Ducks Open Pac-12 Play at No. 2 Stanford
Oregon opens its trip to the Bay Area with a big-time test against No. 2 Stanford. Friday's game will be the Ducks' Pac-12 opener after their games last weekend against Utah and Colorado were postponed due to COVID protocols. Oregon is playing its second game against a top-2 team this year (No. 1 South Carolina) and is looking for its first ever win over a team ranked either No. 1 or 2. The Ducks five of the last eight meetings over the Cardinal, including the last two in Maples Pavilion, while Stanford leads 57-14 in the all-time series.
When: Friday, Jan. 7
Where: Maples Pavilion (Stanford, Calif.)
Time: 7 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Network
Play-By-Play: Ann Schatz | Analyst: Mary Murphy
Stream Link: https://pac-12.com/womens-basketball/event/2022/01/08/oregon-stanford
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz
NUMBERS TO KNOW
5.1 - Maddie Scherr is second in the Pac-12 with 5.1 assists per game and has 32 assists over the last five games.
8 - The Ducks have had eight different players lead the team in scoring in a game this season.
11 - Through 11 games, 11 of Oregon's 13 players have scored in double figures in at least one contest.
19.9 - Oregon is forcing 19.9 turnovers per game in its seven wins, averaging 26.9 points off takeaways in those games.
47.4 - Oregon leads the Pac-12 and is tied for sixth nationally shooting 47.4 percent from the field.
ALL HANDS ON DECK
Oregon's depth has been put to the test through the first 11 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 11 of the 13 on the roster have turned in at least one double-digit scoring game. Oregon has also had at least five different players score in double figures in a game four times this season (Dixie State, Oklahoma, McNeese, Carroll). Just eight Ducks have played in all 11 games while UO has been without three players who averaged double-digits in scoring last season over the majority of the first 11 games.
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 has played in the last two games after missing the first nine with an injury, while Nyara Sabally has come off the bench in the last two contests after being sidelined for seven of the previous eight with an injury. Rogers is averaging 13.0 PPG in the two games while Sabally led the team in scoring with 15 against Carroll. All-Pac-12 guard Te-Hina Paopao saw her first significant action of the season against Carroll, scoring 12 points in 12 minutes after playing just three minutes all season prior to that due to injury.
GETTING IT DONE AT BOTH ENDS
The Ducks have been solid at both ends of the floor over the first 11 games. Oregon currently leads the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, shooting 47.4 percent from the field while sitting in third in the league in turnovers forced at 17.5 per game. Oregon has shot at least 43 percent from the field in 10 of the 11 games while holding its opponent to under 40 percent from the field eight times, including limiting teams to less than their current season average in field goal percentage 10 times.
» The Ducks are 6-1 when outshooting teams from the field and 0-3 when opponents finish with a better FG percentage.
» Oregon has forced more turnovers than its opponent six times while going 6-1 when winning the turnover battle.
» Forced at least 20 turnovers in four games this season, including 30 the last time out vs. Carroll.
» Finished with a better FG percentage than nine of the 11 opponents currently allow.
KNOCKING 'EM DOWN
Oregon has shot the ball well from the field through the first 11 games and ranks among the national and Pac-12 leaders in the category. The Ducks lead the Pac-12 and are tied for sixth in the country shooting 47.4 percent from the field and have shot 43 percent or better on field goals in nine of the first 11 games. The Ducks are also second in the conference and tied for 28th nationally in three-point shooting at 36.3 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.
BACK ON THE COURT
Oregon topped Carroll College on Sunday, 88-57, in its first game in 15 days after the Ducks' last three games were wiped out due to COVID protocols. All three players on the UO roster who earned All-Pac-12 honors last year were suited up in the same game for the first time this season, as Te-Hina Paopao returned from injury and Endyia Rogers and Nyara Sabally each played in their second game in a row after missing extended time due to injuries. Paopao scored 12 points in 12 minutes after playing just three minutes all season during the Dixie State game. Sabally led the team with 15 points in 12 minutes off the bench while Rogers put in 12 points - 10 in the first half - and shot 4-of-7 from the field in her first start as a Duck.
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 11 games, averaging 7.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists while playing 28.6 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 scored a career-high 16 points at Kansas State, while finishing 4-of-8 in three-point shooting and dishing out six assists.
» Has recorded 32 assists over the last five 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.
» Came away with a career-high six steals in the win over Carroll College.
» First UO player since Feb. 9, 2020 with at least six steals in a game (Minyon Moore - 6).
POWER PRESENCE INSIDE
Despite missing a number of games due to injury, Oregon junior Nyara Sabally has made huge contributions when healthy. She's averaging 16.3 points and 5.8 rebounds over four games while shooting 55.6 percent from the field. An All-Pac-12 selection a year ago, Sabally earned conference player of the week honors after scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against Oklahoma on Nov. 20. She scored 20 of her career-high 30 points after halftime, including 10 in the final five minutes to lead a double-digit comeback victory. She has come off the bench in each of the last two games after missing the previous seven due to injury. Sabally also earned a couple of honors in the preseason, being selected to the watch list for the Katrina McClain Award and receiving preseason All-Pac-12 honors.
» Has scored in double figures in 20 of the last 22 games dating back to last season.
» First UO player to score at least 30 points since Sabrina Ionescu in 2020 with her 30-point effort vs. Oklahoma.
» First Duck since Ruthy Hebard in 2020 to score 30 points and grab double-digit rebounds in a game.
ROGERS MAKES DUCK DEBUT
After missing the first nine games due to injury, Endyia Rogers has gotten her first action of the season in the last two games. Rogers played 30 minutes off the bench and scored 14 points - nine in the fourth quarter - while grabbing five rebounds and dishing out five assists at Kansas State. She then got the start and scored 12 points in 22 minutes in the win over Carroll College the last time out.
PAOPAO RETURNS TO LINEUP
Oregon got 2021 All-Pac-12 guard Te-Hina Paopao back the last time out vs. Carroll College. Paopao played just three minutes all season prior to Sunday's game due to an injury, and scored 12 points in 12 minutes off the bench in her first significant action of the season. She was one of just two players in the conference to earn all-league and all-freshman recognition a year ago after averaging 10.2 points and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 39.5 percent from downtown. Additionally, Paopao led all freshman nationally with a 2.40 assist-to-turnover ratio.