EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Jillian Alleyne broke the Oregon single-season record with her 25th double-double and reached 1,000 career points faster than any player in school history as the Ducks upset No. 20 ranked Arizona State, 98-90, on Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (14-14, 5-12 Pac-12) snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory over the Sun Devils (22-7, 11-6). Oregon also snapped a 33-game losing streak to top-25 opponents, as the Ducks’ last win over a ranked foe came on Feb. 15, 2007 against California at McArthur Court.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been more happy for my team,” said head coach Paul Westhead. “We lost some games, and that’s really tough, but they kept hanging in tonight. I think there are a lot of teams that don’t want to play us. The win gives (our players) a little credibility that they can play hard and win games against very good teams.
"This is a great achievement for these young women. This is a group that plays their heart out, and they haven’t gotten a lot to brag about. So, tonight is a nice night for them to enjoy and celebrate.”
With 11:31 left in the second half, Alleyne grabbed a rebound on her own miss and scored on the put back. That rebound gave Alleyne 10 boards to go with 13 points and her 25th double-double of the year, which broke the previous record of 24, set by Bev Smith during the 1981-82 season.
Alleyne also joined the 1,000 career point club when she finished a layup while being fouled with 5:48 left in the game. The layup gave Alleyne 1,001 career points and she hit the resulting free throw to tack on another. She reached 1,000 career points faster than any player in school history and is the 25th player to do it overall.
“I could not have done any of that without my teammates,” Alleyne said. “I have to credit my teammates and coaches because I have grown so much and to get where I am now is more humbling than it is boastful. It just shows that the hard work you put in is rewarding. I’m very blessed and very grateful.”
The Ducks had five players reach double-digits in scoring on Friday against Arizona State. In addition to Alleyne’s game-high 29 points, Chrishae Rowe scored 25 points and Ariel Thomas chipped in 22 points. Katelyn Loper and Lexi Petersen both added 10 points.
Arizona State was led by Katie Hempen’s 19 points while Joy Burke added 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
Oregon started the game by hitting four of its first five 3-pointers, with Thomas knocking down a pair. Thomas had 11 points over the first 10 minutes on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor.
The Ducks had a four-point lead, 34-30, with 8:02 left in the first before going on an 8-0 run to make it a 42-30 game with 4:01 remaining. The double-digit lead was short-lived, however, as the Sun Devils went on a 15-4 run from that point to slash the UO lead down to just one point, 46-45, at halftime.
Thomas led the Ducks with 15 points at halftime on 6-of-8 shooting while Alleyne had seven points and seven rebounds.
The Arizona State run continued in the second half, as the Sun Devils outscored the Ducks 12-4 over the first 3:13 of the second half to take a 57-50 lead.
Oregon battled back and took the lead, 69-68, with 8:35 remaining when Alleyne grabbed a rebound and put back the miss.
The score was all tied up, 74-74, with 6:38 left on the clock before the Ducks went on an 11-4 run to take an 85-79 lead with 3:14 remaining.
Up 90-87 with 30 seconds left on the clock, Loper buried her second three-pointer of the game, putting the Ducks back up six points.
After Rowe hit a pair of free throws to give Oregon an eight point lead, Arizona State knocked down a triple with 15.6 seconds left to make a 95-90 lead for the Ducks. Oregon broke the following ASU press on the inbounds pass and Loper ran the floor for a breakaway layup to ice it.
“Especially as a senior, just to be able to beat a ranked team is a pat on the back," Thomas said. "I’m definitely proud of myself and my teammates.”
Postgame Notes: Katelyn Loper now needs six more points to reach 1,000 in her career (Hofstra and Oregon games included) while Ariel Thomas needs eight more points to become the 26th player in Oregon history to reach the milestone…Jillian Alleyne needs 27 more rebounds to tie Chiney Ogwumike’s Pac-12 single-season best 466 boards, set last season.