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Ducks Play Host to Samford on Tuesday Night
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 12/17/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon women’s basketball team (1-8) will host Samford (5-3, 2-0 SoCon) this Tuesday with tip-time scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. It marks the first meeting between the two schools in women’s basketball.

Tickets ($6-$12) are available online at goducks.com, in-person at the Moshofsky Center Ticket Office (M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) or over the phone at 1-800-WEBFOOT. Tickets are also available at the Matthew Knight Arena Box Office (M-F, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) on game days. Group rates ($3 per ticket) are available for purchases of 10 or more.


The game will also feature a Holiday Canned Food Drive ticket promotion where fans who bring a canned food donation can buy general admission tickets for $3.

Tuesday’s pregame “Chalk Talk” will be conducted by UO assistant coach Shandrika Lee, who will break down coaches’ video and give a brief scouting report on Fresno State. Chalk Talk is open to all Duck fans attending the game and it begins approximately 50 minutes prior to tip-off.

OREGON-SAMFORD 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.

UP NEXT FOR THE DUCKS
Oregon will play a road game against Portland on Friday, Dec. 21 prior to taking a short break for the holidays. UO resumes play on Dec. 31 against Connecticut.

OREGON FROSH LEADS THE NATION IN REBOUNDING
Jillian Alleyne, a freshman from Fontana, Calif., leads the nation in rebounds (14.6 rpg) according to the NCAA stats report issued on Dec. 17. High Point center Cheyenne Parker currently ranks second (14.4 rpg). Alleyne is the only freshmen to rank in the top 30 nationally.

In addition, Alleyne has the top three single-game rebounding efforts of any Pac-12 Conference player this season (27, 23, 18).

She grabbed 18 rebounds in Oregon’s recent road loss to Illinois. Alleyne 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).

UO’S BLOCKED SHOTS AVERAGE RANKS AMONGST NATIONS LEADERS
The Ducks are ninth in the nation and rank atop the Pac-12 Conference for blocks per game (6.2). Megan Carpenter ranks second in the league and 42nd nationally with a 2.1 blocks per game average. Jillian Alleyne is tied for fourth in the Pac-12 and is 57th nationally at 1.9 blocks per game.

DUCKS RANK ATOP PAC-12 IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
The Ducks have the best team free throw percentage in the Pac-12 Conference (74.6 percent, 103-of-138). That free throw percentage also ranks 38th nationally. Leading the way for UO is Danielle Love, who is tied for first in the conference (90.9%, 19-of-21). Love would rank tied for 18th nationally but she does not meet the minimum requirements to be eligible for the rankings (2.5 free throws made per game).

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 Maple Lake, Minn., while Stiles is a 5-8 guard from Eugene’s Sheldon High School. Both are freshmen eligibility wise.

DUCKS PLAYING SHORTHANDED IN NON-CONFERENCE PLAY
Oregon is now limited to a nine-player rotation and is playing without as many as five players who have starting experience as they close out the non-conference portion of the 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 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, who just wrapped up her season 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.

ALLEYNE BREAKS PAC-12 SINGLE-GAME REBOUNDING MARK
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).

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.

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
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.

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