EUGENE, Ore. - Some major milestones could be reached on Monday night when the Oregon women's basketball team hosts Washington in the second round of the WNIT.
WNIT History: This is UO’s sixth trip to the WNIT (14-3)
WNIT Championships: 1989, 2002
UW Series Record: Oregon trails, 47-44 (27-14 at home)
Last Meeting: L, 108-100 (Feb. 21, 2014 in Seattle)
Notable: The Ducks are the top scoring team in the nation at 93.4 points per game. Individually, Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounds (15.9) and double-doubles (28). With 494 boards, Alleyne is close to becoming the fourth player in NCAA history to reach 500+ rebounds in a single-season. Her 28 double-doubles is tied for the Pac-12 record. Chrishae Rowe needs 20 more points to match the Oregon single-season scoring record of 693 points. Alleyne needs 26 more.
Record: 18-13 (10-8 Pac-12)
Last Game: W, 67-50 vs. Hawai’i (WNIT First Round)
Head Coach: Mike Neighbors (First Season)
Notable: Washington defeated Hawai’i, 67-50, in the first round of the WNIT in Seattle. Because UW is hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Hec Ed, the Huskies had to hit the road in the second round of the WNIT. Oregon and UW split in the regular season, with the Ducks winning, 101-85, in Eugene and the Huskies winning, 108-100, in Seattle. While Rowe and Alleyne are within reach of the UO single-season scoring record, Kelsey Plum (649) needs just 12 more points to tie the UW record (661).
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. Fans can listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and on TuneIn Radio (mobile app and online).
Selection – Monday, March 17, Round 1 – March 19-21,
Round 2 – March 22-25, Round 3 – March 26-28,
Round 4 – March 29-31, Semifinals – April 2-3,
Championship – Sat., April 5, 6 p.m. PT
Oregon has gone to the WNIT (or NWIT) five times in program history - 1979, 1989, 2002, 2007 and 2010 - with a 13-3 record and two titles. In 1979, Oregon fell in the consolation bracket after going 3-1 in the tournament. UO defeated Minnesota (85-74), lost to Stephen F. Austin (76-53), beat Colorado (74-67) and lost to USC (67-64). Oregon went 3-0 to win the NWIT in 1989 (hosted in Amarillo, Texas), defeating DePaul (82-77) in the quarterfinals, Toldeo (93-63) in the semifinals and San Diego State (67-64) in the title game. 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 Wash. in the first round (95-66) and New Mexico in the second round (93-67) before losing to California in the quarterfinals (71-57).
DUCKS RUN AWAY FROM TIGERS IN FIRST ROUND
Thursday’s first round game of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament was a game of runs, and the Oregon women’s basketball team did just that at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks used a 22-0 run in the first half and then used a 31-8 run in the second half to cruise past Pacific, 90-63, and advance to the second round of the WNIT. The Ducks improved to 14-3 all-time at the WNIT and 3-1 under head coach Paul Westhead. Ariel Thomas and Katelyn Loper paced Oregon with 20 points each while freshman standout Chrishae Rowe scored 16 points. Lexi Petersen and Jillian Alleyne each chipped in with 14 points. The five players combined for 84 of Oregon’s 90 points. Alleyne also recorded her 28th double-double of the season after the sophomore pulled down a game-high 18 rebounds.
ALLEYNE NEARS 500 REBOUNDS
With 494 rebounds entering the game, Jillian Alleyne has a chance to be just the fifth player in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach 500 rebounds in a single-season. Alleyne’s 494 boards currently ranks eighth in NCAA history. Courtney Paris holds the NCAA record with 539 rebounds during the 2005-06 season. Paris reached 500+ boards three times, while Drake’s Wanda Ford did it twice in the 1980s. Alleyne has exactly 100 more boards than Chiney Ogwumike, who has the second most in the Pac-12.
ALLEYNE PAC-12 SINGLE-SEASON REBS RECORD
In the first half against Washington State in the Pac-12 Tournament on March 6, Jillian Alleyne eclipsed Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike’s single-season Pac-12 record of 466 rebounds, set last season. Alleyne has 494 now this year, averaging an NCAA-leading 15.9 per game, which, if the season ended today, would also break the Pac-12 record of 13.8, set by UCLA’s Natalie Williams in 1991-92. Alleyne has grabbed 20+ rebounds in six games this year, with a season-high 25 coming against Washington on Jan. 26. Alleyne ended the regular season with 16 boards in wins against both Arizona State and Arizona and 21 against WSU in a loss in the conference tournament.
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.
ALLEYNE TIES PAC-12 DOUBLE-DOUBLES RECORD
With her 28th double-double of the season on Thursday against Pacific in the first round of the WNIT, Jillian Alleyne tied Chiney Ogwumike’s single-season Pac-12 double-doubles record of 28, set last season. Alleyne has a double-double in 28 of 31 games this season. Her 28 double-doubles this year is the eighth most in single-season NCAA history.
ALLEYNE BREAKS UO DOUBLE-DOUBLES 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 39 career double-doubles (27 this year, 12 last season as a freshman), behind Debbie Sporcich’s 40.
ALLEYNE’S 18-STRAIGHT DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Jillian Alleyne’s 18 straight double-doubles earlier this season (from Nov. 25 vs. Pepperdine through Feb. 8 vs. Utah) is tied for the fourth longest streak in NCAA history. Alleyne tied USC star Cheryl Miller’s streak of 18, set during the 1984-85 season. Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris holds the record, with a whopping 112 straight games with a double-double. Robert Morris’ Artemis Spanou posted 24 straight while Old Dominion’s Anne Donovan had 19 straight. Tying Miller means Alleyne’s 18 straight double-doubles is tied for the longest streak in Pac-12 history.
ROWE AND ALLEYNE NEAR UO SCORING RECORD
Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe and Jillian Alleyne rank No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in single-season UO history for total points. Rowe has 673 points this year, the second most in single-season program history, while Alleyne has 667 points, the third most in single-season program history. The Oregon record is 693 points, set by Alison Lang during the 1982-83 season. Rowe needs 20 more points to match the record while Alleyne needs 26 more. The Pac-12 scoring record is 809 points, set by Nnemkadi Ogwumike during the 2011-12 season. Rowe and Alleyne need to reach 685 points to join the conference’s all-time top-10.
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. She has 1025 career points heading into the WNIT.
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 349 points this year for the Ducks. All-in-all, Loper has 1,018 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 LEADS THE NCAA IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne leads the nation in rebounding at 15.9 per game. She has grabbed 10+ rebounds in 28 of 31 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. If the season ended today, her 15.9 rebounds per game average would rank as the 11th best in single-season NCAA history. Alleyne had 16 rebounds at halftime against USC on Feb. 14, besting her NCAA-leading average in the opening 20 minutes alone. Alleyne had 21 rebounds against WSU in the Pac-12 Tournament and grabbed 18 boards against Pacific in the first round of the WNIT.
OREGON LEADS NCAA IN SCORING, COULD SET PAC-12 AND UO RECORD
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 10 times this season. 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 9.45 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 Feb. 28 versus the Sun Devils was against No. 22 ranked California, 62-42, on Feb. 15, 2007 at old McArthur Court. The win was the Ducks’ first over a top-25 team 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 17th 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 673 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 673 points ranks second in single-season program history. The record is 693 points, set by Alison Lang in 1982-83. Rowe needs 20 more points to match the UO record. Jillian Alleyne needs 26 more points to match the record as well.
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 15th in the Pac-12 at 71.8 percent, an improvement of 18 percent.
REBOUNDING AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL
Oregon leads the Pac-12, averaging 50.5 rebounds per game. That number is set to beat both the Oregon and Pac-12 records. 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 12-2 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 50-19 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 16-9 when reaching the 80-point mark.
THE CENTURY MARK
Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 17 times, winning all but three of those games (14-32). Oregon has reached 100+ points 10 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 this season at Washington, 108-100, on Feb. 21 and against Washington State in the Pac-12 Tournament, 107-100.
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 (73.7 percent), rebounds (50.9 per game) and steals (10.3 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (9.45 per game) plus offensive rebounds (20.19)