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Canepa blossoms in newfound bench role

Jack Hunter Coming off of a defensive rebound against Arizona on Jan. 16, Nicole Canepa takes off running. Crossing the “A” at center court of the McKale Center in Arizona, she turns just in time to see an outlet pass sailing through the air. It seems to float for hours …

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Cardinal the class of the conference

When sophomore forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike was asked if it felt like Stanford had actually won by 20 points, she chuckled. “No,” she said. “But at the same time I didn’t feel like we were losing. I felt like we were taking care of the ball, more times better than others. …

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Cardinal offense

Jack Hunter For 40 minutes, the Oregon women’s basketball team went toe-to-toe with the No. 2 school in the country. At the final buzzer, the score read No. 2 Stanford 100, Oregon 80. The rambunctious McArthur Court crowd of 2,909 — the largest this year and the most vocal in …

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Athlete of the Week: Fallin coming into her own for Ducks

Jack Hunter In her two seasons at Umpqua Community College, Kristi Fallin learned the basics of an up tempo rotation. The junior from Roseburg is hitting the ground running, establishing herself as a go-to bench player in head coach Paul Westhead’s rotation. Fallin had a breakout game on Jan. 16 …

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Searching for solutions

Jack Hunter Coming out of a timeout less than five minutes into the game, assistant coach Kai Felton cried out, “Rebound! Rebound!” Try as they might, the Ducks could not keep California off the glass, and were outrebounded 53-31 in a 72-62 loss on Thursday night. Adding further insult to …

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Hustle keeps Ducks in it for a while

Oregon and California left it all out on the floor in the Golden Bears’ physical 72-62 win over the Ducks. Someone left out a little bit more. In the midst of a first-half scrum for the ball under the Ducks’ basket, Oregon guard Nia Jackson came up bloody. Jackson — …

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There’s no place like home

Ivar Vong Look past Cal’s early season losses to San Jose State and Boston College. Look past the fall from a No. 18 ranking earlier this season. Look past the 2-3 Pacific-10 Conference record, the eighth-best in the conference. Oregon won’t. “Cal will give us everything we can handle,” Westhead …

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Ducks need only minor changes

After a blazing 3-0 start to the Pacific-10 Conference season, the sky appeared to be the limit for the women’s basketball team. Excited fans began to ask, “Just how far can this team really go?” Twelve days and two losses later, those talks have simmered. The Ducks’ offense has yet …

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Record night from Canepa can’t stop Arizona; press ineffective

Jack Hunter The women’s basketball team has been involved in plenty of extraordinary performances this year. Unfortunately, it came out on the losing end of a record-breaking match-up with Arizona on Saturday. When the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard read Arizona-119, Oregon-112. It was the largest point total in Pacific-10 …

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Turnover-stricken Ducks drop 10th straight in Tempe

Jack Hunter The Oregon women’s basketball team entered Thursday night with nine consecutive road losses to Arizona State and hadn’t won in Tempe since the 1999-2000 season. The Sun Devils saw to that streak reaching double digits. After a mistake-ridden first half, ASU (10-6, 2-3 Pacific-10 Conference) broke away from …

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Oregon excited about Arizona trip

Ivar Vong Oregon women’s basketball head coach Paul Westhead has fond memories as a head coach in the state of Arizona. “The last time I was in Phoenix, we won the championship in the WNBA (with the Phoenix Mercury),” Westhead said with a laugh. “The last time I was in …

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Beavers unable to keep pace with Oregon

A popular axiom among football analysts states that “the best defense is a good offense.” Saturday’s Civil War pitted the Pacific-10 Conference’s — and the nation’s — most prolific scoring offense in Paul Westhead’s Oregon Ducks against the Pac-10’s best scoring defense in the Oregon State Beavers. When the dust …

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Trojans’ loss is Ducks’ gain: Felton impresses

University of Oregon In March 2009, Kai Felton was looking for a job. The former USC assistant was in limbo after Mark Trakh, head coach of USC, resigned following the season. Felton had a number of options to mull over. Head coaching positions at the Division III level were available …

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Blowout loss has Ducks on mission

Jack Hunter The last time the women’s basketball team shared the court with Oregon State, it left Corvallis with a humiliating 70-41 defeat. As the Ducks prepare to return to Corvallis for the first Civil War matchup of 2010, they have revenge on their minds. “We owe everybody from last …

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Sitting pretty: Oregon at top of Pac-10 after weekend

Jack Hunter Take a quick glance at the NCAA’s statistical rankings for women’s basketball, and one might notice a trend at the top of the pile. Scoring defense: Connecticut; Field goal percentage: Connecticut; Rebound margin: Connecticut; Scoring offense … Oregon? That is not an error. Through 14 games, the Ducks …

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Lilley breaks 1,000-point barrier, sets career record

Jack Hunter Guard Micaela Cocks scored 22 points, forward Amanda Johnson had 12 points and 15 rebounds and the Oregon Ducks (11-3, 2-0 Pacific-10 Conference) survived a late challenge by Washington State (5-8, 0-2 Pac-10) and won 98-92 Sunday. The Ducks are off to their best overall start since the …

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Harrassing defense key as Ducks defeat 49ers 102-70

Micaela Cocks scored a career-high 27 points on 8-of-9 shooting (5-5 from three-point range), and Taylor Lilley had 25 points, seven assists, four steals, two blocked shots and no turnovers as the Oregon women (8-1) shook off a rambunctious Long Beach State squad, 102-70, at McArthur Court on Sunday afternoon. …

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Ducks to face Broncos, Long Beach State

After running the University of Portland off the court to improve to 6-1 on Wednesday, the women’s basketball team will look to stay in high gear this weekend against Boise State and Long Beach State. The Broncos stand undefeated at 7-0, and redshirt senior guard Tasha Harris was named Western …

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Ducks fly by Pilots

Jack Hunter Seven games into the season and Amanda Johnson is quickly making a name for herself. The sophomore forward scored a career-high 32 points and pulled down 11 rebounds en route to a 95-68 win over Portland on Wednesday night. The 32 points fell just six short of the …

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Loss to Wisconsin a learning experience for Oregon

Shawn Hatjes The Oregon women’s basketball team learned a lot about itself over the course of the three-day World Vision Invitational tournament. Specifically, how to deal with a loss. The Ducks were runners-up in the tournament standings, with wins over Cal State Fullerton (117-69) and Portland State (87-58) and their …

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Unfazed by controversy

Shawn Hatjes The Oregon women’s basketball team improved to 2-1 in the World Vision Invitational at McArthur Court with an 87-58 win over Portland State on Sunday. The Ducks are 5-1 overall with the only loss coming against Wisconsin on Saturday. “It was a successful weekend,” head coach Paul Westhead …

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Oregon plays Santa Clara tonight at 7 p.m.

Jack Hunter It has been one week since Paul Westhead’s first game as the women’s basketball head coach, and the transition has gone quite smoothly.   The Ducks are learning on the fly with a newly installed fast-break offense, and while there have been a few hiccups, they have still …

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Ducks rely on late run to seal victory

Jack Hunter The Oregon women had six players with double-figure point totals and shot 44.3 percent from the field, but the Ducks put together a six-point run after falling behind late to clinch their first road victory of the season, an 86-81 win over Montana. “Any time in the second …

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Athlete of the Week: Amanda Johnson

Jack Hunter Amanda Johnson was a revelation for the Oregon women’s basketball team last season. The sophomore forward from Santa Rosa, Calif., averaged 7.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game (leading the Ducks), earning Pacific-10 Conference All-Freshman honorable mention honors. Johnson had a strong exhibition season for the …

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Ducks fly high into Missoula’s altitude

Jack Hunter After a resounding win in its opener against Eastern Washington, the women’s basketball team heads into a matchup with Montana (0-2) this weekend with a bit more hop in its step. “I love to win the first game,” head coach Paul Westhead said. “There’s always some kinks in …

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A new era begins

Jack Hunter The Oregon women’s basketball team’s 86-48 win over Eastern Washington was not very pretty to watch at times. The Ducks committed 19 turnovers and 17 personal fouls, and the full-court press defense was so overzealous that head coach Paul Westhead called it off at one point in the …

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Ducks opening Westhead era against EWU tonight

Jack Hunter The 2009-10 season couldn’t have come any sooner for the Oregon women’s basketball team. Now, it’s finally here. Two transfers, four new players and the hiring of an NBA and WNBA-champion head coach later, the Ducks have emerged from their 9-21 season — the worst in school history …

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Oregon still growing to fit the run-and-gun

Jack Hunter For a team that averaged nearly 57 points last year, breaking 100 in two exhibition games has to be encouraging. Still, the women’s basketball team has a lot of work to do before the regular season starts next week, and head coach Paul Westhead is well aware of …

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Ducks defeat WOU in last tune-up game

The women’s basketball team crested the 100-point mark for the second game in a row Sunday, defeating Western Oregon 109-65 in its second and final preseason game. The Ducks got off to a slow start in the first half, and led 52-38 after allowing the Wolves to shoot 45.7 percent …

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Final exhibitions for women, men Sunday

The Oregon men’s and women’s basketball teams will conclude their exhibition seasons this weekend at McArthur Court. The Duck women go first, playing on Sunday at 2 p.m. against Western Oregon. First-year head coach Paul Westhead had a successful debut in front of the Eugene faithful on Tuesday night, as …

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