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Ducks trounce Eastern Washington in WNIT opener

The Oregon women’s basketball team has accepted an at-large bid to compete in the 2010 Women’s National Invitational Tournament, which begins on Wednesday. The Ducks will take on Eastern Washington Thursday night at McArthur Court in the tournament’s first round, preserving the 83-year-old gymnasium for one more game. “Anytime you …

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Ducks fall to USC in the Pac-10 Tournament quarterfinals

In the first round of the Pacific-10 Conference women’s basketball tournament on Friday night, the sixth-seeded Oregon Ducks fell to the third-seeded USC Women of Troy, 80-76. Despite mounting a second-half comeback, the Ducks could not stop from losing their seventh consecutive game to close out the season with a …

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Familiarity key for Ducks against USC

The Oregon and USC women’s basketball teams have gotten to know each other very well this season. They have already faced each other twice in the regular season, splitting the series, and will match up for a third time during the quarterfinals of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament in Los Angeles …

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Rebounding issues still bother Ducks

Jack Hunter In last year’s dismal 9-21 season, the Oregon women’s basketball team lost six straight games twice, including the final six of the season. The Ducks’ last game, in the Pacific-10 Conference tournament, was a 69-43 loss to Washington — the first-ever loss by a seventh-seeded team to a …

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Washington road trip brings Duck losing streak to six

Jack Hunter The Oregon women’s basketball team lost its sixth straight game Sunday, putting a postseason appearance in doubt as the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament looms. Washington center Regina Rogers had 15 points and eight rebounds, guard Kristi Kingma had 11 points and the Huskies (12-16, 7-11 Pac-10) thwarted a late …

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Ducks not overlooking cellar dwellers

Jack Hunter More than two months ago, when the Oregon women’s basketball team last saw the Washington schools, it was flying high with a 9-3 overall record. Two straight wins over the Huskies and Cougars gave the Ducks a 2-0 start in the Pacific-10 Conference, and their confidence was at …

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Ducks blow big lead, stumble on Senior Night

Jack Hunter With 14 minutes remaining in the second half, the women’s basketball team appeared destined for victory. Leading by 16 in the last Pacific-10 Conference home game — on the day seniors Taylor Lilley, Micaela Cocks and Lindsey Saffold were honored — everything was going Oregon’s way. Yet, UCLA …

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Dixon’s intensity was the key to comeback

Jack Hunter With 17:05 remaining in the second half, UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell called timeout. Her Bruins had just stumbled out of the halftime gate, trailing 62-50 as two Taylor Lilley three-pointers highlighted a 12-4 Duck run. The McArthur Court crowd of 2,892 was in full support of its home …

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Corral’s passing, scoring lead USC to victory

  Five different players scored in double figures for the USC Trojans as they picked up their ninth conference win of the season last night at McArthur Court. Three of the five starters — Christina Marinacci, Briana Gilbreath, and Ashley Corral — scored at least 13 points, while Hailey Dunham …

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Ducks derailed by clutch Trojan free throws

Jack Hunter With 4.4 seconds left, Oregon women’s basketball head coach Paul Westhead issued his directive: 5-4-1 and push it. USC guard Ashley Corral had just hit two free throws to put the Women of Troy ahead, 87-84. Corral had been shaky in two previous visits to the line, making …

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Lilley wants to repeat last game against USC

Jack Hunter As the Pacific-10 Conference season begins to wind down, a sense of urgency is palpable among members of the women’s basketball team. With USC (14-11, 8-6) visiting McArthur Court tonight, Oregon (16-10, 7-7) knows that the time has come to make its move. The Ducks currently sit at …

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Weekend series a culmination of 83 years of history

Jack Hunter With a significant portion of the season to look forward to, the Oregon women’s basketball team will nevertheless look back on this upcoming weekend fondly. The Ducks (16-10, 7-7 Pacific-10 Conference) will be playing their final regular-season basketball games in McArthur Court against USC and UCLA, one week …

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Ducks lose battle of back-and-forth

ODE In the weeks leading up to it, Paul Westhead knew the women’s basketball team’s trip to the Bay Area would be difficult. He wasn’t wrong. The trip did not begin well with a blowout loss to Stanford, and though the Ducks improved drastically against California, they ultimately fell 79-73. …

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No. 2 Stanford serves Oregon a giant slice of humble pie

Jack Hunter The Stanford women’s basketball team is the consensus No. 2 team in the nation and, especially this season, the class of the Pacific-10 Conference. Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, Calif., is considered one of the toughest road environments in the nation; the Cardinal is the Pac-10 leader in …

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Setting the pace

Jack Hunter On the eve of a critical game against No. 2 Stanford, Paul Westhead’s message was succinct. “If you run it, you’ll win it,” Westhead told the Oregon women’s basketball team during Tuesday’s practice. No surprise there: Westhead’s fast-break offense and press defense are laid bare to opposing teams, …

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In it to win it: Oregon not intimidated by No.2 Stanford

Jack Hunter When asked about Oregon’s 100-80 defeat against No. 2 Stanford, head coach Paul Westhead likes to say it was a twenty-point loss, but not a twenty-point game. Though at first glance that may seem redundant, anyone who watched the game would readily agree with Westhead. The Ducks came …

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Injury to point guard costs ASU

Jack Hunter Oregon had its starting point guard ready for Saturday. Arizona State did not. In a game with 37 combined turnovers and a one-point margin of victory, the loss of Tenaya Watson was magnified for the Sun Devils. Watson, a junior transfer from Central Arizona Junior College, has started …

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Second-half timeout changes tone

Jack Hunter With the game on the line, Arizona State picked the wrong player to foul. Down 78-76 with 15 seconds left in regulation, the Sun Devils (15-9, 7-6) quickly fouled Oregon’s Micaela Cocks. An 85 percent free-throw shooter heading into Saturday’s matchup, the senior guard calmly drained two free …

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Ducks take revenge against UA

Ivar Vong Thursday’s word of the day, thanks to Oregon assistant coach Kai Felton, was “synergy.”The Ducks coaching staff has left every women’s basketball player a picture or a word at their lockers to promote a key to the game. Against the Arizona Wildcats, the one-word message centered on a …

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Wildcats stagnant from field

Ivar Vong Throughout most of the season, scouting reports have emphasized that if teams can break Oregon’s full-court press, they will have a solid chance of winning. It is easier said than done, to be sure, but Arizona did just that in their first meeting with the Ducks on Jan. …

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Firing on all cylinders

Jack Hunter 119-112. Upon first glance at this score, one would have to assume that the Oregon women’s basketball team (14-8, 5-5) prevailed over Arizona (11-10, 5-6) when they last met on Jan. 16. After all, it is the Ducks, not the Wildcats, who lead the nation in points per …

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Stability leads to success

Jack Hunter One of the lesser-known factors that has contributed to the Oregon women’s basketball team’s 14-8 start (5-5 in conference play) is lineup continuity. Last year, head coach Bev Smith saw players come and go from the starting lineup with unnerving regularity. Every player but center Ellyce Ironmonger started …

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Athlete of the Week

ODE A casual observer of the women’s basketball team might not notice Victoria Kenyon. She does not fill up box scores, and her game lacks the flash of players like Taylor Lilley or Nia Jackson. Look closer, however, and Kenyon’s contributions become more noticeable. She frequently guards whoever is inbounding …

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Making memories

Jack Hunter The Oregon women’s basketball team made the last Civil War in McArthur Court count.Taylor Lilley scored 23 points and Micaela Cocks scored 18 points in their last Civil Wars, and the Ducks scored the first eight points of the game en route to an 82-62 victory over Oregon …

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Huge win vs. USC gives Ducks momentum Saturday

Coming off of an impressive road win and a relatively quiet week of practice, the women’s basketball team is confident and itching to begin the second half of the Pacific-10 Conference season. After a disheartening five-game losing steak, the Ducks finally seemed to regain their form against USC. Senior guard …

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Last War at Mac has Ducks excited

Jack Hunter Just about anyone who lives in Oregon understands the magnitude of the Civil War. Tomorrow, the rivalry game will take on an entirely different meaning, as it will be the last to ever be played at McArthur Court. To some, the idea might be intimidating. After all, the …

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Braced for impact

Jack Hunter The passion is evident in Nia Jackson’s play. Evident in every burst, every cut, every Dwyane Wade-esque absorption of contact for and-one layups. After playing just 17 of a possible 61 games in the first two seasons of her collegiate career, the redshirt sophomore guard is enjoying every …

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Lilley ties Pac-10 three-point record as Ducks blitz USC

Jack Hunter After five straight losses, Taylor Lilley had seen enough. On Saturday, the senior guard scored a career-best 36 points en route to the Ducks’ 85-77 win over USC in Los Angeles. It was the first ever win for Oregon (13-8, 4-5) at the Galen Center. The Women of …

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Ducks drop fourth-straight contest

Jack Hunter The Pacific-10 Conference’s best defense reigned supreme over the Pac-10’s — and the nation’s — best offense on Thursday night. UCLA freshman forward Markel Walker had a career-making night — 17 points, 14 rebounds, eight assists and four steals — and the Bruins outscored the Ducks 34-13 over …

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Oregon encouraged by performance despite loss

Jack Hunter After a draining loss to Stanford last Saturday, a trip to Southern California to face UCLA (12-6, 5-2) wasn’t exactly the remedy the women’s basketball team had in mind. Still, the Ducks are hungry for the taste of a win, no matter whom they have to play. “Right …

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