#9 Oregon Women's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Oregon Ducks
Overall Rank: #9
Conference Rank: #2 Pac-12
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It was a rebuilding year for Oregon and many expected the Ducks to take a big step back following their three straight Pac-12 titles. The Ducks did fall to fourth in the Pac-12, but they still managed to reach the Sweet Sixteen. All things considered Oregon managed to prove that they are not going anywhere. The 2021-2022 version of Coach Kelly Graves’ team is young, but five transfers will help boost the level of experience.
2020-21 Record: 15-9, 10-7
2020-21 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Kelly Graves
Coach Record: 172-62 at Oregon, 554-224 overall
Key Departed Players (starters in bold)
Erin Boley, Forward, 10.9 ppg
Taylor Mikesell, Guard, 9.3 ppg
Taylor Chavez, Guard, 4.1 ppg
Jaz Shelley, Guard, 4.0 ppg
Angela Dugalic, Forward, 3.4 ppg
Lydia Giomi, Forward, 2.7 ppg
Key Returning Players (starters in bold)
Nyara Sabally, Junior, Forward, 12.9 ppg
Sedona Prince, Junior, Forward, 10.4 ppg
Te-Hina Paopao, Sophomore, Guard, 10.2 ppg
Sydney Parrish, Sophomore, Guard, 6.0 ppg
Maddie Scherr, Sophomore, Guard, 2.3 ppg
Kaylee Watson, Sophomore, Forward, 2.2 ppg
Key New Players
Taylor Bigby, Freshman, Guard
Shannon Dufficy, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Utah State
Taylor Hosendove, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Georgia State
Ahlise Hurst, Senior, Guard, Transfer from New Mexico
Phillipina Kyei, Freshman, Center
Chanaya Pinto, Junior, Forward, JC Transfer
Endyia Rogers, Junior, Guard, Transfer from USC
Nyara Sabally and Sedona Prince stepped into larger roles last season and both played very well. Sabally, a 6-5 junior, led the team with 12.9 points and 7.3 rebounds, while Prince added 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. Point guard Te-Hina Paopao was another double-digit scorer last year and tallied 10.2 points and 4.4 assists. Sophomores Sydney Parrish, Maddie Scherr and Kaylee Watson will look to step into larger roles during their second seasons, but a large group of newcomers will certainly provide plenty of competition for minutes. Endyia Rogers was a two-year starter at USC and averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists last season. Ahlise Hurst comes from New Mexico where she tallied 12.4 points, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 2020-2021. The frontcourt adds Shannon Dufficy from Missouri, via Utah State, and Taylor Hosendove from Georgia State via Clemson. Freshman guard Taylor Bigby is a big 6-1 guard who can do a little bit of everything. As long as Coach Graves can find a few pieces that can be productive besides Sabally, Prince and Paopao, Oregon will compete for a Pac-12 title and try to make another run towards the Final Four.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.9 (79th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 59.6 (58, 5)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.7 (33, 3)
Field-Goal Defense: 37.4 (51, 4)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.1 (81, 4)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.1 (42, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 70.5 (158, 7)
Rebound Margin: 4.8 (50, 3)
Assists Per Game: 15.5 (37, 3)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.6 (24, 3)
Madness 2021 Women’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#27 Taylor Bigby