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Oregon up to No. 8 in AP top 25 ahead of matchup with No. 10 UCLA

After a thrilling double-overtime 80-74 win against USC on Friday night, Oregon jumped a spot to No. 8 in the latest AP top-25 poll.

UCLA, Oregon State, and Stanford were all also ranked in the top-25, coming in at No. 10, No. 12, and No. 16 respectively.

The Ducks have their final regular-season matchup against UCLA on Monday, in a highly anticipated top-10 matchup against the No. 10 Bruins. The game tips at 7 p.m.

Oregon will rely on powerhouse forward Ruthy Hebard to defend their 15-1 home-court record against the Bruins.

Hebard led Oregon’s victory against the Trojans on Friday with 27 points on 12-for-12 shooting, a single-game Oregon record. She has now made an NCAA-record 30 consecutive field goals and leads the county in field goal percentage at 67.0 percent. Her shooting has helped the Oregon team shoot 49.7 percent this season, the second highest percentage for the team since the 1980-81 season.

In their final home game this season, the Ducks will celebrate seniors Lexi Bando (the team’s four-year starter) and Justine Hall (a junior-year transfer from Purdue) in Monday night’s Senior Night festivities. The team will also wear pink uniforms to benefit cancer research.

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Maggie Vanoni

Maggie is a senior sports reporter for the Emerald covering football, volleyball, men's basketball, men's tennis, track and field and softball. She is a lover of adventures, the Oregon Coast, writing and Ben and Jerry's. Follow her on Twitter at @maggie_vanoni and reach her at [email protected]