Ducks Earn Highest Final AP Ranking in Program History


EUGENE, Ore. – The Oregon women’s basketball team has earned the highest final Associated Press ranking in program history after coming in at No. 2 in the end-of-season poll released on Tuesday morning.

The Ducks – who finished 31-2 overall and 17-1 in Pac-12 play en route to sweeping the conference regular season and tournament titles – earned four first-place votes while finishing second in the final voting behind South Carolina, which received the remaining 26 votes for the top spot. Oregon also came in at No. 2 in the final coaches poll with six first-place votes.

Oregon ends the year having been ranked in the AP top 25 for 58 straight polls, the eighth-longest active streak in the nation. The Ducks have been in the top 10 for 57 straight polls, and they were in the top five for all but one poll throughout the 2019-20 season.

The Pac-12 has six teams in the final AP top 25, the most of any conference in the nation. Oregon is joined in the final poll by No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 UCLA, No. 12 Arizona, No. 14 Oregon State and No. 25 Arizona State.

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Prior to the abrupt end to the season due to the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, the Ducks earned their second sweep of the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles in the last three years with a dominant 33-point win over Stanford in the Pac-12 Tournament championship game. Oregon closed 2019-20 having won 19 straight games, the second-longest win streak in program history. During that stretch, UO outscored its opponents by 25.5 points per game.

Oregon finished the season an astounding 12-1 against top-25 teams, setting a new program record for wins over ranked opponents, while going 7-1 against top-10 teams and 3-0 against teams ranked in the top five. Since December 1, the Ducks were a perfect 10-0 against teams that were in the final top-16 reveal released by the NCAA selection committee.

The Ducks also enjoyed a historic season at home, where they were undefeated at 15-0 while setting a new program record for consecutive home wins in a season. It is the first undefeated season at home since 1985-86 for the Ducks, who are 49-2 at Matthew Knight Arena over the last three years.

Statistically, Oregon closes 2019-20 as the nation’s top team in scoring offense (86.0 PPG), field-goal percentage (50.9), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.91) while also ranking in the top five in scoring margin (2nd, 28.1), assists per game (3rd, 21.1) and turnovers per game (4th, 11.1).