The Ducks look to bounce back on Sunday in Tempe
After losing for the first time in nearly a month, Oregon‘s No. 19 will look to get back on track on Sunday when it wraps up its desert trip against Arizona State at 1 p.m. The Ducks still sit alone in second place in the Pac-12 standings at 7-2 in the league and will aim to stay in the hunt for the conference crown and bounce back from Friday’s loss to No. 8 Arizona.
Oregon and Arizona State met last Tuesday in Eugene in a catch-up game that the Ducks won, 72-58, for their sixth of seven meetings with the Sun Devils.
When: Sunday February 6
Or: Desert Financial Arena
Time: 1 p.m. PT
TV: Pac-12 network
Game by game: Jenny Cavnar | Analyst: Joan Bonvicini
Broadcast link: https://pac-12.com/womens-basketball/event/2022/02/06/oregon-arizona-state
Radio: KUGN 590 AM (Eugene); KPAM 860 AM (Portland)
Game by game: Terry Jonz
NUMBERS TO KNOW
3 – Oregon is one of three national teams to have beaten a top 10 team in consecutive games (South Carolina, South Florida).
4-0 – Oregon is 4-0 this season in games decided by five points or less, with two of those wins coming against currently ranked teams.
5.1 – Oregon outscores teams 378-276 in the fourth quarter this year, winning the fourth by an average of 5.1 PPG (18.9-13.8).
45.9 — Oregon leads the Pac-12 in shooting 45.9 percent from the field while sitting in 16th place nationally.
65.2 – Nyara Sabally, Te Hina Paopao and Endyia Rogers have scored 65.2% of Oregon’s points since Jan. 7.
Finally playing with a full roster, Oregon got back into the national conversation with solid play over the past month. The Ducks knocked out two of the top 10 teams from Matthew Knight Arena in January, beating No. 7 Arizona and No. 9 UConn in three days Jan. 15-17. It was the first time the Ducks fought back-to-back the top 10 teams when they were unranked for the first time since the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Those two wins kicked off an eight-game winning streak that included a seven-game conference winning streak to move Oregon to second place in the Pac-12 standings. The seven-game conference winning streak was also Oregon’s longest since the end of the 2019-20 season.
BIG 3 2.0
Since returning to the lineup in early January, Oregon’s 2021 All-Pac-12 trio of performers have made a huge impact. Te Hina Paopao, Endyia Rogers and Nyara Sabally combine to average 44.0 PPG on the season, including 46.0 per game in the nine games since the three joined the roster. They are the only trio of Pac-12 teammates to average at least 14.0 PPG in the conference, as Sabally ranks third in the league with 18.1 PPG while Rogers is 10th at 15.1 per game. and Paopao is 13th with 14.0 per game. One of those three has led the team in scoring in each of the last 10 games, while all three have played in multiple 20-point games since the start of January.
BUILD A CV
Oregon picked up a number of quality wins in the first three months of the season while playing a tough schedule. The Ducks are one of six teams nationally with multiple wins over teams currently in the top 10 in the AP Poll. Oregon has eliminated the top 10 teams in consecutive games with wins over the era. 7 Arizona and then-No. 9 UConn while beating Oklahoma – who are now ranked No. 18 – on November 20 in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Additionally, the Ducks have faced each of last year’s Final Four teams at South Carolina, Stanford, Arizona and UConn, going 2-2 in those games.
Teams with multiple wins over the current top 10 teams
South Carolina (3)
NC state (2)
Through the first 20 games, Oregon finished the games strong with a 378-276 (18.9-13.8 PPG) advantage in the fourth quarter. The Ducks won the last period 14 times and lead the teams by an average of 5.1 points per game in the fourth. Oregon is holding teams to 32.3 percent shooting from the field in the final quarter and is also forcing 4.5 turnovers and teams to rebound 2.5 per game in the final 10 minutes.
With the addition of a number of catch-up games due to COVID postponements from the start of the season, Oregon is currently scheduled to play 10 games in the month of February to complete the regular season. The Ducks start the month with back-to-back weeks in which they will play three games, including a four-game road streak against schools in Arizona, Washington State and Oregon State. Additionally, Oregon will play six of its final nine road games, capped off by a season-ending trip to the mountains to take on Colorado and Utah after hosting Oregon State, California and Stanford to wrap up the home schedule.
POWER PRESENCE INSIDE
Nyara Sabally began to assert itself as one of the most dominant players in the conference. She’s averaging 16.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in 13 games while shooting 58.0 percent from the field. Selected All-Pac-12 a year ago, Sabally has scored at least 15 points in seven of eight conference games and leads the team with five 20-point games this season. She’s also sixth in the conference averaging 1.8 steals per game, including 2.0 per contest in Pac-12 play. Sabally has played each of the last 11 games after missing the previous six through injury.
Third in the league in scoring in the Pac-12 game at 18.1 PPG.
» Fourth in the conference in scoring on the season with 16.7 per game and third in shooting 58.0% on FG.
Averaging 19.0 PPG over the past five games, shooting 65.5% from the field in that span.
Scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds on 8 of 12 shooting against Arizona State on Tuesday.