game. Oregon would have tied the NCAA record with 52 team three-point attempts against Southern, but Sacramento State took 55 four days prior on Dec. 14 against UC Irvine. This season, Oregon is averaging 10 made threes per game, while shooting 30.9 percent as a team beyond the arc.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 14.2 per game. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 13 of 15 games this season. The sophomore has recorded 11 straight double-doubles since coming up one rebound shy (15 points, nine rebounds) of one at No. 1 ranked UConn on Nov. 20. She has 12 double-doubles overall this year.
ROWE LEADS ALL FRESHMEN IN SCORING
Chrishae Rowe leads all freshman, scoring 22.6 points per game. She ranks ninth in the NCAA overall. She is the only freshman ranked in the top-50 for points per game in the NCAA this year. Rowe is also the top scoring underclassman in the nation, as all eight players above her in the rankings are juniors or seniors.
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 ninth in the nation in scoring, averaging 22.6 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne is first in the NCAA in rebounding, averaging 14.2 boards per game.
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 ninth in the Pac-12 at 79.1 percent, an improvement of 25.3 percent. Of the top 15 in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage, Alleyne has the most makes and attempts (87-of-110).
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 98.1 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (74.5 percent), rebounds (53.0 per game), steals (11.40 per game) and turnover margin (+5.40 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (10.0 per game) plus offensive rebounds (22.20).
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
- Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 22.6 ppg) and Jillian Alleyne (3rd - 21.0 ppg) both rank in the top-5 in scoring in the Pac-12 this season. The Ducks feature four players in the top-25 in scoring.
- Alleyne is dominating on the glass as well, averaging a Pac-12 and NCAA leading 14.2 rebounds per game. No other player in the league is averaging better than 11.8 rebounds per game (Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike).
- Alleyne is sixth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (52.8 percent on 114-of-216 shooting).
- Loper and Rowe have gotten it done behind the three-point line, as the duo are tied for second in the Pac-12 in made threes per game (2.87). Oregon State’s Sydney Wiese, after hitting a career-high seven threes on Saturday night in Eugene, leads the league at 3.19 made threes per game.
- Rowe is second in the Pac-12 in steals (2.60 per game) while Alleyne is tied for seventh and Danielle Love is 14th.
- The Ducks, the Pac-12’s best free throw shooting team, also boast three of the top-10 free throw shooters in the conference. Lexi Petersen leads the Ducks and ranks third in the league at 86.5 percent, followed by Jillian Alleyne (7th - 79.1 percent) and Ariel Thomas (8th - 79.0 percent).
- Thomas is second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.34) with 68 assists and 29 turnovers.
- Thomas is fourth in the league in assists per game (4.53).
This season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is a team-best +89 (296 points for, 207 points against) in a little over 107 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Jillian Alleyne leads the team with a +157 on the season. Katelyn Loper is second at +150. Danielle Love and Ariel Thomas are tied at +136. Chrishae Rowe is a +50 as she has played more minutes than any other Duck.
Oregon dropped three spots in the Sagarin RPI to 59th, after losing to Oregon State on Monday night. The Ducks dropped a whopping 24 spots in the RealTimeRPI, from 22nd to 46th after the OSU loss. The Ducks also suffered a sizable drop in the NCAA’s RPI, going from 46th to 64th. The Ducks are sixth in the Pac-12, according to Sagarin, seventh accoring to RealTime RPI and ninth in the NCAA rankings. All six of Oregon’s losses have to come to teams ranked in the top 50, except for Sacramento State, which is 11-2 on the year.
GETTING UP SHOTS
A team has taken 100 or more field goal attempts in a game this year just four times. Oregon accounts for three of those instances. Baylor attempted a NCAA-high 105 shots against Duke in a four-overtime game, while the Ducks attempted 102 shots on Dec. 18 against Southern plus 101 shots against both No. 23 ranked California on Jan. 5 and Bakersfield on Nov. 9.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
This season Oregon is 7-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field but is 2-6 when shooting less than 40 percent. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine and Southern when shooting less than 40 percent while the Ducks have shot under 40 percent from the field in each of their five losses.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 43-13 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 9-3 when reaching the 80-point mark, with losses to Sacramento State on Nov. 17, No. 23 ranked California in overtime on Jan. 5 and Oregon State on Jan. 11. Only No. 1 ranked UConn, No. 4 ranked Stanford and Oregon State on Jan. 13 have held Oregon under 80 points this season.
THE CENTURY MARK
Oregon has reached 100+ points seven times this season. The Ducks scored a Pac-12 record 131 points in their season-opening win over Bakersfield and 113 points in a victory versus Portland. The Ducks 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. The Ducks failed to reach 100 in their last four games. The Ducks are averaging 81.3 points per game through three league contests. 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 four 10-second backcourt violations, with one against Portland on Nov. 12, one versus Sacramento State on Nov. 17, one against Portland State on Dec. 14 and one at No. 23 ranked California on Jan. 5.