As head coach Dana Altman has had to reshape, adjust, and mold his starting lineup due to a rotation of players suffering injuries, one freshman has stood out amongst the rest of the team.
Jackson Shelstad, an Oregon native, made a splash pretty much the moment he stepped on campus in Eugene.
When the Ducks hosted the Michigan Wolverines earlier this season, Shelstad hit the game-winning three-pointer to clinch the victory for Oregon.
Shelstad has had an incredible season and there is certainly a bright future ahead of him in the sport.
The young Duck has also contributed 15 steals and 3 blocks in his 19 games this season. Hopefully Shelstad sticks around in Eugene for a couple of years before heading to the NBA for a promising professional career.
Shelstad and the Ducks play Washington State on Saturday afternoon in Eugene. The game will be aired on the Pac-12 Network.
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The Ducks’ softball team headed to Clearwater, Florida for their season-opening tournament at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. On Thursday afternoon they faced the Indiana Hoosiers and, sadly, lost their first game of the year.
Despite good hitting and stellar baserunning by the Ducks, Oregon couldn’t keep up with the Hoosiers’ bats. Oregon lost 5-7 to Indiana.
On Friday, Oregon played Kansas and Liberty in their next two games of the weekend.
The Ducks were able to bounce back against the Jayhawks with a 5-3 victory. Against the Lady Flames, Oregon went on to run-rule Liberty and head into Saturday at 2-1 so far this season. The Ducks beat the Flames 8-0 after five innings.
Turning our attention to the baseball team, it was announced that pitcher Isaac Ayon will miss the 2024 season, according to Jared Mack with 247Sports. Ayon missed last year due to a UCL tear.
Oregon has said that Ayon is suffering from an elbow injury, similar to that of last year.
He had opted for a brace procedure instead of Tommy John surgery in hopes that he could return to the game more quickly.
The Ducks start their 2024 season against Oklahoma on Feb. 16.
The Oregon women's basketball team faced the No. 4 Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder on Friday night. Being considerable underdogs, most fans were simply hoping the Ducks could keep the game within reach.
The Ducks were hot from beyond the arc in the first half, shooting 71.4 percent from three-point range for 15 of their 31 points at halftime.
However, all the threes in the world weren't enough to keep up with Colorado's dynamic gameplay. Oregon was held to 26 points in the second half and the Buffs defeated the Ducks 57-90.
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The women's lax team hosted Youngstown State on Friday evening to open up their 2024 season. The Ducks started off hot and never took their foot off the gas.
By the end of four quarters, Oregon had decimated Youngstown State. The final score was 19-8 and the Ducks now sit at 1-0 for the season.
Oregon will host Saint Francis University in their next matchup on Feb. 16.
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Caitlin Clark is most likely just two games away from breaking the women’s NCAA scoring record.
The Hawkeye superstar is currently averaging 32.2 points per game and is just 39 points away from former Washington Husky Kelsey Plum’s record of 3,527 points.
Clark has the most 30-point and 40-point games out of any Division I player from the past 25 years and is second in triple-doubles (behind Sabrina Ionescu with 26). Those records are for men’s and women’s players.
Iowa’s next game is against Nebraska on Feb. 11 at noon and it will be aired on FOX.