EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will play its regular season finale versus Arizona on Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
The Ducks (14-14, 5-12 Pac-12) will be honoring their four seniors before the game. Oregon will honor four seniors before Sunday’s game against Arizona. The Ducks will recognize Danielle Love, Chynna Miley, Laura Stanulis and Ariel Thomas, in addition to manager Kevin Wade.
Arizona Series Record: Oregon leads, 31-26 (18-8 at home)
Last Meeting: W, 84-72 (Jan. 31, 2014 in Tucson)
Notable: The Ducks continue to lead the nation in scoring at 93.4 points per game. Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in both rebounding (15.7 per game) and double-doubles (25). She set the UO single-season record with her 25th double-double on Friday and also reached 1,000 career points faster than any other player in program history against the Sun Devils.
Last Game: Feb. 28 at Oregon State (L, 78-48)
Head Coach: Niya Butts (Sixth Season)
Notable: Arizona has one win in conference play this season, coming on Feb. 9 against rival Arizona State, 68-49, in Tucson. The Wildcats have lost five straight games since that upset win. Arizona is led offensively by Candice Warthen’s 10.9 points per game. The guard had 20 points against UO earlier this season. Erica Barnes had 20 and 10 rebounds.
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
Sunday’s game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks, with Ann Schatz and Julie Rousseau on the call. A live stream is available at Pac-12.com for fans with access to Pac-12 Networks via their cable provider. 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.
DUCKS SNAP TOP-25 LOSING STREAK
Oregon shocked No. 20 ranked Arizona State, 98-90, on Friday night and ended a 33-game losing streak against ranked foes in the process. The last time Oregon defeated a top-25 team before Friday night versus the Sun Devils was against No. 22 ranked California, 62-42, on Feb. 15, 2007 at old McArthur Court. Friday night’s win was the Ducks’ first over a top-25 in head coach Paul Westhead’s tenure. Oregon came close to knocking off a ranked foe twice earlier this season, taking then-No. 23 California to overtime before losing, 101-98, in Berkeley and battling then-No. 15 ASU to the wire in Tempe before falling, 97-94.
ALLEYNE FASTEST DUCK TO 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Sophomore Jillian Alleyne reached 1,000 career points on Friday against No. 20 Arizona State. She did it faster than any player in school history as she is the only sophomore at Oregon to reach the milestone. She is the 25th player overall to reach 1,000 career points. At this rate she could join Alison Lang (1980-84) and Bev Smith (1978-92) as the only players in school history to reach 2,000 career points.
ALLEYNE BREAKS UO DOUBLE-DOUBLE RECORD
Jillian Alleyne posted her 25th double-double of the season on Friday against No. 20 ranked Arizona State, breaking the single-season program record of 24, set by Bev Smith during the 1981-82 season. Smith holds the career mark of 88. Alleyne currently ranks fifth all-time with 37 career double-doubles (25 this year, 12 last season as a freshman), behind Debbie Sporcich’s 40.
ALLEYNE RECORD BOOK RANKS
Just a sophomore, Jillian Alleyne has already accomplished so much in her Oregon career. The forward from Fontana, Calif., owns the Oregon single-game (27) and single-season (439 and counting) rebounding records and ranks ninth all-time with 809 career boards. If the season ended today, Jillian Alleyne’s 15.7 rebounds per game average would crush both the single-season school and Pac-12 rebounds per game record. The school mark is 13.6, set 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. Alleyne also ranks sixth in single-season history with 607 points this year and her current field goal percentage (56.6) would be the ninth best.
THOMAS ALSO NEARS 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Ariel Thomas could join Jillian Alleyne in the Oregon history books as the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. The senior point guard has 992 points thus far in her career and needs just eight more points on Senior Day.
LOPER COULD ALSO JOIN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Redshirt junior Katelyn Loper could also reach the 1,000-point mark in her career on Sunday against Arizona. Loper scored 334 points as a freshman and 335 points as a sophomore at Hofstra before transferring to Oregon. After sitting out last season, Loper has 325 points this year for the Ducks. All-in-all, Loper has 994 career points and needs six more points to reach the 1,000-point mark. Note: Only players to score all 1,000 of thier career points in an Oregon uniform are counted in the UO record books.
WHEN PLAYING ARIZONA
- One of the wildest games in program history happend against Arizona. The Wildcats won, 119-112, over the Ducks on Jan. 16, 2010 in Tucson. The 231 combined points is the most in Pac-12 history. The Ducks’ 112 points are the most scored by a losing team in Pac-12 history and Arizona’s 119 points are the most scored in a league game in conference history. The Ducks set the Pac-12 overall scoring record this year with 131 points against Bakersfield.
- The Ducks knocked off Arizona, 84-72, earlier this season in Tucson.
- Arizona defeated Oregon, 100-68, in the two teams’ lone meeting last season. The Ducks visited Tucson, but due to the league’s unbalanced scheduling, the Wildcats never came to Eugene.
- Oregon is 4-6 against Arizona under head coach Paul Westhead. The Ducks won, 68-55, on Jan. 8, 2009, in Westhead’s first game versus the Wildcats.
- Oregon and Arizona first met Jan. 3, 1981, with the Ducks prevailing, 94-58, in Tucson.
- Oregon won the first seven times the Ducks and Wildcats met, running from 1981 to 1989.
- That seven wins is Oregon’s longest winning-streak in the series.
- Arizona’s longest winning-streak in the series is six games, running from 2002-2005.
NOTABLE PERFORMANCES VS. ARIZONA
2013-14: In the first meeting this season, Jillian Alleyne tied the UO single-game field goal percentage record when she went 11-of-11 from the field. Alleyne posted 29 points and 20 boards (10 offensive, 10 defensive) agianst the Wildcats. Chrishae Rowe added 24 points while Megan Carpenter had seven boards.
2012-13: In the two teams’ only meeting last season, Jillian Alleyne posted a double-double with a game-highs in points (18) and rebounds (12). The Wildcats had seven players score between 10 and 17 points.
2011-12: Lexi Petersen, then a true freshman, scored 17 points as the Ducks beat Arizona, 87-73, on Jan. 12, 2012 in Eugene. Petersen, like she is now for Ariel Thomas, came in for injured point guard Nia Jackson and shined.
2010-11: The Ducks lost three times to Arizona, as the Wildcats swept the season series beat Oregon in a heartbreaker, 90-89, in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. In that tournament game, Oregon mounted a huge comeback, rallying back from an 18-point second half deficit, to take an 87-86 lead with 2:13 to play on an Ariel Thomas three-pointer. But Arizona’s Soana Lucet hit a go-ahead bucket with 14 seconds left for the win. Thomas finished with a career-high 29 points.
2009-10: In the epic 119-112 game on Jan. 16, 2010, Nicole Canepa matched the old school record with 38 points on 14-of-18 shooting. She tied Bev Smith and Debbie Adams at that mark. Taylor Lilley would later match it as well before Chrishae Rowe broke the record with 41 points at Seattle U this season on Dec. 4.
2006-07: Oregon’s last win in Tucson was on Feb. 10, 2007. The Ducks won, 59-55, behind Kaela Chapdelaine’s 10 points as Eleanor Haring made two free throws with three seconds left to seal the win. The Ducks swept the Wildcats that season, the last time Oregon did so.
LAST TIME AGAINST ARIZONA
Jillian Alleyne tied the single-game school record by going 11-of-11 from the field and the Oregon women’s basketball team won its third straight game, 84-72, over Arizona on Jan. 31 at the McKale Center. Lauri Landerholm first set the Oregon single-game field goal percentage 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. Alleyne also posted her second straight 20-20 game with 29 points and 20 rebounds (10 offensive and 10 defensive). Chrishae Rowe also starred for the Ducks, as the freshman scored 24 points and grabbed five rebounds. Megan Carpenter scored two points and pulled down seven rebounds in 12 minutes. Amanda Delgado came in off the bench and knocked down three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points. Oregon led 43-27 at halftime behind Alleyne’s 12 points and nine rebounds in the first 20 minutes. The Ducks ended the first half on an 11-4 run in the final 5:06 after opening the game on a 14-5 run over the first 5:14. Oregon outscored Arizona, 28-14, on points in the paint in the first half and finished with 46 total. Arizona cut Oregon’s lead to as little as 11 points in the second half, at 62-51 with 10:32 left in the game. The Ducks responded with a quick 4-0 run to push its lead back to 15 points and led by at least 12 points for the rest of the game, including the final 84-72 margin.
WNIT SELECTION PROCESS
With a win on Sunday against Arizona, Oregon has a chance to qualify for the WNIT following this Pac-12 Tournament next weekend. The 64-team field will be announced on the evening of Monday, Mar. 17. Participating schools host games, including the championship, which will take place on April 5. There are two ways to qualify for the WNIT. The first is to be an automatic qualifier, which is for the highest finishing team in its conference standings that does not advance to the NCAA Tournament. The remaining spots in the tournament are filled at-large, with the only qualification being a .500 record. A win over Arizona on Sunday afternoon would assure the Ducks a .500 record, regardless of what happens at the Pac-12 Tournament next weekend. The selection committee will look at six different RPI rankings, and eliminate the highest and lowest ranking to compare possible at-large teams.
Oregon dropped to No. 120 in the NCAA RPI after falling at Washington and Washington State last weekend. That ranking has not been updated since Friday’s win over Arizona State, but four other rankings indexes have been. Currently, the Ducks are No. 76 in the Sagarin ratings, No. 103 in the RealTime RPI, No. 79 in the Massey ratings and No. 76 in the Moore ratings.
Oregon has gone to the WNIT three times - 2002, 2007 and 2010. The Ducks won the WNIT in 2002, which included five games. Oregon knocked off Saint Mary’s in the first round (71-61), Oregon State in the second round (50-48), Washington in the quarterfinals (77-73), Michigan State in the semifinals (65-54) and Houston in the title game (54-52). Oregon had a bye to start the 2007 tournament and knocked off UC Santa Barbara (70-54) before falling to Wyoming (64-62). In head coach Paul Westhead’s first season, 2010, the Ducks defeated Eastern Washington in the first round (95-66) and New Mexico in the second round (93-67) before losing to California in the quarterfinals (71-57).
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 15.7 per game. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 25 of 28 games this season, only coming up short when she went out with a rolled ankle against Sacramento State and when she grabbed nine boards against both No. 1 ranked UConn and Colorado. Alleyne had 16 rebounds at halftime against USC on Feb. 14, besting her NCAA-leading average in the opening 20 minutes alone. Alleyne grabbed 22 boards last Friday at Washington, her fifth 20+ rebound game of the season, with all five coming in Pac-12 play.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 93.4 points per game. If the season ended today, Oregon’s points per game average would be the sixth highest in NCAA history. The Pac-12 record is 92.8 points per game, set by Stanford during the 1991-92 season, which is currently the sixth most in NCAA history. The Oregon program record is 84.6 points per game, set during the 1978-79 season. Oregon has reached 100+ points nine 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.
DUCKS THIRD IN THE NATION IN MADE THREES
Oregon is third in the nation in made three-pointers, averaging 9.43 per game. Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17, leads the nation at 12.7 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.
ROWE TIES SMITH FOR MOST 35+ POINT GAMES
Just a freshman, Chrishae Rowe has already tied Oregon legend Bev Smith for the most 35+ point games in program history with three. Smith recorded 35 points against both Kentucky (March 12, 1980) and Boise State (Jan. 13, 1979) and set a career-high with 38 points at Montana (Feb. 5, 1981). This year, Rowe tallied a school record 41 points at Seattle U on Deec. 4, 2013, 39 points at Arizona State on Feb. 2, 2014 and 38 points versus Utah on Feb. 8, 2014.
ROWE LEADS ALL FRESHMEN IN SCORING
Chrishae Rowe leads all freshman in the nation, scoring 21.9 points per game. She ranks 16th overall in the NCAA and second in the Pac-12. Rowe, plus Washington’s Kelsey Plum and Delaware State’s Raven Bankston are the only freshmen ranked in the top-50 in the nation in scoring.
ROWE THE TOP SCORING FROSH IN UO HISTORY
With 613 points this season, Chrishae Rowe is the highest scoring freshman in Oregon history. The previous record was 424, set by Debbie Sporcich during the 1990-91 season. Overall, Rowe’s 613 points ranks fourth in single-season program history. The record is 693 points, set by Alison Lang in 1982-83.
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 12th in the Pac-12 at 73.2 percent, an improvement of 19.4 percent.
REBOUNDING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL
Oregon leads the Pac-12, averaging 50.3 rebounds per game. That number is set to beat both the Oregon and Pac-12 record. The program record is 49.4, set during the 1978-79 season when the Ducks still played in the Northwest Basketball League. The Pac-12 record is also owned by the Ducks, at 46.6 rebounds per game, set during the 1986-87 season.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
This season Oregon is 10-2 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field but is 4-12 when shooting less than 40 percent. Oregon shot a season-high 48.6 percent from the field on Friday night against Arizona State. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine, Southern, Washington on Jan. 26 and Utah when shooting less than 40 percent.
NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80
Oregon is 48-19 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 14-9 when reaching the 80-point mark.
THE CENTURY MARK
Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 16 times, winning all but two of those games (14-2). Oregon has reached 100+ points nine 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 against Washington in the eighth conference game of the year. Oregon’s only losses when reaching 100+ points were against Arizona, 119-112 on Jan. 16, 2010, and on Friday night at Washington, 108-100.
PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGS
Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 93.4 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (73.0 percent), rebounds (50.3 per game) and steals (10.68 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.43 per game) plus offensive rebounds (20.39)
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.
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. That does not take into account the numerous times teams have rushed to beat the clock and turned the ball over in the process.
WESTHEAD’S HOME RECORD
Oregon is 48-38 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 12-5 at Matthew Knight Arena this season overall and 4-4 in Pac-12 play.
Oregon is 1-10 in televised games this season. The Ducks won, 101-85, over Washington in a Pac-12 Networks game on Jan. 26. However, the Ducks are 1-9 on the Pac-12 Networks this year and lost, 114-68, at No. 1 ranked UConn in a SNY and ESPN3.com broadcasted game. The Ducks have just one more TV games on the schedule - the regular-season finale against Arizona on March 2. Oregon is 13-3 in non-televised games this year.
SEVEN-GAME WINNING STREAK
After winning just four games last year, the Ducks posted a seven game winning streak, running from Nov. 25 against Pepperdine to Dec. 29 against Cal State Bakersfield. No. 4 ranked Stanford snapped the streak on Jan. 3. It was Oregon’s longest winning streak under head coach Paul Westhead. The previous best under Westhead was when the Ducks opened the 2011-12 campaign with six straight wins. The seven game winning streak was the longest since the Ducks won seven straight during the 2005-06 season.
MATCHING LAST YEAR’S WIN TOTAL
Oregon has already eclipsed its win total from last year’s tough 4-27 campaign. The Ducks took 98 days to reach four wins last year and just 22 days this season.
ALLEYNE BREAKS OREGON REBOUNDS RECORDS
When Jillian Alleyne grabbed a rebound on the first missed shot of the game on Feb. 17 versus UCLA, Alleyne broke the program’s single-season rebounds record. Bev Smith held the school’s total rebounds record with 376, set during the 1980-81 season. The Pac-12 record is 466, set last season by Chiney Ogwumike, and Alleyne needs 27 more boards to match it. Courtney Paris holds the NCAA record with a whopping 539 rebounds during her freshman season in 2005-06.
ALLEYNE TIES PROGRAM 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 on Jan. 26 against Washington.
ROWE BREAKS SCHOOL SCORING RECORD
Freshman Chrishae Rowe snapped the school’s single-game scoring record with 41 points in Oregon’s 105-100 win at Seattle U on Dec. 4. In just her seventh collegiate game, Rowe tallied 41 points on 14-of-25 shooting, including 6-of-8 behind the three-point line. She also went 7-of-9 at the free throw line. Her final five points were the most important, as they were part of the Ducks’ 10-2 run that broke a 90-90 tie with 5:15 remaining. Rowe entered the game ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 and No. 15 in the nation, averaging 22.7 points per game.