Ducks Add Veteran Guard Taya Hanson
EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon head coach Kelly Graves announced the addition of graduate transfer and Pac-12 Conference veteran Taya Hanson, who played four seasons at Arizona State.
"We're excited to welcome Taya to the Oregon family," said Graves. "Taya plays with a ton of toughness and energy and is going to bring a veteran presence to our team. She has been one of my favorite guards in the Pac-12 the last few years, and her leadership and ability to defend at a high level will be a major addition to our program."
Hanson did not miss a game during her four seasons at Arizona State, playing in all 114 games while making 62 starts over that span. She comes to Eugene with 739 career points (6.5 per game) to go along with 296 rebounds and 144 made three-pointers during her time with the Sun Devils. Hanson started the final 51 games of her Arizona State career, getting the nod in all 50 games during the last two seasons.
As a senior at ASU, Hanson averaged 8.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while leading the team with an 88.7 free throw percentage. She connected on 33 of her final 34 attempts from the line to end the season, including a streak of 32 made free throws that stretched from December until the season finale at the Pac-12 Tournament.
An All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection in 2020-21, Hanson led the team with 12.6 points per game while finishing third in rebounding with 4.3 per contest while coming away with a team-high 1.4 steals per game. She reached double figures in scoring in 18 of the 24 games, scoring 15-plus points eight times. Hanson also led the team and finished tied for second in the Pac-12 with 62 made three-pointers, going 62-of-180 from long range, hitting a three in all but one game and multiple threes 16 times.
Hanson played in 64 games while making 12 starts over her first two seasons in Tempe, averaging 3.5 points per game in 16.9 minutes per contest. The Kelowna, B.C., native was also a part of Canadian Junior Women's National Teams a number of times prior to arriving at Arizona State, helping lead Canada to a gold medal at the 2015 FIBA U16 Americas.