EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will look to get back to its winning ways on Saturday when the Ducks play host to Utah at Matthew Knight Arena.
Note: Oregon's games against Utah and Colorado were pushed back one day - to 2 p.m. on Saturday against Utah and 5 p.m. on Monday against Colorado - due to snow in the Eugene area.
Oregon (12-9, 3-7 Pac-12) saw its three-game conference winning streak snapped last Sunday at No. 15 ranked Arizona State, 97-94. Utah (10-11, 3-7) has also had recent success, winning three of its last five games.
The Ducks are currently tied for ninth in the Pac-12 standings with Utah and Colorado, which both visit Matthew Knight Arena this weekend.
Utah Series Record: Oregon leads, 10-8 (7-2 at home)
Last Meeting: L, 70-57 (March 3, 2013 in Eugene, Ore.)
Notable: Oregon continues to lead the nation in scoring at 95.3 points per game, which would be the third highest in NCAA history. Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounds per game (15.5) and double-doubles (19) while Chrishae Rowe is the top scoring freshman in the country and ranks 13th overall in the NCAA at 22.3 points per game.
Last Game: Feb. 2, 2014 at Colorado (L, 61-45)
Head Coach: Anthony Levrets (Fourth Season)
Notable: Utah split it’s rivalry games last week with Colorado The Utes won at home on Jan. 29, 58-55, but lost in Boulder, Colo., 61-45, on Feb. 2. Similar to the Ducks, Utah has won thee of its last five games after dropping five in a row to start Pac-12 play. Michelle Plouffe is averaging a double-double with team-highs in scoring (17.4) and rebounding (10.1).
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
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 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.
Arizona State and Arizona plus USC and UCLA meet in rivalry action this week while the Bay Area schools head to the state of Washington and Utah and Colorado visit the Oregon schools.
ALLEYNE MATCHES UO FG PERCENTAGE RECORD
Jillian Alleyne tied the Oregon single-game field goal percentage record on Jan. 31 at Arizona when the sophomore went 11-of-11 from the field. Lauri Landerholm first set the Oregon record when she went 11-for-11 against Washington State on Jan. 22, 1987. Alleyne went 5-for-5 in the first half and 6-for-6 in the second half at Arizona, finishing with 29 points and 20 rebounds for her second straight 20-20 game. She had 34 points and 25 rebounds in the game prior against Washington.
ROWE CLAIMS RECORD SIXTH PAC-12 HONOR
Chrishae Rowe was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for a league record sixth time this season, the conference announced on Monday. Rowe broke Colorado redshirt freshman Arielle Roberson’s record of five, set last season. Jillian Alleyne claimed the league’s freshman of the week honors three times a year ago. Rowe was outstanding over the weekend as the Ducks split a pair of road games against Arizona and Arizona State. In the Ducks’ 84-72 win over the Wildcats on Friday, Rowe scored 24 points and led the team with three steals and three 3-pointers. She then had 39 points, just two short of her own school record of 41 set at Seattle U earlier this season, in a close loss to the No. 15 ranked Sun Devils on Sunday. Her 39 points at ASU is the 22nd most in a game this season in the NCAA. Rowe is the NCAAs top-scoring freshman, averaging 22.3 points per game. That average puts her 14th overall in the nation. Rowe went 12-of-22 from the field on Sunday at ASU, including 2-of-7 from three-point range. She was 13-of-14 at the free throw line and grabbed eight rebounds. She also tallied two blocks and made three steals.
ROWE AT THE FREE THROW LINE
A big part of her 39 points at Arizona State on Sunday, was her effort at the free throw line. Rowe went a career-best 13-of-14 at the line, tied for the eighth most makes in Oregon single-game history. She made her first 13 in a row, but missed her last attempt with 1:05 left in the game. Still, her 13 made free throws is the most by a Duck this season.
WHEN PLAYING UTAH
- The Ducks are 7-2 against Utah at home but are 2-6 on the road. Oregon and Utah meet just once this year, in Eugene, due to the league’s unbalanced scheduling. The Ducks also play Stanford, Cal and Colorado just once.
- Utah has won three straight games in the series and is 3-1 against the Ducks since joining the Pac-12 for the 2011-12 season.
- Oregon won the first six games in the series, from 1981-1989.
- The Ducks won the first meeting between the two schools, 73-63, in Eugene on Dec. 12, 1981.
- Oregon is 1-4 against Utah under head coach Paul Westhead. The Ducks lost a non-conference game at Utah, 89-86, in overtime on Dec. 22, 2009. Oregon bounced back with a 72-67 win in Eugene on Feb. 2, 2012 in the first conference meeting between the two schools.
- The 86 points scored by the Ducks in their overtime loss in 2009 is their most in any game against Utah. The Ducks scored a series low 47 points against the Utes on both March 3, 2012 and Feb. 8, 2013.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. UTAH
2012-13: Liz Brenner posted a double-double against the Utes with 11 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in a 67-47 loss in Salt Lake City on Feb. 8, 2010.
2011-12: In Oregon’s last win over the Utes, Amanda Johnson returned from injury to post a double-double in a 72-67 win at Matthew Knight Arena on Feb. 2, 2012. Johnson finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds whiloe Nia Jackson added 19 points as well and hit some clutch free throws in the final minutes to ice it.
2009-10: In the last non-conference game between Oregon and Utah, the Utes won in overtime, 89-86, after erasing a 15-point second half deficit. Utah’s Kalee Whipple hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to tie it up in regulation after the Ducks led, 73-58, with six minutes left. Nia Jackson, Jasmin Holliday and Nicole Canepa all fouled out in the game for the Ducks.
LAST TIME AGAINST UTAH
The Utah Utes defeated the University of Oregon women’s basketball team, 67-47, on Feb. 8, 2013 at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. Liz Brenner produced a career night for the Ducks, registering her second double-double of the season with 11 points and a new career-best of 15 rebounds. Jillian Alleyne contributed seven points and nine rebounds, while Danielle Love added nine points. The Ducks maintained a 45-38 advantage on the glass, but Utah had the edge for points off turnovers (18-7) and second-chance points (14-9). Oregon made 20-of-64 on field goals (31.3 percent) and just 3-of-23 from behind the 3-point arc (13 percent). Utah made 45 percent from the field (27-of-60) and 35.3 percent on 3-pointers (6-of-17). Utah was led offensively by Michelle Plouffe who scored a game-high 15 points. Iwalani Rodrigues tallied 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, while Taryn Wicijowski had 13 points and a team-best eight rebounds. Oregon scored less than 25 points in each half.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 95.3 points per game. If the season ended today, Oregon’s 95.3 point average would be the third-highest in NCAA history. The Pac-12 record is 92.8 points per game, set by Stanford during the 1991-92 season. The Oregon program record is 84.6 points per game, set during the 1978-79 season. Oregon has reached 100+ points eight times this season. Oregon was held under the century mark in its first seven Pac-12 games before a 101-88 win over Washington on Jan. 26. 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 FIFTH IN THE NATION IN MADE THREES
Oregon is fifth in the nation in made three-pointers, averaging 9.4 per game. Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17, leads the nation at 12.9 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 for a team 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 LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 15.5 per game. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 19 of 21 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. She has had 20+ rebounds in three of the Ducks’ last six games.
ALLEYNE NEARS REBOUNDS RECORDS
If the season ended today, Jillian Alleyne’s 15.5 rebounds per game average would smash the single-season school record of 13.6, held by Bev Smith during the 1979-80 season. The Pac-12 record is 13.8, set by UCLA’s Natalie Williams during the 1991-92 campaign. Bev Smith also holds the school’s total rebounds record with 376 during the 1980-81 season. The Pac-12 record is also 376, set by Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike during the 2009-10 season. (Oregon women’s basketball played in the Northwest Basketball Leauge until 1982). Alleyne came up just short of breaking those final two records last season as she pulled down 370 boards in her freshman campaign, just six shy of the school and Pac-12 marks. She already has 326 rebounds this season with eight regular season games left to play. At her current per game average, she will grab 124 more boards in those eight games, giving her 450 for the season.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NATION IN DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne posted her 31st career double-double (in 52 career games played) and her NCAA-leading 19th of the season on Sunday at Arizona State. She has a double-double in 17 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 is fifth all-time at Oregon in career double-doubles, recently jumping Amanda Johnson’s 30 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. Alleyne needs five more double-double to match Smith’s single-season record with eight games remaining in the regular season.
ROWE LEADS ALL FRESHMEN IN SCORING
Chrishae Rowe leads all freshman in the nation, scoring 22.3 points per game. She ranks 14th in the NCAA overall and second in the Pac-12. She and Washington’s Kelsey Plum are the only freshmen ranked in the top-50 in the nation in scoring.
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 10th in the Pac-12 at 76.8 percent, an improvement of 23 percent.
ALLEYNE SHINES IN PAC-12 PLAY
Despite the Ducks’ 3-7 start to conference play, sophomore Jillian Alleyne has consistently shined. The 6-foot-3 forward is averaging a team-high 22.9 points per game in Pac-12 contests to go with a ridiculous 16.9 rebounds per game. Alleyne has posted a double-double against every Pac-12 foe 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 season-highs of 34 points and 25 rebounds on Jan. 26 in the win over Washington and went for 29 points and 20 rebounds (10 offensive, 10 defensive) on Jan. 31 at Arizona.
REBOUNDING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL
Oregon leads the Pac-12, averaging 51.9 rebounds per game. That number is set to smash the Oregon and Pac-12 record. The Ducks currently hold the Pac-12 record with 46.6 rebounds per game, set during the 1986-87 season.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
This season Oregon is 9-1 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field but is 3-8 when shooting less than 40 percent. Oregon picked up its first loss when shooting better than 40 percent on Sunday at No. 15 ranked Arizona State. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine, Southern and Washington when shooting less than 40 percen. Oregon has shot better than 40 percent from field in each of its last four games, posting a 3-1 mark.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 46-16 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 12-6 when reaching the 80-point mark.
WHEN PLAYING TOP-25 OPPONENTS
Arizona State was the fourth top-25 opponent Oregon has faced this season. The Ducks are 0-4 in those games, also falling at No. 1 UConn, No. 4 Stanford and No. 23 California (in overtime). Oregon’s last win over a top-25 team was at No. 22 ranked California on Feb. 15, 2007 at old McArthur Court. Oregon is 0-33 against top-25 foes since that win.
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 95.3 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (73.2 percent), rebounds (51.9 per game), steals (11.2 per game) and turnover margin +3.52 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.4 per game) plus offensive rebounds (21.2)
After splitting against the Arizona schools last weekend, Oregon sits at No. 76 in the NCAA RPI. Oregon checks in at No. 61 according to Jeff Sagarin and No. 79 in the RealTime RPI.
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 eight 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 Pac-12 play until hitting 101 points against Washington in the eighth conference game of the year. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 15 times, winning all but one of those games (14-1).
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 46-35 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 10-2 at Matthew Knight Arena this season overall and 2-1 in Pac-12 play.