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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 celebrates a win. The Oregon Ducks play the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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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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Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) steals the ball from CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners guard Erika Williams (15). The Oregon Ducks host the California State University-Bakersfield Roadrunners at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 28, 2016. (Aaron Nelson/Emerald)
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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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Oregon Ducks teammates Lexi Bando (10) and Oti Gildon (32) celebrate from the bench. The Oregon Ducks host the California State University-Bakersfield Roadrunners at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 28, 2016. (Aaron Nelson/Emerald)
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Ducks breeze past Hawaii 86-49 behind Lexi Bando’s hot hand

The Oregon women’s basketball team outscored Hawaii 22-6 in the third quarter to roll to a 86-49 win in Oregon’s second game of the Rainbow Wahine Showdown on Saturday. Lexi Bando scored a game-high 22 points and Ruthy Hebard added 19 more, along with nine rebounds, to help the Ducks improve …

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The Oregon team meets in the center of the court at the end of the game. The Oregon Ducks play the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Ducks edged by No. 7 Mississippi State 75-63 in Honolulu

Lexi Bando and Sabrina Ionescu each scored 14 points, Maite Cazorla added 11 and the Ducks shot 44.2 percent from the field, but were unable to knock off No. 7 Mississippi State (5-0) on Friday in Honolulu, losing 75-63. The Ducks (4-1) cut the Bulldogs’ lead to 62-57 with 3:47 …

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Oregon celebrates a win. The Oregon Ducks play the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Ducks rout No. 24 Michigan State 88-55 behind stout defensive effort

From the beginning on Tuesday night, Oregon had its offensive groove. No. 24 Michigan State, on the other hand, did not. Oregon opened an 18-point lead just two minutes into the second quarter, and didn’t let up, upsetting Michigan State 88-55 to improve to 4-0 on the year. The Ducks …

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Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) dribbles the ball around Michigan State Spartans center Jenna Allen (33). The Oregon Ducks play the No. 24 Michigan State Spartans at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Ducks show they have the third-quarter dagger in upset win over No. 24 Michigan State

Oregon’s showing following halftime on Tuesday night proved to be too much for Michigain State.  The Ducks put away the game in a dominant third quarter, in which Oregon scored 28 points on the 24th-ranked team against the nation. Freshman Ruthy Hebard had another player-of-the-game performance, including going 3-of-3, scoring 10 points and …

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The Oregon bench goes crazy after a layup putting the Ducks above the Roadrunners 64-39. The Oregon Ducks host the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 20, 2016. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald)
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Sabrina Ionescu earns first Pac-12 freshman of the week award

With seven freshmen on the roster, Oregon women’s basketball has a chance to earn a good share of the conference’s weekly freshman of the week awards. Sabrina Ionescu, the program’s highest ranked recruit, was first to pick up the award for Oregon this season after helping the Ducks to a …

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Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) fights her opponent as she goes for the layup. The Oregon Ducks host the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 20, 2016. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald)
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Strong first half, Sabrina Ionescu’s play, lead Oregon to 77-63 win over UT San Antonio

Oregon continued its strong start to the season, putting together an all-around effort for much of the game in a 77-63 win over UT San Antonio on Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena. Head coach Kelly Graves played all available players for the third consecutive game. “Tonight was a step in the …

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Oregon forward Lauren Yearwood (22) fights for the rebound. The Oregon Ducks host the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 20, 2016. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald)
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With three wins, Oregon turns attention to nonconference test in Michigan State

Just about 50 minutes after Oregon’s 77-63 win over University of Texas, San Antonio, freshman forward Lydia Giomi emerged from the Oregon tunnel with two basketballs. She placed them under the basket and then spent several minutes working on layups. A couple minutes into her solo shooting session, with Matthew …

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Lamar Cardinals point guard Briana Laidler (4) strips the ball from Oregon Ducks forward Mallory McGwire (44). The Oregon Ducks play the Lamar Cardinals at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Justin Hartney/Emerald)
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Cal Stars AAU team infusing Pac-12 rosters one year at a time

Before donning Oregon green and yellow, Mallory McGwire and Sabrina Ionescu had a close friendship from their time crisscrossing the country for the Cal Stars AAU club team. They grew even closer when McGwire — a Reno, Nevada, native — practiced in the Bay Area with the team. She’d often stay with Ionescu or …

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Oregon Ducks forward Sabrina Capisano (52) confirms the defensive with a teammate. The Oregon Ducks host the California State University-Bakersfield Roadrunners at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 28, 2016. (Aaron Nelson/Emerald)
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Sierra Campisano returns from injury to tally 12 points in Duck debut

Oregon’s coaching staff early on coined the nickname ‘buckets’ for forward Sierra Campisano. But as her prolific career at Torrey Pines High School came to a close last year, the Ducks’ staff recommended that she undergo surgery on her foot for an injury that she had always plagued her. It …

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Oregon guard Jayde Woods (11) passes the ball behind her opponent. The Oregon Ducks host the California State University-Bakersfield Roadrunners at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Nov. 28, 2016. (Amanda Shigeoka/Emerald)
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Freshmen, led by Ruthy Hebard, shine in 77-62 win over CSU Bakersfield

Oregon’s freshmen scored 53 of the 77 points in the Ducks’ 77-62 win over Cal State Bakersfield. An unlikely hero emerged in freshman Ruthy Hebard, who finished the game 8-of-9 shooting with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow freshman Sabrina Ionescu also had a double-double with 14 points and 10 …

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Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) tosses the ball during warm ups. The Oregon Ducks host the Northwest Christian University Beacons at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Sabrina Ionescu and Maite Cazorla: A perfect pair in the making

Maite Cazorla and Sabrina Ionescu could form one of the deadliest partnerships in women’s basketball during their three years together.  With seven incoming freshmen, Cazorla, a sophomore, has had to step into the role of a veteran player. Ionescu, who was ranked fourth in her class nationally, joined the backcourt this …

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Lamar Cardinals forward Kiara Desamours (12) is guarded by Oregon Ducks guard Sabrina Ionescu (20). The Oregon Ducks play the Lamar Cardinals at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Sabrina Ionescu’s father Dan plans to make a habit of driving to Oregon women’s hoops games

Both Dan and Sabrina Ionescu had early wake up calls on Sunday morning. Dan arose at 4 a.m., and more than 500 miles away, Sabrina couldn’t help but wake up at 4:45 a.m. the morning of her first collegiate game. Dan was out the door by 5 a.m., hitting the road to catch his …

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Oregon Ducks guard Lexi Bando (10) high fives the Lamar team at the end of the game. The Oregon Ducks play the Lamar Cardinals at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Lexi Bando’s hot hand leads Ducks to season-opening win against Lamar

Junior Lexi Bando scored 18 of her 20 points from behind the arc to propel the Ducks to victory Sunday afternoon. Oregon beat Lamar 84-67, and Bando went 6-for-7 from 3-point range. The guard has immediately benefited from the Ducks’ improved depth at the guard position this season, which helped her get …

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The Oregon bench watches as the game unfolds. The Oregon Ducks host the Northwest Christian University Beacons at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Ducks sign international duo for 2017 cycle

Oregon women’s basketball is going all-international for its 2017 recruiting class. The Ducks signed guard Aina Ayuso and forward Satou Sabally on Wednesday, filling their two open scholarships for 2017-18. Ayuso is a native of Spain and Sabally is a native of Germany. The two will add to Oregon’s dynamic …

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Oregon forward Jacinta Vandenberg (15) makes a layup. The Oregon Ducks host the Northwest Christian University Beacons at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon women’s basketball plans to exceed expectations

Since the arrival of head coach Kelly Graves in 2014, Oregon women’s basketball has moved up one place in each season’s Pac-12 preseason coaches’ poll. This year, the Ducks were picked to finish seventh. A big factor in Oregon’s seventh place spot on the poll is due to the inexperience …

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The Oregon bench celebrates after Oregon guard Lexi Bando (10) makes a three-point shot. The Oregon Ducks host the Northwest Christian University Beacons at Matt Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. on Oct. 29, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon women’s basketball dominates exhibition against Northwest Christian in 89-36 win

Oregon women’s basketball started its 2016-17 season with a 89-36 win over Northwest Christian in an exhibition game which featured 13 different Ducks, including the six healthy freshmen.   As expected, Oregon dominated the entirety of the game. Freshman Sabrina Ionescu stood out above the rest with eight points, eight …

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Oregon Ducks center Jacinta Vandenberg (15) goes to take a shot as she is defended by Arizona Wildcats forward LaBrittney Jones (24). 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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Behind powerful recruiting class, Ducks stand tall in the post

Kelly Graves and his coaching staff worked around-the-clock to sign in the nation’s No. 3-ranked recruiting class. With a blend of guards and posts, the class has been heralded for its depth and ability to anchor Graves’ teams for many years to come. The cohort also included four posts, giving the Ducks plenty …

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The Ducks huddle prior to tip-off. The Oregon Ducks defeated the Clemson Tigers 69-56 on Nov. 24, 2015 at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. (Samuel Marshall/Emerald)
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Xavi Lopez is Oregon women’s hoops’ ‘Renaissance Man’

Though Xavi Lopez’s job title on the Oregon women’s basketball team is simply “assistant strength and conditioning coach,” his efforts and abilities run much deeper. He can’t coach or recruit, but Lopez has a knack for building relationships with current players. Many say he’s a quick learner, which is essential in today’s NCAA …

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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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Ducks open 2016-17 season with “every position” up for grabs

On Oct. 6, Kelly Graves and his team met around a whiteboard during a team meeting. They discussed what strengths they have for 2016-17, looking over offensive weapons and defensive abilities. Graves and the team were pleasantly surprised, as the team had only completed two official fall practices. “It’s incredible,” said Graves, Oregon’s head …

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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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