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Ducks Look To Bounce Back Sunday In Tempe

Feb 5, 2022

After losing for the first time in nearly a month, No. 19 Oregon will look to get back on track Sunday when it closes its trip to the desert against Arizona State at 1 p.m. The Ducks still sit in second place alone in the Pac-12 standings at 7-2 in league play and will aim to remain in the hunt for the conference crown and rebound from Friday's loss at No. 8 Arizona.

Oregon and Arizona State met this past Tuesday in Eugene in a make-up game that the Ducks won, 72-58, for their sixth in the last seven meetings with the Sun Devils. 

GAME INFO
When: Sunday, Feb. 6
Where: Desert Financial Arena
Time: 1 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Network
Play-By-Play: Jenny Cavnar | Analyst: Joan Bonvicini
Stream Link: https://pac-12.com/womens-basketball/event/2022/02/06/oregon-arizona-state
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz

NUMBERS TO KNOW
3 - Oregon is one of three teams nationally that have beaten a top-10 team in back-to-back games (South Carolina, South Florida). 
4-0 - Oregon is 4-0 on the season in games decided by five points or fewer, with two of those wins coming vs. currently ranked teams.
5.1 - Oregon is outscoring teams 378-276 in the fourth quarter this year, winning the fourth by an average of 5.1 PPG (18.9-13.8).
45.9 - Oregon leads the Pac-12 shooting 45.9 percent from the field while also sitting in 16th place nationally.
65.2 - Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers have scored 65.2 percent of Oregon's points since Jan. 7. 

HEATING UP
Finally playing with a full roster, Oregon has put itself back in the national conversation with strong play over the last month. The Ducks knocked off a pair of top-10 teams in Matthew Knight Arena in January, beating No. 7 Arizona and No. 9 UConn in a span of three days on Jan. 15 and 17. It was the first time the Ducks beat back-to-back top-10 teams while unranked for the first time since the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Those two wins jump-started an eight-game winning streak that included a stretch of seven conference victories in a row to move Oregon into second place in the Pac-12 standings. The seven-game conference winning streak was also Oregon's longest since the end of the 2019-20 season. 

BIG 3 2.0
Since returning to the lineup in early January, Oregon's trio of 2021 All-Pac-12 performers have made a huge impact. Te-Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers and Nyara Sabally are combining to average 44.0 PPG on the season, including 46.0 per contest in the nine games since all three rejoined the lineup. They are the only trio of teammates in the Pac-12 averaging at least 14.0 PPG in conference play, as Sabally ranks third in the league with 18.1 PPG while Rogers is 10th at 15.1 per contest and Paopao is 13th putting up 14.0 a game. One of those three have led the team in scoring in each of the last 10 games while all three have turned in multiple 20-point games since the start of January. 

BUILDING A RESUME
Oregon has picked up a number of quality wins through the first three months of the season while playing a tough schedule. The Ducks are one of six teams nationally with multiple wins over teams currently in the top 10 of the AP poll. Oregon knocked off top 10 teams in back-to-back games with wins over then-No. 7 Arizona and then-No. 9 UConn while also beating Oklahoma - which is now ranked No. 18 - on Nov. 20 in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Additionally, the Ducks have played each of last year's Final Four teams in South Carolina, Stanford, Arizona and UConn, going 2-2 in those games.

Teams with Multiple Wins Over Current Top 10 Teams
South Carolina (3)    
Stanford (3)        
Oregon (2)  
Louisville (2)      
Michigan (2)
NC State (2)

FINISHING STRONG
Over the first 20 games, Oregon has finished games strong owning a 378-276 (18.9-13.8 PPG) scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. The Ducks have won the final period 14 times, and are outscoring teams by an average of 5.1 points per game in the fourth. Oregon is holding teams to 32.3 percent shooting from the field in the final quarter and is also forcing 4.5 turnovers and out-rebounding teams by 2.5 per game in the final 10 minutes. 

FEBRUARY FRENZY
With the addition of a number of make-up games due to COVID postponements from earlier in the season, Oregon is currently scheduled to play 10 games in the month of February to finish the regular season. The Ducks kick off the month with back-to-back weeks in which it will be playing three games, including a stretch of four straight road games against the Arizona schools, Washington State and Oregon State. Additionally, Oregon will be playing six of its final nine games on the road, capped off by a season-ending trip to the mountains to take on Colorado and Utah after hosting Oregon State, California and Stanford to wrap up the home schedule. 

POWER PRESENCE INSIDE
Nyara Sabally has started to assert herself as one of the more dominant players in the conference. She's averaging 16.7 points and 6.3 rebounds over 13 games while shooting 58.0 percent from the field. An All-Pac-12 selection a year ago, Sabally has scored at least 15 points in seven of the eight conference games and leads the team with five 20-point games on the season. She is also sixth in the conference averaging 1.8 steals per game, including 2.0 per contest in Pac-12 play. Sabally has played in each of the last 11 games after missing the previous six due to injury. 

» Third in the league in scoring in Pac-12 play at 18.1 PPG.
» Fourth in the conference in scoring on the season with 16.7 per game and third shooting 58.0 percent on FGs.
» Averaging 19.0 PPG over the last five games, shooting 65.5 percent from the field over that stretch. 
» Scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting against Arizona State on Tuesday.