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Battle 4 Atlantis Matchups Set

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon will open play at the inaugural Women’s Battle 4 Atlantis against Oklahoma on Nov. 20 following the announcement of the bracket Wednesday.
 
The eight-team event will run Nov. 20-22 in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The Ducks join a strong field that includes Buffalo, Connecticut, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Florida and Syracuse.
 
The Ducks have split their two all-time meetings with the Sooners, winning a 2017 matchup in the PK80 Invitational, 92-74, in Matthew Knight Arena. Oregon dropped the only other meeting between the two schools in 2012 at a nonconference tournament in Hawaii.
 
Game start times and TV information will be released at a later date. Information on tickets and reservations can be found online here.

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Watson Named to USA Basketball U23 3×3 Roster

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon forward Kylie Watson earned one of four spots on USA Basketball’s 3×3 U23 Nations League team Friday. Watson and Team USA will play in the final three stops of the FIBA 3×3 U23 Nations League, Aug. 2-4 in Voiron, France.
 
Watson heads into the event already with quality USA Basketball experience under her belt, winning gold at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and taking part in training camp for the 2017 U17 World Cup and 2019 U19 World Cup teams. Each of her three teammates on the 3×3 team, Emily Engstler, Madison Hayes and Hailey Van Lith, also have played with Team USA prior to the U23 Nations League.
 
As a true freshman at Oregon in 2020-21, Watson played in 18 of the 24 games, averaging 2.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game. She also shot .552 from the floor and recorded nine blocks while averaging 8.2 minutes per game. Watson reached double figures in scoring twice in her first collegiate season, putting up 11 in 10 minutes off the bench vs. USC on Jan. 1 and scoring a season-high 12 on the road against California.
 
The Linwood, N.J. native was one of five incoming freshmen for the Ducks to be rated a five-star and ended her career ranked No. 17 overall in the Class of 2020 according to the espnW top 100 rankings. Watson was also a McDonalds All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selection following her senior year at Mainland High School, where she earned New Jersey Gatorade State Player of the Year honors in 2020.
 
Watson and Team USA will begin training camp for the FIBA 3×3 Nations League event on July 29 in Pittsburgh, before travelling to France to take on countries from throughout Europe and the Americas.
 

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Graves Adds All-Pac-12 Performer Endyia Rogers

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon head coach Kelly Graves announced the addition of 2021 All-Pac-12 selection Endyia Rogers, who starred for two seasons at USC.
 
“We are thrilled to welcome Endyia into our program,” said Graves. “She is an extremely skilled player who can shoot it at a high level and be a leader for our team on and off the court. Endyia has proven that she can perform at an elite level in the Pac-12 and will bring energy and a high basketball IQ to our backcourt. She will be a great fit for this team and we are excited to have her in Eugene.”
 
Rogers averaged 13.8 points per game and started all 54 games over her two seasons with the Trojans. A versatile guard, she also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists while leading the team in three-point field goals made each of the last two seasons, hitting 79 shots from outside in her career. Additionally, Rogers comes to Eugene with a .831 career free throw percentage while averaging 0.9 steals per game.

This past season, the All-Pac-12 performer led the Trojans in scoring and finished seventh in the conference averaging 14.8 points per game. Rogers’ 4.3 assists per game were also fifth in the Pac-12 while free throw percentage of 84.6 was good for fourth in the league. She reached double figures in scoring 17 times in 23 games played, highlighted by four 20-point games and a 30-point game against Arizona State on Jan. 31.
 
Rogers earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors after that 30-point outing against Arizona State, when she went 9-of-14 from the field while adding six rebounds and five assists. She also delivered in clutch moments in a pair of wins earlier in the season, hitting go-ahead shots in the last five minutes of regulation or overtime in wins over Utah (Jan. 8) and Washington State (Jan. 15).  
 
As a freshman in 2019-20, Rogers earned honorable mention all-conference recognition and finished second on the team and third among Pac-12 freshmen with 13.1 points per game. She led the team with 44 made three-pointers while adding 4.2 rebounds per game and dishing out 2.9 assists per contest.
 

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Giomi Named Hansen Medal Recipient

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EUGENE, Ore. – A part of five of the most successful seasons in program history and recent recipient of her master’s degree, Lydia Giomi was named the women’s winner of the Pac-12’s Tom Hansen Medal at Oregon on Wednesday by the conference.
 
This marks the second straight year that the women’s recipient of the Hansen Medal at UO has come from the basketball program, after Satou Sabally earned the honor last season. Giomi is the sixth player in program history to receive the award that is given to one male and one female student-athlete at each school who displays outstanding achievement in academics, athletics and leadership (Satou Sabally – 2020, Amanda Johnson – 2012, Cathrine Kraayeveld – 2005, Arianne Boyer – 1997, Lauri Landerholm – 1987).
 
Giomi was honored Wednesday along with football’s Hunter Kampmoyer, Oregon’s male recipient.
 
Giomi arrived at Oregon as a part of the 2016 recruiting class and has been a part of four Sweet Sixteen runs, three Elite Eight appearances and the 2019 team that made it to the program’s first Final Four. She appeared in 118 games over her five seasons, finishing with a .579 field goal percentage and averaging 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game as a role player off the bench.
 
This past school year, Giomi taught a class of third graders over Zoom while earning her master’s degree in education. She helped lead a group of 25 third-grade students through reading and math classes in the morning before heading to practice in the afternoon, then capped off her day with graduate school classes three nights a week.
 
The native of Seattle, Wash., earned her undergraduate degree following the 2020 school year and was a leader for this year’s team that made it to the Sweet Sixteen, as one of just two seniors in a group that included eight underclassmen. Giomi was also a part of three straight Pac-12 regular season title winning teams from 2018-20 and ended her career just five games played shy of cracking the UO career top 10 list in that category.
 

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Prince, USA Win Gold at 2021 FIBA AmeriCup

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Sedona Prince and the USA Basketball Women’s AmeriCup Team won the gold medal at the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup on Saturday with a 74-59 victory over Puerto Rico in the title game.
 
The U.S. finished a perfect 6-0 at the FIBA AmeriCup while outscoring opponents by 35.2 points per game, advancing to one of four 2022 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments that will determine the 12 teams to reach the 2022 FIBA World Cup.
 
Prince averaged 6.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game with seven blocked shots across six games. The Oregon women’s basketball standout led the U.S. to a dominant 102-53 win over Venezuela on June 14, going 8-of-14 from the field for a team-high 19 points while grabbing seven rebounds.
 
This is the second gold medal for Prince, who also led the U.S. to victory at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Prince owns a pair of bronze medals as well, from the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.
 
Prince is one of multiple Ducks to don the red, white and blue this summer. The quartet of Te-Hina Paopao, Sydney Parrish, Maddie Scherr and Kylee Watson reached the semifinals at the 2021 Redbull USA Basketball 3X Nationals last weekend, and Paopao is on the 2021 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team that will compete at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup on August 7-19 in Debrecen, Hungary.
 

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Graves Signs Grad Transfer Shannon Dufficy

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EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon women’s basketball team has added 1,137 career points and 936 rebounds to its 2021-22 roster with the signing of graduate transfer Shannon Dufficy, head coach Kelly Graves announced on Friday.
 
A 6-foot-2 forward, Dufficy played the 2020-21 season at Missouri, where she averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 22 contests. Prior to joining the Tigers and sitting out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Dufficy racked up 995 points and 838 rebounds across three seasons with Utah State.
 
“Shannon is a great addition to our program,” said Graves. “She brings a terrific veteran presence and a wealth of experience to our roster. I love the way she approaches the game, and her versatile skillset will allow her to play multiple positions for us. We can’t wait to get her to Eugene.”
 
Dufficy started the final six games of the 2020-21 season for Missouri, scoring in double figures four times. She went 7-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-7 from three-point range for a season-high 19 points on February 21 against Florida, her best game as a Tiger. Dufficy matched her season-high with eight rebounds in each of Missouri’s final three games of the season.
 
A native of Melbourne, Australia, Dufficy enjoyed a terrific three-year stint at Utah State from 2016-17 to 2018-19. She ended her Aggies career tied for the program’s all-time lead with 31 double-doubles while ranking second with 838 rebounds.
 
Dufficy was an all-Mountain West performer in 2018-19, averaging a double-double with 15.8 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She broke the single-season program record with 19 double-doubles, including a record nine straight from December 22 to January 30. Dufficy’s 339 rebounds were also a school record, and she scored in double figures 27 times.
 
Dufficy’s best scoring performance came in her final regular-season game with Utah State, a career-best 29-point showing against Colorado State. That was one of 10 games of 20-plus points for Dufficy as a junior, when she shot 44.2 percent from the floor and 33.3 percent from deep. She had three games with at least 15 rebounds, including a 17-point, 16-board performance at UTSA, while also racking up 51 total steals and 30 blocked shots.
 
As a sophomore in 2017-18, Dufficy averaged 7.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She scored in double figures 11 times, including a 21-point outing against UNLV.
 
Dufficy was a Mountain West all-freshman team selection in 2016-17, averaging 8.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. She had 11 double-digit rebounding performances, pulling down a career-high 17 points against Colorado State. Dufficy showed out against Arizona in her ninth career game, going 8-of-13 from the floor for 21 points while grabbing 11 rebounds for her first career double-double.
 

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Ducks To Defend 3×3 Title

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The COVID pandemic robbed Oregon’s 2020-21 freshman class of so many experiences. But that quartet of Ducks has spent this spring making up for lost time, and this weekend they’ll have a chance to see just how far they’ve progressed since the end of the season.

Te-Hina Paopao, Sydney Parrish, Maddie Scherr and Kylee Watson will represent Oregon in the 2021 Redbull USA Basketball 3X Nationals this weekend at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. The Ducks are defending national champions in the 3×3 format; the quartet of Erin Boley, Oti Gildon, Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu won the national championship in 2018, and Gildon, Hebard, Ionescu and Lydia Giomi followed it up with another title in 2019.

The 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic, a minor upheaval compared with the other challenges Oregon’s freshman class faced last season. But the second-year Ducks have been able to enjoy a more typical offseason of workouts and training since reaching the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament in March, and they’ll put that development to the test this weekend in the 3×3 tournament.

“That was the hardest thing about having to deal with COVID last year, is not really being able to get to know each other,” Watson said. “We came in with so many new girls. Having us here now playing together, being in the facilities, being able to come to the coaches’ offices, it’s all been so helpful. Our chemistry is so strong now.”

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Watson and Parrish have experience playing together in the 3×3 format, at a national team camp while they were in high school. The format is new to Scherr and Paopao, who have had to adjust to the halfcourt setup, the scoring system of ones and twos, and the reduced shot clock.

Gildon, who is now the program’s interim director of creativity/student-athlete support, has helped them learn the format.

“It’s so different; we were so confused on the subbing, the rules, the time, the scoring,” Paopao said. “The first time we played it was hilarious, because we had no idea what we were doing. But as time went on we’ve gotten better, so I’m excited to see what happens.”

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The Ducks have seen progress already, in recent scrimmages against friends — including some older, bigger men’s players.

“We were like, oh man, this is gonna be tough,” Scherr said. “But we ended up beating them most of the times we played. Which was awesome.”

The weekend tournament begins with preliminary rounds Saturday. Based on those results, the teams will be seeded for the knockout rounds Sunday.

“I think we have a big target on our back,” Parrish said. “Because they know we’re one of the younger teams. So I’m excited.”

The Oregon Ducks take on the UC Davis Aggies at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 6, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

The quartet of second-year Ducks has been together much of the spring, strengthening their bonds on and off the court. Veterans Sedona Prince and Nyara Sabally have been out of town pursuing national team spots — Sabally in Germany, Prince with the USA Basketball team that begins competition for the AmeriCup on Friday in Puerto Rico.

Parrish said the second-year players have taken advantage of their time together, using their key cards to access Matthew Knight Arena and get in voluntary workouts to supplement the time they’re allowed with coaches. That’s a luxury they couldn’t enjoy in the midst of the pandemic’s heights last year.

“We’ve been coming in as often as we can,” Parrish said. “And the new coaching staff” — including new assistants Jackie Nared Hairston and Mike Moser — “has really helped us. They love being on the court with us, so it’s been really good.”

Scherr said the 3×3 tournament will be “a good mechanism to feel each other out,” in that the format rewards individual creativity. The Ducks can watch how their teammates like to play with that kind of freedom, which will inform how they operate as a team once the 2021-22 season begins.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Oregon State Beavers at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 28, 2021 (Eric Evans Photography)

The tournament will also be a nice break from the repetition of their recent workout schedules.

“We’ve definitely been on that scheduled routine for a while now — weights, workouts, weights, workouts,” Scherr said. “So whenever we get the chance to be competitive, even in the workouts, we’re excited.”

That routine has also been broken up since the start of June by the presence of recruits, who could begin taking on-campus visits as of this month.

After playing in the 3×3 tournament this weekend, the Ducks will spend some time at their respective homes before returning to Eugene in July. So in some ways the event feels like a bridge between last season and next.

“It’s kind of like a conclusion, but it also feels like — with the recruits coming in — like a flash forward to the future,” Watson said. “The end of the COVID era — hopefully, knock on wood — and just really getting excited for next year.”


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Prince Officially Named To 2021 USA Women’s AmeriCup Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After heading to training camp as one of 13 finalists, Sedona Prince was one of 12 players officially named to the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s AmeriCup Team on Sunday.
 
The 6-foot-7 Oregon women’s basketball standout will depart on June 8 for San Juan, Puerto Rico, to compete at the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup, set for June 11-19.
 
The top four finishing teams at the AmeriCup will advance to compete in one of four 2022 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments, in hopes of earning one of the 12 spots in the 2022 FIBA World Cup.

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Prince – who averaged 10.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while helping Oregon to a fourth straight Sweet Sixteen in 2020-21 – is one of two Pac-12 players to make the team, along with Stanford’s Haley Jones.
 
The Liberty Hill, Texas, native is looking to collect more hardware with Team USA, having already won a gold medal at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. She also took home bronze medals at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Cup.
 
Ten nations from North, South and Central America and the Caribbean will take part in the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup. Games will begin on June 11, but the USA will open play on June 12 against Dominican Republic at 3:10 p.m. PT (all games will be available on ESPN+). The USA will play Puerto Rico at 6:10 p.m. PT on June 13, Venezuela at 3:10 p.m. PT on June 14 and will wrap up the preliminary round against Argentina at 6:10 p.m. PT on June 15.
 
The quarterfinals will be played on June 17, the semifinals on June 18 and the third-place and gold-medal games on June 19.
 

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Graves Signs NJCAA All-American Chanaya Pinto

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EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves made another big addition to the Ducks’ roster on Tuesday with the signing of two-time NJCAA all-American Chanaya Pinto.
 
A 6-foot-1 forward, Pinto led Northwest Florida State College to its first-ever NJCAA women’s basketball national championship as a sophomore in 2020-21 while earning NJCAA second-team all-America honors. She was a third-team NJCAA all-American as a freshman in 2019-20.
 
“We’re thrilled about adding Chanaya to our program,” said Graves. “She is a very versatile player who can shoot it, drive it, finish around the rim, get to the free throw line, and guard multiple positions. She plays with tremendous enthusiasm and has a great passion for the game, and she is a proven winner. I love her international experience, and she’s shown a knack for being productive in big games.”

Pinto is the third offseason addition by Graves, joining forward Taylor Hosendove and guard Ahlise Hurst.
 
A native of Maputo, Mozambique, Pinto averaged a team-high 14.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for the Raiders during their national championship run, scoring in double figures 19 times with 10 double-doubles. She averaged 15.5 points in Northwest Florida’s four national tournament games, including a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double against Trinity Valley Community College in the title game.
 
In addition to being named a second-team NJCAA all-American as a sophomore, Pinto received FCSAA/Region VIII all-state and all-Panhandle Conference honors while also earning a spot on the NJCAA all-tournament team. Pinto notched five 20-point games in 2020-21, including a career-best 28-point performance vs. Gulf Coast State College and a 22-point, 14-rebound double-double against Indian River State College. She was also very productive defensively with 13 multiple-steal performances, headlined by a five-steal showing on vs. Tallahassee Community College.
 
Pinto made an immediate impact as a freshman in 2019-20, earning NJCAA third-team all-America, FCSAA/Region VIII all-state, and all-Panhandle Conference recognition. She averaged 13.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, scoring in double figures 25 times with five 20-point performances. Pinto grabbed double-digit rebounds 10 times – including a pair of 15-rebound games – and notched eight double-doubles. She ranked eighth in the FCSAA with 72 total steals, recording multiple steals in 22 of 31 games with a pair of five-steal outings.
 

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Paopao Earns Spot On 2021 USA Women’s U19 World Cup Team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After three days of trials that featured 27 athletes, Oregon point guard Te-Hina Paopao is one of nine players to secure a roster spot on the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team.
 
Five athletes were named finalists for the other three roster spots on the 12-member team, the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Selection Committee announced on Sunday night.
 
Among the nine players named to the team and the five finalists, Paopao is one of seven to have played their freshman season at the college level in 2020-21. The 14 selected athletes will begin a training camp on July 19 at a site still to be announced.
 
The 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup is set to be contested in Debrecen, Hungary, on August 7-19. The final 12-player team will be named prior to the departure for Europe, where it will continue training for the FIBA U19 World Cup.
 
Paopao is coming off a tremendous freshman season for the Ducks in which she was an all-Pac-12 and Pac-12 all-freshman selection. She was the only Duck to start the first 19 games of the season before missing the final five due to injury, averaging 10.2 points, 4.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game while ranking No. 1 in the nation among freshmen with a 2.40 assist-to-turnover ratio.
 
Just the fifth UO freshman ever to receive all-conference honors and first since Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard in 2016-17, Paopao posted 11 double-figure scoring performances and shot 43.3 percent from the floor. She racked up 84 total assists in 19 games, good for No. 8 in UO freshman single-season history. Paopao was also solid defensively, leading Oregon with 27 steals and eight multi-steal performances.
 
“It was a very spirited camp and fun for the committee to watch,” said Jennifer Rizzotti, chair of the selection committee. “I feel like the players did a phenomenal job of playing for each other, which made the final selection really difficult.  Because some players were unable to attend the camp, our final decision to have finalists gives some flexibility to filling out the last roster spots.
 
“The committee is excited about the group of players we’re giving Cori and her staff to be able to go to Hungary and compete for another gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup.”
 
  “I’m very thankful that I’m not having to make the decisions for the team,” said Cori Close, USA U19 and UCLA head coach. “I’m really pleased with the versatility of this group, with the ability to shoot the ball, with the physicality of it. So, I’m excited to get this group back together to start practicing, because this is a really hard tournament to win and we’re going to have to dig deep to do it. I think the committee selected a group that can get it done.”
 

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