EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon women’s basketball team (4-26, 2-16) will take a No. 12 seed into this week’s Pac-12 Conference Tournament and face No. 5 seed Washington (19-10, 11-7) on Thursday, March 7. Tip-time is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (PT) at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash.
Washington leads the all-time series history, 45-43, which includes a pair of regular-season wins from this year. The Ducks fell at Washington by a score of 66-53, before losing 97-71 in Eugene. UO and UW met in the opening round of last year’s conference tournament. The Huskies prevailed in that game, 72-56.
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PAC-12 TOURNAMENT TICKET INFORMATION
Pac-12 Tournament tickets can be purchased online at pac-12.com/tickets. Single-game tickets are on sale and start at only $10. All session passes are broken down into two categories: the Reserved All-Session Strip (starting at $100 per strip), and the General Admission All-Session Strip (starting at $50). Also available is a Flex Book ticket option, which is a four-coupon booklet redeemable in any combination for Sessions 1-6, including the championship game. This allows fans to mix and match games for only $32.
OREGON-WASHINGTON LIVE COVERAGE
• TV: Pac-12 Networks (National)
• Radio: Oregon IMG Sports Network; 590 AM - KUGN (Eugene/Springfield); Terry Jonz, play-by-play
• GoDucks.com: Live audio (O-Zone for a fee) and live statistics
• Twitter: @OregonWBB for in-game updates, stats, pics, etc.
ADDITIONAL PAC-12 TOURNEY TV/MEDIA INFO
All 11 tournament games will be televised nationally. The first three days of action will be broadcast by Pac-12 Networks. Sunday’s championship game will air on ESPN2.
Additional tourney coverage will be available on pac-12.com and through the league’s official social media channels (@pac12, @pac12live and Facebook.com).
Complete media information (radio affiliates, TV schedule and information) is located on page 3 of this release.
ALLEYNE NAMED PAC-12 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
A vote from media covering the Pac-12 Conference has tabbed Jillian Alleyne as the league’s Freshman of the Year. Alleyne, from Fontana, Calif., is just the second player in school history to win the award and the first since Shaquala Williams took home the honor in the 1998-99 season.
Alleyne, who was also named to the league’s all-freshman team by the media, averaged team-highs with 13.0 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game this season for the Ducks.
2013 Pac-12 Conference All-Freshman Team (Media)
Player (Position, School)
Jillian Alleyne (F, Oregon)
Lia Galdeira (G, Washington State)
Arielle Roberson (F, Colorado)
Talia Walton (F, Washington)
Jamie Weisner (G, Oregon State)
ALLEYNE, DELGADO MOVING UP SINGLE-SEASON CHARTS
Jillian Alleyne and Amanda Delgado are moving up Oregon’s single-season charts for rebounds and 3-pointers made.
Alleyne has grabbed 355 rebounds in 30 games (11.8 rpg) which is 21 shy of the school record. Bev Smith holds the record of 376 rebounds in 32 games (11.8 rpg) which she set during the 1980-81 season. Alleyne’s current total is the third-best in school history and is 12 rebounds away from moving into second all-time. Smith also ranks second with 367 rebounds which she totaled in 27 games (13.6 rpg) in 1979-80.
Delgado, from Las Vegas, Nev., is tied for seventh (with Chelsea Wagner, 2005-06) all-time for 3-pointers (57) in a single-season at UO. She has cracked the top 10 despite missing six games this season due to a knee injury. Taylor Lilley is the school and Pac-12 record-holder for 3-pointers made in a season (124 in 34 games during 2009-10 campaign).
LOERA IS LATEST TO STEP UP IN AN OREGON WIN
Jordan Loera scored a game- and career-high 21 points in Oregon’s most recent win over Washington State. Loera became the latest player to step up and lead the Ducks to a victory.
In each of UO’s wins, a different player has led the team in scoring: Jillian Alleyne (Fresno State, Dec.16), Danielle Love (Samford, Dec. 18), Amanda Delgado (at Washington State, Jan. 25) and Loera (Washington State, Feb. 17).
Several Ducks have shouldered the scoring load in victory, with four players averaging 12 or more points in those games: Alleyne (16.0 ppg), Ariel Thomas (14.5 ppg), Delgado (14.5 ppg) and Loera (12.3 ppg). In those wins, Loera nearly doubles her season-scoring average which is 6.4 ppg. In UO’s losses this season, Alleyne is the only active player to average double-figures in scoring.
DUCKS IN THE PAC-12 STATISTICAL RANKINGS
Oregon is second in the Pac-12 for 3-pointers made, while ranking third in blocked shots and free throw shooting. UO is averaging 5.6 made 3-pointers per outing and has 169 on the year. Amanda Delgado ranks fifth in the league with 57 made 3-pointers (2.3 per game).
Oregon has 132 blocks (4.4 bpg) this season and is led in that category by Jillian Alleyne (39, 1.3 bpg) who is sixth and Megan Carpenter (34, 1.1 bpg) who ranks ninth among Pac-12 players.
The Ducks have made 69.8 percent from the free throw line (366-of-524). Devyn Galland sits atop the Pac-12 at 87.5 percent (84-of-96). UO players would rank No. 1 and No. 2, but Danielle Love (92.5 percent, 49-of-53) does not have enough made free throws to qualify for the rankings. Galland ranks 16th in the nation, while Love would rank third if she met the minimums.
ALLEYNE PURSUING UO’S FIRST LEAGUE REBOUNDING TITLE
Jillian Alleyne (11.8 rpg) ranks second in the Pac-12 Conference rebound rankings. She was alone at No. 1 in the league rankings for the first 13 weeks of the year before relinquishing the lead to Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike (12.7 rpg).
Alleyne is seeking to become the first player in school history to lead the conference in rebounding. The only other freshman player to lead the conference in rebounding 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 seven 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 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 WITH DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Five Oregon players have recorded a double-double this season. Freshman forward Jillian Alleyne has tallied a team-high 11 double-doubles over the course of the year, a number that ranks 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 nine 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.
After missing the first six games of the season, Ariel Thomas returned to action against Nevada on Dec. 9 and has made an immediate impact. She’s averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 21 games played, a starter in 19 of those contests. Thomas has missed nine total games this season, including Pac-12 games against Cal, Utah and Colorado.
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 19 games - a starter in the last 17 - and is averaging 7.9 points and 6.9 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 8.6 points per game. She was having a break-out season prior to her injury, averaging 12.7 points per outing through UO’s first six games of the year, 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 13 of UO’s last 19 games since making her debut Dec. 31 against UConn. Iamaleava had career-high six points and four rebounds at UW earlier this season.
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.
THOMAS HAS HUGE IMPACT WHEN IN THE OREGON LINEUP
Ariel Thomas has missed nine games, including three conference games against California, Utah and Colorado, and UO is winless this year without her. Thomas is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game when healthy.
In UO’s victories, Thomas has upped her averages to 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 3.3 steals per outing.
The team’s numbers have also received a boost with her in the lineup. Oregon’s rebounding margin has improved from -1.9 to +0.3. The Ducks’ scoring margin bettered by 3.4 points. The overall field goal percentage is up from .331 to .341 and the 3-point percentage has improved from .256 to .263.
Thomas has scored 20 points on two occasions and reached double-figures in 12 of the 21 games she has played. She has led the team in assists 16 times, while leading the team in scoring on seven occasions. The 5-6 guard is also one of just five different Ducks to have led the team in rebounding.
ALLEYNE RANKS AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS IN REBOUNDS
Jillian Alleyne ranks eighth nationally for rebounding average (11.8 rpg) and is the highest ranked freshman in the NCAA this season. Alleyne trails Artemis Spanou of Robert Morris (15.3 rpg), Utah Valley’s Sammie Jensen (14.2 rpg), High Point’s Cheyenne Parker (13.2 rpg), Bryant College’s Naana Ankoma-Mensa (13.0 rpg), Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike (12.7 rpg), Sam Houston State’s Sequeena Thomas (12.7 rpg) and Charlotte’s Jennifer Hailey (11.9 rpg).
Alleyne (13.0 ppg, 11.8 rpg) is one of 39 NCAA Div. I women’s basketball players averaging a double-double. The NCAA record for season rebounding average by a freshman is 15.5 rpg (1985 – Valorie Whiteside, Appalachian State).
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 beginning in the 2013-14 season.
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.
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.
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.
Toler played for the Cal Sparks AAU basketball club, a program that current UO freshman Janitah Iamaleava played for as well.
ALLEYNE BREAKS PAC-12 SINGLE-GAME REBOUNDING MARK IN HISTORIC NIGHT
Jillian Alleyne grabbed 27 rebounds and broke the school and Pac-12 rebounding record in UO’s double-overtime home loss to Portland State. That single-game rebound total is also the most by an NCAA Div. I women’s basketball player this season. 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.
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.
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.
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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