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Notes: Women's Basketball Plays Cal Poly Friday
Release Date: 12/19/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will look to continue its five-game winning streak on Friday night against Cal Poly.

The Ducks (7-2) will meet the Mustangs (6-5) at 7 p.m. on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena.

It will be "Ugly Sweater Night" as all fans who sport their best ugly holiday sweaters will receive $5 general admission tickets.

Cal Poly Series Record: Oregon leads, 1-0 (1-0 at home)
Last Meeting: W, 102-93 (Nov. 13, 2011 in Eugene, Ore.)
Notable: Oregon nearly broke its own Pac-12 scoring record on Wednesday night in a 130-90 victory over visiting Southern. The Ducks set the league mark in the season-opener, with 131 points against Bakersfield. Jillian Alleyne shined on Wednesday, with game-highs in both scoring (29) and rebounds (18). Ariel Thomas had a career-high 10 assists.

Last Game: Dec. 18 at Portland (L, 83-76)
Head Coach: Faith Mimnaugh (17th Season)
Notable: Cal Poly saw its four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday night with a loss at Portland. The Mustangs had defeated Akron, San Francisco, Bakersfield and Pepperdine in their previous four contests. Molly Schlemer is averaging a double-double, leading the team in both scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.9 rpg).

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 or satellite operator. Live stats and audio are available at Fans can listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and on TuneIn Radio.

There are a bunch of Pac-12 match-ups this weeken in addition to Oregon’s game against Cal Poly on Friday night. Colorado heads to No. 7 Louisville on Saturday afternoon before Arizona State hosts Miami. The two premier games of the week are No. 3 Tennessee visiting No. 6 Stanford for a Pac-12 Networks game on Saturday and No. 1 UConn meeting Cal on Sunday in New York City in an ESPN televised game.

After winning just four games last year, the Ducks are on a five game winning streak. It is Oregon’s longest winning streak since they opened the 2011-12 campaign with six straight wins, which included a season-opening, 102-93, victory over Cal Poly. That six game win streak is the longest by the Ducks in 4+ seasons under head coach Paul Westhead.

Oregon entered the week second in the NCAA in scoring at 101 points per game and second in made three-pointers per game at 11.4. The Ducks, who were behind Baylor before Wednesday’s 130-point performance against Southern, now lead the nation at 104.2 points per game. Oregon has reached 100+ points six times through the first nine games this season and four straight games. 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 win against Baylor, which was the highest combined score in NCAA women’s basketball history) 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 output against Bakersfield. Oregon is second in made threes behind only Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17. The Ducks and Hornets combined to attempt an NCAA record 86 threes. Oregon would have tied the NCAA record with 52 three-point attempts against Southern, but Sacramento State took 55 on Dec. 14 against UC Irvine.

Heading into the week, Oregon and Iona were the only programs in the nation to boast both a top-10 scorer and a top-10 rebounder in the NCAA rankings. Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe ranked seventh in the nation, averaging 25.1 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne was sixth in the NCAA in rebounding, averaging 13 per game. Rowe is now averaging 23.9 points per game while Alleyne upped her rebounding average to 13.6. Iona’s Damika Martinez is third in the nation in scoring (26.7 ppg) while Joy Adams is seventh in rebounds (12.9 rpg).

Redshirt junior transfer Katelyn Loper is tied for the NCAA lead, averaging 4.0 made three-pointers per game. Loper, a transfer from Hofstra who sat out last season, is tied with Brown’s Sophie Bikofsky. Loper started off her Oregon career with a bang, matching Taylor Lilley’s school record with nine threes in the Ducks’ season-opening win over Bakersfield on Nov. 9. Loper leads the Pac-12 in total three-pointers made and is 10th in the league in scoring at 17.1 points per game.

While Oregon is joined by Iona as the only teams with a top-10 scorer and top-10 rebounder, the Ducks are the lone team in the nation to boast a top-10 rebounder and a top-10 three-point shooter. Jillian Alleyne, who entered the week ranked sixth in the NCAA with 13 rebounds per game, is joined by Katelyn Loper, who leads the nation, averaging 4.0 made three-pointers per game.  Alleyne is now averaging 13.6 rebounds per game after grabbing 18 against Southern while Loper hit her average with four threes on Wednesday night.

Ariel Thomas made and attempted just one basket - a first half three-pointer - against Southern on Wednesday night, but the point guard was focused on distributing against the Jaguars. Thomas set a new career-best with 10 assists versus Southern. She now ranks fifth in the Pac-12, averaging 4.44 assists per game.

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 82.4 percent, an improvement of 25.6 percent.

Oregon has done quite well limiting the long ball this season. Opponents are shooting just 25.4 percent from three-point range against the Ducks, the second best mark in the Pac-12 and 10th best in the NCAA. Oregon limited No. 1 UConn to just 23.5 percent shooting from downtown.

Oregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 104.2 points per game, but the Ducks boast the top team free throw percentage (76.2 percent), rebounding offense (54.6 rpg) and turnover margin (+5.22) in the conference. The Ducks also lead the league in steals (12.11 per game), offensive rebounds (23.56 rpg) and made three-pointers (11.89) per game. Oregon is third in three-point percentage defense (25.4 percent), third in rebounding margin (+9.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.24).

Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 23.9 ppg), Jillian Alleyne (4th - 20.3 ppg) and Katelyn Loper (10th - 17.1 ppg) rank in the top-10 in scoring in the Pac-12 this season. Alleyne is also dominating on the glass as well, averaging a Pac-12-best 13.6 rebounds per game. Loper and Rowe have gotten it done behind the three-point line, as Loper leads the Pac-12 with 36 three-pointers (4.0 per game) and Rowe is second with 28 threes (3.11 per game). Rowe is tied for the Pac-12 lead in steals (2.89 per game). Alleyne moved up to third in the Pac-12 in blocked shots (1.33 per game) after recording three on Wednesday night against Southern. The Ducks also boast three of the top-10 free throw shooters in the conference. Loper and Thomas are tied for seventh (83.3 percent) and Alleyne is 10th (82.4 percent). Thomas also leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.08) with 40 assists and just 13 turnovers.

Jillian Alleyne recorded her 19th career double-double and seventh this season as the Ducks routed Southern, 130-90, on Wednesday night at Matthew Knight Arena. Alleyne scored 29 points to go with 18 rebounds while also grabbing a career-high six steals. Ariel Thomas dished out a career-high 10 assists while Danielle Love tied her career-high with four three-pointers en route to a season-high 19 points. Liz Brenner made her return to the basketball floor on Wednesday as well, showing little rust after the conclusion of volleyball season. The junior forward was a perfect 2-for-2 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Overall the Ducks shot 36-of-45 at the free throw line (80 percent).

In the two schools’ first meeting and only meeting, Oregon defeated Cal Poly, 102-93 in the 2011-12 season opener on Nov. 13. Jasmin Holliday led the Ducks with 24 points while Amanda Johnson posted a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. As for players still on the roster who suited up that day, Danielle Love started and scored eight points while Laura Stanulis scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Megan Carpenter also came off the bench to grab seven rebounds while Lexi Petersen scored six points on 3-of-4 shooting. Amanda Delgado and Chynna Miley also got into the game. Cal Poly guard Jonae Ervin, now a senior for the Mustangs, started and scored a game-high 33 points on 11-of-13 shooting, including a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point range. Cal Poly’s current leading scorer, Molly Schlemer, grabbed two rebounds in four minutes off the bench but did not score.

Jillian Alleyne posted her 19th career double-double and seventh of the season against Southern on Dec. 18. She has a double-double in five straight games and Oregon is a perfect 7-0 this season with Alleyne gets a double-double. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year as a freshman with 12 double-doubles as she was selected Pac-12 Freshman of the Year by the media.

Through nine games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is a +59 (192 points for, 133 points against) in a little over 65 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Katelyn Loper leads the team with a +135 while Jillian Alleyne is second at +121 and Danielle Love is third at +104.

Oregon moved up nine spots in the Sagarin RPI, to 65, after the win over Southern. The Ducks are higher, 41st, in the RealTime RPI, but dropped four spots after the 40-point win. The Ducks are sixth in the Pac-12, according to Sagarin, and their RealTime ranking also puts them sixth in the league. The NCAA’s RPI has not yet been calculated.

Oregon shot better than 40 percent from the floor just five times last year and won two of those games (Fresno State & Samford). This season, however, Oregon is 5-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field. The Ducks shot 42.6 percent in the season-opener against CSU Bakersfield, hitting 43 of their whopping 101 field goal attempts. They followed up that performance by shooting 46.1 percent against Portland (35-of-76). Oregon then shot 45.6 percent (36-of-79) in a win over Princeton. Oregon hit on 46.3 percent (19-of-41) of thier shots in a 105-100 win at Seattle U on Dec. 4 and knocked down 43.2 percent of their field goals (41-of-95) last week versus Portland State. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine and Southern when shooting less than 40 percent. The Ducks shot 33.7 percent in a loss to Sacramento State and 30.7 percent at No. 1 UConn.

Oregon is 41-11 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 7-1 when reaching the 80-point mark.  Only No. 1 ranked UConn has held the Ducks under 80 points this season. Oregon scored 68 in Hartford, Conn., against the Huskies.

Oregon has reached 100+ points six times already this season. The Ducks scored a Pac-12 record 131 points in their season-opening win over CSU Bakersfield and 113 points in a victory versus Portland. Most recently, the Ducks have scored 100+ points in four straight games, including 130 on Wednesday night in a 40-point win over Southern. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 13 times, winning all but one of those games (12-1).

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 three 10-second backcourt violations, with one against Portland on Nov. 12, one versus Sacramento State on Nov. 17 and one against Portland State on Dec. 14.

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