Ducks Host No. 7 Arizona Saturday
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon returns to Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday to host the first of two top-10 teams this week, starting with the Pac-12 home opener against No. 7 Arizona. The Ducks are coming off of a dominant win on the road against California on Sunday, and were initially scheduled to host Arizona State on Thursday before COVID protocols within the Sun Devil program postponed the game.
Oregon has won seven of the last eight meetings with Arizona in Eugene and 10 of the last 12 overall, though the Wildcats won both games last season between the two schools.
When: Saturday, Jan. 15
Where: Matthew Knight Arena
Time: 2:30 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Network
Play-By-Play: Ann Schatz | Analyst: Mary Murphy
Stream Link: https://pac-12.com/womens-basketball/event/2022/01/15/arizona-oregon
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz | Analyst: Bev Smith
NUMBERS TO KNOW
4 - Oregon has held four opponents to under 30.0 percent shooting from the field, one of two Pac-12 teams (Cal) to do so.
10 - The Ducks have had 10 different players lead the team in scoring in a game this season.
13.8 - Oregon is allowing just 13.8 PPG in the fourth quarter this year while holding teams to 30.1 shooting from the field.
38.6 - Oregon leads the Pac-12 and is eighth in the nation shooting 38.6 percent from three-point range.
50.9 - Oregon is shooting 50.9 percent from the field in its eight wins this season, shooting over 60 percent twice.
Oregon's depth has been on display all season long, with multiple players stepping up following injuries to key players early on. The Ducks have had 10 different players lead or tie for the team lead in scoring in a game this season and have had seven different leading scorers in the last six games. Additionally, 11 of the 13 players on the roster have scored in double-figures at least once while six Ducks have turned in a 20-point game. Oregon has had at least five players score in double figures in the same game four times (Dixie State, Oklahoma, McNeese, Carroll) while five UO players are currently averaging double figures in scoring per game.
COMPLETE EFFORT AT CAL
Behind a strong all-around performance at both ends of the floor, Oregon picked up its first conference win of the season with a dominant 88-53 road win against California Sunday. The Ducks hit a season-high 14 three-pointers on 26 attempts while holding the Bears to just 29.4 percent shooting and just 15 made buckets. Sydney Parrish and Te-Hina Paopao led the way offensively, each scoring 21 points, with Parrish hitting a career-high seven three-pointers while Paopao went 8-of-13 from the field and 4-of-5 from deep. Parrish turned in her third 20-point game of the season while Paopao recorded her first, marking the second time this year Oregon had multiple 20-point scorers in a game.
GETTING IT DONE AT BOTH ENDS
The Ducks have been solid at both ends of the floor over the first 12 games. Oregon is currently second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, shooting 46.4 percent from the field while sitting in third in the league in turnovers forced at 17.6 per game. Oregon has shot at least 43 percent from the field in 11 of the 13 games while holding its opponent to under 40 percent from the field nine times, including four games in which it has held teams to under 30 percent shooting from the field.
» The Ducks are 8-1 when outshooting teams from the field and 0-4 when opponents finish with a better FG percentage.
» Oregon has forced more turnovers than its opponent nine times while going 7-2 when winning the turnover battle.
» Forced at least 20 turnovers in four games this season.
» One of two Pac-12 teams to have held at least four opponents to under 30 percent shooting from the field.
The Pac-12 leaders in three-point field goal percentage, Oregon has gotten solid production from outside from a number of different players. The Ducks are eighth in the country shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and are one of 10 teams nationally shooting at least 38 percent from three-point range. Oregon is also fourth in the league with 91 total made threes and have hit at least three shots from outside in all 13 games. Sydney Parrish leads the way for the Ducks shooting 43.5 percent from long range (27-for-62) while Ahlise Hurst is shooting 40.0 percent from deep (28-for-70).
» Only Pac-12 team with multiple players with at least 25 made threes this season.
» Hurst is fourth in the conference in three-pointers made while Parrish is fifth.
» Five different players have made at least three three-pointers in a game (Hurst, Parrish, Te-Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers, Maddie Scherr).
» Shot 48.8 percent from beyond the arc (21-for-43) over the weekend at Stanford and California, led by a season-high 14 made threes on 26 attempts against the Bears.
PLAYING THE BEST
Oregon's schedule is once again one of the toughest in the country, with 11 games against teams currently ranked in the AP top 25. The Ducks took on a pair of teams that were ranked at the time in The Bahamas at the Battle 4 Atlantis, squaring off against No. 1 South Carolina and No. 24 South Florida. UO opened the tournament against now No. 23 Oklahoma, handing the Sooners one of their two losses in a 98-93 win. Oregon also has a matchup set with No. 10 UConn on Jan. 17 in Eugene. In Pac-12 play, the Ducks will play twice each against the teams who met in last year's national title game, No. 2 Stanford and No. 7 Arizona.
» Will play three of last year's Final Four teams in a five-game stretch in January (Jan. 7 at Stanford, Jan. 15 vs. Arizona, Jan. 17 vs. UConn) and has all four 2021 Final Four teams on the schedule (played South Carolina on Nov. 21).
» 16 games against 2021 NCAA Tournament teams.
» Five games against 2020-21 conference champions (Idaho State, South Florida, UC Davis, Stanford).
ALL-PAC-12 TRIO RETURNS
After all three missed the majority of the nonconference slate of games, Oregon's trio of 2021 All-Pac-12 performers have returned over the last handful of games. Te-Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers and Nyara Sabally have all returned in the last few games after missing extended time early in the season due to injury, and each are averaging double figures in scoring per game on the year. The trio scored 99 of the team's 156 points over the weekend against Stanford and California and are averaging a combined 42.6 PPG throughout the season. Sabally is first on the team with 15.8 PPG followed by Rogers at 15.0 and Paopao averaging 11.8 points over four games.
» All three have scored in double figures in each of the last three games.
» Trio combined to score 55 of Oregon's 68 points at Stanford.
» Oregon is the one of six Power 6 schools to have at least three all-conference players from 2021 on their current roster in Paopao, Rogers and Sabally.