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The Oregon Ducks women's basketball team is the official women's basketball team of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon. Basketball is one of eleven varsity women's sports at the University of Oregon. The team is a member of the Pac-12 Conference and a Division I team in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Matthew Knight Arena is the home venue for both women's and men's basketball and women's volleyball. Nike provides the official team uniforms for University of Oregon sports teams.

Oregon Ducks
2018–19 Oregon Ducks women's basketball team
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UniversityUniversity of Oregon
Head coachKelly Graves (5th season)
ConferencePac-12
LocationEugene, Oregon
ArenaMatthew Knight Arena
(Capacity: 12,364)
NicknameDucks
Student sectionOregon Pit Crew
ColorsGreen and Yellow[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
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Alternate jersey
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Team colours
Alternate
NCAA Tournament Final Four
2019
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1987, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2017, 2018, 2019
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1982, 1984, 1987, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2017, 2018, 2019
AIAW Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1981
AIAW Tournament Appearances
1980, 1981
Conference Tournament Champions
1982, 1984, 2018
Conference Regular Season Champions
1999, 2000, 2018, 2019

HistoryEdit

Women's basketball (as a zoned, single-dribble game) at the University of Oregon started as a club in 1899, brought to Oregon by physical education instructor Alice Chapman, wife of University President Charles Chapman. With a women's intercollegiate game emerging at Willamette University, Oregon Agricultural College, Pacific University, and elsewhere, an effort was made during the 1902-03 academic year to organize a women's university team.[2] This effort was waylaid by the Oregon faculty athletic committee early in January 1903, however, with the committee deeming it "not advisable" for the "young ladies' basketball team" to enter into intercollegiate games.[3] Instead, it was hoped that two campus teams could be organized to keep competition on a local level.[3]

The sport became an "interest group" in 1965. Intercollegiate games also began in 1965, and in 1966, the women's team entered the Northwest College Women's Sports Association (which would eventually become the AIAW Region 9 conference). The program became official in 1973, the year following the passage of Title IX, which required federally supported universities to offer equal opportunities in men's and women's athletics.[4] They have an all-time record (as of the end of the 2015–16 season) of 706–507. They previously played in the Northwest Basketball League from 1977–1982 (47–5 all-time record) and the NorPac Conference from 1982–1986 (34–12 all-time record) before the Pacific-10 Conference, now known as the Pac-12 Conference, began sponsoring women's sports in 1986. The Ducks' current all-time conference record is 260–280. They won the Women's National Invitation Tournament in 2002 54–52 over Houston.[5]

Season Coach Record Conference Record
1973–74 Jane Spearing 3–8 n/a
1974–75 Nancy Mikleton 2–10 n/a
1975–76 Nancy Mikleton 5–15 n/a
1976–77 Elwin Heiny 11–6 n/a
1977–78 Elwin Heiny 19–5 8–4 (2nd)
1978–79 Elwin Heiny 23–2 11–0 (1st)
1979–80 Elwin Heiny 24–5 13–0 (1st)
1980–81 Elwin Heiny 25–7 11–1 (1st)
1981–82 Elwin Heiny 21–5 4–0 (1st)
1982–83 Elwin Heiny 15–14 8–4 (3rd)
1983–84 Elwin Heiny 23–7 10–1 (1st)
1984–85 Elwin Heiny 14–14 6–5 (3rd)
1985–86 Elwin Heiny 21–7 10–2 (T-1st)
1986–87 Elwin Heiny 23–7 14–4 (T-2nd)
1987–88 Elwin Heiny 16–12 9–9 (5th)
1988–89 Elwin Heiny 22–10 11–7 (3rd)
1989–90 Elwin Heiny 17–12 9–9 (T-4th)
1990–91 Elwin Heiny 13–15 6–12 (8th)
1991–92 Elwin Heiny 14–14 6–12 (7th)
1992–93 Elwin Heiny 9–18 3–15 (T-9th)
1993–94 Jody Runge 20–9 13–5 (3rd)
1994–95 Jody Runge 18–10 11–7 (4th)
1995–96 Jody Runge 18–11 10–8 (T-3rd)
1996–97 Jody Runge 22–7 14–4 (2nd)
1997–98 Jody Runge 17–10 13–5 (4th)
1998–99 Jody Runge 25–6 15–3 (T-1st)
1999-00 Jody Runge 23–8 14–4 (1st)
2000–01 Jody Runge 17–12 10–8 (4th)
2001–02 Bev Smith 22–13 10–8 (T-6th)
2002–03 Bev Smith 12–16 8–10 (T-5th)
2003–04 Bev Smith 14–15 6–12 (8th)
2004–05 Bev Smith 21–10 12–6 (T-2nd)
2005–06 Bev Smith 14–15 5–13 (8th)
2006–07 Bev Smith 17–14 8–10 (6th)
2007–08 Bev Smith 14–17 7–11 (7th)
2008–09 Bev Smith 9–21 5–13 (7th)
2009–10 Paul Westhead 18–16 7–11 (T-6th)
2010–11 Paul Westhead 13–17 4–14 (9th)
2011–12 Paul Westhead 15–16 7–11 (9th)
2012–13 Paul Westhead 4–27 2–16 (12th)
2013–14 Paul Westhead 16–16 6–12 (10th)
2014–15 Kelly Graves 13–17 6–12 (T-9th)
2015–16 Kelly Graves 24–11 9–9 (6th)
2016-17 Kelly Graves 23-14 8-10 (6th)
2017-18 Kelly Graves 33-5 16-2 (1st)
2018-19 Kelly Graves 33-5 16-2 (1st)

PostseasonEdit

NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

The Ducks have appeared in 15 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 15-15

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1982 #6 First Round #3 Missouri L 53–59
1984 #3 First Round #6 San Diego State L 63–70
1987 #10 First Round
Second Round
#7 Eastern Washington
#2 Ohio State
W 75–56
L 62–76
1994 #6 Round of 64
Round of 32
#11 Santa Clara
#3 Colorado
W 74–59
L 71–92
1995 #6 Round of 64 #11 Louisville L 65–67
1996 #11 Round of 64 #6 Wisconsin L 60–74
1997 #6 Round of 64
Round of 32
#11 San Diego State
#3 Tennessee
W 79–62
L 59–76
1998 #12 Round of 64 #5 Rutgers L 76–79
1999 #5 Round of 64
Round of 32
#12 Cincinnati
#4 Iowa State
W 65–56
L 70–85
2000 #6 Round of 64 #11 UAB L 79–80 OT
2001 #13 Round of 64 #4 Iowa L 82–88
2005 #10 Round of 64
Round of 32
#7 TCU
#2 Baylor
W 58–55
L 46–69
2017 #10 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 Temple
#2 Duke
#3 Maryland
#1 Connecticut
W 71–70
W 74–65
W 77–63
L 52–90
2018 #2 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Seattle
#10 Minnesota
#11 Central Michigan
#1 Notre Dame
W 88-45
W 101-73
W 83-69
L 84-74
2019 #2 Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#15 Portland State
#10 Indiana
#6 South Dakota State
#1 Mississippi State
#1 Baylor
W 78-40
W 91-68
W 63-53
W 88-84
L 72-67

Historical NCAA Tournament SeedingEdit

Years → '82 '84 '87 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 '00 '01 '05 '17 '18 '19
Seeds → 6 3 10 6 6 11 6 12 5 6 13 10 10 2 2

Pac-10/12 Tournament Seeding

Years → '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '08 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 19
Seeds→ 7 5 8 2 8 6 7 7 6 9 9 12 10 10 6 6 1 1
  • Bold indicates tournament champion

Current rosterEdit

2019–20 Oregon Ducks women's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Satou Sabally 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Jr Rotteck Gymnasium Berlin, Germany
F 1 Nyara Sabally 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) RS Fr Rotteck Gymnasium Berlin, Germany
G 2 Morgan Yaeger 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) RS Jr St. John's School Adelaide, Australia
G 3 Taylor Chavez 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) So Valley Vista Surprise, AZ
G 4 Jaz Shelley 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Fr Berwick College Moe, VIC, Australia
G 11 Holly Winterburn 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Fr Charnwood College Northampton, England
F 12 Lucy Cochrane 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Fr Catholic Ladies College Melbourne, Australia
F 14 Lydia Giomi 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) RS Jr West Seattle HS Seattle, WA
G 20 Sabrina Ionescu 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) Sr Miramonte HS Walnut Creek, CA
F 21 Erin Boley 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) RS Jr Elizabethtown HS
Notre Dame
Hodgenville, KY
G 23 Minyon Moore 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Sr Salesian Prep
USC
Hercules, CA
F 24 Ruthy Hebard 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Sr West Valley HS Fairbanks, AK
F Sedona Prince   6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) Fr Liberty Hill HS
Texas
Liberty Hill, TX
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: July 17, 2019

Coaching historyEdit

Jane Spearing coached the first official season for the Ducks in 1973–74. The team finished that season with a 3–8 losing record. The 1974–75 and 1975–76 seasons were coached by Nancy Mikleton and the team posted 2–10 and 5–15 records, respectively. Head coach Elwin Heiny took over the program in 1976 and remained coach until 1993. Heiny was the first full-time coach hired for women's basketball. In his first season as head coach, Heiny coached the team to its first winning record (11–6). Jody Runge took over as head coach in 1993 and coached until 2001. She coached the Ducks to NCAA tournament appearances during each of her eight seasons as coach. Runge also spoke out for equality in women's athletics.[6] From 2001–2009, former Oregon Ducks All-American Bev Smith coached the team, posting an 83–69 overall record. Paul Westhead coached the Ducks from the 2009–10 season through the 2013–14 season. The current head coach is Kelly Graves, assisted by Associate Head Coach Mark Campbell, and Assistant Coaches Jodie Berry and Xavi López.

FacilitiesEdit

The early women's basketball clubs played in Gerlinger Hall on the University of Oregon campus, built in 1927 to serve as the women's gymnasium. Games eventually moved to McArthur Court (also called Mac Court and "The Pit") — one of the most renowned college athletic facilities of all time. Admission was first charged for women's games at Mac Court in 1978. The Ducks relocated when Matthew Knight Arena opened in 2011. In their first game in Matthew Knight, the women's team defeated Oregon State University in the "Civil War," 81–72.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Colors | Style Guide | University of Oregon". September 2, 2015. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Society Notes," Eugene Register, vol. 9, no. 65 (Oct. 21, 1902), p. 3.
  3. ^ a b "Will Strive for Footlight Plaudits," 'Eugene Register, vol. 9, no. 133 (Jan. 9, 1903), p. 6.
  4. ^ "Reaching a Bit Further," Emerald Sports Weekly, March 11, 1981.
  5. ^ "2016-17 Women's Basketball Media Guide V2 - GoDucks.com - The University of Oregon Official Athletics Web Site" (PDF). www.goducks.com.
  6. ^ "Former Oregon coach Jody Runge can't get a second chance- ESPN The Magazine".

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