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Oregon Plays at Utah and No. 21 Colorado
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 02/05/2013
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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon women’s basketball team (3-19, 1-9) will play a pair of road games this week at Utah (11-10, 2-8) and No. 21 Colorado (16-5, 5-5). The Ducks-Utes contest is set for 6 p.m. (PT) on Friday, Feb. 8, while the UO-CU contest is slated for Sunday, Feb. 10 at 12:30 p.m. (PT).

The Ducks lead 10-6 in the all-time series history with Utah. The two schools split the regular-season meetings a year ago with each winning home games. UO is 2-5 against Utah in games played in Salt Lake City. The last time Oregon won a road game against the Utes was back on Dec. 31, 1984 (W, 66-61).

Oregon maintains a 10-3 edge in the series history with Colorado. The Ducks have won the last six meetings with the Buffaloes, including a regular-season sweep a year ago.

OREGON-UTAH LIVE COVERAGE

• TV: None
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; 590 AM - KUGN in Eugene / Springfield; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com:
Live audio (O-Zone for a fee) and live statistics
• Pac-12.com: Live video stream (free)
• Twitter: @OregonWBB for in-game updates, stats, pics, etc.

OREGON-COLORADO LIVE COVERAGE

• TV: None
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; 590 AM - KUGN in Eugene / Springfield; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com:
Live audio (O-Zone for a fee) and live statistics
• Pac-12.com: Live video stream (free)
• Twitter: @OregonWBB for in-game updates, stats, pics, etc.


Complete media information (radio affiliates, TV schedule and information) is located on page 3 of this release.

NEXT UP FOR THE DUCKS
Following road games with Utah and Colorado, UO returns home to play Washington (Feb. 15) and Washington State (Feb. 17). Tip-time for the Ducks-Huskies game is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT), while the UO-WSU game is slated for Sunday at 4 p.m. The following week Oregon returns to the road to face games at Stanford (Feb. 22) and California (Feb. 24).

LAST TIME OUT FOR OREGON

Oregon dropped games to a pair of ranked teams last week, falling on Friday night to No. 4 Stanford before losing Sunday afternoon to No. 6 California.

In the 86-62 loss to the conference-leading Stanford Cardinal, Ariel Thomas led the Ducks with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Jillian Alleyne recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Chiney Ogwumike led the Cardinal with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Joslyn Tinkle (16 points) and Sara James (11 points) also scored in double-figures.

The Ducks shot 28.4 percent from the field (19-of-67) and 23.8 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-21), while the Cardinal shot 44.4 percent (32-of-72) overall and 37 percent on 3-pointers (10-of-27). Oregon out-rebounded Stanford, 48-40. It was the seventh time in eight games that UO grabbed more boards than the opponent. As a result, the Ducks had a 15-10 edge for second-chance points.

In Sunday’s 72-45 loss to the Golden Bears, Devyn Galland scored 11 points to lead the team in scoring for the first time in her career. Alleyne, a fellow freshmen, added nine points and six rebounds for UO. Liz Brenner contributed five points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Cal had four players score in double-figures, led by Talia Caldwell and Gennifer Brandon who both tallied double-double efforts. Caldwell posted 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, while Brandon finished with 14 points and 12 boards.

The Golden Bears did most of their damage in the paint where they out-scored UO, 44-22. Cal also had a 22-10 advantage for points off turnovers, forcing UO into 24 turnovers.

The Ducks were out-rebounded for the first time since their Jan. 4 game against then 16th-ranked UCLA. Cal grabbed 51 boards, including 17 on the offensive end, while UO hauled down 40 rebounds.

ALLEYNE PURSUING UO’S FIRST REBOUNDING TITLE

Jillian Alleyne’s rebounding average (12.5 rpg) ranks atop the Pac-12 Conference and has since the beginning of the season. If her numbers hold up, Alleyne would become the first player in school history to lead the conference in rebounding.

In fact, the only other freshman player to lead the conference on the glass was Arizona’s Shawntinice Polk who pulled down 10.8 rebounds per game in the 2002-03 campaign.

Alleyne has recorded four of the top six single-game rebounding efforts of any Pac-12 player this season (27, 23, 19, 18). She totaled 19 rebounds in UO’s win over Samford, while grabbing 18 rebounds in Oregon’s road loss to Illinois. Alleyne came off the bench to grab a game-high 23 boards, eight of the offensive variety, against No. 13 Oklahoma. She grabbed a school and Pac-12 record 27 boards against Portland State on Nov. 15 (more info on that game listed on page 5).

DUCKS IN THE PAC-12 STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Oregon is second in the Pac-12 Conference for 3-pointers made, while ranking third in both blocked shots and free throws.

UO is averaging 6.0 made 3-pointers per outing and has nailed 131 on the year. Amanda Delgado ranks third in the league with 44 total 3-pointers and 2.6 per game. Delgado is listed at 42nd nationally in the most recent ranking summary produced by the NCAA.

The Ducks have made 70.2 percent of their free throw attempts (273-of-389). Devyn Galland has the best individual percentage of any Pac-12 player at 87.0 percent (60-of-66). UO players would rank No. 1 and No. 2 in that category, but Danielle Love (91.1 percent, 41-of-45) does not have enough attempts to qualify for the league rankings. In the national rankings, Galland’s percentage is 17th while Love would rank 11th if she met the minimum requirements.

Oregon (96 total blocks, 4.4 bpg) is led on the defensive end by Jillian Alleyne (30, 1.4 bpg) and Megan Carpenter (29, 1.3 bpg) who rank fifth and seventh respectively.

ALLEYNE RANKS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne, a freshman from Fontana, Calif., ranks fifth in the nation for rebounding average (12.5 rpg). Artemis Spanou of Robert Morris (14.7 rpg) leads all players nationally, while High Point center Cheyenne Parker (12.9 rpg), Sam Houston State’s Sequeena Thomas (12.8 rpg) and Utah Valley’s Sammie Jensen (12.8) are ahead of Alleyne by the slimmest of margins.

Alleyne (13.7 ppg, 12.5 rpg) is one of 39 NCAA Div. I women’s basketball players who is averaging a double-double. The NCAA record for season rebounding average by a freshman is 15.5 rpg (1985 – Valorie Whiteside, Appalachian State).

DUCKS WITH DOUBLE-DOUBLES

Five Oregon players have recorded a double-double this season. Freshman forward Jillian Alleyne has tallied a team-high eight double-doubles over the course of the year, a number that ranks tied for third amongst Pac-12 players.

Juniors Megan Carpenter and Ariel Thomas and sophomores Liz Brenner and Jordan Loera have also registered a double-double in 2012-13.

On eight different occasions this season, a UO player has been either one point or one rebound shy of reaching a double-double.

DUCKS PLAGUED BY INJURIES AND LATE ARRIVALS

At one point during the non-conference schedule, UO was down to a seven-player rotation and played without as many as five players who had starting experience. Many of those missing players have made their way back to the lineup.

Ariel Thomas returned to action against Nevada on Dec. 9 and has made an immediate impact. She’s averaging 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in those 15 games, a starter in 13 of those contests. Thomas missed the Cal game this past Sunday with a head injury.

Four-sport standout Liz Brenner (VB/WBB/SB/T&F), who played in 21 games and started eight contests for UO a year ago, is now full-time with the basketball team. Brenner has played in 11 games - a starter in the last nine - and is averaging 7.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per outing.

Amanda Delgado missed six non-league games due to an injury. The sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., returned to the lineup Dec. 31 against Connecticut. Delgado is the team’s third-leading scorer on the year at 10.1 points per game. She was having a break-out season prior to her injury, averaging 12.7 points per outing through the first six games, a starter in five of those contests. Delgado earned all-tourney team recognition after averaging 18.5 points per game at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.

Janitah Iamaleava has seen limited time in nine of UO’s last 11 games since making her debut Dec. 31 against UConn. Iamaleava had career-highs with six points and four rebounds at Washington.

Laura Stanulis and Lexi Petersen, who entered the year as the team’s starter and back-up at the point guard position, have been ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury. Stanulis also led the team in assists (33) at the time of her injury. Petersen, who played in just one game, averaged a team-high 17.5 points per game on UO’s preseason foreign tour to Spain.

ALLEYNE BREAKS PAC-12 SINGLE-GAME REBOUNDING MARK

Jillian Alleyne broke the school and Pac-12 rebounding record in UO’s double-overtime home loss to Portland State. In the same game, just her second as a collegiate player, Alleyne also matched the school record for points with 38.

The 27 rebounds bettered the previous Pac-12 mark set nearly 20 years ago by UCLA’s Natalie Williams in 1994. Alleyne’s rebounding total is the 24th-highest single-game total in NCAA history (since 1982). Alleyne’s mark also took down UO’s 34-year-old mark that had stood since 1978.

Alleyne scored 30 of her 38 points, and grabbed 21 of her 27 rebounds in the second half and the two overtime periods. In fact, Alleyne amassed a double-double in the two overtime periods alone (10 points and 10 rebounds). For that game, Alleyne went 13-of-24 on field goals and made 12-of-19 free throw attempts. She also contributed team-bests with four steals and three blocks.

UPCOMING HOME GAME PROMOTIONS SCHEDULE
The following are a list of promotions for upcoming games.

vs. Washington - Friday, Feb. 15
This game is the Ducks’ Pac-the-house Challenge as well as part of Pink Weekend. Fans who wear pink can buy $5 general admission tickets. Also, Faculty and Chamber of Commerce members can buy general admission tickets for $5. The UW game marks the final double-point day of the season for students. The first 300 fans at Matt Arena will receive a coffee mug, while 3,000 trading cards will also be distributed.

vs. Washington State - Sunday, Feb. 17

The game is a continuation of Pink Weekend. It is also National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Fans are asked to join UO women’s sports teams in celebrating at the Fan Fair which will occur in the practice courts before the game. The ticket promotion for the game allows youth 12 and under admission for just $3. Additionally, those who wear KIDSPORTS / YMCA shirts are eligible to buy $1 general admission tickets.

vs. Colorado - Friday, March 1

Fans who wear yellow are eligible to buy $5 general admission tickets. Fans that show their BI-MART, Carl’s Jr., and/or Oregon Community Credit Union cards can also receive $5 off the price of a reserved ticket.

vs. Utah - Sunday, March 3
Senior Day. Come support your senior Ducks in the final home game. Senior citizens are eligible to buy $5 general admission tickets.

UO INKS TWO PLAYERS DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
Head coach Paul Westhead announced that Chrishae Rowe and Drea Toler have signed National Letters of Intent to play basketball at the University of Oregon. Rowe and Toler will join the Ducks for competition beginning in the 2013-14 season.

“Chrishae and Drea are players who will complement the personnel we already have in place,” Westhead said. “These two are outstanding young ladies who will not only fit in with our team, but will be good fits in the community.”

Rowe, from Riverside, Calif., ranks among the top 20 players nationally at the shooting guard position. In addition, she is ranked as one of the top 10 seniors in California. The four-star prospect ranks No. 67 in ESPN’s HoopGurlz.com top 100 national recruiting rankings.

“Having the opportunity to play in one of the best conferences in the country, while getting a degree in one of the top sports business programs, was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Rowe said about deciding on UO.

The 5-foot-8 guard produced big numbers in her junior season averaging 19.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She led Santiago High School to the sectional semifinals a year ago. Rowe was named regional player of the year and made the Los Angeles Times all-star team for her play in 2011-12.

“Another big thing for me was how comfortable I was on my actual visit,” Rowe added. “Everyone from the team to the managers and coaching staff are so supportive and close to each other. Coming from a big family, that’s something that’s very important to me.”

Toler, from Gardena, Calif., is playing her senior season at Serra High School. As a junior, she averaged 9.4 points, 4.5 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 steals per game in leading SHS to a 30-4 record. Serra advanced to the state semifinals in 2011-12.

“I liked how close everyone was on my visit,” Toler said on choosing Oregon. “I saw a family bond. I felt a part of the Duck family. And from spending time with the coaching staff and players, I know they’re going to take care of me.”

The point guard who is known for her speed, also referenced Westhead’s style as reason for signing with Oregon. “I like to play fast and Oregon’s style is to play fast. We both want to get that ball up the court as fast as possible to get that easy bucket.”

Toler played for the Cal Sparks AAU basketball club, a program that current UO freshman Janitah Iamaleava played for as well.

INTERNET COVERAGE FOR OREGON WOMEN'S HOOPS

Live audio, video for all non-televised home games or Pac-12 road games will be streamed online with links available at goducks.com (pac-12.com/live/goducks.aspx). All web streaming will be in conjunction with Pac-12 live stream.

In addition, UO basketball representatives will make periodic appearances throughout the season on Ducks Insider, a daily sports webcast (hosted by Jerry Allen and Jill Savage, 1-3 pm) that features interviews with coaches and student-athletes.

The Ducks are on Facebook. Follow @OregonWBB on Twitter for behind the scenes perspective by the staff and players.

DUCKS UNDEFEATED ON PRESEASON FOREIGN TOUR
The Ducks went 4-0 on their 2012 Spanish Foreign Tour which took place Aug. 24-Sept. 2. The Ducks played games against professional clubs from Madrid, Girona and Barcelona.

Oregon defeated a professional team from Madrid, Estudiantes, in back-to-back games to open the trip (Game 1 - W, 94-67; Game 2 - W, 84-61).

From there, the Ducks played a pair of games as part of the Torneig de Basquet Unnim tournament played at the Pavello Esportiu Municipal located approximately an hour north of Barcelona. UO recorded a 103-62 win over Uni Girona and a 70-52 win over Santa Rosa de Lima.

Sophomore Lexi Petersen averaged a team-high 17.5 points per contest on the trip, one of four Ducks to average double-figures in scoring. Freshman Jillian Alleyne (14.5 ppg, 10.8 rpg) and sophomore Megan Carpenter (13.8 ppg, 10.3 rpg) each averaged double-doubles for UO. Sophomore Amanda Delgado averaged 15.0 points per outing.

MILEY RECOGNIZED FOR PHILANTHROPY OFF THE COURT
Junior Chynna Miley (WBB) was the named the top individual O Heroes for 2011-12. Miley, from Atlanta, Ga., earned 2,325 individual Duck Cup points for her service during the 2011-12 year. Miley participated in nearly every O Heroes event, while also serving as both a member of UO’s Black Student Union and the women’s basketball team representative for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

O Heroes is a philanthropic organization -- run by student-athletes -- which positively impacts Oregon, most specifically the Eugene/Springfield community. UO’s student-athletes are viewed as role models. UO Athletics is fortunate to have these young individuals not only participating in varsity athletics, but also volunteering their time in the community.

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes’ lives on NCAA member institutions campuses. SAAC has representatives from each team and meets bi-monthly.

SAAC intends to promote effective communication between the student-athlete population as a whole, student-athletes as individuals, and the athletic department administration. SAAC will also provide student-athletes the opportunity to communicate with administration on local and national issues affecting student-athletes, while allowing student-athletes with the opportunity to provide suggestions and feedback on programs that serve student-athlete needs.

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