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Turnovers plague Ducks in 79-63 loss to No. 17 UCLA

Ruthy Hebard scored a career-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting and Sabrina Ionescu added 18 points in Oregon’s 79-63 loss to No. 17 UCLA on Sunday in Los Angeles. UCLA won its 22nd consecutive game at home. The Bruins are tied for the fourth-longest home winning streak in the NCAA. Oregon …

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How half-court shots signal go time for Oregon women’s hoops

It’s the parting shot of every Oregon women’s basketball shootaround. The team gathers near midcourt for a half-court shot, a tradition that Kelly Graves has relied on since the beginning of his coaching career at Big Bend Community College. Visitors watching the team’s walk-through are encouraged to join in on the action. …

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Ducks erase a 16-point lead to down USC, 59-53

Oregon won its first game at USC since 2010 in dramatic fashion. The Ducks overcame a 16-point deficit and took their first lead of the game with 65 seconds left to top USC 59-53. Oregon improves to 12-5, 2-3 Pac-12. Sabrina Ionescu poured in the go-ahead bucket, Ruthy Hebard recorded a layup with …

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Ducks looking to keep the momentum rolling in Los Angeles trip

Oregon head coach Kelly Graves and his team are riding the energy Sabrina Ionescu’s’ buzzer-beater provided last Sunday at No. 20 Cal. “That was a big shot,” Graves said at Wednesday’s practice. “Hopefully a win like that springs us to bigger and better things.” Ionescu’s shot capped off an unbelievable comeback in …

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Oregon guard Megan Trinder to miss rest of 2016-17 season with knee injury

Oregon announced on Thursday that guard Megan Trinder has suffered her second knee injury in as many years. Trinder tore her ACL before the 2015-16 season and suffered another ACL tear to the same knee during Wednesday’s practice. She will miss the remainder of the season. Trinder traveled with the …

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Women’s basketball notebook: Ducks talk Ionescu’s shot, Giomi’s recovery continues

The Oregon women’s basketball team met with reporters on Wednesday, fresh off the program’s upset win over No. 20 California. Here are a few notes from practice: Ionescu and Ducks with more reaction to game-winner Sabrina Ionescu had a storybook homecoming to the Bay Area last weekend. Her buzzer-beating 3-pointer …

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Oregon freshman Ruthy Hebard on pace for a record-setting season

Ruthy Hebard is having a breakout year. It may very well be a record-breaking one, too. Hebard, a freshman at the University of Oregon, is shooting 69.8 percent from the field four games into Pac-12 play. Her numbers trounce those of past shooting percentage leaders, not only at Oregon but also across the …

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Guard Jayde Woods commits to TCU after transferring from Oregon

Update, Jan. 11: This post now includes a quotation from Oregon head coach Kelly Graves. Jayde Woods, who transferred from Oregon following the holiday break, has committed to TCU, she announced on Twitter Sunday night. Woods visited TCU and Vanderbilt this past week. She was granted a full release by Oregon. “TCU recruited …

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Sabrina Ionescu’s buzzer-beater lifts Ducks over No. 20 Cal, 69-66

BERKELEY, Calif. — With two minutes remaining, freshman Sabrina Ionescu told herself she’d sink a potential game-winning shot if given the opportunity. Oregon’s heralded freshman did just that. Her 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Ducks over No. 20 Cal 69-66 for Oregon’s first win in Berkeley since 2011. The Ducks improve to …

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Oregon women’s basketball looking for Pac-12 road win in tilt with No. 20 Cal

BERKELEY, Calif. — Oregon coach Kelly Graves has never been a believer in moral victories. But on Friday night after his team’s 81-60 loss to No. 10 Stanford, Graves and his staff maintained a positive tone with their young team. “We played with more intensity than we did last week,” …

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Sabrina Ionescu returns, but Ducks drop road game 81-60 to No. 10 Stanford

STANFORD, Calif. — Sabrina Ionescu returned to the court on Friday. So did Oregon’s intensity. Playing before a contingent of friends and family, Ionescu played a team-high 34 minutes. She scored 14 points on 4-of-18 shooting from the field. She also had eight assists and seven rebounds. “I think mentally it’s hard …

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Ducks looking for first Pac-12 win in Bay Area road trip

Oregon women’s basketball is taking its show on the road. The Ducks will play their first of four consecutive Pac-12 road games on Friday night at No. 10 Stanford (8 p.m., Pac-12 Network). The Ducks also play at No. 20 California on Sunday afternoon. The road Ducks are looking to rebound from …

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Washington State outlasts Oregon 75-59 to hand Ducks second consecutive loss

The young Oregon women’s basketball team is quickly learning just how tough Pac-12 play will be. Looking to bounce back from Friday’s loss to No. 9 Washington, the Ducks hit a road block on Sunday in Washington State and were unable to pull out the win, falling 75-59 to start …

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Ducks drop Pac-12 opener to No. 9 Washington, 99-77

At the end of Oregon’s women’s basketball game on Friday, Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” began blaring as if it were a message to the team who had just suffered a 99-77 loss to No. 9 Washington. The loss started the Ducks’ conference play on a sour note, yet Oregon …

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Guard Jayde Woods to transfer from Oregon women’s basketball team

Oregon freshman guard Jayde Woods will transfer from the women’s basketball team, the team announced in news release hours before the Pac-12 opener against Washington. “Jayde is a tremendous basketball player and a great person,” head coach Kelly Graves said in the release. “We wish her well in her future …

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Oregon hopes to contend in loaded Pac-12 as conference play begins this weekend

When the Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team began this season, fans weren’t sure what to expect. The team saw seven new faces join the roster, but together they formed the No. 3 ranked recruiting class in the nation. With so much inexperience on the roster, the media selected the Ducks …

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Oregon hangs on for 73-70 win over Idaho in final nonconference game

If Oregon was looking for a walkthrough in its last matchup before Pac-12 play, it certainly didn’t get it. Oregon squandered a large second half lead Tuesday afternoon before finding its composure late to hold onto a 73-70 win over the Idaho Vandals at Matthew Knight Arena. “I always give …

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Following double-double averages, Ruthy Hebard named Pac-12 freshman of the week

With four double-doubles already at Oregon, Ruthy Hebard has made a strong first impression on Duck fans and head coach Kelly Graves. On Monday, the conference recognized her efforts. She was named Pac-12 freshman of the week after averaging 21.7 points and 11.3 rebounds in three games last week. She tallied …

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Hebard scores a season-high 28 points as Oregon tops Portland State 90-46

After losing their second game of the season Wednesday night at Ole Miss, the Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team (9-2) defeated the Portland State Vikings, 90-46 at the Moda Center in Portland on Saturday. Jayde Wood and Sabrina Ionescu sat out the game due to injury. Ionescu suffered a broken …

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Ducks fall to Ole Miss, 83-67, to split post-finals road trip

Oregon likely won’t want to play anyone from the Magnolia State anytime soon. The No. 25-ranked Ducks fell to 8-2 on Wednesday after losing 83-67 to Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi. Oregon’s other loss of the season came to Mississippi State in Honolulu. “We played young,” head coach Kelly Graves said …

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Ionescu records second triple-double of season in Oregon’s 87-59 victory over Clemson

Early Monday, the Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team was listed in the AP top 25 for the first time since 2003. Monday night, the team marched into the home of the Clemson Tigers and handed them their first loss of the season by a score of 87-59. The Ducks (8-1) …

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Oregon women’s hoops ranked No. 25 in AP Top 25 poll

A 7-1 start including a pair of impressive showings against then-ranked No. 24 Michigan State and No. 5 Mississippi State has earned the Oregon women’s basketball team its first AP Top 25 ranking since the 2003-04 season. The Ducks came in No. 25 in the poll, which was released on …

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Former Duck Katie Gruys is a ‘tremendous asset’ for Clemson as grad assistant

Fitting in for Katie Gruys at Clemson was a shoo-in. After all, she was in their shoes just months before. The Ducks won four games when she was a freshman; Clemson won four games last year. “She was like, ‘Hey listen ladies. I’ve been where you’ve been,’” Clemson coach Audra Smith …

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Ducks earn their largest win of the season in 81-41 rout of Portland

Jillian Alleyne had three double-doubles through her first eight games at Oregon. After freshman Ruthy Hebard’s 19-point, 11-rebound performance in Oregon’s 81-41 rout of Portland (2-7) on Friday, she too has three double-doubles in eight games. Head coach Kelly Graves sees the parallels between Oregon’s freshman forward and the Pac-12’s all-time leading …

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Oregon forward Lydia Giomi didn’t let a broken hand ruin her 19th birthday

Lydia Giomi made the most of her 19th birthday on Dec. 2, even though she broke a bone in her right hand during Oregon’s practice. It’s only the second time the Oregon freshman has broken a bone; she broke her leg when she was 5. While she was running in practice last …

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Oregon defeats Vanguard 95-55 and shows depth in exhibition game

In a game where the Ducks found advantages in depth from their bench and height on the court, Oregon defeated the Vanguard Lions 95-55 in a midseason exhibition game Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. The matchup with the Lions gave the Ducks an opportunity to work on multiple aspects …

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Ducks show they have third quarter mojo in exhibition rout of Vanguard

Once again, the Ducks showed they have all the right moves in the third quarter. Oregon outscored visiting Vanguard 32-11 in the third quarter on Sunday en route to a 95-55 midseason exhibition win. The team has now outscored its last three teams 79-28 in the third quarter. “I don’t think we …

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Oregon women’s basketball 2017 signees ranked No. 1, No. 7 internationally

Oregon’s two 2017 signees are ranked as top 10 international recruits. ProspectsNation.com, one of a few websites which evaluates women’s basketball recruits, released its 2017 international rankings on Wednesday. Satou Sabally (Germany) is ranked No. 1 while Aina Ayuso (Spain) is No. 7. The rankings confirm what the staff had already seen on the recruiting trail. “We knew …

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Oregon women’s basketball giving every player a chance

In all seven Oregon women’s basketball games, every eligible players has seen the floor. At the start of the season, that number was 13, but with freshman Sierra Campisano returning from injury in the Ducks’ win over CSU Bakersfield, it became 14 total players. It is highly unusual to see a team …

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Sabrina Ionescu’s triple-double helps Ducks to rout of San Jose State 91-62

Sabrina Ionescu owns a piece of Oregon women’s basketball history just seven games into her collegiate career. The freshman from Walnut Creek, California, scored 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 11 assists, joining Stefani Kasperski (1986-90) and Bev Smith (1978-82) as the only Ducks in program historu with triple-doubles. …

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