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EUGENE, Ore. -- The University of Oregon women’s basketball team will open its 2012-13 season with an exhibition game against Southern Oregon on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Tip-time is scheduled for 7 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene.
It is the first of two exhibition games for UO, with the other being a Nov. 7 contest against Corban University. Both games will be streamed online through Pac-12 Live Stream.
Tickets ($2-$10) 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.
Head coach Paul Westhead and the Ducks return 10 letterwinners and two starters for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Last year’s squad went 15-16 overall and finished ninth in the Pac-12 with a 7-11 record.
Westhead and the Ducks will need to replace almost half of last year’s scoring production having lost three of their top four scorers to graduation. That trio -- Amanda Johnson, Jasmin Holliday and Nia Jackson -- combined to score 1,107 points a year ago. In addition, Ariel Thomas is expected to miss a good portion of the 2012-13 season due to injury. Thomas was the third leading scorer on last year’s squad (8.9 ppg).
SEASON TICKETS AND MINI PLANS ON SALE
Season tickets and mini plans for the upcoming women’s basketball season are available for purchase online at goducks.com, in person at the Moshofsky Center ticket window or over the phone at 1-800-WEBFOOT.
Season tickets offer up to a 30 percent savings off single-game ticket prices. Adult General Admission: $99. Regular Reserved: $150. Premium Reserved: $188. Child/Senior General Admission: $68. Family Plan General Admission (2 adults and 3 children): $255.
In addition to the season tickets, there are two different mini plans for the upcoming season. The Flex Plan offers a savings of over 16 percent. There are three different Flex Plan options for fans to choose from. Tier 1: Pick one game between Oregon State or Connecticut. Tier 2: Pick any 2 games from the Pac-12 Conference opponents, excluding Oregon State. Tier 3: Pick any 2 games from our non-conference opponents, excluding Connecticut. The Weekend Plan consists of all eight weekend home games and is only $76 which is a savings of over 17 percent (schedule on left hand side).
TEAM CAPTAINS NAMED FOR 2012-13
Paul Westhead named Laura Stanulis and Danielle Love the team’s captains for the upcoming season. Stanulis, from Portland, Ore., is UO’s only senior and will be the team’s pace-setter as the starting point guard. Her 3-point percentage (.429) and assist total (61) are tops for any returning UO player. Love, a forward from Everett, Wash., is one of two Ducks to start all 31 games a year ago. She averaged 29.4 minutes per game which ranked second on last year’s team.
DUCKS A THREAT FROM LONG DISTANCE
Last season, Oregon averaged 7.7 made 3-pointers per game which ranked first in the Pac-12 and ninth nationally. During Paul Westhead’s three years as head coach, UO has proved to be a deadly 3-point shooting team, ranking third in the country in 2011 (8.5 per game) and seventh in 2010 (8.4 per game). UO has led the Pac-12 in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons.
Sophomore Jordan Loera is the top returning 3-point shooter coming back for 2012-13. Loera, from Moses Lake, Wash., made a team-best 45 shots from behind the arc (45-of-133, .338) as a true freshman. Junior Danielle Love shot 39-of-127 (.307) on 3-pointers a year ago, the second-most of any returning Oregon player.
2012-13 PAC-12 COACHES’ POLL
Stanford was voted the preseason favorite by the Pac-12 women’s basketball coaches to win the Pac-12 title in 2012-13. Collecting a maximum number of points (121) and first-place votes (11), the Cardinal earn the honor for the 12th year in a row. Receiving one first-place vote and picked to finish second in the polling was California (109), with UCLA rounding out the top-three with 100 points.
The Ducks were picked to finish 11th (behind Washington State and ahead of Arizona).
Pac-12 preseason coaches’ poll has been administered since the 1998-99 season. Following are the results of the 2012 Pac-12 preseason coaches’ poll; coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams (points: 11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses).
OREGON ANNOUNCES CHALLENGING SCHEDULE
The Oregon women’s basketball schedule features 18 regular-season games to be played at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene. Of UO’s 23 opponents, 13 competed in postseason play a year ago.
Highlighting the schedule is a Dec. 31 home game with seven-time NCAA champion Connecticut. The Ducks will also participate in the Waikiki Beach Marriott Rainbow Wahine Showdown played in Honolulu Nov. 23-25.
Seven of UO’s opponents participated in the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, while another six took part in the postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
In addition to the Pac-12 Conference schools on the schedule, UO will battle teams from 10 other conferences: Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Big Sky, Big West, Mountain West, Southeastern, Southern, Western Athletic and West Coast.
AT LEAST NINE OREGON GAMES TELEVISED BY PAC-12 NETWORK
The Ducks are scheduled to play a minimum of nine televised games on the Pac-12 Networks in the upcoming 2012-13 season. Four of the Ducks’ games will air on the national network, while another five will be on one of the regional networks.
The Ducks’ game against seven-time NCAA champion Connecticut will be a Pac-12 Network national broadcast. That New Year’s Eve contest is scheduled for 12 pm (PT).
UO’s home game with in-state rival Oregon State – also a Pac-12 Network national broadcast - is set for Tuesday, Jan. 15. That game will tip-off at 8 p.m. (PT).
The second game in the Ducks-Beavers series is a regional broadcast scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 20, with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m. UO’s road game with Washington will also be a regional telecast, with that game slated to tip-off at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27.
Both of Oregon’s games against Stanford will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. The game in Eugene on Friday, Feb. 1 is a regional broadcast set for 6 p.m., while the meeting in Stanford on Sunday, Feb. 24 is a national broadcast scheduled for 4 p.m.
On Sunday, Feb. 17, the Ducks will host Washington State in a regionally televised contest scheduled for 4 p.m. Oregon and California will square off in a regionally televised game set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. Oregon’s first Pac-12 Tournament game will also be televised nationally. The quarterfinal and semifinals will also air on the Pac-12 Network, while the championship game will air on ESPN2.
QUICK ROSTER BREAKDOWN FOR 2012-13
Returning Players (11): Liz Brenner, Megan Carpenter, Amanda Delgado, Janitah Iamaleava, Jordan Loera, Danielle Love, Chynna Miley, Lexi Petersen, Laura Stanulis, Ariel Thomas, Deanna Weaver
Newcomers (3): Jillian Alleyne, Devyn Galland, Katelyn Loper (transfer - redshirting 2012-13)
Players lost (3): Jasmin Holliday, Nia Jackson, Amanda Johnson
OREGON IMG SPORTS NETWORK - RADIO
All regular-season games are broadcast by the Oregon IMG Sports Network. Terry Jonz will call the action. Neither exhibition game will be broadcast on radio.
Eugene/Springfield: KUGN, 590-AM
Portland: KUIK, 1360-AM
INTERNET COVERAGE FOR OREGON WBB
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 Digital.
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 following are a list of promotions for upcoming games.
Oct. 30 - vs. Southern Oregon (exhibition)
Wear a Halloween costume and pay $3 for a general admission ticket. There will also be trick or treat bags given to the first 50 youth through the doors.
Nov. 11 - vs. Saint Mary’s
Fans receive a $5 general admission ticket with proof of a ticket from the previous night’s volleyball match against Arizona. In addition, there will be 100 re-usable water bottles given away as part of sustainability night. There will also be pregame sign making and postgame autographs from the team.
Nov. 15 - vs. Portland State
BI-MART $3 Thursday: Show your BI-MART card at the ticket window and received a ticket for $3.
Dec. 2 - vs. Denver
BI-MART 2-for-1 Night: Show your BI-MART card at the ticket window and receive 2 reserved tickets for the price of 1. There will also be a pregame fan-fest and postgame autograph signing with the Oregon women’s team.
Dec. 9 - vs. Nevada
Free admission with MBB ticket from Dec. 8 game against Idaho State. There will also be a pregame fan-fest and postgame autograph signing with the Oregon women’s team
DUCKS GO UNDEFEATED ON PRESEASON FOREIGN TOUR TO SPAIN
The Oregon women’s basketball team went 4-0 on its 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, UO had a pair of games as part of the Torneig de Basquet Unnim tournament played at the Pavello Esportiu Municipal located 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.
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