2020 Fast Break Club Nominations are Open

The University of Oregon Fast Break Club is seeking nominations for the 2020-2021 year. (The office of President is filled by automatic succession of the Vice-President of the previous year)

The following board positions are open:


If you are interested, please contact Linda Berg at klibnda@msn.com or Mike Rainwater at mssrain2o@yahoo.com no later than February 2, 2020. Elections will be held at our meeting on February 9,2020.

Away Game Watch Parties

March 5-8 -- Pac-12 Tournament (TV: Final game on ESPN2.  The rest on PAC-12)

  • Our Bingo-Lady will be in Vegas, so won't be at Prime Time.   She did check-in with them for anyone that needs a place to see the games, and if you go there, the staff can direct you to where to sit for the WBB game.
  • SPECIAL NOTE for the Saturday Semi-Final game:   There will be UFC fights televised at PrimeTime from 5-10 pm.  They will have the sound on for the basketball games only in the back area. Also suggested time of arrival is before 5pm for the 6pm semi final, to hold a spot.

Prime Time Sports Bar and Grill

  • 1360 Mohawk Blvd
  • Springfield
  • 541-746-0549
  • Please note that minors are not allowed in Prime Time Sports Bar & Grill during all hours.
  • Web site
  • Google Maps


Disclaimer:  These are not official, hosted club 'parties'. 

  • We're merely providing a fall-back option for people for some that are looking for a spot to watch the game with a few fellow fans.
  • We have talked to Prime Time Sports Bar and Grill about welcoming us WBB fans.  Local sports bars have been far more hospitable to UOWBB lately, so you likely have a local spot you prefer.    
  • PS: Thank you Carol James, for arranging this


Chalk Talk Schedule announced for 2019-20 season


Chalk talk diagram

There are six Chalk Talks planned for the new season where you can get coaches' insights before the game.   The Chalk Talks begin about 50 minutes before game time.

These are put on by the UO Women's Basketball program (not the Fast Break Club) and are open to all fans! So bring friends, get an early parking spot, and enjoy.


During PRESEASON: Downstairs, in the Founder’s Club

  • 11/13 Utah State
  • 12/8 South Dakota State
  • 12/21 Kansas State

During PAC-12 play: in the Practice Courts

  • 1/3 Colorado
  • 1/16 Stanford
  • 2/28 Washington State

Tips for 2020 NCAA Tournament

2020 Womens Final Four_Logo

Us fans have high hopes, for sure, but we'll love supporting our team wherever they go.   Most of you figured this all out last year, but below are tips for reference if you are looking for them.



NCAA SubRegionals (rounds of 64 & 32):  Hosting @ MKA!???

Experts predict the Ducks make the Top 16, and the Top 16 teams all get to host the first two rounds of the Tournament.   If the UO is selected as a host, the ticket office will be ready to sell you All Session tickets for MKA right after the Selection Show.  

ESPN has stepped up the WBB tournament coverage.  This will help WBB fans that want to follow games in these early rounds around the country.

To be clear, post-season tickets are handled differently than regular-season.  We've been told from long-time fans that this can be frustrating.  Our club president did chat with the ticket office to clarify, and here's what to remember:

  • Post-Season games are run by the NCAA. They have processes they've refined for handling these tournaments. It isn't in UO's control.
  • For tickets, your seating priority will be determined by your Duck Athletic Fund (DAF) point status. Larger DAF donors will have access to the best seats, over someone that only earned DAF points for WBB season tickets.
  • Over time, I hope we can learn to appreciate all of the good parts of this: (a) having a great, host-worthy team, and (b) having solid DAF support for our program and facilities.   Our WBB revenue has been growing, but at the moment it still relies on other support.



NCAA Regionals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight):  March 27-30

The NCAA regionals will be in Portland (OR), Dallas (TX), Fort Wayne (IN), and Greenville (SC).    Some people are making their full Portland arrangements now, though Stanford and Oregon State will make it tougher than ever for us to earn a spot.   (Some experts wonder if Oregon, Stanford and Oregon State could ALL be in the Final Four).   There is a VERY good chance that a Pac-12 team will be in Portland.

You may start by considering "If the Ducks made it to the Portland Regional..."  would you want a hotel or would you commute from Eugene?   If you wanted a Hotel you might start looking now, and maybe make a cancellable reservation.  

The Portland Regional games will be in the MODA Center:

  • March 28 (Sweet 16):  1PM and 3:30PM PT
  • March 30 (Elite 8): 7:30PM PT

Portland Tickets:  You can find info/ticket info on the MODA Center page (link).   Tickets are officially on sale Tues Oct 15th @ 10am.   All-Session Tickets run $65 Adult / $25 Youth & Seniors.   If you plan to drive/park, consider getting a $35 parking pass early!  

Portland Transit:  You might ponder if you plan to drive to the Arena, walk from Hotel, or use transit.   If you're adventurous, you could Taxi/Uber/Lift, or use a TriMet MAX train to travel between Hotel & Arena.   (Some of the The MAX Blue/Green/Red/Yellow lines all stop at the Rose Quarter which let you find other hotels farther away. Day Pass is $5 adult ($2.50 youth/seniors). You can find hotels downtown, near West Burnside Street (near a MAX Blue Line stop), or along SW 6th Avenue (near a MAX Yellow&Green lines stop).  

  • TriMet Home Page (link)
  • A 3rd-party MoovIt site to help you find transit to Moda center (link)



NCAA Final Four & Championship:  New Orleans,  April 3-5, 2020

You don't need travel tips from me, as you can buy tickets & hospitality packages through the official NCAA site (https://www.ncaa.com/womens-final-four) or other travel companies.   They have ability to help resell your tickets if plans/conditions change.

Member Event: Preseason Tip-off


This page will be updated if we have any updates.


This is our 'big' FBC Member social for the year.  It gives us a chance to catch up with the players and coaches away from the basketball court.  It traditionally used to be a 'Summer BBQ', but has evolved to a fall Preseason event since many of our players compete internationally in the summers.


  • Sunday, Oct 13th,  4-6pm.  Doors open @ 3:30pm
  • In Matthew Knight Arena:
    • Enter through the main (north) doors by the big Duck statue.
    • You'll be directed to the right, to the west concourse (by the Guest Services office)
    • We'll be in the same area as last season's event.  We did have complaints about it being 'too hot' at the last event, but this year we're doing it later in the season which should bring October temperatures.

This social is for FBC members.   Children of FBC members can attend free if they are under 18 years of age, if they are part of your RSVP. If you want to arrange to bring another guest who is not a 2018-19 FBC member, please contact Steve.  (They could sign-up for the club before or at the event).



So we can get estimates for catering, please give RSVPs by October 6th (Noon), to Steve Cordon:

or call 541-513-3452.

Contact Steve if you have any questions.



Parking on the street around the Arena is usually free on Sundays, though double-check any meter you are at.  (parking map)

The Columbia Garage (under Matthew Knight) operates as an unattended Pay-To-Park on weekends. ($1 per hour)



The menu will be a Mexican-themed Buffet

There will be a No-Host bar, if you would like Beer or Wine (Cash or credit cards accepted, but no American Express)


FBC Travel Tips for 2019-20 Nonconference:

NOTE: We do have a 'Watch Party' location setup for our November away games (Syracuse & Paradise Jam)  (link)


  • Sun Nov 24, 2019: Syracuse
    • EUG-SYR travel is reasonable.  Some flights are just 7h-with-one-stop.   Of course, PDX has more flight options.
    • The university is only about 10m away from the SYR airport.   It is located in the University Hill neighborhood of Syracuse, New York.
    • Syracuse plays in the Carrier Dome -- a uniquely huge domed arena, usable for Football, Lacrosse, and Basketball.  (link)
    • Syracuse WBB home page (link)
    • Things to Do:
      • Trip Advisor (link)
      • Syracuse Tourism (link)


  • Nov 28-30, 2019:  Paradise Jam -- vs Oklahoma St, UT Arlington and Louisville
    • Oregon will play in a Thanksgiving-weekend event in the US Virgin Islands.   Louisville lost some players, but is expected to be a top 10 team.
    • All-Session tickets avalable for $100 (link).   Fan travel package info here (link).   Tournament info here (link).
    • I suspect many of us would be happy to go enjoy the islands in November, while supporting our Ducks.  Be aware that this isn't an inexpensive event, plus it likely involves travel over the busiest Thanksgiving travel weekend of the year.   Sample price for 2 might be $2720 for lodging/event (if you use their lodging package), plus long/redeye flights costing perhaps $3200+, plus your misc expenses.    If you're creative with your lodging/flights/timing, you can likely find a better deal.


  • Sat Dec 14, 2019:  Long Beach State
    • Long Beach is a picturesque beachfront university just south of LA.   It'd be a long fan trip for a solo preseason game, so we aren't listing many specific tips.   You may recall seeing LB play at MKA last season (W 110-48). 
    • They are a great beach volleyball school.  Their nickname is 'The Beach' -- UO VB coach Ulmer had a great history there, as did gold medalist Misty May-Treanor
    • For more info on LBSU, see:  WBB home page (link), Wikipedia (link), or our general Pac-12 Los Angeles travel tips .  


  • Mon Feb 3, 2020:  UConn
    • For the team, this will be a busy week.  They travel from their Utah/Colorado weekend games to make a Monday game at UConn.    But, it seems hard to turn down a chance to see Oregon (led by Sabrina & Ruthy) get another shot at UConn (before next season @ MKA, without them).
    • Flights from EUG to the Hartford area run 7-15h, though can be found under $500 RT.   Far more flight options from PDX.   Your destination airport is likely Bradley International Airport (BDL), outside of Hartford.
    • Getting from BDL to UConn:  It's about a 45-minute drive.  You could taxi (~$85) or arrange other transportation to the campus in Storrs, CT  (link)
    • UConn wbb home (link)
    • UConn plays in the Harry A. Gampel Pavilion (link)
    • Things to Do:
      • TripAdvisor for UConn (link)
      • Hartford area tourism (link)

Tips for Pac-12 WBB Tournament -- Mandalay Bay -- March 5-8, 2020

2020 Pac12 WBB Tourney

Mark your Calendar for March 5-8 and note the new location this year:  Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas

This 12,000-seat arena also serves as the home arena for the WNBA Las Vegas Aces, and this season's WNBA All-Star events.  It should make a good environment for our tournament.


Tickets & Seating:

Tickets are available now! (link)   All session tickets run $105 (upper), $125 (nicer/lower), and some premium options on the floor for $250 & $360.   All Tickets have an extra fee ~$35.

If you want to call and talk to a ticket person in October, you can still contact the Seattle Storm ticket office.  They handled the Presale event, and they can assist you find a seat you like and avoid the online ticket fees.   You can Contact Jaron Iwakami, Sr. Manager Ticket Sales: (206)272-2553 or email JIwakami@Stormbasketball.com



For those making travel plans, consider making reservations at Mandalay Bay or nearby if you want to catch all the tournament fanfare.   Mandalay Bay is on the southern tip of the strip.

There are cheaper options nearby.   There is a free tram that runs every 3-7 minutes between three MGM sister properties along the southern strip: Mandalay Bay, Luxor and Excalibur.   Excalibur is definitely more affordable.    If you're looking for upscale, Mandalay bay has many suites as well as floors run by the Four Seasons.  There is also a separate Denalo tower.


Special Events!?

If you attend, we recommend following the team's Social Media accounts on Facebook and Twitter during the event.  (Remember that you can peek there even without having an account).    They often announce send-off events with the band & cheer & Duck.  Those events are too last-minute and fluid for us to document or email.


Useful Links:

  • Tournament Home Page (link)
  • Tournament Hotel "Discount" Page (link)
  • Mandalay Bay (link)



Megan (Murphy) Lopez was in Vegas with the other Pac-12 DOBOs (Director-Of-Basketball-Operations) to prep for the upcoming Tourney. Megan (middle-left) wanted everyone to be aware of the change of venue.