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Notes: Women's Hoops Goes Lights Out vs. Portland

Nov 11, 2013

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team is going LIGHTS OUT at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night against Portland, wearing all black uniforms.

Glow sticks will be given away at the doors to fans, who are also encouaged to wear black.

Also, the first 500 students who scan their IDs at the game will receive a Pit Crew shirt and early entry (6:30 p.m.) at the men's basketball game against Western Carolina on Wednesday night.

Full set of PDF game notes available below the photo.

All non-televised Oregon home games can be watched online via the Pac-12 Live Stream. The live feed is free for all, not just those who receive the Pac-12 Networks via their cable operator. Live stats and audio are also available at

In addition to Oregon hosting Portland, two other Pac-12 schools will meet in-state foes on Tuesday night. Colorado visits Colorado State while Washington State heads to Seattle U. In top-25 action,  No. 15 Nebraska visits Utah on Friday while No. 12 North Carolina heads to UCLA on Sunday afternoon.

Oregon dominated CSU Bakersfield on Saturday night in historic fashion, 131-91. The Ducks broke both the Pac-12 and school scoring records as they knocked down a conference and school record 20 three-pointers. Stanford previously held the conference scoring record, with 122 points against Cal State Fullerton in 1994 and Long Beach State in 1993. The school scoring mark was 121, set against Hawai’i on Jan. 16, 1979. The previous three-point record in the Pac-12 was 18, set by Washington last season against the Ducks. The old school record for made three-pointers was 15, set at USC on Jan. 13, 2011. In other records watch, Katelyn Loper tied the single-game three-pointers record with nine, matching Taylor Lilley’s record set at USC on Jan. 30, 2010. In addition to the prolific offense, the Ducks recorded 10 steals and blocked 10 shots en route to forcing 22 Roadrunner turnovers. The Ducks scored 25 points off turnovers and had a 54-17 edge in fastbreak points.

Oregon broke both the Pac-12 and school scoring record on Nov. 9 in its season-opening win over CSU Bakersfield. The Ducks won 131-91, breaking Stanford’s conference record of 122, set against Long Beach State in 1993 and Cal State Fullerton in 1994. The previous school scoring record was 121, set against Hawai’i on Jan. 16, 1979. The NCAA record is 149, set by LBSU in 1987.

Helping them break the conference scoring record were the Pac-12 and school record 20 three-pointers the Ducks dropped on Nov. 9 against CSU Bakersfield. The NCAA record is 22 made threes. Katelyn Loper matched the school record with nine threes.

After helping the Oregon women’s basketball team break both the conference and school scoring record in Saturday’s win over CSU Bakersfield, Chrishae Rowe was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week. Rowe posted 27 points on 8-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three-point range. The freshman from Corona, Calif., also went a perfect 7-of-7 at the free throw line and grabbed six rebounds.

Oregon fell, 68-49, to Portland last season at the Chiles Center. The Ducks shot the ball well - 44.4 percent - but made 25 turnovers. The turnovers limited the Ducks to just 53 field goal attempts while Portland shot 24-of-71 from the field. Portland’s Kari Luttinen, who was a senior last year, scored a game-high 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting. Jordan Loera had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds while Jillian Alleyne also posted 10 rebounds.

Oregon shot better than 40 percent from the floor just five times last year, and won two of those games (Fresno State, Samford). The Ducks shot 42.6 percent on Saturday night against CSU Bakersfield, hitting 43 of their whopping 101 field goal attempts. Oregon never attempted more than 85 shots in a game last year.

After the season-opener against CSU Bakersfield, Oregon’s starting lineup of Ariel Thomas, Chrishae Rowe, Katelyn Loper, Jillian Alleyne and Danielle Love is a whopping +21. Individually, Thomas leads the Ducks with an amazing +40. Oregon scored 74 points in Thomas’ 18:52 on the floor against the Roadrunners, while allowing just 34 points.

Oregon scored 51 fast break points and 131 total points in their win over CSU Bakersfield on Saturday night, meaning 39 percent of Oregon’s points came on the run.
Jillian Alleyne posted her 13th career double and first of the season against Bakersfield on Nov. 9. Megan Carpenter tallied her third career double-double against the Roadrunners.

Oregon is 29-19 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 are 1-0 to start the 2013-14 season.

Oregon is 37-33 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.

Paul Westhead and the Ducks will have a chance to improve on their home record early this season. Oregon plays nine of its 11 non-conference games at home this season, only leaving Matthew Knight Arena to visit reigning national champion UConn on Nov. 20 and Seattle U on Dec. 4. The trip to Seattle will give the Ducks a chance to play a regular season game in Key Arena, which hosts the Pac-12 Tournament for the second straight season this year.

Due to the Pac-12’s unbalanced scheduling, Oregon will only play the Bay Area schools and the Mountain schools once this season. The Ducks will visit Stanford and Cal to open conference play and will host Utah and Colorado in early February.

Jillian Alleyne was a bright spot during a trying season for the Ducks a year ago. The then-freshman forward dominated night after night for head coach Paul Westhead’s sqaud, leading the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (11.0 rpg). Alleyne ended the year tied for seventh in the NCAA in rebounds per game and was the highest ranked freshman in the nation. She was also 10th among freshman in scoring. Her 370 total rebounds last year was the second most in school history, just six back of Bev Smith’s single-season record (376). She nabbed 12 double-doubles as a freshman, ranking sixth in the Pac-12.

Jillian Alleyne posted one of the best games in Oregon women’s basketball history in just her second collegiate game. In a double-overtime loss (87-85) to Portland State on Nov. 15, Alleyne broke the school record and tied the Pac-12 mark with 27 rebounds. It was the 24th highest single-game rebounding total in NCAA history. She also tied the school record with 38 points against the Vikings.

Head coach Paul Westhead will have the services of four seniors this season. Forward Danielle Love has started 71 games over the last three seasons, while averaging 5.7 points and 3.9 rebounds. Love is a career 31.4 percent three-point shooter, knocking down 82. She needs 27 more to enter the top-10 all-time in Oregon history (Jessica Schutt, 109). Guard Ariel Thomas has started 51 games over her three-year career, averaging 9.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists. After injuries decimated the Ducks’ backcourt a season ago, Thomas filled in at point guard and posted a career-high 83 assists. Guard Laura Stanulis is also back after receiving a medical hardship waiver for last season. The Portland native has appeared in 66 games and was averaging a career-best 8.2 points per game last season before going down with an injury in the fifth game of the season. Chynna Miley is the final senior on the roster. The forward has seen playing time in 47 games and is a career 35.3 percent three-point shooter.

Oregon returns all but one letterwinner off last year’s roster. Head coach Paul Westhead brings back 89.1 percent of his scoring, 97 percent of his rebounding, 92.1 percent of the assists, 96 percent of the steals and 99.2 percent of the blocks Oregon register last year. The Ducks will also add two freshmen (Chrishae Rowe, Drea Toler) and three redshirts (Laura Stanulis - injury, Lexi Petersen - injury, Katelyn Loper - transfer) to the mix. Stanulis and Petersen were set to be starters last year before being injured. Loper averaged 12.7 points per game as a sophomore at Hofstra.

Sophomore starting guard Lexi Petersen went down with an ACL injury in her left knee after the season opener against Saint Mary’s last year. She soon had company, as senior starting guard Laura Stanulis was lost for the year with an ACL injury in her left knee, as well, after the fifth game of the season. Both are out of the lineup tonight against Western Oregon, however, but both are practicing with the team and are on track to play in the regular season.

Despite losing Pac-12 free throw percentage leader Devyn Galland (87.5 percent, transfer to Saint Mary’s), the Ducks have back two of the best free throw shooters in school history. Senior guard Ariel Thomas shot 82.8 percent (48-of-58) from the free throw line last year, the eighth-best mark in single-season school history. Forward Danielle Love actually was better than Thomas last season, at 92.5 percent on 49-of-53 shooting, but Oregon’s record books require a minimum of two made free throws per game to qualify. Love came up just short of the setting the school record, at 1.6 makes per game. Thomas played in 22 games, compared to all 31 for Love.

Oregon ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 last year in defensive rebounding (29.65 per game) and ranked No. 2 in made three-pointers (5.81), No. 3 in blocked shots (4.39), No. 4 in offensive rebounding (14.74) and No. 5 in free throw percentage (69.2%).

Oregon will be without the services of 2012-13 starting guard Jordan Loera (LOW-etta), who suffered an ACL injury in preseason practices. The versatile 5-foot-9 junior averaged 6.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game as a sophomore while starting all 31 games. The Moses Lake, Wash., native led the team in steals with 37 during the 2012-13 campaign.

Oregon was picked to finish last in the 2013-14 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll. Stanford, which was picked to finish first, received 11 of 12 first place votes, with Cal garnering the other. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams. Behind the Cardinal in the poll was Cal, followed by Colorado, Washington and UCLA to round out the top-5. USC checked in at No. 6, ahead of Utah, Oregon State, Washington State and Arizona State. Arizona and Oregon rounded out the poll.
Teams earned 11 points for a first place vote down to one point for a 12th-place vote.