The Ducks (9-7, 0-3 Pac-12) will look to turn their conference misfortune around on Jan. 12 as they host Arizona State (8-7, 0-3 Pac-12) at Matt Knight Arena.
These two teams sit at the bottom of the Pac-12 totem pole currently and are both hoping to earn their first conference wins of the season. They are currently in a three-way tie for 10th in the Pac-12, along with Washington State, according to ESPN’s standings.
The Sun Devils are coming off a loss to Colorado at home while the Ducks are trying to bounce back from a loss to the #9 USC Trojans.
Oregon has struggled to find its footing in 2023, losing four out of its last five games. The good news for the Ducks is they excel on their home court. I don’t know if it’s the pine-tree border or the Duck crowd fueling their success but the women are 7-1 in Eugene (yes, that means they are 2-6 on the road).
The Ducks and the Sun Devils have struggled to produce offensively this season. I think we will see a low-scoring, defensively-focused game in Eugene.
Here’s how to watch or listen to the game, some key player matchups, an update on both teams’ injuries, and more ahead of the Pac-12 faceoff.
How to watch Oregon WBB vs. Arizona State
Location: Eugene, OR, Matt Knight Arena
Game time: 7:00 p.m. PT
TV/Live Stream: Pac-12 Oregon
Live stats: StatBroadcast
ASU guard Jalyn Brown is currently averaging 16 points a game. If Oregon’s guards Chance Gray and Sofia Bell can’t find a way to slow Brown down, the Ducks will be toast on the defensive end of the court.
Grace VanSlooten, Oregon forward, will need to bring the heat offensively. As the team’s leading scorer, she’ll most likely be guarded by Journey Thompson or Kaddidia Toure from the Sun Devils lineup.
The Ducks have the height advantage with center Phillipina Kyei standing at 6’8” – a good four inches taller than ASU’s biggest forward Mallory Miller.
Kyei’s 11.4 rebounds per game are more than double that of the ASU rebounding leader Toure who is averaging 5.5 RPG.
Oregon injury report:
Peyton Scott, who injured her left knee in the Ducks’ season opener, is still out with the season-ending injury.
The other 14 players are categorized as healthy and active for the matchup.
Arizona State injury report:
Unlike January 2023, which saw Arizona State forfeiting games due to a lack of healthy scholarship players, the Sun Devils have been able to stay relatively uninjured this season.
Trayanna Crisp showed signs of concern when she had to leave the game against Utah with a foot injury. However, Crisp was able to return in ASU’s next matchup against Colorado and is expected to be active for the Oregon game.