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Ionescu’s Court: Can the Ducks Survive the Paradise Jam?

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Eight undefeated women’s basketball teams will compete in the Paradise Jam on the Virgin Islands. The Ducks will play against Oklahoma State, UT Arlington, and #8 Louisville. Fellow PAC-12 school Washington State will be there as well as last year’s national champions the Baylor Lady Bears, unfortunately the Ducks will not have the opportunity to beat either of these teams in this particular tourney.

OREGON’S 3-GAME SCHEDULE

  • Oklahoma State - 11/28 - 12:15 PM - OREGON SPORTS NETWORK
  • UT Arlington - 11/29 - 12:15 PM - OREGON SPORTS NETWORK
  • #8 Louisville - 11/30 - 12:15 PM - OREGON SPORTS NETWORK

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 08 Big 12 Conference Women’s Championship - Oklahoma State v Kansas Photo by David Stacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

OKLAHOMA STATE

RECORD: 5-0, 0-0

BEST WINS: Rice

WORST LOSSES: N/A

COMMON OPPONENTS: N/A

LAST 5 GAMES:

  • W (11/5) Idaho, 62-47
  • W (11/8) Lamar, 74-53
  • W (11/13) @ Tulsa, 78-48
  • W (11/19) Idaho State, 70-52
  • W (11/23) Rice, 69-38

STAT COMPARISON

  • COWGIRLS score 70.6 PPG
  • COWGIRLS shoot .387% from the floor
  • COWGIRLS shoot .266% from three
  • COWGIRLS average 44.4 rebounds
  • COWGIRLS allow 47.6 PPG
  • COWGIRLS allow .285% from the floor
  • COWGIRLS allow .313% from three
  • COWGIRLS allow 41.2 rebounds
  • COWGIRLS average 15.8 assists/ 10.2 turnovers

SEASON RECAP

After an 87-66 exhibition victory over Emporia State, Oklahoma State started the season 1-0 with a 62-47 win over the Idaho Vandals. The Cowgirls held the Vandals to 27 percent from the floor and junior Natasha Mack earned a team-high 11 points and 14 rebounds in her Oklahoma State debut.

The Cowgirls held Lamar University to a 9-point third quarter, and ultimately defeated the Cardinals by a score of 74 to 53 in Stillwater. Oklahoma State’s first road game was at Tulsa, a game they ultimately won 78 to 48. The Cowgirls trailed the Golden Hurricane 39 to 31 at the half, but some excellent play by Vivian Gray (game-high 24 points, 18 in the second half) won the day.

Junior Natasha Mack recorded her third career double- double against Idaho State and OSU crushed Idaho State, but not as thoroughly as they crushed the Rice Owl a few days later, 69-38.

The Cowgirls are hoping to improve off a season in which they finished with a 14-16 record and failed to reach a postseason following a first round exit of the BIG-12 Tournament.


UT ARLINGTON

RECORD: 4-0, 0-0

BEST WINS: @ Kansas State

WORST LOSSES: N/A

COMMON OPPONENTS: N/A

LAST 5 GAMES:

  • L (3/23) WNIT, Second Round, @ TCU, 54-71
  • W (11/9) Chicago State, 84-53
  • W (11/15) @ North Texas, 68-49
  • W (11/18) @ Georgia, 88-54
  • W (11/24) @ Kansas State, 57-53

STAT COMPARISON

  • MAVERICKS score 74.3 PPG
  • MAVERICKS shoot .471% from the floor
  • MAVERICKS shoot .262% from three
  • MAVERICKS average 43.3 rebounds
  • MAVERICKS allow 52.3 PPG
  • MAVERICKS allow .272% from the floor
  • MAVERICKS allow .266% from three
  • MAVERICKS allow 37.0 rebounds
  • MAVERICKS average 18.5 assists/ 17.0 turnovers

SEASON RECAP

After a 24-8 season in which they lost in the second round of the WNIT, the Lady Mavs played an exhibition against Midwestern State before taking on Chicago State to start the regular season. Sophomores Misty Dossey and Katie Ferrell had a combined 39 points against the Cougars and the Lady Mavs out-rebounded Chicago State 50-26, resulting in a lopsided victory of 84 to 53.

Against Northern Texas, senior transfer Marie Benson scored her 1,000th career point and tallied her 28th career double-double as the Lady Mavs earned their first road win of the season, 68-49. A trip to Louisiana three days later also proved productive; three UTA players scored in double figures (Marie Benson - 27 PTS, Aysia Evans - 14 PTS, Claire Chastain - 12 PTS) and Grambling State fell 88 to 54 at home.

Their closest match of the season was against Kansas State, a 57-53 win in Manhattan that snapped the Wildcat’s 10-game home winning streak over non-conference opponents. Terryn Milton scored a career-high 18-points and the Lady Mavs survived a bad shooting night by once again limiting their opponent to below 55 points and less than 31 percent shooting from the floor.


NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 31 Div I Women’s Championship - Quarterfinals - Connecticut v Louisville Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

#8 LOUISVILLE

RECORD: 5-0, 0-0

BEST WINS: Western Kentucky, Murray State

WORST LOSSES: N/A

COMMON OPPONENTS: N/A

LAST 5 GAMES:

  • W (11/5) Western Kentucky, 75-56
  • W (11/8) Murray State, 76-40
  • W (11/14) Central Michigan, 76-63
  • W (11/21) UT Chattanooga, 86-37
  • W (11/24) Boise State, 98-82

STAT COMPARISON

  • CARDINALS score 82.2 PPG
  • CARDINALS shoot .452% from the floor
  • CARDINALS shoot .315% from three
  • CARDINALS average 46.8 rebounds
  • CARDINALS allow 55.6 PPG
  • CARDINALS allow .363% from the floor
  • CARDINALS allow .253% from three
  • CARDINALS allow 31.6 rebounds
  • CARDINALS average 16.8 assists / 19.6 turnovers

SEASON RECAP

The team as a whole got off on the right foot by having four players score in the double figures against their first opponent Western Kentucky. The Cardinals finished the game shooting 49 percent from the field and 47 percent from three-point range in their 75 to 56 defeat of the Hilltoppers.

Then, against Murray State, senior guard Jazmine Jones was a perfect 6-of-6 and senior forward Kylee Shook tallied a double-double as Louisville dominated at the KFC Yum! Center, 76 to 40. In their next contest, Jones once again led the team in scoring by tallying a career-high 25 points. Junior guard Dana Evans also had a career night with a personal-best 24 points and the Caridinals were able to race past the Central Michigan Chippewas by their slimmest win margin of the season, 76 to 63.

UT Chattanooga had no answers for Louisville and the Caridinals out-rebounded the Mocs 59 to 28 and dominated inside the paint 50 to 16. Evans had another big night by putting up 18 points, while freshman Norika Konno scored a career-high 11 points and led a feisty bench that outscored the opposing bench 37-10.

And recently against Boise State, Louisville used a season-high 31-point first quarter to pull away early from the Broncos. Jones led all scorers with 22 points and the Cardinals coasted to a 98-82 victory at home. Louisville will look to improve on a season in which they went 32-4-0 and lost to 2-seed UConn 80 to 73 in the Elite Eight.


PANIC LEVEL

12 out of 19 Triple-Doubles

The panic level has been raised to its highest level all season due to the fact that the Ducks have to play three currently undefeated teams in three days away from home. However, none of these teams have as talented a starting five as these Ducks, and with Oregon’s improved bench Ionescu and Hebard should be rested enough to continue putting up gaudy numbers.

TOURNAMENT PREDICTION

3-0, baby! Ducks remain undefeated and the clear best team in the USA.