Oregon Ducks Women's Basketball

Mrs. Duck’s Lovely Week

Mike Merrell’s Three-and-Out In a football season that has certainly had its downs, the Oregon Ducks have emerged as one of the best — if not the best — teams in the conference. A national championship is out of the...

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Ducks Women’s Basketball Loses Third Player Since November

It’s a rough time for the Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball team, as they have just lost a third player this season. In early November, Chrishae Rowe was dismissed from the team for violating team rules, Janitah Iamaleava left the team by her...

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Liz Brenner: All-Star Duck

Liz Brenner is a singular Duck, a once-in-a-generation athlete that excels in every competition she enters. She’s an All-American volleyball player, a 6’1″ outside hitter who led the Pac-12 last year in kills. Not...

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Oregon Women Back at .500 After Loss at Washington 108-100

In a game that had a torrid pace throughout Oregon could not find a way with two of the Pac-12 Conference’s top scorers to keep pace with the Washington Huskies on Friday night. Oregon Guard Jillian Alleyne posted her 22nd double double of the season in the loss that brought the Oregon Ducks to 13-13 […]

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Oregon Women’s Basketball Schedule This Weekend Postponed Due to Weather

The Oregon Women’s Basketball team(12-9, 3-7 Pac-12) was scheduled to play home games on Friday and Sunday this week against Colorado and Utah respectively. A change in the weather has caused some travel issues for the Buffaloes and the game will still be played, but the date has been moved to Saturday, according to the […]

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Oregon Women Top Washington State 82-66 For First Pac-12 Conference Win of the Season

After five straight losses, all in Conference play the Oregon Women took the lead early, up by 18 points. However the turnover bug bit the Ducks by Halftime allowing the Cougars back into the game. Paul Westhead’s team would put Washington State away in the second half for an 82-66 win on Friday night. The […]

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Oregon Women Have Their Chances, Drop Game to UCLA, 88-83

  The Ducks were up 13 points with just over six minutes left in the game, but their lead slipped away. Jillian Alleyne brought Oregon back to within 5 in the final few minutes but it was not enough as Oregon(9-7, 0-5 Pac-12) dropped their fifth in a row and are 0-5 in Conference. Alleyne […]

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Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball 2013-14 Schedule Released

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Oregon Ducks Women's Basketball
Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball
(Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

The Oregon Ducks women’s basketball 2013-14 schedule has been released. The team opens the season with 11-of-13 games at home including traveling cross country to play powerhouse UConn to close out non-conference play.

The Ducks will play 11 games on the Pac-12 Networks this season and all non-televised home and conference road games will be available for free online via Pac-12 Live Stream.

“We are very eager to get back on the court this season,” said Paul Westhead, Oregon Ducks women’s basketball head coach. “We have a lot of talented teams coming to Eugene this year and it should be exciting for our players and our fans.”

Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball 2013-14 Schedule:

 
  Wed, Oct 30   Western Oregon (Exh.)  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Mon, Nov 04   Oregon Tech (Exh.)  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Nov 09   CSU Bakersfield  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Tue, Nov 12   Portland  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Sun, Nov 17   Sacramento State  Eugene, Ore.    2:00 p.m.
  Wed, Nov 20   Connecticut  Hartford, Conn.    4:00 p.m.
  Mon, Nov 25   Pepperdine  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Sun, Dec 01   Princeton  Eugene, Ore.    12:00 p.m.
  Wed, Dec 04   Seattle U  Seattle, Wash.    TBA
  Sat, Dec 14   Portland State  Eugene, Ore.    2:00 p.m.
  Wed, Dec 18   Southern  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Fri, Dec 20   Cal Poly  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Sun, Dec 29   Cal State Northridge  Eugene, Ore.    4:00 p.m.
  Fri, Jan 03   Stanford *  Stanford, Calif.    6:00 p.m.
  Sun, Jan 05   California *  Berkeley, Calif.    12:00 p.m.
  Sat, Jan 11   Oregon State *  Eugene, Ore.    5:00 p.m.
  Mon, Jan 13   Oregon State *  Corvallis, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Fri, Jan 17   UCLA *  Los Angeles, Calif.    8:00 p.m.
  Sun, Jan 19   USC *  Los Angeles, Calif.    2:00 p.m.
  Fri, Jan 24   Washington State *  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Sun, Jan 26   Washington *  Eugene, Ore.    12:00 p.m.
  Fri, Jan 31   Arizona *  Tucson, Ariz.    6:00 p.m.
  Sun, Feb 02   Arizona State *  Tempe, Ariz.    TBA
  Fri, Feb 07   Utah *  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Sun, Feb 09   Colorado *  Eugene, Ore.    2:00 p.m.
  Fri, Feb 14   USC *  Eugene, Ore.    7:30 p.m.
  Mon, Feb 17   UCLA *  Eugene, Ore.    4:00 p.m.
  Fri, Feb 21   Washington *  Seattle, Wash.    6:00 p.m.
  Sun, Feb 23   Washington State *  Pullman, Wash.    TBA
  Fri, Feb 28   Arizona State *  Eugene, Ore.    7:00 p.m.
  Sun, Mar 02   Arizona *  Eugene, Ore.    1:00 p.m.
 

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Turnovers Doom Ducks as WBB Falls 60-49 to Colorado

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The Oregon Ducks Women’s Basketball team (4-25, 2-15) lost 60-49 No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes (23-5, 12-5) Friday night, keeping the Ducks in last place in the Pac-12 conference. Colorado is in 4th place in Pac-12 play in its second season after coming from the Big 12. The score of the game went back and fourth until the second half when the Buffaloes begun to take over.

Unfortunately, what defeated the ducks tonight was their 21 turnovers to nine forced. The Buffalos made the most of the turnovers capitalizing by scoring 20 points.

Jillian Alleyne drives to the basket for the Ducks (Eric Evans/GoDucks)
Jillian Alleyne drives to the basket for the Ducks
(Eric Evans/GoDucks)

Brittany Wilson led the Buffaloes’ lock down second half defense with one block along with three steals. But it wasn’t a one-person effort as the Buffalo’s held the Ducks to field goal percentage of 39%. However, the game wasn’t as lopsided as the scored would indicate. There were 10 lead changes along with two ties.

Jillian Alleyne, who had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds, led the Ducks both offensively and defensively. Liz Brenner, Oregon’s multi-sport athlete pushed the Ducks out to an 8-4 led with 15:28 minutes left in the first half, but Oregon quickly squandered its early lead.

Head coach Paul Westhead called upon Katie Gruys, who came to University of Oregon for track and field, to help the team out. Long after the fans and teammates leave the arena she usually sticks around to work on her game. Gruys only played one minute in the game, but keep your eyes on this rising star for the next three years at Hayward field and at Matt Night Arena.

Colorado now turns their focus to Corvallis to play Oregon State on Sunday. They are all but guaranteed s a spot in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, only looking to improve their seeding from here on out.

Oregon will try to salvage a lost season starting Sunday versus the Utah Utes. It will be senior night at Matthew Night Arena so emotions will be high as they work for one more win. Focus will then shift north to Seattle, Wash for the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball tournament.  The Ducks have two more opportunities to change the tone for the off-season.

Ducks’ Comeback Effort Falls Short Against Beavers in 63-53 Loss

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Oregon's Liz Brenner(University of Oregon Media Services)
Oregon’s Liz Brenner
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Oregon head coach Paul Westhead isn’t one to take away moral victories, but that’s what the Oregon Ducks (2-15, 0-5) had to settle for, falling to the (8-9, 2-3) Oregon State Beavers, 63-53 on Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Ducks used good ball movement to jump out to a 4-0 lead to start the game, but the Beavers responded with a 15-2 run, fueled by blocks on defense and offensive rebounds for second chance points. The Beavers found their shot from beyond the arc, hitting three baskets from 3-point range during the run.

Oregon relied on multi-sport standout Liz Brenner, who had eight of Oregon’s nine points during the first 10 minutes of the game. The Ducks, known for having a high number of 3-point attempts, turned to Brenner in the post when the outside shots wouldn’t fall.

Normally, freshman Jillian Alleyne is a go-to in the post for the Ducks, but that was not the case tonight. Alleyne shot just 2-14 from the field.

“I thought early, Jill was struggling,” said Westhead. “She’s just a young freshman who’s been thrown at there to lead her team offensively. She’ll be fine.”

While Oregon couldn’t get the shots from beyond the arc to go down, the Beavers had no problem in that department, with five 3-pointers during the first half. A 3-pointer from Mollee Schwegler gave Oregon State a 13-point lead with 7:15 to go in the first half. By the end of the half, the Beavers led 37-20. Oregon’s 20 first-half points matched the lowest total of the season. Their other 20-point first half came against Illinois on December 12.

The Beavers’ bench came up big in the first half with 13 points, while Oregon’s bench was held scoreless. Poor shooting continued to be a problem for the Ducks, who shot 19.4% in the first half, while Oregon State shot 40.6% from the field.

Jamie Weisner opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers, extending Oregon State’s lead to 24, their largest of the night.

The Ducks showed some signs of life in the second half, going on a 11-0 run to cut the Oregon State lead down to eight points with just over six minutes left in the game. With two minutes remaining, Amanda Delgado sunk a 3-pointer to bring the Ducks within seven, but that is as close as the Ducks would come as their late comeback effort fell short.

For the Ducks, Brenner led the way in scoring with a career high 17 points, adding eight rebounds. For the Beavers, Weisner used a hot performance from 3-point range to turn in 22 points.

“I definitely think as every game goes I get more and more comfortable, get more into basketball shape,” said Brenner. “Every game gets better.”

The Ducks shot just 25.8% from the field during the night, a problem that has plagued them all season long, while the Beavers shot 37.5%.

“We have to get back to scoring the basketball,” said Westhead. “The percentage is alarming.”

Oregon committed 11 turnovers, their lowest total for any game this season.

The Ducks will have a rematch against the Beavers on Sunday afternoon in Corvallis to wrap up the Civil War series between the two squads. After traveling north to face Washington State on January 25 and Washington on January 27, the Ducks will return home to Eugene to face No. 6 Stanford on February 1.

Oregon MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
D Love 30 4-7 2-4 2-2 7 0 1 1 1 2 12
L Brenner 35 5-11 0-0 7-10 8 1 0 0 3 3 17
A Thomas 31 2-11 0-4 0-0 1 4 1 0 2 2 4
J Loera 31 1-9 1-8 0-0 4 1 0 0 0 2 3
J Alleyne 33 2-14 0-0 3-6 13 2 3 1 2 2 7
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
M Carpenter 12 0-2 0-0 0-2 4 1 0 1 2 2 0
A Delgado 16 2-9 2-7 0-0 2 1 0 0 0 0 6
D Galland 12 1-3 1-1 1-2 2 1 0 0 1 1 4
TEAM   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
17-66 6-24 13-22 41 11 5 3 11 14 53
    25.8% 25.0% 59.1%    
Oregon St MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
S Edwards 18 0-2 0-0 0-0 6 0 0 0 2 2 0
D Hunter 19 2-5 0-0 2-2 4 1 1 2 1 3 6
A Martin 36 3-11 1-6 0-0 3 2 1 1 2 1 7
A Gibson 34 1-7 1-4 4-6 6 1 1 1 0 2 7
J Weisner 35 7-16 4-9 4-5 6 2 2 0 0 3 22
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
P Bright 24 4-8 0-0 2-3 7 1 0 6 0 2 10
M Schwegler 14 3-5 1-2 0-0 1 2 1 0 2 2 7
R Hamblin 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S Siegner 17 1-1 0-0 2-4 5 2 0 0 4 3 4
TEAM   FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
21-56 7-21 14-20 38 11 6 10 11 18 63
    37.5% 33.3% 70.0%