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Oregon women’s basketball adds fifth-year transfer Kat Cooper to 2015-2016 roster

Kat Cooper is returning home to the Pacific Northwest for her final year of women’s basketball. A native of Tacoma, Washington, Cooper spent the past four years at Boston College playing in the ACC and will use her final year of NCAA eligibility in Eugene, head coach Kelly Graves announced …

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Oregon commit Mallory McGwire shoots at a recent Cal Stars practice in Lafayette, California on June 23, 2015. (Jonathan Hawthorne/Emerald)
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Oregon commit Mallory McGwire antsy to get to Eugene

LAFAYETTE, California — When Mallory McGwire took an unofficial visit to Eugene in April, she knew exactly what she was going to do. The Oregon coaching staff, on the other hand, had no idea. After meeting in an empty Matthew Knight Arena, McGwire, a two-time Nevada Gatorade Player of the …

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Oregon basketball star Joesph Young (3) is projected to be second-round pick in Thursday's draft. (Eve Hess/Emerald)
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Quick Hits: Adams and Carrington still question marks; Ducks frontrunners to land five-star guard Murray; Young draft stock projected high

Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams and junior college linebacker Jonah Moi are the last of 22 Oregon football recruits still to enroll at the university. Adams, a graduate, must pass a math class before he can enroll at Oregon for his final year of eligibility, but Mark Helfrich “doesn’t anticipate …

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Oregon forward Liz Brenner (15) works to get around Beavers defender Ruth Hamblin (44) in the first half. The Oregon Ducks play the Oregon State Beavers in the 91st Civil War at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Jan. 11, 2014. (Michael Shaw/Emerald)
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Liz Brenner rejoins Oregon women’s basketball for 2015-2016

You just can’t keep Liz Brenner away from Matthew Knight Arena. Brenner, the famed multi-sport Oregon athlete will join the women’s basketball program for the 2015-2016 season, head coach Kelly Graves announced Monday evening. “She’s a phenomenal person and a great teammate,” Graves said. “I know what she can do …

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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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Ducks head into summer set to focus on individual development

Ever since her final classes at Northeast Community College on May 13, Oregon signee Megan Trinder has noticed the days are passing by slower. She’s been staying at a teammate’s house and finding ways to work on her game at a local high school gym in Norfolk, Nebraska. Trinder has helped …

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Oregon receives 2016 verbal commitment from center Lydia Giomi

The verbal commitments continue to roll in for Kelly Graves. Lydia Giomi, a 6-foot-5 center from West Seattle High School, became the Oregon women’s basketball program’s fifth class of 2016 verbal commitment on Wednesday morning. “I’m a big family person,” Giomi said. “I love the family feeling at Oregon. Just …

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Lauren Yearwood shared some thoughts with The Emerald last week as she winds down the final days at Oak Bay Secondary High School. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Yearwood)
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Q&A: Oregon signee Lauren Yearwood is ready to hit the ground running next year

Lauren Yearwood, who helped Canada to the quarterfinals of the 2014 FIBA under-17 world championship in the Czech Republic last year, is fired up to be a Duck next year.  The 6-foot-3 forward and future Duck was the highest touted recruit coming out of Vancouver Island since 2011, mostly for her ability to face the basket and play …

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Oregon guard Drea Toler (1) lays-in 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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Drea Toler transferring from Oregon women’s basketball program

Drea Toler, a 5-foot-5 sophomore guard from Los Angeles, California, is transferring from the Oregon women’s basketball program, head coach Kelly Graves confirmed Saturday night. Toler played in 29 of the Ducks’ games in 2014-2015. She started in 12 of the Ducks’ final 13 games, including the opening round of …

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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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Reno High's Mallory McGwire completes a warmup drill during a CalStars AAU practice in Lafayette, California on June 23, 2015. (Jonathan Hawthorne/Emerald)
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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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