Jillian Alleyne (14) Lexi Bando (10) and Maite Cazorla (4) hug after the victory over Utah. The Oregon Ducks face the Utah Utes at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Feb. 12, 2016. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Jillian Alleyne leads Oregon to 69-58 win over Utah

Jillian Alleyne had another banner night for Oregon on Friday. The senior had 27 points and 13 rebounds, broke the school record for most double-doubles and jumped into No. 2 all-time in career points to lead Oregon to a 69-58 win over Utah. The win gives Oregon its fourth straight …

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Jillian Alleyne (14) hits a close shot. 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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Matchups to watch: Oregon women’s basketball vs. Utah

Oregon is back on a short win-streak and preparing to take on Utah at home on Friday, after wins over Arizona, Washington State and Washington. Both the Utes and the Ducks hold close records this season, but when it comes to actual game play, the two couldn’t be more different. …

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Maite Cazorla (4) dribbles the ball down the court. The Oregon State Beavers hosted the Oregon Ducks on January 8, 2015 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Freshman guard Maite Cazorla surging at the right time for Oregon

Oregon women’s basketball has won six of its last seven games, and have perhaps the conference’s most dependable freshman in Maite Cazorla. Over the past four games, Cazorla is surging at point guard. She’s averaging 17.8 points per game and 5.5 assists. She has also gone 12-for-22 from 3-point range and 11-of-12 from …

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Maite Cazorla (4) had a career high 23 points. 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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Maite Cazorla earns Pac-12 freshman of the week award for second straight time

Oregon point guard Maite Cazorla has been named Pac-12 freshman of the week for the second consecutive time, the Pac-12 announced on Monday morning. The award is the third of the season for the Las Palmas, Spain native. Cazorla helped the Ducks to a pair of road wins over Washington …

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Oregon guard Lexi Petersen (33) drives to the basket in the third quarter of Oregon's game against the Huskies in Seattle, Washington on Feb. 7, 2016. (Jonathan Hawthorne/Emerald)
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Oregon knocks off No. 24 Washington behind second-half surge, takes weekend sweep

SEATTLE — Down 33-19 at halftime to Washington, Lexi Petersen and the Oregon Ducks were unhappy. They didn’t like the heart or fight they showed against the No. 24-ranked Huskies. So they left their locker room at Alaska Airlines Arena and attacked. “We thought we could fight a lot more and …

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Oregon women’s basketball in ‘good place’ heading into matchup with Washington

SEATTLE — Oregon women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves says his team is in a good place right now. It has good reason to be. The Ducks (16-6, 5-6 Pac-12) never trailed in a convincing 73-48 win over Washington State on Friday night. They shook off five straight losses to start conference play. …

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Ducks never trail in 73-48 win over Washington State

Behind a dominant 25-point, 14-rebound performance from Jillian Alleyne, the Ducks jumped to a quick lead and never look back, beating Washington State, 73-48. The double-double was Alleyne’s 88th of her career, tying Bev Smith for most in Oregon history. The Ducks got off to a hot start – jumping …

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Jillian Alleyne (14) and Katie Gruys (51) cheer after a foul is called on Arizona. The Oregon Ducks hosted the Arizona Wildcats on Jan. 31, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Q&A: Jillian Alleyne on Arizona split, upcoming game against Washington State

There’s no Pac-12 team the Ducks have seen more in the last two years than Washington State. WSU has eliminated the Ducks from the Pac-12 tournament each of the past two years and the Cougars have won four of the last six meetings. Freshman Borislava Hristova leads the Cougars with 16.6 points per …

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Oregon guard Lexi Petersen (33) draws contact on Huskies defender Chantel Osahor (0) during the second half. The Oregon women’s basketball team (10-8, 1-6 in Pac-12) host the University of Washington Huskies (11-8, 3-4 in Pac-12) Sunday Jan. 26, 2014 at Matthew Knight Arena. (Michael Shaw/Emerald)
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Pac-12 scheduling rotation limits Oregon-Washington rivalry to one game per year

When women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves arrived at Oregon, he heard from people around Eugene that the Washington game was one he should circle on the schedule. The Ducks and Huskies have developed a deep rivalry. But this year and next season, the two programs play just once, due to the Pac-12’s …

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The Oregon Ducks hosted the No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils on Jan. 29, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald) The Oregon Ducks hosted the No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils on Jan. 29, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Hawthorne: Incoming recruiting class presents bright future for Oregon women’s basketball

Last spring, head coach Kelly Graves said the Oregon women’s basketball program was looking to build a “program-defining” class for 2016 — one that would set the tone for years to come. That comment quickly set me in motion. I thought, if this was a type of class that truly …

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Maite Cazorla (4) jumps above other Arizona players to make a basket. The Oregon Ducks hosted the Arizona Wildcats on Jan. 31, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon’s Maite Cazorla tabbed for freshman of the week

Maite Cazorla had a career weekend against the Arizona schools. The Pac-12 conference certainly agrees. Cazorla, Oregon’s first-year point guard, was named Pac-12 freshman of the week on Monday morning. She averaged 20 points and 6.5 assists per game and shot 63.6 percent from the field, helping the Ducks to …

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Maite Cazorla (4) had a career high 23 points. 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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Oregon women’s basketball bounces back with big win over Arizona Wildcats

Oregon had a depleted roster on Sunday afternoon. With three regulars unavailable, the Ducks’ supporting cast stepped up en route to a 74-54 win over Arizona. Maite Cazorla led the way with a career-high 23 points and seven assists for the Ducks (15-6, 4-6 Pac-12). “I was really impressed with our …

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Injured players sitting at the end of the bench. 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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Oregon overcomes injuries and tragedy to claim win over Arizona

Going into the game against Arizona Sunday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon women’s basketball found itself in a tough spot. The Ducks only had nine players on the roster. Two of the five starters were out with injuries, with both senior Lexi Petersen and redshirt junior Jacinta Vandenberg sporting boots on …

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Lexi Bando (10) drives to the lane. The Oregon Ducks hosted the No. 8 Arizona State Sun Devils on Jan. 29, 2016 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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No. 8 Arizona State uses key third quarter to down Ducks 63-58

Oregon saw another one of its halftime leads against a ranked opponent evaporate on Friday night. No. 8 Arizona State erased a seven-point halftime lead against Oregon in the third quarter and won 63-58 in front of a crowd of 1,988 at Matthew Knight Arena. The Sun Devils (18-3, 9-0) outscored the …

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The Oregon Ducks play the ASU Sun Devils at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon on February 15, 2015. (Natsumi Seki/Emerald)
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No. 8 Arizona State next test for surging Ducks

Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said their three straight wins put the Ducks “right back in it.” The Oregon women’s basketball team will look to keep the momentum tonight (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) against No. 8 Arizona State, which has won 14 straight games and owns a perfect road record. “We’ve got …

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Oregon Ducks forward Jillian Alleyne (14) is put under pressure by California Golden Bears forward KC Waters (44) and California Golden Bears forward Kristine Anigwe (31). 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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After weekend sweep, Jillian Alleyne named Pac-12 player of the week

Jillian Alleyne, who led the Ducks to their first conference road sweep since 2009, was named Pac-12 player of the week Monday. It is Alleyne’s fifth career player of the week honor. Alleyne, now the conference’s all-time rebounding leader, had 14 points and 15 rebounds in a 59-46 win over Colorado on …

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Jillian Alleyne leads Oregon women’s basketball to third straight win, 77-65, over Utah

Oregon had four players score in double digits as it won its third straight Pac-12 game, a 77-65 decision over Utah in Salt Lake City on Sunday. The win completes the program’s first conference road sweep since the 2008-09 season. Jillian Alleyne had 26 points, including 23 in the first half, and added 12 …

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Ducks snap four-game series losing streak to Colorado with 59-46 win

Jillian Alleyne, Lexi Bando and Maite Cazorla combined for 39 points on Friday night as Oregon snapped a four-game series losing streak to Colorado in a 59-46 win in Boulder. With the win, Oregon moves to 13-5 and 2-5 in Pac-12 play. Alleyne grabbed 15 rebounds and the Ducks shot 43 percent from …

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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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Ducks hope to keep mojo going after first Pac-12 win

Jillian Alleyne set the Pac-12 record for all-time rebounds on Sunday, and many of her friends and family have been eager to reach out and show their support. Former teammates also touched base with Alleyne after she surpassed Stanford star Chiney Owguimike’s mark of 1,567 rebounds. But for Alleyne, the focus …

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Oregon Ducks center Jacinta Vandenberg (15) is defended by Hampton Pirates guard Ryan Jordan (15) as she goes to take a shot. The Oregon Ducks play the Hampton Pirates at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 19, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Australia native Jacinta Vandenberg plays key role in success for Alleyne and Oregon

On the night of the Ducks’ first-round Pac-12 tournament game against Washington State in 2015, forward Jacinta Vandenberg found herself in a tight spot. NCAA transfer rules prohibited Vandenberg from traveling with the team, so she crammed in the back of a Fiat-sized rideshare car with members of the Oregon …

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Oregon Ducks forward Jillian Alleyne (14) tries to get a shot off past a California player. 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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Born-to-rebound Jillian Alleyne breaks Pac-12 all-time career record

On Sunday afternoon, Pamela Williamson found herself at a McDonald’s watching her oldest daughter make history. After a graphic announcing Jillian Alleyne as the new Pac-12 career rebounding leader appeared on the computer screen, she began to cry. She couldn’t hold back her emotions. She said “proud” doesn’t begin to …

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The Oregon bench celebrates after a three point basketball by Lexi Bando. The Oregon Ducks face the California Bears at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Jan. 17, 2016 (Kyle Sandler/Emerald).
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Oregon women’s basketball finds first conference win against Cal

It was all smiles for the Oregon women’s basketball team as it notched its first win in Pac-12 play.  “That felt good,” head coach Kelly Graves said. “I’m really proud of our team. We had a really good game tonight.” The Ducks lost five straight conference games – after winning …

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Lexi Petersom (33) makes a tough layup. The Oregon Ducks face the No. 11 Stanford Cardinal at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Jan. 15, 2016. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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No. 11 Stanford rallies to knock off Oregon 64-62

In the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, an upset of No. 11 Stanford seemed possible for Oregon. But Kat Cooper’s potential game-typing shot came after time expired and the Ducks lost 64-62. Oregon missed its last six shots to end the game and remain winless in Pac-12 play at 11-5. The Ducks had a …

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Oregon Ducks guard Lexi Bando (10) celebrates scoring a three pointer. The Oregon Ducks face the No. 11 Stanford Cardinal at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Jan. 15, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon’s Lexi Bando rediscovers shooting touch and aggressiveness during tough loss

The first Oregon made shot of the game against No. 11 Stanford was a sigh of relief for Lexi Bando — or at least a metaphorical one. The Cardinal had been stifling the Duck frontcourt with a zone defense, leaving the sophomore guard alone at the top of the arc. …

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Jillian Alleyne (14) is introduced. The Oregon State Beavers hosted the Oregon Ducks on January 8, 2015 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne makes Wooden Award midseason cut

Oregon women’s basketball standout Jillian Alleyne is one of two Pac-12 players on the Wooden Award midseason list, which was announced on Friday morning. Alleyne is one of 20 student-athletes nationally to make the list. The selection comes from a poll of national college basketball experts who picked 20 players …

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