Oregon Ducks Move Up In AP Poll, Rank Ahead Of Connecticut

Oregon Ducks Ruthy Hebard gets set on Offense vs Arizona State.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports
Oregon Ducks Ruthy Hebard gets set on Offense vs Arizona State.Justin Phillips/KPNW Sports /

The Oregon Ducks coming off two key games in the Pac-12 moved up to number three in the country after wins over Utah and Colorado.

Head Coach Kelly Graves has weapons everywhere on the floor even when key players fall into a slump. While they are never prepared when the shots don’t fall, Oregon has enough experience to stem the tide. Sabrina Ionescu has struggled over the last several games. She shot 5 for 11 from the floor against Colorado on Sunday and her teammates stepped up their game.

Colorado entered the game still looking for their first Pac-12 win. The Oregon Ducks took a lead early in the first quarter and pushed it to a 59 point victory, the largest on Oregon Women’s Basketball history in a 102-43 win. Satou Sabally continues to find the basket and is putting up better than 20 points per game in Pac-12 play.

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Oregon is the only undefeated team in the Pac-12 entering this week’s road games against California and 11th ranked Stanford. UConn, who has been at the top of the Women’s Basketball mountain for what seems like forever, has struggled with some losses over the last two weeks. UConn enters this week ranked 5th as Oregon jumps the Huskies to rank 3rd.

The Baylor Baylor Bears and Louisville Cardinal rank 1st and 2nd this week. The Oregon State Beavers are just inside the top ten at 7th. Following the road trip vs the Golden Bears and Cardinal, Oregon returns home to face Oregon State in what could be a Top Five matchup next week on February 15th.

Oregon heads south to face California on Friday. The Golden Bears upset Stanford last weekend and are capable of playing well with their home crowd, but Graves will have the Oregon Ducks ready. This Oregon team should find success on the road. Ionescu has had some magic moments on the road at Cal.

The Ducks and Golden Bears tipoff on Friday at 8 pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Network. Oregon meets Stanford on Sunday at 1 pm Pacific Time on ESPN2.