The Oregon Women’s Basketball team is 13-14 on the season and is looking to finish strong for a possible post season bid. At this point I think it would be more of the NIT variety than the NCAA variety, but there is still some regular season left to play along with the Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle. Jillian Alleyne broke the Oregon and Pac-12 rebounding record last week and is now closing in on breaking the Ducks Double double mark for season. The Sophomore is also twenty points away from having one-thousand points for her career. There are also two other Ducks that are in line for the latter honor.
Both Junior Katelyn Loper(needs 16 points) and Senior Ariel Thomas(needs 30 points) can break the one thousand point mark against either Arizona State or Arizona as Paul Westhead and the team look to finish the regular season strong this weekend.
Arizona State comes to Eugene ranked third in the Pac-12 at 22-6, 11-5 in conference. The Ducks lost the last meeting at Arizona State by three points 97-94 back in January. The Sundevils are currently ranked #20 in the Associated Press Women’s Basketball poll. On the other side Arizona comes to town on Sunday with the second worst record in the Conference this season. Of course, a win over both teams would help boost Oregon’s chances of making a post season appearance for the first time in four years.
The Ducks will also need to win their first game in the Pac-12 Tournament, which would give them a 15-15 record on the season. If they win more than one game in Seattle it will better their chances. With a team that has four seniors graduating a trip to the post season would be a nice gift for this team. For the younger members of the team a post season trip would add to the hunger of ‘getting back’.
The Ducks final home stand starts Friday night at 7pm vs Arizona State and Senior Day on Sunday at 1pm(Pac-12 Networks). The Pac-12 Tournament starts next Thursday in Seattle.