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Ducks Square Off With No. 6 Stanford Monday on ESPN

Feb 12, 2021

Game Notes: #5 Stanford

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon women's basketball team will play in front of a national audience for the second straight game on Monday when the No. 13 Ducks host No. 6 Stanford at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN.

The Ducks gave the then-No. 1 ranked Cardinal a fight on Jan. 8 in Santa Cruz, becoming the first team this season to lead Stanford at halftime (33-32) before a 28-14 deficit in the third quarter helped the home team to a 70-63 win. Four Ducks scored in double figures, with Sydney Parrish leading UO with 14 points and Nyara Sabally notching a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Game Details
Matchup: #13 Oregon (12-4, 9-4 Pac-12) vs. #6 Stanford (18-2, 15-2 Pac-12)
Date: Monday, February 15, 2021
Location: Eugene, Ore.
Venue: Matthew Knight Arena
Opening Tip: 6:02 p.m. PT

Broadcast Information
TV: ESPN
PxP: Ryan Ruocco | Analyst: Rebecca Lobo

Radio: Oregon Sports Network
Eugene: KUGN 590 AM | Portland: KDZR 1640 AM
PXP: Terry Jonz | Analyst: Bev Smith

Series History vs. Stanford
All-Time Series: Stanford leads, 56-14
Current Streak: Stanford W1
Last Meeting: Stanford won, 70-63 (1/8/21)

Numbers to Know
1.35 - Led by Te-Hina Paopao (2.29), Oregon is No. 1 in the Pac-12 and is 13th in the NCAA with a 1.35 assist-to-turnover ratio.
3 - Nyara Sabally leads UO with three double-doubles, including 10 points and 11 boards in the first meeting with Stanford.
4 - Sedona Prince has four straight double-figure scoring games since returning to the starting lineup on Jan. 22.
56-4 - Oregon is an impressive 56-4 at home since the start of 2017-18, including 7-2 at MKA so far in 2020-21.
57.5 - Oregon ranks 36th nationally with 57.5 PPG allowed, tied for the fifth-fewest the program has given up through 16 games.
419 - UO's top-ranked freshman class - made up of five McDonald's all-Americans - has combined for 419 points through 16 games.

Quick Hits: #21 Erin Boley
» Oregon Career (86 GP, 86 GS): 10.9 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.9 APG, .457 FG% (345-755), .432 3PT% (207-479), .854 FT% (41-48).
» Collegiate Career (123 GP, 96 GS): 9.6 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 0.8 APG, .450 FG% (429-954), .425 3PT% (254-598), .867 FT% (65-75).
» 1,177 total career points, 938 as a Duck; 62 points away from becoming the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Oregon history.
» Currently No. 5 all-time at Oregon with 207 made three-pointers as a Duck; four away from No. 4 (Maite Cazorla, 211).
» Second on team this season with 10.9 PPG and nine double-figure scoring performances, including seven in Pac-12 play.
» Has already made more two-point field goals this season (43 in 15 games) than she did in all of 2019-20 (30 in 33 games).

Ducks Playing Solid Defense
The new-look Ducks have been searching for their offensive identity in recent weeks, but Oregon's terrific play on the defensive end this season has kept Kelly Graves' squad in the top 15 in the AP national rankings all season. Oregon ranks 36th in the nation in scoring defense with 57.5 points per game allowed, tied for the fifth-fewest points in the program has allowed through the first 16 games of a season and an improvement so far on last season's program-record 57.9 points per game allowed. The Ducks have held five of their last six opponents and 11 total teams to fewer than 60 points this season, and Oregon has kept three teams under 50 points. UO ranks second in the Pac-12 in both field-goal percentage defense (35.9%) and three-point percentage defense (28.2%), and the Ducks are forcing 15.4 turnovers per game. Oregon forced a season-high 23 turnovers and allowed a season-low 41 points to California on Jan. 10, tied for the fewest points the Ducks have given up in a conference game since Jan. 17, 2009. 

Depth On Full Display
Despite having to replace four starters - including three top-10 WNBA Draft picks - Kelly Graves boasts one of the deepest teams in the country this season. Oregon has already had 11 different players combine for 56 total double-figure scoring performances through 16 games, and seven different Ducks have led or tied for the team lead in scoring at least once after Sedona Prince paced UO in scoring against both WSU and Washington on Jan. 22-24. At least 10 different players have scored in eight of the first 16 games, including seven straight to open the season, and Nyara Sabally (12.5), Erin Boley (10.9) and Te-Hina Paopao (10.5) are all averaging double figures with six more Ducks averaging at least 4.4 PPG. Oregon has had eight different starting-lineup combinations already - with Paopao the only player to start every game - and the Ducks have racked up a whopping 435 bench points through just 16 contests. 

Sabally Well Worth The Wait
It's been a long two-plus years for Nyara Sabally - who lost the opportunity to play with her sister Satou Sabally after suffering knee injuries in each of her first two seasons as a Duck - but so far in 2020-21 it seems the 6-foot-5 forward was well worth the wait. The redshirt sophomore is coming off a 17-point performance vs. No. 10 Arizona on 7-of-10 shooting, and she had a 10-point, 11-rebound double-double in the first meeting with Stanford this season. 

So far in 2020-21, Sabally...
» Is one of only two players in the Pac-12 (Mya Hollingshed, Colorado) to lead their team in PPG (12.5), RPG (7.6) and blocks (19).
» Ranks No. 2 in the Pac-12 in offensive rebounds per game (2.9), No. 4 in total RPG (7.6), and No. 4 in field goal percentage (55.8%).
» Leads UO with 11 double-figure scoring games and three double-doubles (20P & 10R vs. CU; 19P & 14R at WSU; 10P & 11R at STAN).
» Tied for the seventh-best individual shooting performance in UO single-game history on Dec. 4 vs. Colorado (9-of-9 FG).
» Has led Oregon or tied for the team lead in scoring five times, and led in rebounding seven times.

Simple Plays
Oregon has done a tremendous job of sharing and being smart with the basketball since Kelly Graves arrived, leading the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio each of the last two seasons. The new-look Ducks kept this trend going in the 2020-21 opener vs. Seattle with 22 total assists and a season-low three turnovers, and Oregon dished out a season-high 26 assists on  42 field goals against just five turnovers in the Jan. 10 win at California. UO enters Monday's game vs. Stanford ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 and 13th in the nation with a 1.35 team assist-to-turnover ratio, and 15th in the NCAA with just 12.2 turnovers per game. Freshman point guard Te-Hina Paopao ranks third in the Pac-12 and 42nd nationally with a solid 2.29 assist-to-turnover ratio. 

Paopao Could Be Next In Graves' Line of Great Point Guards
Few coaches have developed point guards as successfully as Kelly Graves, who recruited and coached the only two players ever to surpass 2,000 career points and 1,000 assists - Sabrina Ionescu and Courtney Vandersloot. With Ionescu's legendary career at an end, Graves immediately turned to Te-Hina Paopao, who he believes "has a chance a chance to be a real star." The only Duck to start every game this season and the first freshman to start a season opener for UO since Ionescu in 2016-17, Paopao is averaging 10.5 PPG on 42.2 percent shooting (68-of-161) and has racked up nine double-figure scoring performances through 12 conference games, including a career-best 22-point showing at then-No. 15 Oregon State on Dec. 13. The Oceanside, Calif., native is No. 3 in the Pac-12 with a 2.29 assist-to-turnover ratio while ranking third for total assists (71) and fifth for assists per game (4.4), and she has led Oregon in assists in 13 of the Ducks' first 16 contests. Paopao's 71 total assists already rank eighth in UO freshman single-season history.

Prince's Return Provides Boost
After missing the last two seasons - first due to a knee injury and then NCAA transfer rules - and then dealing with an ankle injury that forced her to miss five games this season, redshirt sophomore Sedona Prince appears to finally be back at full strength for the Ducks. The 6-foot-7 center returned to the starting lineup on Jan. 22-24 for the first time since Dec. 4, leading the Ducks to a weekend and season sweep of the Washington schools. Prince has scored in double figures in four straight games since returning to the starting five, including 16 points and seven rebounds on Jan. 24 vs. UW. Prince also blocked five shots vs. the Huskies, the most by a Duck since March 2018 and second-most ever by an Oregon player inside Matthew Knight Arena. Prince - who did not play the first time around vs. Stanford - had 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in Oregon's last game vs. No. 10 Arizona and is averaging 9.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game on 55.4 percent shooting.

These Freshmen Are ... Wow
The Ducks reloaded this year's roster with the first top-ranked recruiting class in program history, bringing in five top-25 players who were all Gatorade state players of the year and McDonalds all-Americans. Oregon's "Fab Five" has immediately lived up to the hype, combining for 419 points, 223 rebounds, 118 assists and 19 total double-figure scoring performances through 16 games. The five freshmen combined for 41 points on 51.5 percent shooting with 16 assists in Oregon's 100-41 win at California on Jan. 10, matching or outperforming the entire Golden Bears squad (41 Pts, 29.1 FG%, 10 Ast) on their own in all three categories. The freshman production certainly goes beyond Te-Hina Paopao, Oregon's third-leading scorer, primary ball-handler and the only Duck to start all 16 games this season. Sydney Parrish (6.5 PPG) has four double-figure scoring performances and was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week on Dec. 21, and Angela Dugalic (4.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG) is Oregon's second-leading rebounder and nearly had her first career double-double with 12 points and eight rebounds in her first career start on Jan. 24 vs. UW. Guard Maddie Scherr (3.1 PPG) has been arguably Oregon's best on-ball defender, and forward Kylee Watson (2.5 PPG) has two double-figure scoring games.