The Ducks closed out the regular season on a high note with wins over No. 20 Arizona State and Arizona at Matthew Knight Arena. Against the Sun Devils, sophomore Jillian Alleyne broke Oregon's single-season record for double-doubles, recording her 25th of the season in the 98-90 win. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak, as well as a 33-game losing streak to top-25 opponents. Alleyne lead the way with a team-high 29 points as she was one of five Ducks who hit double figures in scoring. Oregon followed up their upset performance with a 90-78 win over Arizona. Alleyne once again led the team in scoring with 18 points. Against Arizona State, Alleyne reached 1,000 career points faster than anyone in school history. Against Arizona, Katelyn Loper and Ariel Thomas joined the 1,000 point club along with Alleyne. The Ducks take on Washington State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament tonight at 6:00 pm. Pending a miraculous tournament win, the weekend will act as a sendoff for head coach Paul Westhead who will not return to coach the Ducks next season.
Oregon used a strong final round to notch their first tournament victory of the season this week at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational. The Ducks shot an even par in the final round of play to wrap up the win, carding a three-round total of 876 (+12). After carding a 68 (-4) in the final round to lead the comeback, freshman Cathleen Santoso shared first place with Cal State Fullerton's Martina Edberg and New Mexico's Sammi Stevens. Junior Cassy Isagawa earned her 10th career top five finish, carding a 69 (-3) in the final round to finish at par for the tournament. Next up for the Ducks is the SDSU Farms Invitational starting March 24.
After a pair of blowout victories to start the season, the Oregon women's lacrosse team dropped two hard fought games to Temple and Robert Morris over the weekend. With the score tied at five in the second half, Temple scored four straight goals to take a 9-5 lead. Oregon nearly tied the game with three straight goals, but Temple added in one last goal with 24 seconds left to seal the 10-8 win. Courtney Valdez led Oregon with four goals on eight shots. The following day, the Ducks dropped a heartbreaker to Robert Morris in a 15-14 overtime loss. Propst led the Ducks with four goals and three assists, including a goal in the overtime period. Oregon led 6-2 early, but the game then turned into a shootout with each team answering the other's scoring runs. Carly O'Connell gave the Ducks a late 13-12 lead with 4:07 to play before Emily Jamison tied the game with 2:55 to go. Robert Morris answered Propst's overtime goal with two straight of their own to earn the win.
The Ducks may have had their win streak snapped, but they are still rolling after winning four of their five games at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic last weekend. After opening with a 3-0 win over No. 25 Auburn, the Ducks had their 15-game winning streak snapped by the No. 1 Florida Gators in a 2-1 extra innings loss. In the eighth inning, the Gators managed to use small ball tactics to load up the bases off a sacrifice bunt, a walk and a stolen base. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch from Cheridan Hawkins allowed the Gators to score the eventual winning run. Oregon advanced a runner to third base on a sacrifice bunt, but a strikeout and fly out ended the game. Oregon would bounce back with a pair of shutouts against Bradley and Illinois State and a run rule victory over Maryland. Next up for the Ducks is the Rainbow Wahine Classic next week in Honolulu.
The Oregon men's tennis team picked up a huge 4-1 victory over the Washington Huskies last week, their first in 10 years against their rivals from Seattle. Oregon picked up the doubles point with a pair of wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. The Ducks also picked up the No. 2, 5 and 6 matches in singles play to wrap up their first win over Washington since Feb. 29, 2004. This spring, the Ducks have a combined doubles record of 21-5 and a combined singles record of 47-6. Oregon followed up the win with a 5-2 upset win over No. 15 Boise State. A dramatic rally from Daniel Sardu, which included Sardu's teammates storming the court after his win, helped lift the Ducks to their 11th win of the season. Freshman Jayson Armos wrapped things up with a win in the No. 6 match to improve his record to 15-3 this year. The Ducks will hit the road for a pair of matches against Portland and Drake before returning to Eugene for their final home matches of the regular season.
Track & Field
The Oregon track & field team had a strong showing at the MPSF Championships in Seattle last weekend with wins in the 3,000, 60 hurdles, 4x400 relay and high jump. Edward Cheserek posted the second fastest time in school history with a 7:47.20 in the 3,000. The time is also the second fastest in the NCAA this year. In the 60 hurdles, Jonathan Cabral set a new personal record, winning the race in 7.68 second, tying the meet record. The men's 4x400 team, composed of Marcus Chambers, Arthur Delaney, Jack Galpin and Mike Berry turned in a winning time of 3:06.99, ranking 11th in the NCAA this season. In the high jump, Chancey Summers cleared a height of 5-10 (1.83m) to win the event. Fellow Duck Lauren Crocket tied for second after clearing a height of 5-8 (1.73m). Oregon will be represented by 23 qualifying performances, a school record, at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 14-15. The Oregon women are looking for their fifth consecutive national title. Only LSU has accomplished such a feat when they won five national titles from 1993-97.