EUGENE, Ore. - The No. 10 seed Oregon women's basketball team heads to the Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle, Wash., this week, with No. 7 seed Washington State waiting in the first round.
All-Time Pac-12 Tournament Record: 4-12 (Last win was vs. WSU in 2007-08)
Last Year at the Pac-12 Tournament: First round loss to Washington, 69-62
Did You Know?: The first Pac-12 Tournament was at McArthur Court in Eugene
Notable: The Ducks enter the Pac-12 Tournament on a two-game winning streak after sweeping the Arizona schools at home. Oregon knocked off then-No. 20 ranked Arizona State, 98-90, on Friday and Arizona, 90-78, on Sunday. Those two wins snapped a five-game losing streak for the Ducks, the last of which was a 108-88 stumble to Washington State in Pullman. Jillian Alleyne currently leads the nation in both rebounding (15.7 rpg) and double-doubles (26) while Chrishae Rowe is the top scoring freshman in the nation (21.7 ppg) and ranks 18th overall. UO collectively leads the nation in scoring at 93.3 points per game. The Ducks have paced the NCAA in scoring for the last 10 weeks and have been ranked no lower than No. 2 this year.
TV AND RADIO BROADCAST INFO
All games in the first three rounds at the Pac-12 Tournament can be watched on Pac-12 Networks, with the championship game broadcast on ESPN. Duck fans can listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and on TuneIn Radio (app and online).
OREGON’S PAC-12 TOURNAMENT HISTORY
- Oregon is 4-12 all-time at the Pac-12 Tournament
- The Ducks have lost four straight in the Pac-12 Tournament and have never won a conference tournament game under head coach Paul Westhead.
- In four Pac-12 Tournament games under Westhead, the Ducks have lost by an average of seven points. The closest was a 90-89 loss to Arizona in 2010-11. Ariel Thomas had a career-high 29 points in the game.
- Oregon’s last win in the Pac-12 Tournament came in 2007-08, when the Ducks beat Washington State, 66-45, in the first round in San Jose, Calif. The Ducks lost in the second round that year to California, 67-60. Oregon meets WSU in the first round this year and potentially Cal in the second round.
- All four of Oregon’s Pac-12 Tournament wins have come against the Washington schools. The Ducks have beaten both the Cougars (2008, 2002) and the Huskies (2005, 2002) twice.
- Oregon’s deepest run in the Pac-12 Tournament was in the first version of the women’s tournament, in 2001-02, which was played in Eugene at McArthur Court. The Ducks knocked off Washington State, 85-67, in the first round and Washington, 78-64, in the second round before falling to Arizona State, 64-58.
WHEN PLAYING WASHINGTON STATE
- Oregon is 2-0 against Washington State all-time in the Pac-12 Tournament.
- Of all Pac-12 opponents, Oregon has had the most success against Washington State, boasting 61 wins in the all-time series. Second best is Oregon State, as the Ducks own 59 wins all-time against the rival Beavers.
- Oregon had won four straight in the series with Washington State, before falling 108-88 in Pullman on Feb. 23.
- The Ducks won just two Pac-12 games last season, with both coming against the Cougars.
- Under head coach Paul Westhead, the Ducks are 6-3 against the Cougars since he took over for the 2009-10 season. Three of those six 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.
OREGON ALL-PAC-12 HONORS
After being an honorable mention selection last year as a freshman, Jillian Alleyne has been named All-Pac-12 by the league’s coaches. Alleyne is the fifth player to be named all-Pac-12 under head coach Paul Westhead. Amanda Johnson was picked in 2012, Nia Jackson in 2011 plus Taylor Lilley and Micaela Cocks in 2010. In other honors, Chrishae Rowe was named to the all-freshman team and was an honorable mention all-conference pick. Senior Ariel Thomas was also an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection.
ALLEYNE NEARS PAC-12 REBOUNDS RECORD
Jillian Alleyne needs just 11 more rebounds to tie Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike’s single-season Pac-12 record of 466 rebounds. Alleyne has 455 so far this year, averaging an NCAA-leading 15.7 per game. Alleyne has grabbed 20+ rebounds in five games this year, with a season-high 25 coming against Washington on Jan. 26. Alleyne ended the regular season with 16 boards against both Arizona State and Arizona.
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 (455 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.
ALLEYNE FASTEST DUCK TO 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Sophomore Jillian Alleyne reached 1,000 career points on Feb. 28 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.
THOMAS JOINS 1,000 CAREER POINT CLUB TOO
On a three-pointer in the first half against Arizona on March 2, Ariel Thomas etched her name in the Oregon history books as the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. The senior point guard did it on senior day, with her mother Martha in from Sacramento and in attendance at Matthew Knight Arena.
LOPER ALSO REACHES 1,000 CAREER POINTS
Redshirt junior Katelyn Loper reached the 1,000-point mark in her career with a three-pointer in the second half against Arizona on March 2. 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 336 points this year for the Ducks. All-in-all, Loper has 1,005 career points with a season still to play. Note: Only players to score all 1,000 of thier career points at Oregon are counted in the UO record books.
ALLEYNE BREAKS UO DOUBLE-DOUBLE RECORD
Jillian Alleyne posted her 25th double-double of the season on Feb. 28 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 38 career double-doubles (26 this year, 12 last season as a freshman), behind Debbie Sporcich’s 40.
ALLEYNE LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 15.7 per game. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 26 of 29 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. She had back-to-back 16 rebound games last weekend against Arizona State and Arizona.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING
Oregon continues to lead the NCAA in scoring at 93.3 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 FOURTH IN THE NATION IN MADE THREES
Oregon is third in the nation in made three-pointers, averaging 9.48 per game. Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17, leads the nation at 12.4 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.
DUCKS SNAP TOP-25 LOSING STREAK
Oregon shocked No. 20 ranked Arizona State, 98-90, on Feb. 28 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.
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 21.7 points per game. She ranks 18th 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 averages more points per game, rebounds per game and steals per game than Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Kesley Plum.
ROWE THE TOP SCORING FROSH IN UO HISTORY
With 628 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 72.9 percent, an improvement of 19.1 percent.
REBOUNDING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL
Oregon leads the Pac-12, averaging 50.1 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 owned by Arizona State at 47.8 rebounds per game during the 1990-91 season.
MAGIC NUMBER 40
This season Oregon is 11-2 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 49-19 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 15-9 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 93.3 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (73.3 percent), rebounds (50.1 per game) and steals (10.55 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.48 per game) plus offensive rebounds (20.24)
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.