Oregon sophomore forward Katie Gruys (51) celebrates her teammate Ariel Thomas' three-pointer during the final minutes of the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 10, 2014. (Michael Arellano/Emerald)
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Former walk-on Katie Gruys earns a UO scholarship

Former walk-on Katie Gruys, a forward for Oregon’s women’s basketball team, was awarded a scholarship for her senior season on May 18.

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Morgan Yaeger gives 2016 verbal pledge to Ducks

Morgan Yaeger, a 5-foot-9 guard from Forestville, Australia, has given Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves a verbal commitment to join the program in 2016, she announced on her Instagram account. “I’ve wanted to go to college for ages now, and it was kind of a dream come true,” …

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Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne (14) dances in the pre-game huddle. The Oregon Ducks play the Oregon State Beavers at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore. on Monday Jan. 13, 2014. The Ducks seek redemption after their 88-80 loss to the Beavers on Saturday Jan. 11during the 91st Civil War. (Michael Shaw/Emerald)
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Jillian Alleyne has been pedal-to-the-metal since the Ducks’ women’s hoops season has ended

Since stepping off the court at Key Arena in Seattle following the finale of the season, Jillian Alleyne has had no problem staying busy. The soon-to-be senior has earned a USA Basketball Trials invitation, signed up for a community service trip to the Dominican Republic, bought her first car and discovered a interest in …

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Oregon Junior Jillian Alleyne (14) takes a contested lay up. Oregon Ducks upset No. 19 Stanford at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on March 1st, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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USA Basketball invites Jillian Alleyne to Pan American and World University team tryouts

Oregon junior forward Jillian Alleyne has been invited to tryout for USA Basketball women’s national team trials for the Pan American and World University Games, the organization announced Wednesday. Alleyne is one of 54 athletes selected between the USA World University team and Pan-American teams that will convene at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs …

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Oregon forward Tatum Neubert (44) takes a shot from the free-throw line. The Oregon Ducks play the North Carolina Tar Heels at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on November 23, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Tatum Neubert granted release from Oregon women’s basketball program

Tatum Neubert, a 6-foot-2 forward, has been granted her release from the Oregon women’s basketball program and has permission to speak with other programs, head coach Kelly Graves and an Oregon athletic department spokesperson confirmed to the Emerald Wednesday. Neubert, the Elizabeth, Colorado native, started three games for the Ducks …

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Boston College’s Kat Cooper to transfer to Oregon

Kat Cooper, a 6-foot redshirt junior guard/forward from Boston College, will transfer to play for the Oregon women’s basketball team next season, a Boston College athletic department spokesperson confirmed Friday. “I’m so excited, one, to be able to go back home and I’m also so grateful to go to Oregon …

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Oregon inks junior college transfer Mar’Shay Moore to roster

The 2015 Northwest Athletic Conference player of the year, Mar’Shay Moore looks to make an impact for the Ducks next season.

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Ducks sign JC-transfer Megan Trinder to 2015 class

Oregon women’s basketball officially signed junior college transfer Megan Trinder Wednesday night, head coach Kelly Graves announced. Trinder, a 5-7 sophomore guard from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, averaged 11.8 points per game and 7.3 assists per game while earning a third team All-American award this past season. She’s originally …

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Oregon earns verbal commitment from Blue Mountain CC guard Mar’Shay Moore

Sophomore guard Mar’Shay Moore from Blue Mountain Community College Tweeted late Tuesday night that she would be joining the Oregon women’s basketball program next year on a full scholarship. Im a Duck ! #UofO — marshay moore (@MooreMarshay13) April 15, 2015 The 5-foot-7 Vancouver, Washington native averaged 24.1 points per …

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Mallory McGwire verbally commits to Ducks in 2016 class

Mallory McGwire, a 6-foot-4 center from Reno, Nevada, gave head coach Kelly Graves and the Oregon women’s basketball program a verbal commitment on Friday, the program’s third for the 2016 class, McGwire tweeted Friday afternoon. McGwire averaged 21.8 points, 14.3 rebounds and 6.9 blocked shots per game this year for Reno High while …

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Oregon Junior Jillian Alleyne (14) takes a contested lay up. Oregon Ducks upset No. 19 Stanford at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on March 1st, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Jillian Alleyne named to AP All-America third team

Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne earned Associated Press All-America third team honors on Tuesday. She joins Maryland’s Lexie Brown, Samantha Logic of Iowa, A’ja Wilson of South Carolina, Oregon State’s Ruth Hamblin and Reshanda Gray of California on the team. There are six members due to a tie in the votes. Alleyne …

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Oregon Ducks women's basketball head coach Kelly Graves walks towards the concession stands between innings. The Oregon Ducks play the San Francisco Dons at PK Park in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday, March 10. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Q&A: Kelly Graves weathers rocky first season and looks to future success

Kelly Graves’ first year in Eugene was difficult in many ways, but he thinks this experience will lead the program to future victories.

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Jillian Alleyne selected to Wooden Award national ballot

Oregon women’s basketball forward Jillian Alleyne is one of 15 student-athletes in America to be selected to the John R. Wooden Award national ballot, it was announced Monday. Voting begins March 16 and ends March 24. Voters may take into consideration the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Wooden Award All American …

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Ducks pick up verbal commitment from guard Megan Trinder

The Austrailia native looks to meet up with fellow Australian Jacinta Vandenberg after spending the past two years in Nebraska.

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Hawthorne: For Oregon women’s basketball, it’s all about what the future holds

SEATTLE — Lexi Bando and Jillian Alleyne both had telling looks on their face after Oregon’s heartbreaking ending to their season. “I have, obviously, three more years left,” said Bando matter-of-factly in front of a collection of reporters. The look — of unrelenting optimism and determination for the future — says the …

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Oregon women’s basketball eliminated in first round of the Pac-12 Tournament

SEATTLE — Lexi Petersen’s three pointer banked in, but it was too late. Oregon had the ball with 5.6 seconds left and the opportunity to drill a game-winner, but the buzzer sounded just before Petersen’s shot, ending the Ducks’ season in heartbreak fashion. Washington State walked away with a 66-64 …

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Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne (14) dances during the player introduction.(Emerald Archives)
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Oregon guns for first-round win in Pac-12 Tournament against Washington State

SEATTLE — After a “signature” win against No. 19 Stanford on Sunday, the Ducks appear to be as confident as ever. They play Washington State at Seattle’s KeyArena in the opening game of the four-day tournament (11:30 a.m., Pac-12 Networks) Thursday. The upset win last Sunday snapped a four-game losing streak …

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Oregon Ducks guard, Lexi Bando (10) prepres to take a free throw. The Oregon Ducks play the Westmont Warriors at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on November 9, 2014. (Natalie Hardwick/Emerald)
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Lexi Bando’s innate aggressiveness has brought a competitive edge to Oregon

Before club and high school basketball games, Lexi Bando found motivation in a stack of video tapes. She’d sit in front of the television at her Eugene home – from the time she started playing organized basketball in first grade – and take in highlights of Hall of Famer Larry …

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Oregon head coach Kelly Graves talks to the Oregon basketball team during the first half. The Oregon Ducks played the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 26, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Kelly Graves relies on Bev Smith for all the little things, getting acclimated to Eugene

UO’s Women’s Basketball coach Kelly Graves consults in former Oregon Women’s Basketball coach Bev Smith with his transition to Eugene and the university.

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Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne (14) splits the defense to get to the hoop during the second half. The Oregon Ducks played the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 26, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Jillian Alleyne’s positivity never wavers, say the people closest to her

From her friends to her family, anyone who knows Oregon women’s basketball player Jillian Alleyne will tell you she’s a positive force to be reckoned with.

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The Ducks use a practice team – comprised mostly of men – to challenge, contest shots, and up the competition against the team each day in practice. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Practice players for Oregon women’s basketball says it’s a two-way street

Karel Calcote stands in for some of the Pac-12’s elite scorers. As an Oregon women’s basketball practice player, Calcote has stood in for California’s Brittany Boyd, Stanford’s Amber Orrange and Washington’s Kelsey Plum, to name a few. The Ducks use a practice team – comprised mostly of men – to challenge the team …

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Lexi Peterson (33) is fouled from behind as she approaches the hoop. Oregon Ducks upset No. 19 Stanford at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on March 1st, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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GameDay Roundtable: What’s the outlook like as Oregon gets set for Pac-12 Tournament?

Oregon women’s basketball is coming off what head coach Kelly Graves called a “signature win.” The Ducks recently defeated No. 19 Stanford and now are set to compete in the Pac-12 Tournament Thursday. With that said, Emerald staff reporters Jonathan Hawthorne and Christopher Keizur break down Oregon’s win last Sunday, …

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Oregon Junior Jillian Alleyne (14) takes a contested lay up. Oregon Ducks upset No. 19 Stanford at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on March 1st, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Oregon women’s basketball’s Alleyne, Bando receive Pac-12 season honors

Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne was one of 15 players to be selected to the Pac-12’s all-conference team.  She was also one of six to be named to the all-defensive team, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon. Guard Lexi Bando received honorable mention for the Pac-12’s all-freshman team. Alleyne is a two-time …

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California forward Reshanda Gray (21) gets the rebound over Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne (14) during the first half. The Oregon Ducks play the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 26, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne named Pac-12 Player of the Week

For the second time this season, Oregon forward Jillian Alleyne has been named Pac-12 Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday afternoon. Alleyne posted 33 points and 16 rebounds in the Ducks’ loss to No. 24 California on Thursday. She added five steals and two blocks against the Golden …

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Oregon Junior Jillian Alleyne (14) takes a contested lay up. Oregon Ducks upset No. 19 Stanford at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on March 1st, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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Oregon women’s basketball upsets No. 19 Stanford

The Ducks sent their seniors out in style Sunday. Oregon picked up its biggest win of the year, upsetting No. 19 Stanford 62-55, in the regular season finale. The Ducks snapped an 18-game losing streak to the Cardinal and their first win over a ranked opponent since taking down No. 20 Arizona State last …

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The Oregon bench reacts to a three-point basket during the second half. The Oregon Ducks play the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 26, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Oregon women’s basketball seniors exemplify ‘adaptability’ motto

When the Oregon women’s basketball seniors take the floor against No. 19 Stanford on Sunday for the final time at Matthew Knight Arena, they’ll be doing so with a distinct “adaptability.” That’s because this year’s senior class — Megan Carpenter, Amanda Delgado, Katelyn Loper and Marie Berthuel — have all been tasked …

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Oregon head coach Kelly Graves talks to the Oregon basketball team during the first half. The Oregon Ducks play the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 26, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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Lindsay Gottlieb picks up 100th win at Cal as Oregon’s transition under Kelly Graves continues

In the waning minutes of Oregon’s 74-59 loss to No. 24 California Thursday night, Golden Bears head coach Lindsay Gottlieb was all smiles. The victory, a California stiff-arm in the back end of the second half, is her 100th career win as head coach at the program. “I’ve had an …

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Oregon guard Lexi Petersen (33) yells as she tries to shoot the ball during the second half. The Oregon Ducks play the California Golden Bears at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 26, 2015. (Ryan Kang/Emerald)
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California Golden Bears maul Oregon, 74-59

Oregon women’s basketball suffered a 74-59 beatdown from California in the penultimate home game of the regular season Thursday night. Oregon (12-16, 5-12 Pac-12) kept things close early, but eventually the relentless grind of Cal (21-7, 13-4 Pac-12) proved to be too much. “They are a good basketball team, they really are,” …

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