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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