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Buffs snap Oregon’s three-game win streak with 76-66 win

Oregon’s three-game winning streak came to an end on Sunday when Colorado upended the Ducks 76-66 at the Coors Event Center in Boulder. Ruthy Hebard paced the Ducks with 24 points, Sabrina Ionescu had 16 points and Mallory McGwire finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Colorado had …

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Ducks’ balanced attack leads to 73-61 win over Utah

For the first time this season, the Ducks have a winning record in conference play. Against Utah, the Ducks led 34-19 with 2:33 remaining in the first half but couldn’t put the game out of reach. The Ducks had to grind it out before pulling away in the fourth quarter for a …

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‘The Scoop’ chronicles life for Oregon women’s basketball

The Ducks are on the verge of making program history — their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005. And one day, they’ll have plenty of behind-the-scenes footage to recall all the biggest moments. Oregon video has adopted its documentary series to follow the Ducks’ 2016-17 campaign. Last year, softball was the featured team in …

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Sabrina Ionescu sweeps Pac-12 weekly honors for first time since 2012

Sabrina Ionescu made Oregon career history on Friday with her fourth triple-double. Then, on Monday, she became the second player in Pac-12 history to sweep the conference’s two weekly awards — freshman of the week and player of the week. UCLA’s Nirra Fields last did it in 2012. The announcement caps …

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Oregon women’s basketball rolls past USC, climbs to .500 in conference play

Oregon and USC both came into Sunday afternoon’s matchup looking to pull off the unlikely weekend sweep. But it was the Ducks who had the first punch. “I loved our energy, especially defensively, and we had a lot of different contributors,” said head coach Kelly Graves. “Our kids played well.” …

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Megan Trinder on Ducks’ minds after follow up hospitalization

UPDATE: Feb. 15 — Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said Trinder returned home from the hospital on Tuesday. “She’s a warrior,” Graves said Wednesday. “It’s too bad that she’s going through what she’s going through. But she’s got her teammates around her. I know everybody knows that Dylan [Ennis] is a …

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Lexi Bando paces Ducks to upset of No. 15 UCLA, 84-75

Lexi Bando puts opposing teams on notice when she’s hot from 3-point range. Just ask UCLA, which cut the Oregon lead to six points during the fourth quarter on Friday, only to have Bando score eight straight points. She didn’t score in last month’s meeting, but Bando delivered a 25-point performance on …

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For Oregon Ducks, Morgan Yaeger’s playmaking ability coming at just the right time

The Oregon Ducks have plenty of talent on their roster. From McDonald’s All-Americans to top-20 recruits, savvy players have single handedly powered the Ducks to wins this year. But on occasion, they lack playmakers. That’s where freshman guard Morgan Yaeger steps in. Her ability was on display when the Ducks narrowly lost …

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Ducks see themselves ‘in a position to achieve postseason goals’

As Oregon coach Kelly Graves puts it, the Ducks don’t have to rely on any other Division I teams in order to reach the program’s first NCAA Tournament since 2005. After a weekend road split — a win over Arizona and a loss to No. 23 ASU — the Ducks …

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Ducks go wire-to-wire at No. 23 ASU, but fall 68-63

Once again, the Ducks had a chance to knock off a top-25 team in the closing minutes. Against No. 23 Arizona State, the Ducks trailed 61-57 with 1:36 remaining but couldn’t close the gap in the waning minutes, falling to the Sun Devils 68-63 for a weekend split. ASU, which snapped a …

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Oregon women’s basketball takes down Arizona Wildcats 79-65

Led by Ruthy Hebard’s eighth double-double of the season the Oregon women’s basketball team (15-8, 5-6) defeated the Arizona Wildcats 79-65 in Tucson, Arizona Friday night. Hebard finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds, shooting 9-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line. Lexi Bando scored 16 …

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Ducks head to desert for matchup with Arizona

Oregon women’s basketball hits the road the team’s penultimate road trip of the regular season. The Ducks play at Arizona on Friday night and at No. 23 Arizona State on Sunday. Here’s a few storylines to follow against the Wildcats: — Arizona, which currently sits last place in the conference, has lost four …

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Q&A: Former Stanford star and current Duck assistant Nicole Powell reflects on Tara VanDerveer’s success

Stanford Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer is on the cusp of reaching a historic milestone. She’s knocking on the door of NCAA basketball history with 999 career wins. With win No. 1,000, she will join the late Tennessee coach Pat Summitt as the only two NCAA women’s basketball coaches in …

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Sabrina Ionescu earns freshman of the week award after Civil War weekend

For the third time during the 2016-17 season, freshman guard Sabrina Ionescu has been named Pac-12 freshman of the week. The Ducks brought home the award in back-to-back weeks. Forward Ruthy Hebard was honored last week. Oregon now has five on the season between Ionescu and Hebard. Ionescu rose to the occasion …

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No. 11 Oregon State extends Civil War winning streak to 13 games after 67-60 win over Oregon

CORVALLIS — The Civil War is officially competitive again. After years of lopsided Oregon State victories, the Ducks showed on Friday and Sunday that they’re on a crash course for a Civil War win. Oregon lost 67-60 on Sunday at Gill Coliseum in a competitive rematch, but the difference ultimately was Oregon State’s …

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Oregon’s youth battled until the end in Civil War matchup with Oregon State

Heading into Friday night’s matchup against Oregon State, Oregon had as many freshmen in its starting lineup as it did years of Civil War experience – three. “I thought we played extremely hard,” head coach Kelly Graves said after the game. “This was a young team that grew up a bit tonight.” No. …

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In a defensive battle, No. 11 Beavers outlast the Ducks 43-40

Oregon had its best chance since Kelly Graves was hired in 2014 to snap its Civil War losing streak. The Ducks rallied from 10 points down to trail by two points with 43 seconds remaining but No. 11 Oregon State’s stout defense kept the Ducks from scoring additional points, dropping a close 43-40 …

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Young Oregon team hopes to stop 11-game Oregon State win streak in Civil War matchup

In total, Oregon’s five starters have just three years of Civil War experience. But that doesn’t mean the team doesn’t understand the implications of this weekend’s two games versus No. 11 Oregon State. “Coach [Kelly] Graves was saying how he hasn’t beaten Oregon State since he’s been here,” said Ruthy Hebard, …

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Oregon to host UConn, Michigan State and Oklahoma at Matthew Knight Arena as part of PK80 celebration

The Oregon women’s basketball team announced Wednesday morning it will host Connecticut, Michigan State and Oklahoma next season at Matthew Knight Arena in celebration of Phil Knight’s 80th birthday. The four teams will play a one-day doubleheader on Saturday, Nov. 25. The Ducks will play Oklahoma in just the second meeting …

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Nobody knows this year’s projected Civil War starters better than Mark Campbell

Mark Campbell has been on both sides of the Civil War in recent years, but this year’s matchup is one of a kind for Oregon’s associate head coach. Of this weekend’s 10 projected starters, Campbell served as the lead recruiter for eight. “This Civil War, this season, it’s unique just because there’s a …

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Ionescu and Hebard each deliver big performances in Oregon’s 84-66 victory over Utah

Unlike their last game, which required the Ducks to overcome a halftime deficit to win, the Oregon women’s basketball team trailed for all but 15 seconds on the way to an 84-66 victory over the Utah Utes on Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. This was their fourth win in …

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Ducks slow down Utah’s Emily Potter in the post to earn weekend sweep

Utah forward Emily Potter was a thorn in the Ducks’ side last year. She scored 22 points, 23 points and 21 points in three games between Oregon and Utah. But on Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks slowed down the 6-foot-6 Potter, forcing her into foul trouble and limiting …

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Preview: Ducks look to get to .500 in Pac-12 play against Utah on Sunday

The Oregon Women’s basketball team (13-6, 3-4 Pac-12) has its sights set on a weekend sweep on Sunday against the Utah Utes (13-5, 2-5 Pac-12) after the team came from behind in a 71-66 victory over Colorado on Friday. A look at both teams heading into Sunday’s matchup: — Ruthy Hebard …

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From player to coach, Colorado coach JR Payne considers Kelly Graves ‘a second father’

Colorado coach JR Payne was surprised to see her dad in the stands on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. She had her “second father” on the opposing sideline in Oregon coach Kelly Graves. Colorado’s first-year coach played for Graves at St. Mary’s and got her coaching start with him at Gonzaga. Friday …

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Ruthy Hebard, Maite Cazorla lead Ducks past Colorado, 71-66

Jacinta Vandenberg considers herself to be a facilitator. But with the shot clock winding down on Friday night, Vandenberg had the ball in her hands with no teammates open. As time expired, she hit a smooth hook shot to energize the crowd and give the Ducks a five-point lead with under …

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Ducks continue to focus on minimizing turnovers as league plays rolls along

Kelly Graves has long placed an emphasis on turnovers during his Oregon tenure. He especially stresses limiting “live ball turnovers,” turnovers that come off bad passes, steals or other fast-break scenarios. The Ducks struggled last weekend in Los Angeles, committing 21 turnovers against USC and 20 against UCLA. In Pac-12 play, Oregon ranks …

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Preview: Ducks eye first Pac-12 home win in matchup with Buffs

After spending the last two weeks on the road, the Oregon Ducks host Colorado on Friday night. It’s a big matchup for both teams, who are looking to make a jump from the bottom of the Pac-12 standings. Here’s everything you need to know: Oregon vs. Colorado Time: 6 p.m. Where: Matthew Knight …

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