EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team looks to snap its conference skid on Friday night as the Ducks play host to Washington State.
The Ducks (9-8, 0-6 Pac-12) and Cougars (11-7, 5-1) tip at 7 p.m. inside Matthew Knight Arena. The game will be streamed live on Pac-12.com but will not be televised.
WSU Series Record: Oregon leads, 60-14 (29-6 at home)
Last Meeting: W, 65-60 (Feb. 17, 2013 in Eugene)
Notable: Oregon has dropped six straight games to open Pac-12 play after going 9-2 in non-conference action. The Ducks entered league play on a seven-game winning streak, the longest under head coach Paul Westhead. Oregon leads the nation, averaging 96.5 points per game. Jillian Alleyne leads the NCAA, averaging 14.7 rebounds per game.
WASHINGTON STATE BREAKDOWN
Last Game: Jan. 19 vs. Utah (L, 59-57)
Head Coach: June Daughtery (Seventh Season)
Notable: Washington State suffered its first conference loss on Sunday against Utah. The Utes, however, picked up their first Pac-12 win in the game. The Cougars are led by Tia Presley’s 19.3 points per game and Shalie Dheensaw’s 7.7 rebounds per game. This is Washington State’s first Pac-12 game of the year outside the state of Washington (5 home, 1 at UW).
FRIDAY PROMOTION - GIRL SCOUTS DAY
It will be Girl Scouts Day at Matthew Knight Arena for the women's basketball game against Washington State on Friday night (7 PM). All scouts in uniform will receive $3 general admission tickets and those troops that have registered will get to participate in the Girl Scout Sleepover at the arena.
SUNDAY PROMOTION - NATIONAL GIRLS & WOMEN IN SPORTS DAY
Oregon will be participating in National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Sunday with a variety of events during the women's basketball game against Washington (12 PM). The Oregon women's lacrosse, soccer, track & field, volleyball and acrobatics & tumbling teams will be present and hosting skills drills and fun competitions in the practice gyms on the main concourse of Matthew Knight Arena starting at 11 a.m. until tip time at noon. The teams will also be giving away 3,000 trading cards for all fans at the doors.
NGWSD is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports.
NGWSD began in 1987 as a day to remember Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women's sports. Hyman died of Marfan's Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
Oregon’s game on Fridya night against Washington State will be streamed free online at Pac-12.com because the game will not be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks. The Ducks’ game on Sunday afternoon versus Washington, however, will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks, with Ann Schatz and former Pepperdine head coach Julie Rousseau on 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 for both games at goducks.com.
AROUND THE PAC-12
The weekend the Oregon schools host the Washington schools, the NorCal schools host the SoCal schools and Arizona State and Arizona visit Utah and Colorado.
WHEN PLAYING WASHINGTON STATE
- Of all Pac-12 opponents, Oregon has had the most success against Washington State, boasting 60 wins in the all-time series. Second best is Oregon State, as the Ducks own 59 wins all-time against the rival Beavers.
- Oregon has won three straight in the series with washington State. The Ducks won just two Pac-12 games last season, with both coming against the Cougars.
- Under head coach Paul Westhead, the Ducks are 5-3 against the Cougars since he took over for the 2009-10 season. Three of those five wins came in Eugene.
- Oregon’s longest winning streak in the series is 17 games, spanning a decade from 1978-1988.
- Washington State’s longest winning streak in the series is just two games, coming on three occassions. Most recently was a season sweep in 2010-11, which were the last wins by the Cougars over the Ducks.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. WASHINGTON STATE
2012-13: Jordan Loera posted 21 points and 12 rebounds for her second double-double of the season in a 65-60 win over the Cougars on Feb. 17, 2013. That was Oregon’s second win over Washington State last year. In the first, on Jan. 25, 2013, Amanda Delgado scored a career-high 21 points on a career-best seven three-pointers.
2011-12: On Feb. 11, 2012, Oregon defeated Washington State, 67-62, behind Amanda Johnson’s 23 points. The Cougars led the entire game until Johnson hit a three-pointer with 4:05 to play and the Ducks held on by hitting free throws down the stretch.
2010-11: Nia Jackson scored the Ducks’ final eight points as Oregon defeated Washington State, 77-72, on Jan. 6, 2011. Jackson finished with 22 points and added eight rebounds, four assists and five steals.
2009-10: Micaela Cocks scored a team-best 22 points as the Ducks won a high-scoring affair, 98-92, on Jan. 3, 2010. Cocks’ three-pointer with 5:14 gave Oregon an 82-80 lead and the Ducks held on in the final minutes.
2008-09: Taylor scored 20 points as the Ducks swept the state of Washington for the first time in nine years with a 57-41 win in Pullman on Jan. 17, 2009.
2007-08: Oregon held Washington State to just 45 points on March 7, 2008, at the Pac-12 Tournament in a 66-45 win. It is still the fewest points allowed by the Ducks in a Pac-12 Tournament game.
LAST TIME AGAINST WASHINGTON STATE
The Oregon women’s basketball team held off a furious final-minute charge by Washington State to win their fourth game of the season, 65-60, on Feb. 17, 2013 at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon’s only two conference wins last season came against Washington State. Sophomore Jordan Loera and freshman Jillian Alleyne each registered a double-double in the home victory. For Loera, her second double-double of the year came courtesy of a game-high 21 points and 12 rebounds. Alleyne finished with 15 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. Oregon held Washington State to under 30 percent from the field (23-for-78) and out-rebounded the visiting Cougars, 55-47. In addition, the Ducks held the Cougars to a dismal 14 percent (4-of-28) from behind the arc. Guard Lia Galdeira scored 19 points for Washington State, which also received 11 points and six boards from then-freshman forward Mariah Cooks. Forward Sage Romberg added eight points and seven rebounds.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 96.5 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 six Pac-12 games thus far and is averaging 80.3 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 third in the nation in made three-pointers, averaging 9.8 per game. Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17, leads the nation at 13.3 made threes per game. The Ducks and Hornets combined to attempt an NCAA record 86 threes in thier game. Oregon would have tied the NCAA record with 52 three-point attempts against Southern on Dec. 18, but Sacramento State took 55 four days prior on Dec. 14 against UC Irvine.
ALLEYNE SHINES IN PAC-12 PLAY
Despite the Ducks’ 0-6 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 15.5 rebounds per game. Alleyne has posted a double-double against all six 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 Jan. 17 at UCLA and 21 points to go with 17 boards at USC on Jan. 19.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 14.7 per game. She upped her average after grabbing 37 total rebounds last weekend in Los Angeles against UCLA and USC. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 15 of 17 games this season, only coming up when she went out with a rolled ankle against Sacramento State and when she grabbed nine boards at No. 1 ranked UConn on Nov. 20. If the season ended today, her 14.7 rebounds per game would smash the single-season school record of 13.6, held by Bev Smith during the 1979-80 season. Bev Smith also holds the total rebounds record with 376 during the 1980-81 season. Alleyne came up just seven rebounds short of break that mark last season as she pulled down 370 boards in her freshman campaign.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 27th career double-double (in 48 career games played) and her NCAA-leading 15th of the season on Sunday afternoon at USC. She has a double-double in 13 straight games. 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. Right now Alleyne ranks eighth all-time at Oregon in career double-doubles. Just in front of Alleyne are Catherine Kraayveld (2000-05) and Arianne Boyer (1993-97), who are tied for sixth with 28 career double-doubles. The school record is 88, set by Bev Smith from 1978-82. Smith also holds the single-season record, with 24 double-doubles during the 1981-82 season.
ROWE LEADS ALL FRESHMEN IN SCORING
Chrishae Rowe leads all freshman, scoring 21.5 points per game. She ranks 22nd in the NCAA overall. She and Washington’s Kelsey Plum (46th, 19.4 ppg) are the only freshman ranked in the top-50 in the nation in scoring. Rowe is also the top scoring underclassman in the nation, as every player above her in the rankings are juniors or seniors.
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 77.0 percent, an improvement of 23.2 percent. Of the top 15 in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage, Alleyne has the most makes and attempts (97-of-126).
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 96.5 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (73.4 percent), rebounds (52.2 per game), steals (11.47 per game) and turnover margin (+4.94 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.82 per game) plus offensive rebounds (22.29).
PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
- Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 21.5 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 five players in the top-30 in scoring.
- Alleyne is dominating on the glass as well, averaging a Pac-12 and NCAA leading 14.7 rebounds per game. No other player in the league is averaging better than 12.0 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).
- 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 49 threes (2.88 per game) while Rowe has knocked down 44 threes (2.59 per game).
- Rowe is second in the Pac-12 in steals (2.65 per game) while Danielle Love is sixth (1.94 per game) and Alleyne is eighth (1.82 per game).
- 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 fifth in the Pac-12 at 79.7 percent while Jillian Alleyne is ninth (77.1 percent) and Lexi Petersen is 10th (75.5 percent).
- 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 (4.44).
Oregon dropped 12 spots in the Sagarin RBI to 77, after losing at USC on Sunday afternoon. Oregon checks in at 63 in the RealTime RPI and 92 in the NCAA RPI . All seven of Oregon’s losses have to come to teams ranked in the top 50, except for Sacramento State, which is 11-4 on the year, and UCLA.
GETTING UP SHOTS
In the NCAA, 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 (OT) 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 2-8 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 eight losses.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 43-15 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 9-5 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, UCLA on Jan. 17 and USC on Jan. 19.
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.
WESTHEAD’S HOME RECORD
Oregon is 44-35 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 8-2 at Matthew Knight Arena this season. The Ducks are 1-6 on the road this year, however.