Pac-12 Play Opens Friday vs. Utah
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon opens Pac-12 Conference play when it hosts Utah on Friday at 7 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks have had the last 13 days off after their game at Northwestern scheduled for Dec. 21 was canceled due to COVID-19 cases within the Wildcats' program. Oregon was then scheduled to have the next 10 days off for the holiday break. The Ducks lead the all-time series between the two schools, 22-9, and have won each of the last 11 meetings dating back to 2016.
When: Friday, Dec. 31
Where: Matthew Knight Arena (Eugene, Ore.)
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Oregon
Play-By-Play: Ann Schatz | Analyst: Tammy Blackburn
Stream Link: https://pac-12.com/live?networks=P12ORG
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz
NUMBERS TO KNOW
5.3 - Maddie Scherr is second in the Pac-12 with 5.3 assists per game and has 29 assists over the last four games.
8 - The Ducks have had eight different players lead the team in scoring in a game this season.
10 - Through 10 games, 10 of Oregon's 13 players have scored in double figures in at least one contest.
29.4 - Oregon is holding teams to just 29.4 percent shooting from the field in its six wins.
46.8 - Oregon is currently third in the Pac-12 and tied for 14th nationally shooting 46.8 percent from the field.
ALL HANDS ON DECK
Oregon's depth has been put to the test through the first 10 games, as every healthy player on the roster has gotten a chance to contribute. Eight different Ducks have tied or led the team in scoring in a game, while 10 of the 13 on the roster have turned in at least one double-digit scoring game. Oregon has also had at least six different players score in double figures in a game twice this season (Dixie State, McNeese). Just eight Ducks have played in all 10 games while UO has been without three players who averaged double-digits in scoring last season over the majority of the first 11 games. Three who have played in every game are averaging at least 12 PPG in Sydney Parrish (12.5), Sedona Prince (11.8) and Ahlise Hurst (11.5)
After going without a number of players during the early part of the season, Oregon has begun to get some of those players back over the last few games. Endyia Rogers made her UO debut at Kansas State after missing the first nine games with an injury, while Nyara Sabally returned against the Wildcats after being sidelined for seven of the previous eight with an injury. Rogers scored 14 points in 30 minutes off the bench on Saturday while Sabally played just 18 minutes in her first game back. Additionally, Taylor Hosendove saw her first action of the year on Dec. 11 after being granted a waiver by the NCAA to play as a two-time transfer. The Ducks have also been without All-Pac-12 guard Te-Hina Paopao for nearly the entire season.
GETTING IT DONE AT BOTH ENDS
The Ducks currently rank among the nation's leaders in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense. Oregon is one of three teams in the top 15 in the country in both categories, tied for 14th in both field goal percentage (46.8 percent) and opponent field goal percentage (33.9 percent). The Ducks are also the only team in the Pac-12 currently ranked in the top three of the league in both shooting and field goal defense, ranking third in both categories.
Teams Ranked in the Top 15 in FG Pct. and FG Pct. Defense
Oregon (T15th - FG Pct., T14th - FG Pct. Defense)
Nebraska (5th - FG Pct., 5th - FG Pct. Defense)
Kansas (9th - FG Pct., 4th - FG Pct. Defense)
KNOCKING 'EM DOWN
Oregon has shot the ball well from the field through the first 10 games and ranks among the national and Pac-12 leaders in the category. The Ducks are third in the Pac-12 and tied for 14th in the country shooting 46.8 percent from the field and have shot 43 percent or better on field goals in eight of the first 10 games. The Ducks are also second in the conference and tied for 22nd nationally in three-point shooting at 36.9 percent.
» One of four teams in the country to shoot at least 60 percent from the field in multiple games this year.
» Shot 61 percent from the field vs. Idaho State in the opener and 60.5 percent against McNeese on Dec. 13.
DEFENSE GETS IT DONE
Through 10 games, Oregon has been one of the best teams nationally in field goal percentage defense, ranking tied for 14th in the country allowing teams to shoot 33.9 percent from the field. The Ducks are third in the Pac-12 in opponent field goal percentage and have have held teams under 40 percent shooting in eight of the 10 games. Additionally, the Ducks have held nine of their 10 opponents to under their current season average in field goal percentage.
Following the plethora of injuries Oregon has suffered early on, Maddie Scherr has been forced to shoulder a heavy load for the Ducks. Scherr has stuffed the stats sheet over the first eight games, averaging 7.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists while playing 29.4 minutes per contest. Scherr is currently second in the Pac-12 in assists per game and is one of just two players in the league averaging at least 3.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. The sophomore is coming off of a career-high scoring performance at Kansas State, where she finished with 16 points on 4-of-8 three-point shooting while dishing out six assists.
» Has recorded 29 assists over the last four games.
» First UO player to record at least nine assists since Sabrina Ionescu on March 8, 2020 vs. Stanford (12).
» Seven games with at least five assists this year.
» Averaging 6.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds over the last five games (32 assists, 22 rebounds).
ROGERS MAKES DUCK DEBUT
After missing the first nine games due to injury, Endyia Rogers saw her first action of the season at Kansas State. The transfer from USC played 30 minutes off the bench and scored 14 points while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists. Rogers scored 11 of her 14 points in the second half, including nine in the fourth quarter.