Women’s Basketball

Q&A: Arizona women’s basketball head coach Niya Butts’ Chillin4Charity project spreads like wildfire

By on Saturday, Jun. 28 at 7:03 pm.

University of Arizona women’s basketball assistant coach Calamity McEntire approached head coach Niya Butts with an idea. After seeing cold water challenges sweeping the different social media outlets, McEntire thought it would be a good idea to challenge the different coaches around the Pac-12 to see if they would do it. Butts then proposed that […]


Oregon women’s basketball adds fifth-year Gonzaga transfer Danielle Walter for 2014-2015 campaign

By on Thursday, Jun. 5 at 1:30 pm.

Head coach Kelly Graves is bringing yet another piece of his former Gonzaga women’s basketball team to Eugene. Fifth-year Gonzaga transfer Danielle Walter will join the program next season, Graves announced on Thursday. Former Gonzaga assistant coaches Jodie Berry and Nicole Powell have also joined Graves’ staff. Walter, a native of Pasco, Wash., will be able to play […]


Q&A: Ariel Thomas reflects on her basketball experience in China

By on Monday, May. 26 at 8:23 pm.

Shortly after the conclusion of the 2013-2014 Oregon women’s basketball season, senior Ariel Thomas took the trip of a lifetime. She competed for the U.S. as a member of the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars. After the tournament, Thomas was announced as the MVP of the Jiujiang All-Tournament Team. She averaged 11.3 points per game in nine games, leading the […]


Oregon women’s basketball adds Fresno State transfer Jacinta Vandenberg

By on Tuesday, May. 20 at 5:30 pm.

The Oregon women’s basketball team announced the signing of Fresno State transfer Jacinta Vandenberg to an aid agreement Tuesday afternoon. Thrilled 2 have @Jizzzcinta join our Duck family. Love her combination of length & athleticism along w/her work ethic & personality — Kelly Graves (@GoDucksKG) May 20, 2014 Vandenberg, a 6-foot-5 center originally from Melbourne, Australia, […]


Nicole Powell brings her WNBA experience to the Oregon women’s basketball coaching staff

By on Friday, Jun. 6 at 9:28 am.

New women’s basketball coach Nicole Powell sees the game differently. As a current WNBA player for the Tulsa Shock, she brings a new perspective to the assistant coaching staff for the program next year. Powell was hired by first-year head coach Kelly Graves, who was announced as Oregon’s new head coach in April. Powell will play […]


Graves adds three assistant coaches to new women’s basketball staff

By on Monday, Apr. 21 at 4:14 pm.

Kelly Graves has officially made his first move as the new Oregon women’s basketball coach. Graves added Oregon State’s Mark Campbell, Gonzaga’s Jodie Berry and Nicole Powell to his first coaching staff with the Ducks, the athletic department announced on Monday. He said that he sought out this group especially because they experience and understand west coast […]


Bev Smith continues her Oregon coaching legacy in a new way

By on Friday, Apr. 18 at 1:11 pm.

It’s wasn’t too long ago that Bev Smith was leading the Oregon women’s basketball team at MacArthur Court. Five years later, she’s still coaching students — just not NCAA Division I athletes. Today, just north of Mac Court, Smith now leads a class through the Student Recreation Center. She teaches a womens only class on the […]


Kelly Graves to hire Oregon State associate head coach, according to report

By on Thursday, Apr. 10 at 6:24 pm.

Kelly Graves has made his first official decision as the new Oregon women’s basketball coach. Graves will hire Oregon State associate head coach Mark Campbell to join his staff as an assistant at Oregon for next season, according to Mike Robinson of Swishappeal.com, an affiliate of SB Nation. Per sources: Oregon coach Kelly Graves has hired […]


Breath of fresh air and excitement accompanies hiring of Kelly Graves as Oregon women’s basketball coach

By on Thursday, Apr. 10 at 4:19 pm.

New Oregon women’s basketball head coach Kelly Graves has already made his first mistake with the program. Once Graves was officially named the seventh head coach in Oregon history he tweeted that he would respond to every text message he received. Outpouring of support is incredible & overwhelming. I thank you & promise 2connect w/each […]


Kelly Graves makes first appearance as Oregon women’s basketball coach

By on Tuesday, Apr. 8 at 2:50 pm.

On Tuesday morning, Kelly Graves, the former Gonzaga women’s basketball coach, addressed Oregon fans and members of the media for the first time since signing a six year contract with the University of Oregon. Graves will earn $500,000 the first two years at Oregon, $525,000 the next two years and $550,000 in the last two […]


Kelly Graves officially named next Oregon women’s basketball head coach

By on Monday, Apr. 7 at 10:33 pm.

Gonzaga’s Kelly Graves has officially been named Oregon women’s basketball head coach, agreeing to a six-year contract. Graves will become the seventh coach in program history, taking over for Paul Westhead, whose contract was not renewed by the University. We are happy to announce the seventh head coach in Oregon women's basketball history is Kelly […]


Source: Oregon women’s basketball met with Gonzaga’s Kelly Graves for head coaching vacancy

By on Sunday, Apr. 6 at 6:05 pm.

Gonzaga’s women’s basketball coach Kelly Graves was on campus Sunday afternoon in Eugene to meet with the Oregon women’s basketball team in a closed-door meeting at Matthew Knight Arena, according to a source close to the team. Graves is one of the top targets to replace Paul Westhead as the Ducks’ next head coach. The […]


Emerald Quick Hits: Jillian Alleyne named honorable mention All-American

By on Wednesday, Apr. 2 at 2:25 pm.

- Women’s basketball standout Jillian Alleyne was awarded honorable mention All-America honors by The Associated Press, the first Oregon player to receive the honor since Shaquala Williams in 2002. The sophomore led the nation in rebounds per game (16.8) and double-doubles (29) this season and became the fifth player in NCAA history to grab 500 rebounds in […]


Hawthorne: Paul Westhead’s time with Oregon women’s basketball inconsistent but impactful

By on Thursday, Mar. 27 at 12:04 am.

The “Guru of Go” has officially ended his run at Oregon. Paul Westhead, considered by many to be one of the most innovative coaches in the game of basketball, left the University of Oregon women’s basketball team after a five-year tenure that resulted in a 66-92 record. He’s toured America in his coaching, but perhaps […]


Oregon women’s basketball: Ducks go cold in second half, season ends with 93-85 loss to Washington

By on Monday, Mar. 24 at 11:03 pm.

The Oregon women’s basketball team had a 46-34 lead at halftime over rival Washington and was out-shooting the Huskies by nearly 10 percent. The second half completely flipped, and the Huskies (19-13) ended Oregon’s season with a 93-85 win in the second round of the WNIT. It was also the last game for Paul Westhead […]


Oregon women’s basketball: Ducks face rival Washington in second round of WNIT

By on Monday, Mar. 24 at 10:43 am.

It’s the rubber-match in one of Oregon women’s basketball’s biggest Pac-12 rivalries. Oregon (16-15) will face Washington (18-13) for the third time this season in the second round of the WNIT on Monday night. The Ducks’ last meeting with the Huskies was in Seattle on Feb. 21, and it resulted in a 108-100 loss. Washington’s trip to […]


Emerald sports quotes of the week: Men’s basketball emotions on full display in locker room following NCAA tournament loss

By on Sunday, Mar. 23 at 5:56 pm.

Every Sunday, The Emerald sports staff will collect their favorite quotes from the previous seven days. Athletes, coaches, media or anybody with a quote pertaining to Oregon sports can be included. Below are The Emerald’s favorites from the week of March 17-23. Men’s basketball “It was really a disappointing loss. We played pretty well the […]


Photos: Oregon women’s basketball — Ducks dominate Pacific Tigers 90-63 in WNIT opener

By on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 10:03 pm.

The Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team opens the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday, March 20 against the Pacific Tigers at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks (15-15) and Tigers (18-12) tip at 7 p.m. This is Oregon’s sixth trip to the WNIT, and the Ducks are the top scoring team in the nation averaging […]