Jillian Alleyne (14) shoots a free throw. The Oregon Ducks hosted the UCSB Gauchos Nov. 22, 2015 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Jillian Alleyne goes to Phoenix Mercury in second round of WNBA Draft

Jillian Alleyne heard her name called on April 14 during the 2016 WNBA Draft. She reacted in pure disbelief. Alleyne went 20th overall to the Phoenix Mercury, becoming the highest-picked Oregon player in WNBA Draft history. Former Oregon center Jenny Mowe went 21st overall to Portland in 2001. “Being drafted is something I’ve …

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Jillian Alleyne (14) celebrates after Maite Cazorla's (14) buzzer-beater. The Oregon Ducks take on the Arizona Wildcats at Matthew Knight Arena on January 31, 2016 in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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WNBA Draft 2016: Alleyne ready to take next step

A day Jillian Alleyne has long dreamed about is finally here. The 2016 WNBA Draft takes place this afternoon at 4 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. ESPN2 will carry first-round coverage and ESPNU will have rounds two and three. Alleyne, the co-Pac-12 Player of the Year, averaged 19 points …

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Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne (14) looks to pass the ball around UCLA forward Kacy Swain (10). The Oregon Ducks hosted the No. 12 UCLA Bruins on Feb. 19, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Despite ACL injury, Jillian Alleyne knows her future looks bright at the next level

When senior Jillian Alleyne first realized after an MRI that she’d torn her ACL, things went fuzzy. She doesn’t remember much else about what was said in the room that day. She does, however, remember addressing her teammates with the news the day after. The room went silent. The team’s best player went down …

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Kelly Graves says Ducks’ culture paved way for successful and enjoyable season

Oregon won’t have to worry about a team trip to Disneyland anytime soon. The 2015-16 season brought the roller coaster experience to Eugene. The Ducks won their first 11 games, lost their first five to open Pac-12 play, then won eight of 10 before losing the final three games. Then came the …

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Ducks’ season comes to end in 88-54 WNIT semifinal loss

It may not have been the tournament that the Oregon women’s basketball team wanted, but it’s clear the Ducks made the most of the WNIT. The Ducks rattled off four wins to reach the semifinals, but stumbled on Wednesday night the University of South Dakota in a 88-54 loss. Jacinta …

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Oregon forward Lauren Yearwood (22) recovers a rebound. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes in the third round of the WNIT at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on March 23, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Sharpshooting Ducks head to South Dakota for semifinal showdown

This time of year, Oregon head coach Kelly Graves doesn’t have to say much to inspire his team. That may be a good thing for the Ducks’ second-year coach: His voice is still hoarse from coaching before 9,055 fans on Monday night. Oregon plays South Dakota in the semifinals of the WNIT …

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Ducks overcome 18-point deficit, advance to women’s NIT semifinal

Oregon was in hostile territory Monday evening, but still managed to overcome a seemingly insurmountable deficit to keep its season alive. In front of nearly 9,000 UTEP fans, the Ducks defeated the Miners 71-67 in El Paso, Texas to advance to the semifinal of the women’s NIT tournament. UTEP (29-5) …

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Oregon Head Coach Kelly Graves watches his team. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes in the third round of the WNIT at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on March 23, 2016.  (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon takes three-game to winning streak to El Paso in WNIT quarterfinals

The Oregon women’s basketball team hasn’t played in Texas since 2007. After rattling off three straight WNIT wins, the Ducks (23-10) have advanced to the quarterfinals and will visit University of Texas El Paso in El Paso on Monday night for a 6 p.m. tipoff. It’ll be just the second-ever meeting …

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Oregon guard Lexi Petersen (33) drives the ball around Utah's Tanaeya Boclair (32). The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes in the third round of the WNIT at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on March 23, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Photos: Oregon WBB defeats Utah in Women’s National Invitation Tournament

In its 73-63 win over the Utah Utes at Matthew Knight Arena Wednesday evening, the Oregon Women’s Basketball team has now reached the quarterfinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.  See photos of that game below.

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Oregon's Lexi Bando (10) rips the ball away from defenders. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes in the third round of the WNIT at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on March 23, 2016.  (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Lexi Bando leads Oregon past Utah to reach WNIT quarterfinals

Lexi Bando scored 34 points and made six 3-pointers to lead Oregon (23-10) past Utah 73-63 in the WNIT third round of play at Matthew Knight Arena on Wednesday night. Maite Cazorla added 13 points and nine assists while Lexi Petersen had 14 points in 40 minutes to advance Oregon …

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Oregon guard Lexi Petersen (33) jumps to make a basket. The Oregon Ducks face the Fresno State Bulldogs in the second round of the WNIT at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on March 22, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon powers past Fresno State 84-59 to advance to WNIT third round

The Oregon women’s basketball season rolls on. The Ducks shot 65 percent from 3-point range and had four scorers reach double digits for a 84-59 win over Fresno State at Matthew Knight Arena on Monday night. With the win, the Ducks (21-10) will play Utah on Wednesday in Eugene in the …

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Oregon forward Jacinta Vandenberg (15) goes to make a basket. The Oregon Ducks face the Long Beach State University 49ers during the WNIT at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on March 17, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Ducks beat Long Beach State 84-76 in WNIT to keep season alive

For Oregon coach Kelly Graves, “postseason play is postseason play.” All five Oregon starters scored in double-digits to help the Ducks beat Long Beach State 84-76 in the first round of WNIT play at Matthew Knight Arena Thursday. Lexi Petersen led the Oregon (21-10) offensive charge with 22 points on 6-of-10 …

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Oregon Women's Basketball Head Coach Kelly Graves talks to the team before the start of the second half. The Oregon Ducks face the Arizona Wildcats in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. on March 3 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon looks to end season on higher note in WNIT

Postseason play is still sweet for Oregon guard Lexi Petersen. It may not be the NCAA Tournament, but Oregon’s selection to the WNIT on Monday is just the second time in Petersen’s five years in Eugene to play after the Pac-12 tournament. Oregon (20-10) will host Long Beach State (24-7) in …

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The Oregon bench celebrates a scored three pointer. The Oregon Ducks face the Arizona Wildcats in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. on March 3 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon women’s basketball earns WNIT berth, starts with Long Beach State Thursday

Oregon’s four healthy seniors will have at least one more chance to wear a Duck uniform. On Monday night, the Ducks received an automatic qualifying bid for the WNIT, giving Oregon its first postseason berth under second-year head coach Kelly Graves The Ducks will play Long Beach State (24-8) in a …

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Future Oregon women's basketball player Ruthy Hebard poses with the Oregon coaching staff in Eugene. (Courtesy: Ruthy Hebard)
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Future Duck Ruthy Hebard makes Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year history

Future Oregon Duck women’s basketball player Ruthy Hebard made history today. In being named the Alaska State Gatorade Player of the Year on Thursday morning, she became first boy or girl from Alaska to win in three straight years. This season for West Valley High School in Fairbanks, Alaska, she’s averaged 25.9 points …

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Oregon Ducks guard Maite Cazorla (4) shouts for a teammate to pass to while being defended by Arizona Wildcats guard Taryn Griffey (3). The Oregon Ducks face the Arizona Wildcats in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament at KeyArena in Seattle, Wash. on March 3 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Arizona sends Oregon packing in opening round of Pac-12 Tournament after 74-68 loss

Never has a current Oregon women’s basketball player won a game at the Pac-12 Tournament. The Ducks (20-10, 9-10 Pac-12) rallied from a 15-point deficit to close within three points, but couldn’t complete the comeback, falling 74-68 to Arizona at Seattle’s KeyArena and sending Oregon back to Eugene empty handed. …

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Oregon Ducks forward Jillian Alleyne (14) high fives teammates at the end of the game. The Oregon Ducks face the USC Trojans at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 21 2016. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Jillian Alleyne named co-Player of the Year by Pac-12 media

Oregon senior forward Jillian Alleyne was tabbed Pac-12 co-Player of the Year on Wednesday by media members who cover women’s basketball. Alleyne received the honor along with Oregon State’s Jamie Weisner, who received player of the year honors from the league’s coaches on Monday. The Fontana, California native is the …

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Mar’Shay Moore used summer away from home to become a Division I basketball player

It was the summer after her freshman year at Blue Mountain Community College when Mar’Shay Moore developed her game. Not interested in returning to her home of Northeast Portland, and under a tight budget, she took her first job as custodian waxing floors and cleaning bathrooms at the college’s gym. It was hard …

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Both teams stand back during a technical foul shot. The Oregon Ducks hosted the Colorado Buffaloes on Feb. 14, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald).
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Roundtable: Insights and predictions as Oregon prepares for Pac-12 Tournament

Oregon women’s basketball was on the cusp of an NCAA Tournament berth entering its road trip last week. However, a season-ending injury to Jillian Alleyne and two consecutive losses has changed the outlook for this team as the postseason gets set. Emerald staff reporters Jonathan Hawthorne and Christopher Keizur analyze …

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Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne takes the ball to the basketball late in the first half. The Oregon Ducks face the USC Trojans at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on Feb. 21 2016 (Kyle Sandler/Emerald).
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Alleyne named all-Pac-12, Cazorla all-Freshman

Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne was named all-Pac-12 for the third time in her career, and guard Maite Cazorla made the conference’s all-Freshman team, it was announced on Wednesday. The awards were voted on by the women’s basketball coaches in the Pac-12. Alleyne — whose career at Oregon ended abruptly last …

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The Oregon Ducks line up for the national anthem before playing the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion on February 28, 2016. (Jonathan Hawthorne/Emerald)
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No. 13 Stanford routs Oregon, 69-42, to finish regular season

STANFORD, Calif. — This was not the way Oregon wanted to finish the regular season. The Ducks (20-9, 9-9 Pac-12) started slow and never led against No. 13 Stanford on Sunday afternoon, falling 69-42. The loss completes a weekend sweep heading into next weekend’s Pac-12 Tournament. Stanford’s Erica McCall posted a …

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Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne (14) looks to pass the ball around UCLA forward Kacy Swain (10). The Oregon Ducks hosted the No. 12 UCLA Bruins on Feb. 19, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Q&A: Former Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike on Jillian Alleyne: “Her game reminds me so much of mine”

Former Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike spends her offseason traveling the country and meeting new student-athletes as a television analyst. But, the former No. 1 2014 WNBA pick has a special relationship with Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne. Alleyne broke Ogwumike’s Pac-12 career rebounding record this season and her Pac-12 record for double-doubles. The Emerald talked …

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Oregon guard Maite Cazorla (4) looks to pass against the California defense in Berkeley, California on Feb. 26, 2016. (Jonathan Hawthorne/Emerald)
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Following Jillian Alleyne’s injury, Ducks fall to California, 65-54

BERKELEY, Calif. — Last week, Jillian Alleyne talked of her dream to make the NCAA Tournament. She then flashed her signature smile and marched onto the Matthew Knight Arena court with her mother and family on Senior Day before Oregon women’s basketball’s game against USC. Just three days later, her prolific …

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Oregon Ducks guard Jordan Loera (5) pushes her way past a North Dakota player. The Oregon Ducks play the North Dakota Fighting Hawks at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 28, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon senior guard Jordan Loera out for remainder of the 2015-2016 season with injury

BERKELEY, Calif. — Another senior Duck has sustained a season-ending injury. Jordan Loera, who has spent five years with the Oregon women’s basketball program, will miss the remainder of the season after sustaining a knee injury during practice this week, head coach Kelly Graves said Friday night. “From what I …

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Jillian Alleyne (14) pulls down a rebound late in the game. The Oregon Ducks hosted the No. 12 UCLA Bruins on Feb. 19, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon senior Jillian Alleyne tears her ACL, is done for the rest of the season

BERKELEY, Calif. — Oregon women’s basketball forward Jillian Alleyne tore her ACL during practice on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the season, ending her Duck career early, the program announced in a press release on Friday afternoon. “It is tough to see such a good person have to deal …

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Oregon Ducks guard Maite Cazorla (4) tries to get past California Golden Bears guard Gabby Green (33). The Oregon Ducks face the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Jan. 17 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon women’s basketball looking to do more of the same against Cal

It was Oregon’s Jan. 17 victory over California that catapulted the Ducks back into the hunt for an NCAA Tournament berth. Since the win, Oregon has gone 9-2 in conference play. This week, the Ducks (20-7, 9-7 Pac-12) are heading into the final weekend of the regular season hoping to bolster …

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Oregon Ducks forward Jillian Alleyne (14) high fives teammates at the end of the game. The Oregon Ducks face the USC Trojans at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 21 2016. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Ducks on cusp of first NCAA Tournament in 11 years

“NCAA Tournament.” They are words Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves writes on the board before every game. With two weeks left in the season, Oregon has a chance to return to the tournament for the first time in more than 10 years. “We know what we’ve been playing for …

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