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Oregon completes 2017 class with German recruit Satou Sabally

Both members of Oregon women’s basketball’s 2017 recruiting class will move from Europe to Eugene next summer. Earlier this month, the Ducks received a verbal comittment from Satou Sabally, a 6-foot-4 wing from Berlin, Germany to round out the program’s efforts in the 2017 class. Sabally joins fellow European recruit Aina …

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Oregon head coach Kelly Graves visited the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday for the inaugural Hoops4Girls Coaching Clinic in Orinda, Calif. (Jonathan Hawthorne/Emerald)
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Kelly Graves lends strategy, advice at Bay Area high school coaching clinic

ORINDA, Calif. — Look closely at Oregon’s routine and you’ll see plays, drills and ideas derived from many of the people Kelly Graves has met during his years coaching basketball. He’s constantly learning, talking and teaching — all in an effort to “grow the game” at the high school and collegiate levels. …

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Michigan State, Mississippi State highlight Oregon’s 2016-2017 nonconference slate

Last year, Oregon women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves pieced his nonconference schedule together hoping to instill early-season confidence. That included one road game with the remaining 10 in Eugene. This year, though, Graves scheduled four Power Five teams and more travel before Pac-12 play begins. “I think we’re better able …

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Oregon Ducks guard Megan Trinder (12) cheers on a teammate during the fourth quarter. 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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Europe trip has Oregon guard Megan Trinder eager to play again

There won’t be film or scouting reports for any of the five teams Oregon women’s basketball will play during  its upcoming 12-day trip to Europe. The games, against relatively unknown opponents, won’t be live streamed and the stats won’t count officially. But that doesn’t matter to guard Megan Trinder. The …

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Oregon Ducks guard Lexi Petersen (33) walks out with her parents during the senior day ceremony. 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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Lexi Petersen inks professional contract with a women’s basketball team in Greece

Former Oregon guard Lexi Petersen overcame two ACL injuries during her high school and collegiate years. Throughout her final recovery, she worried about whether she would ever have the chance to play again, let alone professionally — something she had always dreamed about. That moment came for Petersen last week when she signed a seven-month …

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Sabrina Ionescu, a five-star guard ranked No. 4 nationally among 2016 prospects, completes a warm-up drill during a Cal Stars practice in Lafayette, California on June 23, 2015. (Jonathan Hawthorne/Emerald)
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What they’re saying: Sabrina Ionescu joins Oregon women’s basketball program

Sabrina Ionescu, the nation’s top uncommitted player, drove to Eugene on Sunday and signed the required paperwork to become a part of the Oregon women’s basketball program. She’s the highest-ranked recruit in program history and becomes the seventh member of the incoming 2016 recruiting class. The Walnut Creek, California, native averaged 25.3 …

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Sabrina Ionescu has signed a financial aid agreement with Oregon women's basketball. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Sabrina Ionescu signs grant-in-aid and commits to Oregon Ducks women’s basketball

One of the country’s most coveted recruits, a two-time gold medalist for USA Basketball, and USA Today’s National Player of the Year has signed a grant-in-aid agreement with Oregon women’s basketball. Sabrina Ionescu — the nation’s top guard — verbally committed and signed with the Ducks on Sunday afternoon, adding to an already …

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Head Coach Kelly Graves talks to Kat Cooper on the bench. The Oregon Ducks play the Hampton Pirates at Matthew Knight Arena on Nov. 19, 2015. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Oregon women’s basketball roundup: Ducks hire director of operations, Hebard bound for USA Basketball

— Oregon women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves hired a director of women’s basketball operations on Tuesday afternoon. Megan Murphy, who already works in the Ducks’ athletic department for both the softball and volleyball teams, will take on the role full-time for the women’s basketball team. “She brings a ton of …

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Ducks receive 2017 verbal commitment from Spanish guard Aina Ayuso

Aina Ayuso, a 5-foot-11 guard from Barcelona, Spain, has given the Oregon women’s basketball program a verbal commitment, becoming the first to join Oregon’s 2017 class. Her commitment was first reported by ProspectsNation.com. “I followed the college basketball season because there were many Spanish players playing on teams in America, and …

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Sabrina Ionescu, a five-star guard ranked No. 4 nationally among 2016 prospects, completes a warm-up drill during a Cal Stars practice in Lafayette, California on June 23, 2015. (Jonathan Hawthorne/Emerald)
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Sabrina Ionescu narrows decision to Oregon or Washington as 2016 signing deadline looms

Sabrina Ionescu’s long-awaited decision is coming closer to a final determination. Ionescu, who is the fourth-ranked women’s basketball prospect, according to espnW, and was the lone uncommitted player at the McDonald’s All-American game, said Tuesday night her two remaining schools are Oregon and Washington. The 6-foot guard once had finalists of California, …

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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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