Final Regular Season Week Begins In Boulder
EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon opens the final week of the regular season with a road trip to the mountains, starting Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT against Colorado. The No. 25 Ducks will look to position themselves for the postseason this week, currently sitting in a tie for second place in the conference with Washington State and a game ahead of Arizona in the win column.
With two wins this week over Colorado and Utah, Oregon would finish in second place in the Pac-12, owning the tiebreaker over Washington State. The Ducks have won each of their last six meetings with Colorado, winning by an average of 41.8 PPG in that stretch.
When: Wednesday, Feb. 23
Where: CU Events Center
Time: 6 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 Network
Play-By-Play: Ann Schatz | Analyst: Kami Carmann Snyder
Stream Link: https://pac-12.com/womens-basketball/event/2022/02/23/oregon-colorado
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Play-By-Play: Terry Jonz
DID YOU KNOW
Oregon's 11 games scheduled for the month of February are the most among any Power 5 conference team.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
4 - Junior guard Endyia Rogers is four points away from reaching 1,000 for her career across her time at USC and Oregon.
17 - Oregon players have combined for 17 20-point games this season, tied for the most in the Pac-12 (Stanford).
32.2 - Oregon is holding opponents to 32.2 percent shooting from the field in the last seven games.
59.1 - Oregon leads the league in points allowed per game in conference play, giving up just 59.1 PPG in Pac-12 play.
63.0 - Nyara Sabally, Te-Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers have scored 63.0 percent of Oregon's points since Jan. 7.
SPRINT TO THE FINISH
Oregon has had one of the busiest schedules in the country since the start of February. The Ducks have played nine games in the last 20 days dating back to Feb. 1, a number that is tied for the most among all teams nationally and more than any other Power 5 team. Oregon's 11 scheduled games in the month are two more than any other Pac-12 school while it has played three games in a week three times in February, with no other team in the league doing so more than once. During that stretch of three-game weeks, the Ducks went 3-0 in their first game of a week, 2-1 in their second game and 0-3 in the third game. Oregon will also go the entire month without having more than two days off in between games.
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 42.2 PPG on the season, including 43.4 per contest in conference play. They are the only trio of teammates in the Pac-12 averaging at least 13.0 PPG on the season, as Sabally ranks seventh in the league with 14.5 PPG while Rogers is 11th at 13.9 per contest and Paopao is 12th putting up 13.8 a game. One of the three have led the team in scoring in 16 of the last 17 games. The Ducks are 12-5 since all three returned to the lineup.
TURNING UP THE PRESSURE
The Ducks have turned up the pressure defensively in recent games, leading the conference in points allowed per game in Pac-12 play at 59.1 PPG. Oregon is also second in the league in field goal percentage defense in conference games, holding teams to 37.1 percent shooting from the field. In the last seven games, the Ducks are holding opponents to 55.0 PPG while allowing them to shoot just 32.2 percent from the field, holding teams to under 30 percent in three of those contests.
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 have two top-10 wins which came in back-to-back games in January following wins over then-No. 7 Arizona and then-No. 9 UConn. Oregon also knocked off Oklahoma, which is currently ranked No. 20 in the AP poll, 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 2-4 in those games.
» Currently ranked 12th in the NET rankings.
» Three wins against teams in the top 25 of the NET rankings.
» Three wins over teams currently ranked in the top 20 of the AP poll (No. 7 UConn, No. 12 Arizona, No. 20 Oklahoma).
» Two road games against teams in the top 35 of the NET this week (No. 31 Colorado, No. 25 Utah).