California at Oregon LIVE COVERAGE
• Date: Thursday, Feb. 16
• Time: 7:00 PM
• Venue: Matthew Knight Arena
• Radio: KUGN 590 AM in Eugene/Springfield; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
• Webcast: O-Zone
• Live Audio: O-Zone • Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com
• Twitter: @OregonWBB for in-game updates, stats, etc
• vs. California: Oregon leads 36-26
GAME DAY PROMOTIONS
7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 vs. California - Couples Night & Play 4Kay Weekend
BI-MART 2-for-1 Night; Show your BI-MART card at the ticket window and receive two general admission tickets for the price of one.
1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. Stanford - Play 4Kay & Alumni Weekend
Faculty Appreciation & Chamber of Commerce receive $5 general admission tickets. Silent auction for authentic “pink” Oregon jerseys. Postgame autographs.
Johnson Named Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Oregon senior Amanda Johnson was named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Jan. 25.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18.
Oregon (14-11, 6-7), currently seventh in the Pac-12 standings, returns home to Matthew Knight Arena this weekend to host California (18-7, 9-4) and third-ranked Stanford (22-1, 13-0).
Currently Stanford - on a 19-game winning streak - tops the conference standings, while the Bears are second.
If Oregon scores 100 points or more in a game this season at Matt Arena, all fans in attendance will receive free garlic parmesan bread sticks from Papa John’s Pizza by taking their ticket stub to any of the three Eugene-Springfield Papa John’s locations within 10 days for redemption. Students will receive vouchers at the end of the game.
• Freshman center Janitah Iamaleava suffered a season-ending left knee injury during a pre-season practice that will keep her off the floor for the 2011-12 season.
• In the first meeting between Cal and Oregon this season in Berkeley, California’s monstrous rebounding advantage led the Bears to a 90-67 victory over the Ducks. The Bears scored 29 second-chance points as their 28 offensive rebounds outnumbered Oregon’s total of 26 boards. Cal totaled 63 rebounds for the game – the most UO has surrendered to an opponent this season - while the Ducks also posted a new season low (26).
• California (18-7, 9-4) was on a three-game winning streak before falling, 76-75, to USC on Saturday night in overtime. The Bears remain second in the Pac-12 standings, and have won nine of their last 11.
• Oregon holds a 36-26 advantage in the all-time series against California, but in the last 11 meetings, Oregon has won just once - a 60-46 win in Berkeley on Feb. 24, 2011. The Ducks last defeated Cal in Eugene on Feb. 15, 2007 by the score of 62-42 as UO upset the No. 22 Bears thanks to 17 points from Eleanor Haring.
• The battle between California and Oregon will feature the league’s best and worst rebounding teams. The Bears lead the Pac-12 with a +14.6 rebounding margin, while Oregon ranks last at -2.6. The Bears average 70.6 ppg, and are led by Layshia Clarendon (11.5 ppg), Reshanda Grey (10.8 ppg), Brittany Boyd (10.1 ppg) and Gennifer Brandon (9.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg).
• Stanford’s winning streak over conference opponents (including postseason games) is a record 68 games entering this week.
• Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Oregon senior Amanda Johnson are both finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
• The Cardinal holds a 44-8 advantage in the all-time series with Oregon, including 14 consecutive victories. The Ducks last win over Stanford was a 62-58 upset of the fifth-ranked Cardinal on Dec. 29, 2004. Andrea Bills had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Oregon overcame a 14-point first-half deficit.
• In the last meeting between the two programs, Stanford senior Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the then fourth-ranked Cardinal to a 93-70 victory over Oregon on Jan. 5. Posting a double-double before halftime, Ogwumike guided Stanford with a game-high 32 points and 15 rebounds. Stanford shot 46.9 percent from the field, and knocked down 14 three-pointers
LAST TIME OUT
Amanda Johnson’s 18 second-half points helped Oregon put together a hot-shooting second half as the Ducks left Beasley Coliseum with a 67-62 victory over Washington State.
The Cougars (10-15, 4-9) led for the majority of the game until Oregon (14-11, 6-7) claimed its first lead, 58-56, on a Johnson three-pointer from the top of the arc with 4:05 to play as Laura Stanulis provided the dish.
Johnson led Oregon in scoring for the fifth straight game with a game-high 23 points and knocked down four three-pointers. Ariel Thomas added 13 points for the Ducks with three treys, while Jasmin Holliday poured in 12 points and eight rebounds.
Nia Jackson led Oregon with six assists, the sixth time she has totaled at least six assists this season.
The Ducks shot 36.1 percent from the floor, including a 46.2 percent (12-of-26) effort in the second half.
Game Notes: Oregon’s win was its first in Pullman since Jan. 17, 2009…Oregon recorded 10 three-pointers for the eighth time this season and erased a double-digit deficit for the third time this season after trailing 14 points in the first half…Amanda Johnson led the Ducks with 23 points for the fifth consecutive game, and recorded the 21st 20-point game of her career.
NATIONAL TOP 25
Oregon ranks second in the Pac-12 and 17th in the nation averaging 74.6 points per game. Notre Dame leads the country scoring 82.5 points per game.
The Ducks’ 7.7 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-12 and rank ninth in the nation, while UO’s 10.7 steals per game lead the league.
When Oregon has outrebounded its opponent this season, the Ducks have an 8-1 record, scoring 82.1 points per game, and averaging 71.0 field goal attempts per game.
When Oregon is outrebounded, the Ducks are 6-9 and average just 71.0 points per game, and attempt 66.2 field goal attempts per game.
Head coach Paul Westhead said before the season started that he wanted his team playing even faster. After UO’s 6-0 start, the Ducks were averaging 87.7 points per game, but that number has dropped to 74.6 points per game (2nd Pac-12) with the absence of Amanda Johnson for 11 games.
During head coach Paul Westhead’s three years at Oregon, the Ducks have finished in the country’s top-15 in scoring in back-to-back seasons, averaging 81.4 points (2010, 2nd) and 73.3 points per game (2011, 15th). In fact, during the last two seasons, the Ducks have averaged 79.0 points per game overall, out done only by Oral Roberts (84.7 ppg) and Gonzaga (82.7 ppg). In the last three years, Oregon has produced seven 100-point games, recording a 6-1 mark in those contests.
Oregon’s 7.7 three-pointers per game rank first in the Pac-12 and ninth in the nation. The Ducks have proven to be a deadly three-point shooting team, finishing third in the country averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game in 2011, while ranking seventh in 2010 knocking down 8.4 long-distance buckets per game.
The Ducks have compiled a difficult schedule as 14 of their opponents reached the postseason a year ago. Nine teams played in the 2011 Women’s National Invitation Tournament, and five appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
• Oregon has recorded six wins by 10 points or more.
• Oregon’s roster has totaled 76 occasions of players scoring in double figures led by Jasmin Holliday (19).
• The Ducks have also posted 16 double-figure rebounding efforts led by Amanda Johnson (8).
• Oregon has recorded eight games with 10 or more three-pointers.
• The Ducks have not surrendered a lead to an opponent in five games this season, and Oregon has overcome a double-digit deficit on three occasions.
Oregon currently has six freshmen on its roster, with five eligible to play after Janitah Iamaleava suffered a season-ending knee injury in pre-season practice.
Freshman Jordan Loera leads the class in scoring (6.3 ppg), and also leads the entire team with 39 three-pointers on the season.
On 11 occasions this season, Oregon has allowed an opponent to knock down at least 10 three-pointers in a game. On the year, the Ducks have allowed opponents to drain 235 long-distance shots as opponents are shooting 34.4 percent from 3-point range.
Currently each of Oregon’s three seniors rank in the conference’s currently active top-15 scorers: Amanda Johnson (1,437, 5th), Nia Jackson (987, 10th) and Jasmin Holliday (916, 13th).
Johnson’s 841 career rebounds rank second among active Pac-12 players, and 27th all-time in conference history. Holliday’s 656 career boards rank sixth among active Pac-12 players.
Johnson’s 157 three-pointers rank third, while Jackson’s 349 assists rank second.
All three list in the steals category as Jackson’s 198 steals rank third followed by Johnson’s 186 at fifth and Holliday’s 177 at sixth.
Senior Jasmin Holliday worked harder than ever this offseason, and apparently hard work pays off. The native of Chino Hills, Calif., is averaging a career-best 14.1 points per game. Holliday has led Oregon in scoring on seven occasions, and has led the Ducks on the boards a team-best 13 times.
She leads the team with 19 double-figure scoring games, and set a new career high, scoring 26 points in a loss at Nevada on Dec. 14. This season, Holliday has posted five 20-point efforts and five double-doubles.
JOHNSON ON FIRE
After missing 11 games with a fractured thumb, senior Amanda Johnson has returned to the floor and is averaging 20.8 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 47.9 percent this year.
Five of Oregon’s top-six scoring games belong to Johnson as the Santa Rosa, Calif., native has recorded eight double-doubles and seven 20-point games while leading UO in scoring on 11 occasions.
Since returning to action in Oregon’s last five games, she has led Oregon in scoring in each of those five games. Also during that stretch, Johnson is averaging 22.0 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while knocking down 15 three-pointers.
Johnson’s career numbers include; 1,437 points (7th), 841 rebounds (7th), 157 three-pointers (6th), 186 steals (T-5th), 28 double-doubles (T-5th), 70 double-figure scoring games (9th), three 30-point games, 21 20-point games, 38 times leading the club in scoring and 66 occasions leading the team in rebounding.
The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is currently a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, and she was also named to the Capital One All-Academic District VIII First Team.
Before two knee injuries sidelined her for the final nine games of last season, senior guard Nia Jackson led the Pac-10 averaging 17.0 points and 5.7 assists per game. Despite missing the final half of conference play, Jackson was named to the 2011 Pac-10 First Team and the 2011 Media All-Pac-10 Team. The Ducks were 12-9 with Jackson in the lineup, and 1-8 in the final nine games of the year without her. Oregon averaged 80.5 points per game with Jackson in the lineup, and 66.7 points per game without her.
The Seattle native has returned from off-season surgery and is cleared to play. She missed her first and only game of the year with right knee trouble on Dec. 29 against Washington State.
Currently Jackson is averaging 9.5 points and a team-leading 3.9 assists per game. Jackson’s 198 career steals rank fourth all-time at Oregon, and her 349 career assists rank ninth. Jackson has delivered at least six assists on six occasions this year.
Jackson is also closing in on reaching a career 1,000-point total with 987 points.
Oregon freshman Liz Brenner joined the UO women’s basketball team officially on Dec. 19 after being cleared for competition by the NCAA. Brenner recently finished her freshman season competing for the UO women’s volleyball team, receiving Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors.
Brenner is averaging 6.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. The Portland, Ore., native led the Ducks in scoring for the first time at USC on Jan. 19 with a career-high 16 points.
D WEAVE FOR THREE
After ending the 2010-11 season starting the last nine games of the year, Deanna Weaver and Ariel Thomas started their sophomore season on the bench as both battled injuries.
After missing three games at the start of the year with a toe injury, Weaver is averaging 6.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
In the absence of Nia Jackson last season, Ariel Thomas took over point guard duties and started the final nine games of the year, averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game during that stretch.
With Jackson back on the floor, Thomas has moved into the starting role at shooting guard, registering her first start of the year at Nevada. She missed the first three games of the season with Achilles trouble.
Thomas is producing numbers across the board averaging 9.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Sophomore Danielle Love has recorded three new career scoring highs this year, and is averaging 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. At UCLA, Love knocked down a career-high four three-pointers, and matched a career best scoring 16 points.
RUNNING THE POINT
Junior point guard Laura Stanulis continues to handle back-up point guard duties as Ariel Thomas spends time at shooting guard. A former walk-on and now on scholarship, Stanulis is averaging a career-best 3.0 points per game, and is also second on the team with 54 assists.
MEET THE NEWCOMERS
Oregon’s freshman class was ranked 49th in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz.
SHE’S A SHOOTER
Freshman guard Jordan Loera is a second generation Duck as her mother, Lori Carver Loera, played basketball at UO from 1983-84.
The Moses Lake, Wash., native is averaging 6.3 points per game, and leads the Ducks with 39 three-pointers. With one more three-pointer, Loera will set the Oregon freshman record, previously held by Taylor Lilley (2006-07).
Loera also has the chance to become the first freshman to lead UO in three-pointers since Lilley tied with Carolyn Ganes for the team lead (39) during the 2006-07 season.
RUNNING THE FLOOR
With Nia Jackson battling knee trouble, Lexi Petersen’s speed has been put to good use at the point guard position. In the Jan. 12, 87-73, victory over Arizona, Petersen scored a career-high 17 points and led the Ducks in scoring for the first time this year. She is averaging 4.6 points per game.
Freshman guard Amanda Delgado (Las Vegas/Liberty HS) was named the 2011 Gatorade Nevada Girls Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 16.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a senior. Delgado has appeared off the bench in 13 games.
UNDER THE BASKET
Freshman center Megan Carpenter (Longmont, Colo./Longmont HS) was a two-time all-4A Northern Conference selection and two-time Longmont Times Call all-area selection in 2010 and 2011. Carpenter is averaging 2.9 rebounds per game.