Why Oregon WBB rose in the latest AP Poll rankings despite losing to Stanford


It’s not often that a team will rise in the national rankings after losing a game, but with the Oregon women’s basketball team, anything is possible.

As we predicted after Oregon’s loss to Stanford last Friday, the Ducks rose in the latest AP Poll Top-25 Rankings from No. 11 to No. 10. 

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How is that possible? A few reasons.

1: Oregon put up a hard fought battle to the nation's No. 1 overall team. 

Stanford’s biggest test on the season so far was Oregon. The two teams match up extremely well against one another from both a talent and coaching perspective. If you look back at the past four seasons of Pac-12 women’s hoops, there are two teams that have either been named the outright conference champion or won the Pac-12 tournament title: Oregon and Stanford. 

The Ducks fell short with a 70-63 loss to the Cardinal in Santa Cruz, California. 

This season, both teams reloaded with talent from top to bottom of the roster. These two teams are arguably the best in the Pac-12 conference again this season and are next scheduled to face off on February 15, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. 


2: A 59-point bounce-back victory also helped.

How do you follow up a heartbreaking loss? A dismantling of your next opponent. That’s exactly what Oregon did to Cal on the road in Berkeley, California on Sunday. 

The Ducks defeated the winless Bears 100-41.  

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Nyara SaballyTe-Hina Paopao, and Taylor Chavez all led the Ducks with 13 points scored. All 12 Oregon players who dressed played with 11 of them scoring at least two points. 

It’s no surprise that after splitting the weekend, Oregon rose in the latest AP Poll rankings. 

Here’s how the rest of the Pac-12 conference faired out after the weekend:

  • No. 1 Stanford
  • No. 8 UCLA
  • No. 10 Oregon
  • No. 11 Arizona
  • No. 25 Washington State

Next up for the Ducks is a trip to the desert to face the Arizona schools starting with No. 11 Arizona (coming off an upset loss to the Washington State Cougars) on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. (PT) in Tucson, Arizona.