LOS ANGELES - Oregon senior forward Amanda Johnson was named the 2012 Toyo Tires Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Wednesday at the Pacific Life Pac-12 Basketball Tournament. The award, which is presented in the 22 sports the Conference sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.
Johnson is the only player in Oregon women’s basketball program history to be named a three-time Academic All-American. She was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America first team in 2011 and 2012 after receiving second-team honors in 2010. Johnson is only the second Pac-12 player to earn three Academic All-America awards, following Oregon State’s Chelle Flamoe from 1987-89.
Just yesterday the Santa Rosa, Calif., native was also named to the All-Pac-12 team after a vote by the league’s coaches. It marked the first time in her four-year career she earned the recognition, after garnering honorable mention nods in 2010 and 2011.
Currently one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, Johnson is a graduate student at Oregon earning a master’s degree in counseling psychology and human services with a 4.16 grade point average. She 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 three years has been awarded the Harry Ritchie Scholar Athlete Award, given to an Oregon women’s basketball player for her athletic and scholastic achievements.
On the court, Johnson missed 11 games during her senior season with a fractured thumb, but she has returned to the floor and is averaging 18.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44.1 percent this year.
While not having reached the conference minimum of 75 percent games played to rank in the league’s standings due to her injury, Johnson would rank second in scoring and fifth in rebounding when compared to her peers.
This season, Johnson has recorded 10 double-doubles, 17 double-figure scoring games and seven 20-point efforts. She has led the Ducks in scoring on a team-best 14 occasions, and also has led UO on the glass 15 times.
Johnson’s career numbers include; 1,495 points, 85 rebounds, 166 three-pointers, 192 steals, 30 double-doubles, 74 double-figure scoring games, three 30-point games, 21 20-point games, 41 times leading the club in scoring and 70 occasions leading the team in rebounding.
Eligible student-athletes including seniors on track to receive a degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher who have been at their institution for more than a year and participate in at least 50 percent of their scheduled contests in their particular sport.
Toyo® will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments.
The Pac-12 Conference, in cooperation with its corporate partner Toyo Tires, established the “Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards, presented by Toyo Tires” during the 2009-10 academic year.
The Ducks ended the regular season with a record of 15-15 and a 7-11 mark in Pac-12 play, as Oregon earned the No. 9 seed in the Pacific Life Women’s Pac-12 Tournament.
The Ducks will open the tournament, playing No. 8 seed Washington at noon today in the first game of the first round at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
Fans can follow all the action on the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament YouTube channel, which will broadcast all eight games from the first and second rounds.
The tournament page is also available by clicking HERE.