Oregon Women’s Basketball: Ducks Open Pac-12 Play vs Washington Huskies

Oregon Breaks the huddle vs Mississippi State at Matthew Knight Arena.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Oregon Breaks the huddle vs Mississippi State at Matthew Knight Arena.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

Sabrina Ionescu has the Oregon Ducks atop the Pac-12 Conference in the rankings entering January.

The Oregon Women’s Basketball team made it through the holiday break and are tied with the Arizona Wildcats atop the Pac-12 at 11-1. The Utah Utes lead the Conference at 12-0. Oregon had several big early season games highlighted by a home win against Mississippi State and their lone loss at Michigan State.

The Oregon Ducks are among just a few Pac-12 teams that are ranked entering January and start the Pac-12 season hosting both Washington and Washington State this weekend. The Oregon Ducks played an exhibition game against Portland Concordia to close out 2018 on December 30th. Starters saw just 20 minutes on the floor as Oregon rolled to a 110-49 win.

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Oregon hosts the Washington Huskies on Friday night. Washington is 7-6 on the season and 1-1 away from home so far. Washington has also faced some key early-season competition. They have hosted Ohio State and Mississippi State, beating the Buckeyes and losing by 50 to the Bulldogs. Washington opened Pac-12 play last week losing to Washington State 79-76.

Missy Peterson is the player to watch for the Huskies. She played injured last season and is starting to show her potential in her Sophomore year averaging 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. At one point this season he had a five-game stretch of putting up 15 points per game.

Darcy Rees had a big game against Washington State with career highs in several categories including points with 15 and rebounds with 8. On Sunday, Oregon faced Concordia Portland and it was even minutes across the board with starters seeing the floor for roughly 20 minutes. It was a tune-up for Pac-12 play.

Sabrina Ionescu is well rested and should have a big night against a Washington Huskies team that is clearly down this season. Ionescu is the NCAA Leader in Tripe Doubles for both the Men’s and Women’s game and while I don’t expect her to add to the record vs the Huskies, several players could see double-doubles including Ruthy Hebard.

Oregon and Washington tipoff at 6 pm from Matthew Knight Arena. (Pac-12 Network)