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Oregon Women's Basketball

Preview: Oregon Women's Basketball vs Team USA

November 8, 2019

Oregon gets the incredible opportunity to host the United States women’s national team Saturday afternoon in an exhibition game.

The game is at 4 p.m. and will be available on the Pac-12 Network.

Oregon comes into the year ranked as the nation's No. 1 team for the first time in program history. But before the Ducks open the regular season against Northeastern on Monday, they’ll have the chance to battle the best players this country has to offer.

It’ll be a real challenge, but at the same time it gives Oregon an opportunity to experiment on the court and gives the players a chance to work out some early season kinks.

With a few newcomers on the roster -- including grad transfer point guard Minyon Moore -- the exhibition allows the Ducks to come together as a team.

Here’s a few players you’ll need to know.

Diana Tuarasi:

Tuarasi has won just about every award. She’s been selected to the WNBA all-star team nine times, won three WNBA championships and the 2009 league MVP. At 6-0, 163 pounds, Tuarasi is going to be in an absolute battle with Sabrina Ionescu all night; it will be a great opportunity for Ionescu to go head to head with one of the best WNBA players of all time.

Sue Bird:

Another incredibly decorated player, Bird has been selected to 11 all-star games, won three WNBA championships, and was voted to the WNBA first team five different times.

At 5-9, 150 pounds, Bird is one of the best point guards in WNBA history. She gives Ionescu another opportunity to go up against a historical great at her position, but Bird has a different skill set than Tuarasi.

Nneka Ogwumike:

The 2016 WNBA champion will be taking on Ruthy Hebard in the post all night. The 6-2, 174-pound power forward has been one of the best -- if not the best -- 4 since she joined the WNBA in 2012.

This is the final exhibition game for the national team. It has beaten Stanford, Oregon State and Texas A&M so far, but Oregon will be looking to do the impossible and knock off the team that has won six Olympic gold medals.

Regardless, it’ll be a fun time at Matthew Knight Arena. Any fan who is able to make it should experience it.

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