#12 Oregon Women's Basketball 2020-2021 Preview

Oregon Ducks
Overall Rank: #12
Conference Rank: #4 Pac-12
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Following a trip to the Final Four in 2019, Oregon entered the 2019-2020 campaign with very high expectations; and they lived up to them, going an impressive 31-2 before the season was cancelled. It was unfortunate that the Ducks were not able to get a shot at their first national title in program history, especially since now the team has a lot of rebuilding to do. But even with just one starter returning, Coach Kelly Graves has brought in enough talent for the Ducks to at least reach the Elite Eight for their fourth straight season.
2019-20 Record: 31-2, 17-1
Coach: Kelly Graves
Coach Record: 157-53 at Oregon, 539-215 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Sabrina Ionescu, Guard, 17.5 ppg
Ruthy Hebard, Forward, 17.3 ppg
Satou Sabally, Forward, 16.2 ppg
Minyon Moore, Guard, 7.8 ppg
Holly Winterburn, Guard, 3.4 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Erin Boley, Senior, Forward, 9.2 ppg
Taylor Chavez, Junior, Guard, 6.5 ppg
Jaz Shelley, Sophomore, Guard, 6.3 ppg
Lydia Giomi, Senior, Forward, 3.3 ppg
Key New Players
Angela Dugalic, Freshman, Forward
Taylor Mikesell, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Maryland
Te-Hina Paopao, Freshman, Guard
Sydney Parrish, Freshman, Guard
Sedona Prince, Sophomore, Forward, Transfer from Texas
Nyara Sabally, Sophomore, Forward
Maddie Scherr, Freshman, Guard
Kylee Watson, Freshman, Forward
Arielle Wilson, Junior, Forward, JC Transfer
It would be easy to focus on what Oregon lost, but the Ducks do have some talent returning too. Erin Boley started all 33 games last season, averaging 9.2 points per game. The 6-2 senior hit a team high 78 three-pointers last season and will be a leader on this team. Junior Taylor Chavez provided a nice offensive spark off the bench last season. She shot an amazing 47.4 percent from beyond the arc and hit 45 long balls on the year. Jaz Shelley is yet another great three-point shooter and the sophomore can handle the ball too. Coach Graves has a couple experienced transfers to help replace some of the best players to ever suit up for the Ducks. Taylor Mikesell comes from Maryland where she proved to be a great shooter who should provide Oregon with yet another player who will shoot over 40 percent from three-point territory. Sedona Prince spent just one season at Texas where she missed her freshman campaign with an injury. The former top ten recruit will be a massive presence in the paint. That is just the start of the newcomers though. Oregon brings in five recruits ranked in the top 30. Kylee Watson and Angela Dugalic will add options up front. Te-Hina Paopao, Sydney Parrish and Maddie Scherr are all talented enough to make a huge impact on the perimeter from day one, but minutes will be tougher for them to come by.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 86.0 (1st in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 57.9 (41, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 50.9 (1, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 37.9 (75, 5)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 9.4 (7, 1)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 39.5 (3, 1)
Free-Throw Percentage: 77.3 (16, 3)
Rebound Margin: 9.8 (8, 2)
Assists Per Game: 21.1 (3, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.1 (4, 1)
Madness 2020 Women’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#10 Sydney Parrish
#13 Te-Hina Paopao
#16 Maddie Scherr
#18 Kylee Scherr
#29 Angela Dugalic