Oregon Hits the Road to Face Illinois Wednesday
Release Date: 12/11/2012
The Ducks are 2-0 all-time against Illinois. Oregon won the most recent meeting, 77-74, played last year in Eugene. The Ducks and the Illini have never played in Champaign. Oregon is coming off a 77-73 home loss to Nevada, while Illinois posted a 73-65 win over Memphis this past Sunday.
OREGON-ILLINOIS 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
• BTN.com: Live video stream (for a fee)
• 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.
The Ducks return home to face Fresno State on Sunday, Dec. 16 with tip-time scheduled for 1 p.m.
OREGON ADDS A PAIR OF WALK-ONS
Head coach Paul Westhead recently added two walk-ons, Katie Gruys and Chloe Stiles, to boost the roster numbers after the team has been plagued with injuries to start the 2012-13 season. Gruys is a 6-0 guard from Annandale, Minn., who is a thrower on the Oregon track and field team. Stiles is a 5-8 guard from Eugene’s Sheldon High School. Both are freshmen eligibility wise.
OREGON FROSH LEADS THE NATION IN REBOUNDING
Jillian Alleyne, a freshman from Fontana, Calif., leads the nation in rebounds (15.3 rpg) according the NCAA stats report issued on Dec. 10.
Texas’ Nneka Enemkpali and High Point center Cheyenne Parker are tied for second (13.7 rpg) over a full rebound behind Alleyne.
Alleyne is one of just two freshmen who rank in the top 40 nationally, joined by Oakland’s Olivia Nash who is grabbing 10.1 rebounds per night.
Alleyne has a pair of 20-plus rebound efforts through the first six games of the season. She came off the bench to grab a game-high 23 boards, eight of the offensive variety, in 32 minutes of action against No. 13 Oklahoma. She grabbed a school and Pac-12 record 27 boards against Portland State on Nov. 15.
The NCAA record for season rebounding average by a freshman is 15.5 rpg (1985 – Valorie Whiteside, Appalachian State).
DUCKS PLAYING SHORTHANDED IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Oregon is now limited to a eight-player rotation and is playing without as many as five players who have starting experience as they reach the midway point of the non-conference schedule.
Amanda Delgado is the latest Oregon player to be sidelined by an injury. The sophomore from Las Vegas, Nev., was having a breakout campaign averaging 12.7 points per game and leading the team with 17 made 3-pointers. She recently was named to the all-tournament squad after averaging 18.5 points per game Nov. 23-25 at the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu. She is listed as day-to-day.
Laura Stanulis and Lexi Petersen have been ruled out for the rest of the season due to injury. They were two of UO’s top five scorers prior to getting hurt. Stanulis also led the team in assists (33) at the time of her injury. Petersen played in just one game this year, but she averaged a team-leading 17.5 points per game on UO’s preseason foreign tour to Spain.
Injuries have also sidelined key returner Deanna Weaver as well as redshirt freshman Janitah Iamaleava who has yet to play a game in a UO uniform. Weaver ranked fifth (6.7 ppg) in scoring on the 2011-12 team, the second-best average for Ducks returning in 2012-13. Weaver also ranked second on the team in 3-point percentage (24-of-66, .364) for players who had 15 or more attempts. Iamaleava is scheduled to make her return some time this season.
Three-sport standout Liz Brenner (volleyball/women’s basketball/softball), a sophomore who played in 21 games and started eight contests for UO a year ago, is still competing with the Ducks’ volleyball team and isn’t yet available for basketball competition.
Oregon is also without the services of Katelyn Loper who transferred to UO this summer and is not eligible for competition until the 2013-14 season.
OREGON TO PLAY FIVE GAMES IN THIRTEEN DAYS
The Ducks, who opened the regular season on Nov. 11 against Saint Mary’s, played their first six games over a 22 day period (Nov. 11 through Dec. 2).
Oregon now faces the busiest portion of the 2012-13 schedule as the Ducks are in the midst of playing five games over a 13-day period. Two of those games will be played on the road.
After opening the stretch this past Sunday against Nevada, the Ducks will continue against Big 10 foe Illinois on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Oregon, which has a 2-0 lead in the all-time series, has never played the Illini in Champaign.
The Ducks will then head back to Eugene where they will host a pair of games with Fresno State on Sunday, Dec. 16 before battling Samford on Monday, Dec. 18.
Oregon finishes this stretch in the schedule with a road contest against Portland on Thursday, Dec. 21.
ALLEYNE BREAKS PAC-12 REBOUNDING RECORD
Jillian Alleyne broke the school and Pac-12 Conference 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 in a game 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).
On the 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.
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.
THE DUCKS’ PRESEASON FOREIGN TOUR TO SPAIN
Oregon went 4-0 on its 2012 Spanish Foreign Tour which took place Aug. 24-Sept. 2. UO 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). UO also played games at the Torneig de Basquet Unnim tournament played just north of Barcelona, recording 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.