LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Oregon women's basketball team completes its Los Angeles trip with surging USC on Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center.
The Ducks (9-7, 0-5 Pac-12) and the Trojans (12-6, 5-1) tip at 2 p.m. on the Pac-12 Networks.
USC Series Record: Oregon trails, 17-41 (6-24 on the road)
Last Meeting: L, 67-62 (Jan. 6, 2013 in Eugene, Ore.)
Notable: Oregon has dropped five straight games in Pac-12 play after entering league action on a seven-game winning streak. The Ducks lead the NCAA in scoring at 97.2 ppg. Jillian Alleyne, who leads the NCAA in rebounds (14.6), has recorded 12 straight double-doubles and has 14 total to lead the Pac-12. She is also third in the Pac-12 in scoring (20.6).
Last Game: Jan. 17 vs. Oregon State (W, 81-60)
Head Coach: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke (First Season)
Notable: USC has won seven of its last eight games, with the only loss in that span coming in overtime at top-25 ranked Arizona State on Jan. 10. Ariya Crook leads the team, averaging 15.1 points per game. In league play, Cassie Harberts is scoring a team-high 15.7 points per game. USC forced Oregon State into 30 turnovers on Friday night.
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
Oregon’s game at USC on Jan. 19 will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network. Anne-Marie Anderson 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 usctrojans.com.
WHEN PLAYING USC
- Oregon has lost six straight to USC and 10 of the last 11 meetings.
- The Ducks’ last win over USC was on Jan. 30, 2010. Oregon won in Los Angeles, 85-77. That was the most points scored by the Ducks in a game against the Trojans in the 58-game history of the series.
- Lilley set the UO single-game record with nine three-pointers in that 2010 game against the Trojans. She also set a career-high with 36 points.
- Oregon has just one win in the Galen Center, and is 1-9 at the facility since it opened for the 2006-07 seaqson. The Ducks are 1-6 against USC (1-5 regular season, 0-1 Pac-12 Tournament) plus 0-3 against other foes at the Pac-12 Tournament.
- USC won 19 of the first 22 meetings in the series, which started on March 21, 1981 in Los Angeles. USC won that game, 67-64.
- Oregon’s longest winning streak in the series is five games, coming from 1997-99.
- USC’s longest winning streak in the series is 10 games, from 1990-95.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. USC
2012-13: Ariel Thomas had one of her most efficient games in the Ducks’, 67-62, loss to the Trojans on Jan. 6, 2013. Thomas scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds and seven assists. She had just one turnover and added three steals.
2011-12: In the Ducks’ last game against USC in Los Angeles - Jan. 19, 2012 - then-freshman Liz Brenner scored 16 points.
2010-11: On Jan. 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, Nia Jackson led the Ducks with a double-double on 25 points and 11 assists. Oregon lost, 79-76.
2009-10: In the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament at the Galen Center, Oregon lost 80-76 on March 12, 2010. USC’s Ashley Corral hit a three-pointer with 24 seconds left to push the Women of Troy past the Ducks. Taylor Lilley had 22 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST USC
Oregon lost, 67-62, to USC on Jan. 6, 2013 at Matthew Knight Arena. Ariel Thomas and Amanda Delgado led the Ducks with 15 points each on 6-of-15 and 5-of-13 shooting from the field, respectively. Jillian Alleyne was one point away from another double-double as she finished with nine points and 10 boards to go with her three blocks on the day. Oregon shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64) from the field, while the Trojans finished the game at 33.3 percent (22-of-66). The Ducks’ biggest advantage came down low as they led USC 30-20 in points in the paint. USC’s Ariya Crook and Cassie Harberts led all scorers with 16 points each.
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. She returned on Friday night at UCLA, and now, for her career, Love has started 86 games and appeared in 105. 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’ 0-5 start to conference play, sophomore Jillian Alleyne has consistently shined. The 6-foot-3 forward is averaging a team-high 21.2 points per game in five Pac-12 contests to go with an amazing 15.2 rebounds per game. Alleyne has posted a double-double against all five Pac-12 foes the Ducks have met this season, including 26 points and 13 rebounds at No. 4 Stanford to open league play on Jan. 3. She had 15 points and season-high 20 rebounds on Friday at UCLA.
ALLEYNE A DOUBLE-DOUBLE MACHINE
Jillian Alleyne posted her 26th career double-double (in 47 career games played) and 14th of the season on Friday night at UCLA. She has a double-double in 12 straight games and Oregon is 9-5 this season when Alleyne gets a double-double, with all five 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 97.2 points per game. 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 (10.2) 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 10.2 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 14.6 per game. She upped her average even more after grabbing a season-high 20 rebounds at UCLA on Jan. 17. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 14 of 16 games this season. The sophomore has recorded 12 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 13 double-doubles overall this year.
ROWE LEADS ALL FRESHMEN IN SCORING
Chrishae Rowe leads all freshman, scoring 20.6 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 20.6 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne is first in the NCAA in rebounding, averaging 14.6 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 77.6 percent, an improvement of 23.8percent. Of the top 15 in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage, Alleyne has the most makes and attempts (90-of-116).
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 97.2 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (73.0 percent), rebounds (52.8 per game), steals (11.4 per game) and turnover margin (+5.3 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (10.2 per game) plus offensive rebounds (22.3).
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
- Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 21.6 ppg) and Jillian Alleyne (3rd - 20.6 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 14.6 rebounds per game. No other player in the league is averaging better than 11.8 rebounds per game (Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike). Only four players in the league average more than 10 rebounds per game (Alleyne, Ogwumike, Aminah Williams and Michelle Plouffe).
- Alleyne is fifth in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (52.6 percent on 120-of-228 shooting). She’s taken the third most field goal attempts of any player ranked in the top 15.
- Loper and Rowe have gotten it done behind the three-point line, as the duo rank second and third, respectively, in made three-point field goals per game. Loper has hit 48 threes (3.0 per game) while Rowe has knocked down 44 threes (2.8 per game).
- Rowe is second in the Pac-12 in steals (2.6 per game) while Alleyne is tied for ninth and Danielle Love is 12th.
- The Ducks, the Pac-12’s best free throw shooting team, also boast three of the top-10 free throw shooters in the conference. Ariel Thomas ranks sixth in the Pac-12 at 79.7 percent while Lexi Petersen is ninth (78.0) and Jillian Alleyne is 10th (77.6).
- Thomas is second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.3) with 71 assists and 31 turnovers.
- Thomas is fourth in the league in assists per game (4.4).
This season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is a team-best +89 (323 points for, 234 points against) in a little over 122 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Jillian Alleyne leads the team with a +150 on the season. Katelyn Loper is second at +135. Danielle Love sports a +130 while Ariel Thomas is just behind her at +129. Chrishae Rowe is a +45 as she has played more minutes than any other Duck.
Oregon dropped six spots in the Sagarin RPI to 65th, after losing at UCLA on Friday night. Both the RealTime RPi and NCAA RPI were not updated as of Saturday morning. All seven of Oregon’s losses have to come to teams ranked in the top 50, except for Sacramento State, which is 11-3 on the year, and UCLA.
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 2-7 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 seven losses.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 43-14 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 9-4 when reaching the 80-point mark, with losses to Sacramento State on Nov. 17, No. 23 ranked California in overtime on Jan. 5, Oregon State on Jan. 11 and UCLA on Jan. 17.
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.