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Ducks Open at No. 10 in AP Poll

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(Press Release from Oregon Athletics)

 

EUGENE, Ore. – For the fourth straight season, Oregon Womens Basketball will open the season in the top 10 of the AP Poll, checking in at No. 10 following the release of the preseason rankings Tuesday. 

 

Oregon has now been ranked in the top 25 in each of the last 77 poll releases dating back to the start of the 2017-18 season, sitting in the top 10 in all but 11 of those weeks. The Ducks’ streak of 77 straight weeks ranked in the AP poll is the seventh-longest active stretch in the country.

 

The Ducks are coming off of a Sweet Sixteen run in 2020-21 when they finished 15-9 and 10-7 in Pac-12 play, coming in fourth in the league. Oregon returns its leading scorer and rebounder from a year ago in Nyara Sabally (12.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG) and assists leader Te-Hina Paopao (4.4 APG). Sedona Prince gives the Ducks another talented star in the frontcourt after averaging 10.4 points and 1.5 blocks per game while Sydney Parrish, Maddie Scherr and Kylee Watson all return after playing significant roles in their first collegiate seasons.

 

Oregon also welcomes in a talented group of newcomers made up of five transfers and two true freshmen. Endyia Rogers arrives in Eugene from USC, where she was an all-conference performer a year ago after averaging 14.8 points and 4.3 assists per game. The Ducks also bring in graduate transfers Shannon Dufficy and Ahlise Hurst Georgia State transfer Taylor Hosendove and junior college All-American Chanaya Pinto.

 

True freshman Taylor Bigby comes in as the No. 29 player in the Class of 2021 according to espnW in addition to being a two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year in Nevada as a junior and senior. Phillipina Kyei rounds out the group of newcomers and is the tallest player in program history at 6-foot-8.

 

The Ducks are the only team in the Pac-12 to have three 2021 all-conference performers on the roster in Paopao, Rogers and Sabally, while the four transfers who came from other Division I schools have a combined 331 career games under their belts.

 

Oregon will host exhibition games against Saint Martin’s (Oct. 28, 6 p.m.) and Westmont (Nov. 6, TBA) before opening the regular season against Idaho State on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena.

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Let me get this right....between our original roster and a transfer--the Ducks will have FOUR All-Pac-12 players to start?  Whew!

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Mr. FishDuck

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Bring On The Hoops. I didn't do a search, but I believe the Ducks are the only teams to be in the Top 15 for Men's and Women's basketball in the conference. This season Altman will be doing what he always does; bring a group of players together and turn them into a powerhouse.

 

Last season Graves had the season after the BEST basketball team in Oregon history . They were new and had a huge target on their backs from the damage, Ionescu, Hebard and Sabally had done. Finishing in 3rd place in the Pac-12 is no small accomplishment, and with the returning players and some highly skilled freshmen and transfers, the rest of the conference will need to get used to being clobbered by Oregon. 

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