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Oregon WBB Weekly Release: Colorado & Utah
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 02/28/2012
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Oregon at Colorado LIVE COVERAGE

• Date: Thursday, March 1

• Time: 5:30 PM PT

• Venue: Coors Events Center

TV: ROOT Sports Northwest, Marc Stout & Ceal Barry

• Radio: KUGN 590 AM in Eugene/Springfield; Terry Jonz, play-by-play

• Webcast: None

• Live Audio: O-Zone • Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com

• Twitter: @OregonWBB for in-game updates, stats, etc

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• vs. Colorado: Oregon leads 9-3

THIS WEEK
Oregon enters its final week of regular season play, and will travel to Colorado (16-11, 5-11) and Utah (13-14, 6-10). The Ducks are currently tied for eighth in the Pac-12 standings with Utah, and if the conference tournament began today, would play the Utes in game one of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

HEALTH REPORT
• 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.

COLORADO NOTES

• Oregon holds a 9-3 series advantage over Colorado, including a 3-1 mark in Boulder.

• The last time the Ducks visited Boulder, they departed with a 72-64 win on Dec. 30, 2005. Freshman guard Tamika Nurse had a breakout game, scoring a season-high 15 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Sophomore post Gabrielle Richards led the Ducks with 16 points and junior guard Cicely Oaks had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

• Oregon is currently averaging 66.8 points per game in conference action only, while the Buffs are scoring 55.1 points per game in Pac-12 play.

THE FIRST MEETING WITH COLORADO
Oregon and Colorado met as conference foes for the first time on Feb. 4, 2012 in Eugene, Ore. The Ducks trailed by as many as 13 in the first half, but used an 18-0 run that spanned both haves to record a 67-62 victory. Amanda Johnson scored 23 second-half points for the Ducks, and UO went ahead for good on a three-pointer by Johnson at the 12:18 mark of the second half.

UTAH NOTES
• Oregon connections: Utah assistant coaches Willette White and Velaida Harris were assistant coaches on Bev Smith’s coaching staff at Oregon.  The Utes also have three players from the state of Oregon on their roster, senior guard Janita Badon (Portland, Ore./Jefferson HS), sophomore guard Allison Gida (Ashland, Ore./Ashland HS) and sophomore guard Brittany Knighton (Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City HS).

• Utah head coach Anthony Levrets was born in Eugene and graduated from Bandon High School. Levrets spent five years as an assistant coach a for the Southern Oregon University men’s basketball team. He also coached at Southwestern Oregon Community College and Lane CC.

• Utah and Oregon are curently tied for eighth in the Pac-12 standings. Janita Badon leads the league averaging 5.7 assists per game, and the Utes are holding opponents to 56.1 points per game, while the Ducks are scoring 72.6 ppg.

• Oregon holds a 10-5 advantage in the all-time series against Utah. The last time Oregon visited Utah, the Utes were victorious, 89-86, in overtime at the Jon Huntsman Center on Dec. 22, 2009. The Utes erased a 15-point second-half deficit as Janita Badon scored 29 points with nine rebounds and four assists. Amanda Johnson led Oregon with 20 points.

• The Utes were on a three-game winning streak with wins over Arizona State, Arizona and Colorado before getting swept at California and Stanford last weekend.

THE FIRST MEETING WITH UTAH
The University of Oregon women’s basketball team sank seven free throws down the stretch, and Amanda Johnson had a double-double in just her second game back from injury to lift the Ducks to a 72-67 win over Utah at Matt Arena on Feb. 2, 2012.

LAST TIME OUT
Earlysia Marchbanks had 19 points, all in the final 10 minutes, and Oregon State rallied to defeat Oregon 68-53 on Saturday, sweeping the Civil War series for the first time since 2009.

Patricia Bright scored 14 points and Alyssa Martin added 13 for the Beavers (18-9, 8-8 Pac-12).

Amanda Johnson, in her last home game for Oregon (14-14, 6-10), had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Oregon State’s victory was the third straight against Oregon, the Beavers’ longest winning streak against the Ducks since also winning three straight in 1993-94.

Game Notes: Oregon’s one-time 10-point lead was its largest blown lead of the season...the loss also marked the second time this year Oregon blew a halftime advantage...Oregon State has now defeated Oregon in three consecutive meetings for the first time since Jan. 13, 1994...Nia Jackson’s lay-up at the 18:58 mark of the first half scored the 1,000-point of her career. She is 24th player in the history of Oregon women’s basketball to score 1,000 points...Oregon State defeated Oregon in Eugene for the first time since a 61-42 victory on Jan. 31, 2009.

NATIONAL TOP 25

Oregon entered the week ranking second in the Pac-12 and 22nd in the nation averaging 72.6 points per game. Notre Dame leads the country scoring 81.3 points per game.

The Ducks’ 7.7 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-12 and rank ninth in the nation.

REBOUNDING GAME
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 6-12, and average just 68.6 points per game, and attempt 66.1 field goal attempts per game.

LONG DISTANCE
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.

SCHEDULE
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.

MORE NUMBERS
• Oregon has recorded six wins by 10 points or more. 

• Oregon’s roster has totaled 82 occasions of players scoring in double figures led by Jasmin Holliday (20).
• The Ducks have also posted 17 double-figure rebounding efforts led by Amanda Johnson (9).

• Oregon has recorded nine 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.

• On 12 occasions this season, Oregon has allowed an opponent to knock down at least 10 three-pointers in a game.

FRESHMAN FIX
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 Liz Brenner leads the class in scoring (6.1 ppg), and also leads the freshmen with 5.9 rebounds per game.

TEAM AWARDS

The University of Oregon women’s basketball team announced its team awards on Sunday.

For the second consecutive season, Nia Jackson was voted the club’s most valuable player, while Amanda Johnson was named the team’s best offensive player.

Jasmin Holliday was named the team’s most improved player and was also voted the best defensive player for the 2011-12 season.

For the third consecutive year, Johnson was honored with the Harry Ritchie Scholar Athlete Award which is given to a player for athletic and scholastic ability.

Freshman Amanda Delgado was presented with Green and Gold Award for contributions and off the court.

Four Ducks, Amanda Johnson, Danielle Love, Laura Stanulis and Deanna Weaver, also received scholar-athlete honors for maintaining a gpa above a 3.0.

SENIOR MOMENT

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 13.4 points per game. Holliday has led Oregon in scoring on eight occasions, and has led the Ducks on the boards 13 times.

She leads the team with 20 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 19.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 45.5 percent this year.

Five of Oregon’s top-six scoring games belong to Johnson as the Santa Rosa, Calif., native has recorded nine double-doubles and seven 20-point games while leading UO in scoring on 12 occasions.

Johnson’s career numbers include; 1,469 points (7th), 865 rebounds (5th), 161 three-pointers (6th), 190 steals (5th), 29 double-doubles (5th), 72 double-figure scoring games (T-7th), three 30-point games, 21 20-point games, 39 times leading the club in scoring and 70 occasions leading the team in rebounding.

Johnson is currently a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Oregon senior Amanda Johnson was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I  Women’s Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced on Feb. 23.

A graduate student who is pursuing her Master’s degree in counseling psychology and human services, Johnson has a 4.16 G.P.A., and was a first team selection last season after earning second team honors in 2010.

Johnson is the only student-athlete in the history of the Oregon women’s basketball program to earn the honor three times, and is the second UO women’s basketball player, following Stefanie Kasperski, to receive first team honors in back-to-back years.

AWARD WINNER
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.

Jackson is averaging 9.1 points and a team-leading 3.6 assists per game. Jackson’s 204 career steals rank third all-time at Oregon, and her 354 career assists rank ninth. Jackson has delivered at least six assists on six occasions this year.  Last Saturday, Jackson scored seven points against. Oregon State bringing her career total to 1,005 as she became the 24th player in Oregon women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000th-point mark.

NEW ADDITION
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 5.9 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 4.2 rebounds per game.

SHOOTING TOUCH
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, but missed the first three games of the season with Achilles trouble.

Thomas is producing numbers across the board averaging 9.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

MAJOR MINUTES

Sophomore Danielle Love has recorded three new career scoring highs this year, and is averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 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 2.8 points per game, and is also second on the team with 55 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 6.0 points per game, and leads the Ducks with 43 three-pointers. In a loss to California on Feb. 16, Loera set the freshman single-season three-point record. Loera also has the chance to become the first freshman to lead UO in three-pointers since Taylor 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 point guard. 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 4.3 points per game, and on Feb. 16 delivered a career-best six assists in Oregon’s loss to Cal.

A FIRST

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 14 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 2.8 rebounds per game.



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