EUGENE, Ore. — The gaudy number glared at Washington women’s basketball coach Mike Neighbors: 13-for-22 shooting from the three-point line.
He called it a waste since UW lost to Oregon State in a three-point shootout Friday. Freshman Kelsey Plum was 6 for 6 from behind the arc in an offensive night the Huskies are not likely to repeat.
But the Huskies might need one approaching it against Oregon on Sunday afternoon on Pac-12 Networks. The Ducks (10-8, 1-6 Pac-12) have struggled to open their Pac-12 schedule, beating Washington State on Friday to end a six-game losing streak. But Oregon is still leading the nation in scoring (96.5 points per game).
“We can’t let them get hot,” said Washington junior guard Jazmine Davis, whose team swept Oregon in three meetings last season.
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Instead of facing a team like Oregon State that runs a set offensive scheme, Washington (10-8, 3-4) has to switch to face Oregon’s run-and-gun style. The Ducks are led by freshman guard Chrishae Rowe, who is averaging 21.6 points — second in the conference to Stanford All-American Chiney Ogwumike’s 26.9 average.
Rowe is supported by sophomore forward Jillian Alleyne, averaging 20.7 points and a Pac-12-best 14.9 rebounds, which also ranks second in the nation.
Add Oregon leading the conference with 11.6 steals per game, and the Ducks can easily prey on the Huskies. Washington is the worst in the league in defending the three-point shot (36.4 percent) and averages only 11.2 offensive rebounds.
“We are going to have to be more aggressive on the offensive boards,” said UW junior forward Aminah Williams, who averages 10.6 rebounds but was limited to three in 17 minutes due to foul trouble against Oregon State.
“Jillian is a great rebounder,” Williams continued. “So, we’re going to need everybody rebounding on Sunday. But I think we can do it.”
Neighbors said he’s made tactical changes to help defend perimeter shooting.
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