Notes: Women's Hoops Opens Pac-12 Play at Stanford
EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team opens up Pac-12 Conference play on Friday as the Ducks visit No. 4 ranked Stanford for a Pac-12 Networks televised game.
Oregon, which went 9-2 in non-conference play, tips with the Cardinal at 6 p.m. in its first televised game of the season. The Ducks' game against No. 23 ranked Cal at noon on Sunday will also be broadcast by the Pac-12 Network.
OREGON BREAKDOWNStanford Series Record: Oregon trails, 8-47 (1-26 road)Last Meeting: L, 74-50 (Feb. 24, 2013 in Stanford, Calif.)Notable: Oregon enters the weekend leading the nation, averaging 105.3 points per game. The Ducks are the only team in the nation averaging more than 100 points per game, as Baylor is now at 99.2. Jillian Alleyne is second in the NCAA with 14.3 rebounds per game while Chrishae Rowe is seventh in the nation in scoring at 24.5 points per game.
STANFORD BREAKDOWNLast Game: Dec. 28 at Fresno State (W, 86-54)Head Coach: Tara VanDerveer (35th Season)Notable: Friday’s game features the top scorers in the Pac-12 as Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike (25.8) and Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe (24.5) are first and second in points per game, respectively. Jillian Alleyne is tied for third, at 20.4 points per game. The Cardinal have won 10 straight since falling, 76-57, at No. 1 UConn on Nov. 11.
BROADCAST INFORMATIONBoth of Oregon’s games this weekend will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Fans can also listen to Terry Jonz’s call on the radio at KUGN 590 (Eugene), KUIK 1360 (Portland) and on TuneIn Radio. Stanford and Cal will provide live stats on their Web sites.SEVEN GAME WINNING STREAKAfter winning just four games last year, the Ducks are on a seven game winning streak. It is Oregon’s longest winning streak under head coach Paul Westhead. The previous best under Westhead was when the Ducks opened the 2011-12 campaign with six straight wins. The seven game winning streak is the longest since the Ducks won seven straight during the 2005-06 season.ALLEYNE JUST SHORT OF 20-20 GAMEJillian Alleyne nearly posted her second career 20-20 game on Sunday against Cal State Northridge, but the sophomore forward came up one rebound short. Alleyne scored 22 points and grabbed a season-high 19 boards as the Ducks beat the Matadors, 96-61. Her first and only 20-20 game came against Portland State last season, when she set the Pac-12 record with 27 rebounds and tied the previous school record with 38 points.ROWE SHOWS ALL-AROUND GAMEChrishae Rowe had the best all-around game of her career on Sunday against Cal State Northridge, stuffing the stat sheet with 28 points, seven rebounds and a career-high five assists. The freshman had not had more than three assists in any previous game this year. The guard, who actually plays multiple positions in head coach Paul Westhead’s unique offense, is second on the team in rebounding, averaging 7.5 per game.DUCKS LEAD NCAA IN SCORINGOregon leads the NCAA in scoring at 105.3 points per game. The Ducks are the only team averaging more than 100 points per game this year, as Baylor is second at 99.2. Oregon has reached 100+ points seven times through the first 11 games this season and hit the century mark five straight games before Sunday’s 96-point output against Cal State Northridge. The Ducks’ 131 points against Bakersfield in the season-opener on Nov. 9 is the second most in any NCAA game this season (behind Kentucky’s 133-130 4OT output against Baylor) and set new Pac-12 and school records. The Ducks’ 130 points against Southern would have set both school and conference marks as well, if not for the 131 points scored against Bakersfield. OREGON SECOND IN THE NATION IN MADE THREESOregon is second in the nation in made threes behind only Sacramento State, which defeated the Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 17. The Ducks and Hornets combined to attempt an NCAA record 86 threes. Oregon would have tied the NCAA record with 52 three-point attempts against Southern, but Sacramento State took 55 on Dec. 14 against UC Irvine. This season, Oregon is averaging 11.7 made threes per game, while shooting 32.9 percent as a team beyond the arc. ALLEYNE SECOND IN THE NCAA IN REBOUNDSAfter leading the nation in rebounds last week, Jillian Alleyne slid to second this week, despite posting a season-high 19 rebounds on Sunday against Cal State Northridge. The sophomore is averaging a Pac-12 best 14.3 rebounds per game. Saint Mary’s forward Danielle Mauldin leads the nation, with 14.5 rebounds per game.ROWE SEVENTH IN THE NCAA IN SCORINGChrishae Rowe is seventh in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.5 points per game. She second in the Pac-12, behind only Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike. Rowe is the top scoring underclassman in the nation, however, as all seven players above her in the rankings are juniors or seniors. In fact, the next best freshman in the nation ranks 50th overall in scoring, with Evansville’s Sara Dickey averaging 19.6 points per game.TOP-10 SCORER, TOP-10 REBOUNDEROregon and Iona are the only programs in the nation to boast both a top-10 scorer and a top-10 rebounder in the NCAA rankings. Entering the weekend, Oregon’s Chrishae Rowe ranks seventh in the nation in scoring, averaging 24.5 points per game, while Jillian Alleyne is second in the NCAA in rebounding, averaging 14.3 boards per game. Oregon and Iona are also the only teams in the country to boast a top-10 rebounder and a top-10 three-point shooter (made threes per game).LOPER FOURTH IN THE NCAA IN MADE THREESRedshirt junior Katelyn Loper is fourth in the NCAA, averaging 3.64 made three-pointers per game. Loper, a transfer from Hofstra who sat out last season, started off her Oregon career with a bang, matching Taylor Lilley’s school record with nine threes in the Ducks’ season-opening win over Bakersfield on Nov. 9. Loper leads the Pac-12 with 40 made three-pointers and is 12th in the league in scoring at 16.3 points per game. Chrishae Rowe is second in the league with 36 made threes.ALLEYNE’S BIG IMPROVEMENT AT THE LINELast year Jillian Alleyne shot 53.8 percent from the free throw line in her otherwise stellar freshman campaign. This year, the sophomore now ranks 10th in the Pac-12 at 78.6 percent, an improvement of 24.8 percent. Of the top 15 in the Pac-12 in free throw percentage, none have more attempts than Alleyne (84).THREE-POINT DEFENSEOregon has done quite well limiting the long ball this season. Opponents are shooting just 25.5 percent from three-point range against the Ducks, the third best mark in the Pac-12 and 16th best in the NCAA. Oregon limited No. 1 UConn to just 23.5 percent shooting from downtown.PAC-12 TEAM STAT RANKINGSOregon not only leads the Pac-12 in scoring at 105.3 points per game, the Ducks lead the Pac-12 in free throw percentage (75.6 percent), rebounds (56.1 per game), rebound margin (+11.6 per game), assists (19.1 per game), steals (12 per game) and turnover margin (+4.73 per game). Oregon also leads the Pac-12 in made three-pointers (129 total), defensive rebounds (32.6) and offensive rebounds (23.5 per game).PAC-12 INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS- Chrishae Rowe (2nd - 24.5 ppg), Jillian Alleyne (T-3rd - 20.4 ppg) and Katelyn Loper (12th - 16.3 ppg) all rank in the top-12 in scoring in the Pac-12 this season. - Alleyne is also dominating on the glass as well, averaging a Pac-12 leading 14.3 rebounds per game. No other player in the league is averaging better than 12 rebounds per game. - Loper and Rowe have gotten it done behind the three-point line, as Loper leads the Pac-12 with 40 three-pointers (3.64 per game) and Rowe is second with 36 threes (3.27 per game). - Rowe is also second in the Pac-12 in steals (2.82 per game). - Alleyne is tied for fifth in blocked shots (1.2 per game). - The Ducks, the Pac-12’s best free throw shooting team, also boast three of the top-10 free throw shooters in the conference. Ariel Thomas is fifth at 84.3 percent while Lexi Petersen is seventh (82.6 percent) and Alleyne is 10th (78.6 percent). - Thomas leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.94) with 53 assists and just 18 turnovers. Her 4.82 assists per game is fourth best in the conference.- Amanda Delgado is fifth in three-point field goal percentage at 43.3 percent.OREGON’S LAST GAMEOregon, the nation’s top-scoring team, notched its seventh-straight victory last Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena as the Ducks cruised past Cal State Northridge, 96-61, to close out the non-conference portion of their 2013-14 schedule. The seven straight victories are the most ever under head coach Paul Westhead and the most since the 2005-06 season. “We played reasonably well, said Westhead.” “My assistants warned me that we’d be rusty and that some players would get tired sooner. I attribute some of our breakdowns to that.” Sunday’s game was only the second time the Ducks have committed 20 or more turnovers this season. Chrishae Rowe led all scorers with 28 points and added seven rebounds plus a career-high five assists. Jillian Alleyne Alleyne reeled in her ninth double-double of the season 2:32 into the second half and the sophomore finished with 22 points and a season-high 19 boards. Oregon is a perfect 9-0 this season when Alleyne nets a double-double.WHEN PLAYING STANFORDThis is the 10th straight time Oregon has played Stanford while the Cardinal were ranked fourth or better. The Ducks’ last win over Stanford came on Dec. 29, 2004, when Oregon defeated the No. 5 ranked Cardinal, 62-58 in Eugene. It was the second straight time Oregon had defeated Stanford at home. Oregon has lost 17 straight games overall to the Cardinal and 26 straight on the road. Oregon’s last win at Stanford was actually the first time the two teams met in Stanford, Calif., a 63-54 win on March 5, 1987.LAST TIME AGAINST STANFORDNo. 4 Stanford defeated the University of Oregon women’s basketball team, 74-50, on Feb. 24, 2013 at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The win was the Cardinal’s 12th straight. Chiney Ogwumike tallied game-highs with 27 points and 24 rebounds to pace Stanford. Her 24 rebounds were both a new career-high and also set a school record for rebounds in a single game. Amber Orrange added 12 points as the only other Stanford player to reach double-figures. Jillian Alleyne led the Ducks with 12 points and 10 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season, scoring all 12 of her points in the second stanza. The Cardinal had a 55-45 rebounding advantage in the game. Stanford made 37.3 percent of its field goals (28-of-75), while UO was limited to 25.7 percent shooting from the field (18-of-70).NOTABLE UO PERFORMANCES VS. STANFORD2003-04: Corrie Mizusawa hit a layup with 8.2 seconds left to give Oregon a 67-66 win over No. 10 ranked Stanford on Feb. 26, 2004. Eleanor Haring led the Ducks with 18 points and seven rebounds while Mizusawa finished with 13 points and nine assists.2004-05: Andrea Bills scored 18 points and pulled down 15 rebounds while Catherine Kraayeveld added 16 points and 15 boards when the Ducks last beat the Cardinal, then ranked No. 5, during the 2004-05 season. Stanford shot just 33.9 percent from the field in the game, including 1-of-9 from three-point range.2009-10: Nia Jackson scored a career-high 26 points, including 18 in the first half, as the Ducks lost 100-80 to the No. 2 ranked Cardinal at home on Jan. 23, 2010. The Ducks were down just 80-75 with eight minutes remaining, but Stanford ended the game with a 20-5 run.2012-13: Ariel Thomas averaged 12 points and seven rebounds in two games against the Cardinal last year.2012-13: Jillian Alleyne posted her 10th double-double of the season (12 points/10 rebounds) at Stanford last year on Feb. 24, 2013.ALLEYNE CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLESJillian Alleyne posted her 21st career double-double and ninth of the season against Cal State Northridge on Dec. 29. She has a double-double in seven straight games and Oregon is a perfect 9-0 this season when Alleyne gets a double-double. Alleyne was tied for third in the Pac-12 last year as a freshman with 12 double-doubles, when she was selected Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in the media vote.PLUS-MINUSThrough 11 games this season, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is a team-best +82 (238 points for, 156 points against) in a little over 80 minutes together on the floor. Individually, Katelyn Loper leads the team with a +188 while Jillian Alleyne is just behind at +183. Ariel Thomas is a +154 while Danielle Love is a +153. Oregon’s final starter, Chrishae Rowe, is a +83. Every player on the roster has a positive +/- number for the season.RPI CHECKOregon moved up three spots in the Sagarin RPI, to No. 52, after its win over Cal State Northridge, which checks in at No. 216 this week. The Ducks are higher, 37th, in the RealTime RPI, but dropped three spots after beating the Matadors. The Ducks are sixth in the Pac-12, according to Sagarin, and their RealTime ranking also puts them sixth in the league. The NCAA’s RPI has not yet been calculated.MAGIC NUMBER 40Oregon shot better than 40 percent from the floor just five times last year and won two of those games (Fresno State & Samford). This season, however, Oregon is 7-0 when shooting better than 40 percent from the field. The Ducks defeated Pepperdine and Southern when shooting less than 40 percent while the Ducks shot 33.7 percent in a loss to Sacramento State and 30.7 percent at No. 1 UConn.NO, MAKE THAT MAGIC NUMBER 80Oregon is 43-11 under head coach Paul Westhead when scoring 80-or-more points. The Ducks went 17-5 when reaching 80 points in 2009-10, Westhead’s first and most successful season. Since then, Oregon has gone 9-3 in 2010-11 when scoring 80+, a perfect 8-0 in 2011-12 and 0-2 last season. This year, Oregon is 9-1 when reaching the 80-point mark. Only No. 1 ranked UConn has held the Ducks under 80 points this season. Oregon scored 68 in Hartford, Conn., against the Huskies.THE CENTURY MARKOregon has reached 100+ points seven times already this season. The Ducks scored a Pac-12 record 131 points in their season-opening win over Bakersfield and 113 points in a victory versus Portland. The Ducks scored 100+ points in five straight games, including 130 on Dec. 18 in a 40-point win over Southern and 124 points on Dec. 20 against Cal Poly. The Ducks failed to reach 100 in their most recent game, 96-61, over Cal State Northridge. Under head coach Paul Westhead, Oregon has reached the century mark 14 times, winning all but one of those games (13-1).BACKCOURT VIOLATIONSWith the new 10-second backcourt violation rule in place this season, Oregon’s press-and-run style should benefit. Thus far, Oregon has forced three 10-second backcourt violations, with one against Portland on Nov. 12, one versus Sacramento State on Nov. 17 and one against Portland State on Dec. 14.NON-CONFERENCE RECORD UNDER WESTHEADOregon is 37-21 in non-conference action under head coach Paul Westhead. (Note: this mark does NOT include the Pac-12 Tournament or other postseason tournaments.) The Ducks were 9-3 against non-league foes in 2009-10, his first season, then 9-2 in 2010-11, 8-4 in 2011-12 and 2-10 last season. Oregon’s two non-conference wins last year came in back-to-back games against Fresno State and Samford at home. The Ducks went 9-2 this year during the non-league slate.WESTHEAD’S HOME RECORDOregon is 44-34 at home under head coach Paul Westhead. The Ducks averaged 11 home wins per season under Westhead before last year, when Oregon won three games at Matthew Knight Arena. His best record was in his first season, 2009-10, when the Ducks boasted a 14-6 home mark, which included six Pac-12 victories. Oregon is 8-1 at MKA this season.