EUGENE – Oregon senior forward Amanda Johnson was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VIII First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America, it was announced today.

This is third consecutive year that Johnson has received All-District VIII first team honors, and the Santa Rosa, Calif., native now advances to the Capital One Academic All‐America® Team ballot, where first, second, and third‐team All‐America honorees will be selected later this month.

Johnson, currently one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, was named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America® women’s basketball first team in February of 2011. With that honor, Johnson became just the second student-athlete in Oregon women’s basketball program history and the first since 1990, to be chosen as a first team Academic All-American. An Academic All-America second team pick as a sophomore in 2010, Johnson has the chance to become the first three-time Academic All-American honoree in UO women’s basketball program history.

Johnson is currently a graduate student earning a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Human Services with a 4.16 grade point average. Johnson was awarded her undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude, graduating in the top two percent of her class with a double major in Psychology and Sociology following her sophomore year in the summer of 2010. 

In addition, Johnson is a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic First Team selection, and for the last two years has been awarded the Harry Ritchie Scholar Athlete Award, given to an Oregon women’s basketball player for her athletic and scholastic achievements.

Johnson recently returned to action last Saturday after missing Oregon’s previous 11 games with a fractured left thumb. She is averaging 19.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, and her career numbers rank in the top-10 of four categories at Oregon: 1,343 points (11th), 805 rebounds (8th), 143 three-pointers (7th), 180 steals (6th) and 26 double-doubles (7th).

She has recorded 66 double-figure scoring games, three 30-point games, 18 20-point games, has led the club 34 times in scoring and has led the team in rebounding on 63 occasions.

Johnson is one of three student-athletes from the Pac-12 on the All-District VIII first team. She shares the honor with Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford) and Taryn Wicijowski (Utah). The team also includes Rebecca Dew (Hawai’i) and Kate Kevorken (Nevada).

Utah – 7 p.m.
Tonight the Ducks host Utah at 7 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. Fans that show their BI-Mart Card at the ticket window when purchasing a ticket, will receive a free general admission ticket to Oregon’s game against Stanford on Saturday, Feb. 18.