EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will look to sweep a weekend with the Washington schools for the first time since the 2010-11 season when the Ducks play host to the Huskies on Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (10-8, 1-6 Pac-12) and the Huskies (10-8, 3-4) tip at noon for Pac-12 Networks televised game. The game features four of the top-5 scorers in the Pac-12.
UW Series Record: Oregon trails, 43-46 overall (26-14 at home)
Last Meeting: L, 69-62 (March 7, 2013 at Pac-12 Tourney)
Notable: Oregon won its first Pac-12 game on Friday night, 82-66, versus Washington State. The Cougars entered the game tied for third in the league standings with a 5-1 record. The Ducks lead the nation in scoring at 95.7 points per game while Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 14.9 per game. Alleyne has posted 14 straight double-doubles.
Last Game: Jan. 24, 2014 at Oregon State (L, 75-68)
Head Coach: Mike Neighbors (First Season)
Notable: Washington’s Mike Neighbors is in his first season as head coach after being promoted when former coach Kevin McGuff left for Ohio State in April. The Huskies are led by the guard duo of Kelsey Plum (19.8 ppg) and Jazmine Davis (19.1 ppg). Plum went 6-for-6 on three-pointers and scored 27 points in a loss at Oregon State on Friday.
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
The Ducks’ game on Sunday afternoon versus Washington will be broadcasted 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 at goducks.com.
AROUND THE PAC-12
On Friday night, in addition to Oregon defeating Washington State, Oregon State beat Washington, 75-68, USC won at No. 19 California, 77-70, No. 14 Arizona State narrowly won at Utah, 65-62, No. 4 Stanford beat UCLA, 72-55, at home and Colorado trumped Arizona, 68-47.
WHAT TO WATCH
With a double-double on Friday night against Washington State, sophomore forward Jillian Alleyne (left) is now tied with Catherine Kraayveld and Arianne Boyer for sixth all-time in school history with 28 career double-doubles.
SCORERS ON DISPLAY
Four of the Pac-12’s top five scorers will be in action on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 21.6 ppg) and Jillian Alleyne (3rd - 20.7 ppg) will do battle against Washington’s Kelsey Plum (4th - 19.8 ppg) and Jazmine Davis (5th - 19.1).
OREGON, UW TOPS IN THE PAC-12 AT THE LINE
Oregon and Washington rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the Pac-12 in team free throw percentage. The Ducks lead the conference at 72.7 percent while Washington is second at 69.7 percent. Individually, both UW’s Kelsey Plum (3rd - 85.3 percent) and UO’s Ariel Thomas (5th - 79.7 percent) rank in the top five in the conference. Washington State guards Lia Galdeira and Tia Presley entered Friday’s game ranked No. 6 and No. 7 in the Pac-12 in scoring, respectively, averaging 37.9 points per game combined. The duo combined for 30 points on 7-of-30 shooting (14-of-18 at the free throw line) Friday night.
WHEN PLAYING WASHINGTON
- Washington knocked off Oregon three times last year, including a 69-62 loss in the Pac-12 Tournament.
- Washington and Oregon have met six times over the last two seasons. The Ducks won the first regular season meeting in 2011-12 (88-86 in Eugene on Dec. 31, 2011) but Washington has won five straight, including two Pac-12 Tournament victories.
- The Ducks are 3-7 against the Huskies under head coach Paul Westhead. Westhead was victorious in his first meeting against UW, 82-71, on Jan. 1, 2010 in Eugene and the Ducks beat the Huskies in three of the first five meetings under Westhead, but have lost five straight.
- Washington won the first nine meetings in series, spanning from March 1, 1974 through March 11, 1978. That nine game winning streak is Washington’s longest in the series.
- Oregon’s longest winning streak in the series is 12 games, running from Feb. 8, 1996 through Dec. 28, 2001.
- The first meeting in the series was played in Eugene. Washington won, 50-39, on March 1, 1974.
- The last time Oregon swept both Washington and Washington State at home was on Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, 2011. They were the final women’s basketball games played at 84-year-old McArthur Court.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. WASHINGTON
2012-13: In the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, Jillian Alleyne had a double-double, her 12th of the season, with 11 points and 15 boards against the Huskies. The Ducks led by as much as 22 points in the first half but were outscored 41-23 in the second half and lost, 69-62, on March 7, 2013.
2012-13: Washington’s Kristi Kingma set the Pac-12 single-game record with 11 made three-pointers against the Ducks on Feb. 15, 2013 in Eugene. Kingma scored 35 points while Jillian Alleyne had 20 points for the Ducks.
2011-12: In Oregon’s last victory over Washington, Ariel Thomas scored a team-high 21 points while Nia Jackson, a Seattle native, added 19 in an 88-86 win on Dec. 31, 2011 at Matthew Knight Arena. Danielle Love blocked Washington’s potential game-winning shot with seconds left on the clock.
2010-11: In the final game played at McArthur Court, the Ducks defeated the Huskies and swept the Washington schools with a 68-64 win on Jan. 8, 2011 in front of 2,854 fans. Nia Jackson, a Seattle native, scored a game-high 22 points, and Nicole Canepa came off the bench to score 15 points. Oregon went 20-of-36 at the free throw line while Washington had just 17 attempts.
2009-10: Taylor Lilley joined the 1,000 point club at Oregon when she scored 33 while also breaking the school’s career three-point record with eight triples in an 82-71 win against the Huskies on Jan. 1, 2010 in Eugene.
1980-81: Bev Smith set the single-game school record (which still stands) with 11 steals at Washington on Jan. 22, 1981. Smith also set the UO field goal attempts record against the Huskies that season with 30 shots versus UW on March 14, 1981. Chrishae Rowe broke that mark this season with 32 field goal attempts at Cal on Jan. 5.
LAST TIME AGAINST WASHINGTON
Jazmine Davis scored 28 points to lead a furious second-half rally, and Washington beat Oregon 69-62 on March 7, 2013 in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament in Seattle, Wash. Talia Walton added 19 points and nine rebounds, while Aminah Williams had 11 points and 17 boards, for the fifth-seeded Huskies (20-10), who trailed by as many as 22 in the first half. Washington won despite shooting 32 percent from the floor, including 6 of 31 from 3-point range. Ariel Thomas led the No. 12 seed Ducks (4-27) with 13 points. Jillian Alleyne scored 11, and she and Liz Brenner grabbed 15 rebounds apiece. The Huskies went ahead for good, 61-60, on Walton’s jumper with 4:17 to play, and Walton’s 3-pointer with 1:13 left gave Washington a six-point lead and effectively clinched the win.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 95.7 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. 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 9.67 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.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
This season Oregon is 8-0 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. Most recently, Oregon knocked off Washington State, 82-66, when shooting 43.5 percent from the field. It was Oregon’s first conference win and the first time the Ducks shot better than 40 percent against a league foe.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 44-15 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 10-5 when reaching the 80-point mark.
ALLEYNE SHINES IN PAC-12 PLAY
Despite the Ducks’ 1-6 start to conference play, sophomore Jillian Alleyne has consistently shined. The 6-foot-3 forward is averaging a team-high 21.0 points per game in five Pac-12 contests to go with an amazing 16 rebounds per game. Alleyne has posted a double-double against all seven 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 19 rebounds in the Ducks’ win over Washington State on Jan. 24.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 14.9 per game. She upped her average after grabbing 19 rebounds on Friday night against Washington State. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 16 of 18 games this season, only coming up short 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 14.9 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. She has 269 rebounds this year, putting her on pace for 447 boards if she keeps her current average.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 28th career double-double (in 49 career games played) and her NCAA-leading 16th of the season on Sunday afternoon at USC. She has a double-double in 14 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 sixth all-time at Oregon in career double-doubles. She is tied with Catherine Kraayveld (2000-05) and Arianne Boyer (1993-97). Amanda Johnson’s 30 career double-doubles ranks fifth all-time. 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 21.6 points per game. She ranks 22nd in the NCAA overall. She and Washington’s Kelsey Plum (46th, 19.8 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 77.4 percent, an improvement of 23.6 percent. Of the top 15 in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage, Alleyne has the most makes and attempts (106-of-137).
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 95.7 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (72.7 percent), rebounds (52.6 per game), steals (11.61 per game) and turnover margin (+4.28 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.67 per game) plus offensive rebounds (22.11)
Oregon improved 11 spots in the Sagarin RPI from 77 to 66, after defeating Washington State on Friday night. Oregon checks in at 86 in the RealTime RPI and is still 92 in the NCAA RPI (updated after the weekend).
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.
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 45-35 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 9-2 at Matthew Knight Arena this season overall and 1-1 in Pac-12 play. The Ducks are 1-6 on the road overall and 0-5 in Pac-12 play.