There are 12,364 seats in Matthew Knight Arena. On Friday, there will be two top-10 teams on display and on that tree-painted court. And if you’re a nervous eater, there is lots of popcorn to be sold.
The first chapter of the 2019 women’s Civil War tips off at 6 PM (PT) in Eugene, Oregon, and it’s going to be a good one.
On Monday, there were 10,000 tickets sold. On Tuesday, 2,000 more. On Wednesday, all 12,364 seats were sold out.
Records: No. 3 Oregon (23-1, 12-0 Pac-12) vs. No. 9 Oregon State (20-4, 10-2 Pac-12).
Last meeting(s): The Civil War was split last season with the home team getting the victory. Oregon State defeated Oregon 85-79 in overtime in Corvallis, Oregon. Just two days later, the Ducks beat the Beavers 75-63 in Eugene, Oregon.
Ducks to watch:
Literally how can you not start off this section without first bringing up Sabrina Ionescu. The junior, triple-double queen, Nancy Lieberman award top-10 finalist, potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft, we could go on… Ionescu is averaging 19.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Sophomore Satou Sabally, the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is currently having the best stretch of her career starting with a career-high 33 points against Washington State on Jan. 25th. Sabally is Oregon’s leading scorer at 20.0 points per game to go along with 6.0 rebounds per game.
Down low is Ruthy Hebard’s paint on both sides of the court. The junior is averaging a near double-double with 16.6 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per game.
And then if you can manage to slow down those three, you still have to contain Erin Boley, who is shooting lights out from three-point range at .452% and then the quarterback of the Ducks in guard Maite Cazorla, with a calm and cool 10.3 points per game.
Five starters, five scorers in double figures.
But probably the most intriguing statistic is that the Ducks are also leading the nation with the least amount of turnovers per game (10.5). So not only is Oregon really good at putting the ball through the net, but also doing it in the most efficient way possible with the fewest turnovers, making the most of their offensive possessions.
In the last three games, the Ducks have outscored their opponents 295-173. The offense is working. The defense is working. And the Ducks are rolling.
Against the three top-25 conference opponents this season, Oregon has not faltered either: 77-71 vs. then No. 19 Arizona State; 87-65 vs. then No. 14 Utah; and dismantling then No. 11 Stanford 88-48 on the road.
Beavers to watch:
Oregon State has a destiny, and not just a path to a national championship… her name is Destiny Slocum. In her first year with the Beavers (transferred from Maryland and sat out one year), the redshirt sophomore Slocum is a freight train averaging 16.3 points per game while dishing out 5.0 assists per game.
If Slocum doesn’t have you worried, her counterpart Mikayla Pivec will do the trick. The junior has experience on experience starting 27 games as a freshman and every game since. She is averaging 15.3 points per game in Pac-12 play but also is leading the Beavers with 8.9 rebounds per game, from the guard spot! She can rebound, score points, but also her defense is what makes her even more dangerous with 25 steals so far this season.
Down low, you’ve got Taya Corosdale as well as 6’8” Joanna Grymek to deal with. While Grymek is only scoring 6.6 points per game, her sheer height down low causes the opponent to rethink driving the ball. She has 21 blocks on the season. Corosdale is the second leading rebounder for the Beavers (7.5).
Shoot your shot:
Three-point percentage. Both Oregon and Oregon State are No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation for three-point field goal percentage: Oregon (42.9%) and Oregon State (42.1). The Beavers have held opponents to 26.6 percent shooting from 3-point range over their last 14 games.
How and where to watch:
Time: Friday, Feb. 15, 6 PM (PT)
Where: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, Oregon
TV: Pac-12 Network