The Oregon (17-15) women’s basketball team is set to host New Mexico (19-12) in the second round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament at 7 p.m., Tuesday. Mac Court will again be the host for the WNIT clash, as the Ducks defeated Eastern Washington, 95-66, in the first round last Thursday.
Over the radio airwaves, Terry Jonz will provide the play-by-play on KUGN 590 in the Eugene/Springfield area.
The O-Zone will broadcast the game at www.GoDucks.com and have a pay-per-view event fee of $9.95, but any/all current O-Zone subscribers will get Tuesday’s game as part of the package that they’ve already paid purchased.
The audio stream (radio broadcast) will be free to all Duck fans on the O-Zone at www.GoDucks.com.
Tickets are still available for Tuesday’s WNIT second round game with New Mexico.
Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE, calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT, or in person at the Casanova Center ticket office. Tickets can also be purchased at the McArthur Court ticket window 90 minutes prior to game time. The doors to Mac Court open 60 minutes prior to tip.
PIZZA HUT 100-POINT PERSONAL PAN PLAY
The Oregon women’s basketball program has a new promotion at Mac Court: The Pizza Hut Personal Pan Play.
Oregon has teamed with Pizza Hut, and each time the Ducks reach 100 points in a game, every fan in attendance at McArthur Court will receive a free personal pan pizza.
Oregon is currently averaging 81.8 points per game ,and the Ducks have reached 100 points on three occasions this year.
UPDATE ON OREGON
In their first postseason appearance since 2007, Oregon defeated Eastern Washington 95-66 at McArthur Court last Thursday. With the first round win over the Eagles, Oregon advanced to the second round to host New Mexico, and snapped what was a seven-game losing streak.
Oregon’s 17 wins are its most since the 2006-07 season.
UPDATE ON NEW MEXICO
New Mexico is making its 13th straight postseason appearance, and is looking for its 10th consecutive season of 20 wins if the squad can get by the Ducks on Tuesday.
In the program’s fifth overall WNIT appearance, New Mexico enters Tuesday’s game with a 10-4 all-time record in the WNIT. A season ago, New Mexico finished the WNIT with a 3-1 record defeating Southern, Nebraska and Oregon State before falling to Kansas.
The Lobos defeated SMU, 66-51, in Albuquerque, N.M., last Wednesday in the first round of the WNIT at The Pit. UNM shot 44.8 percent from the field led by Sara Halasz’s game-high 17 points.
THE SERIES HISTORY
Oregon and New Mexico are an even 2-2 in the all-time series between the two programs. The teams have met only once in Eugene, with the Ducks defeating the Lobos 104-71 on Jan. 9, 1979. New Mexico and Oregon last squared off on Nov. 24, 2007 in Albuquerque as the Lobos got the best of the Ducks, 65-46, to win the Holiday Inn & Suites Express Albuquerque Midtown Tournament. New Mexico was led by led by tournament MVP Amy Beggin’s 17 points in that game, while then sophomores Taylor Lilley and Micaela Cocks led the Ducks with 11 and 10 points apiece, respectively.
Five players from Oregon’s current roster played in that game from 2007; Lilley, Cocks, Nicole Canepa, Ellyce Ironmonger and Nia Jackson. Six players from UNM’s roster appeared in the last meeting between the two squads; Beggin, Eileen Weissmann, Georonika Jackson, Amanda Best, Valerie Kast and Jessica Kieplinski.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN WEST
Oregon is 1-1 against Mountain West Conference competition this year heading into its matchup with New Mexico on Tuesday. In a two-game road trip to Wyoming and Utah, the Ducks defeated the Cowgirls in Wyoming, 78-66 on Dec. 20.
Recently, Wyoming defeated the University of Nevada, 74-53, in the first round of the WNIT, and is set to host Texas Tech at Arena Auditorium on Tuesday in the second round.
The Ducks then ended their road trip with a disappointing, 89-86 overtime loss to the Utes in Salt Lake City on Dec. 22. Oregon blew a 15-point second half lead in the loss.
Utah recently defeated Saint Mary’s, 66-53, in the first round of the WNIT and travels to Cal for a second round face-off on Tuesday.
New Mexico posted a 9-7 record in the MWC this season, and defeated Colorado State in the first of the CONOCO MWC Championship, but fell 51-45 to Utah in overtime during a second round matchup.
The Lobos fell to the Utes in all three of their meetings this year, but split their series with the Cowgirls.
ALL THE COMFORTS OF HOME
Oregon has 17 wins during the 2009-10 season, and 13 of those victories have come at the friendly confines of Mac Court. If the Ducks were to defeat the Lobos on Tuesday at UO’s version of The Pit, the Ducks would have 14 home wins, tying a program record set three times before; 1986-87, 1998-99, 2001-02.
ALL-PAC-10 CONFERENCE HONORS
Oregon fourth-year seniors Micaela Cocks and Taylor Lilley were named to the Pacific-10 All-Conference team, it was announced by the league office last week.
For Lilley, this is the fourth consecutive season she has received Pac-10 honors after being named Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention in 2007, Pac-10 Third Team in 2008 and Pac-10 honorable mention in 2009.
Lilley is averaging 17.6 points per game to lead the Ducks (2nd Pac-10), and has crushed every 3-point record in Oregon history; holding the single-game, single-season and all-time 3-point titles at Oregon. She has 1,360 points in her career ranking 10th all-time in UO history, and her 258 career 3-pointers are not only a new UO record, but rank third all-time in Pac-10 history.
Cocks’ all-conference selection was the New Zealand native’s second league honor of her career after she was selected to the Pac-10 Third Team following the 2008-09 season. Cocks is capable of playing all three guard positions in Westhead’s uptempo style offense.
The 2008 Olympian is averaging a career best 14.7 points per game , while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor and getting to 3.3 rebounds per game.
This year, Cocks has scored double figures in 25 of her 31 starts, and has reached the 20-point plateau on seven occasions, while also leading the team in scoring seven times.
In addition to Cocks and Lilley, Oregon sophomore forward Amanda Johnson received Pac-10 honorable mention accolades. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is Oregon’s third leading scorer averaging 12.2 points per game, while leading the squad with 8.5 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-2 sophomore has produced nine double-doubles on the year, and has led the team in rebounding on 21 occasions.
In addition to Pac-10 All-Conference awards voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches, the Pac-10 also had members of the media vote for awards this season that were announced last week.
Lilley was named to the 2010 Pac-10 Media All-Conference team.
Oregon held its annual banquet on Feb. 28, and the Ducks issued a slew of awards for this year’s roster.
Senior guard Taylor Lilley was voted Team MVP for the second time in her career by her teammates. She was previously named team MVP following her sophomore season at the UO.
Senior guard Micaela Cocks was voted the Offensive Player of the Year after taking home Team MVP honors a year ago.
Sophomore guard Nia Jackson - who returned to the floor this season following her rehabilitation from an ACL injury - was named the Defensive Player of the Year.
Junior forward Victoria Kenyon was voted the team’s Most Improved Player.
Sophomore forward Amanda Johnson was given the team’s Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete Award, which honors athletic and academic abilities.
The Green and Gold Award went to junior forward Ellyce Ironmonger for contributions on and off the court.
OREGON WNIT HISTORY
Oregon has not appeared in the postseason since 2007, when the Ducks advanced to the third round of the WNIT before falling to Wyoming, 64-62, in Laramie. Oregon opened that WNIT appearance with a first-round bye, and then defeated UC Santa Barbara, 70-54, at Mac Court on March 17, 2007.
The Ducks also appeared in the WNIT in 2002, defeating Houston, 54-52, at Mac Court to seal the program’s only WNIT championship on March 27, 2002. Oregon knocked off the Cougars in front of 6,835 fans that day - the 12th largest crowd at Mac Court in women’s basketball history.
The Ducks overall WNIT record is 6-1, and the program is undefeated playing WNIT games at Mac Court.
Oregon also played in the National Women’s Invitational Tournament in 1989 and 1979. In ‘89, the Ducks defeated San Diego State, 67-64, in the championship game. In ‘79, UO defeated N. Kentucky, 81-72 in the consolation game.
With a win over New Mexico on Tuesday, the Ducks would move into the third round of the WNIT. Waiting for UO would be one of two options - two previous opponents to Oregon this season. With Utah’s win on the road at Saint Mary’s on Sunday in a first round game, the Utes now remain in the Bay Area to play at California on Tuesday. The winner of the Cal-Utah matchup will play Oregon in the third round with the game taking place on Thursday or Friday at a site to be determined.
This season, Oregon blew a 15-point second-half lead at Utah and suffered an 89-86 loss in overtime to the Utes on the road (Dec. 22). In its Pac-10 series with Cal, Oregon was swept by the Golden Bears. Cal defeated UO, 72-62, in Eugene on Jan. 21, and defended Haas Pavilion with a 79-73 victory on Feb. 20 in Berkeley, Calif.
OREGON’S CURRENT STATUS (RANKINGS AS OF 3/14)
• Oregon (17-15, 7-11) snapped its seven-game losing streak last week by advancing to the second round of the WNIT with a 95-66 first-round win over Eastern Washington. Prior to last Thursday’s win over the Eagles, the Ducks’ last win in 2010 was a 82-81 victory over Arizona State at McArthur Court on Feb. 13. • After leading the country in scoring the majority of the season, Oregon’s 81.8 points per game rank fourth, as Oral Roberts leads the nation averaging 86.1 ppg.
Other top-25 national marks for Oregon include:
Category Rank Number
Three-Point FG Per Game No. 8 8.3
• Oregon is averaging 81.8 points per game this season – close to a 25-point turnaround from last season’s average of 56.6 points per game.
• Taylor Lilley’s 3.6 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-10 and rank third in the nation. Chynna Bozeman of Morehead State leads the nation averaging 3.7 3-pointers per game (121 overall).
• Micaela Cocks’ 87.3 free-throw percentage ranks 15th in the nation.
A multitude of records have fallen this year, here is a quick recap:
- In Oregon’s 95-66 first-round WNIT win over Eastern Washington last Thursday, the Ducks hit six buckets from long distance - improving the team’s season total to 264. Not only is 264 a new Oregon single-season record, but a new Pac-10 record, eclipsing the mark of 258 set by Stanford in 2002. The Ducks 734 attempts is also a new conference record.
- At Cal on Feb. 20, Taylor Lilley knocked down four 3-pointers to reach 93 on the season, setting a new Pac-10 single-season record and surpassing the old record of 92 which Arizona’s Lisa Griffith had held since 1997.
- On Feb. 11, Lilley completed the trio of Oregon 3-point records by breaking the single-season record against Arizona, surpassing Jamie Craighead’s record of 81 set in 2001.
- On Jan. 30 at USC, Lilley broke an Oregon single-game record draining nine 3-pointers. The previous record of eight three-pointers in a single game was shared by Lilley - who tied it against Washington on New Year’s Day - Chelsea Wagner vs. Arizona on Feb. 9, 2006, and Jessica Schutt vs. Hawai’i on Nov. 26, 1993.
- Lilley’s nine from long distance also tied for the most 3-pointers scored by a player in a Pac-10 game. Stanford’s Lindsey Yamasaki is the only other player to accomplish the feat, draining nine vs. Washington on Feb. 24, 2001.
- Taylor Lilley’s 261 career 3-pointers have set a new program record. Her total also ranks third in the Pac-10 all-time standings. Lilley broke the record on Jan. 1, in a win over Washington, surpassing Missy Croshaw’s previous career record of 189 that was held for 16 years. Lilley’s 676 career 3-point attempts are also a new UO record, passing Brandi Davis’ mark of 535.
- Oregon has also knocked down 264 3-pointers as a team this season, breaking the previous mark of 194 set in 2002.
- On Jan. 16 at Arizona, the Ducks and Wildcats obliterated the previous record for the highest scoring game in women’s Pac-10 history. With Oregon on the losing end of a 119-112 decision, the 231 combined points bested the previous combo of 221 set by California (115) and USC (106) on March 10, 1989.
- Oregon’s 112 points were also the most scored by a losing team in Pac-10 history.
- Nicole Canepa’s career-high doubling 38 points scored at Arizona on Jan. 16, were the most an Oregon player has ever scored against a Pac-10 opponent. The mark also ties with Bev Smith and Debbie Adams for the UO single-game record.
- Oregon’s 119 points allowed at Arizona (Jan. 16) were the most the Ducks have ever surrendered. The previous record was 107 at Stanford on Feb. 25, 1989.
- On March 5 at Washington State, Oregon set a new single-game record for 3-point attempts with 36 in a 67-53 loss at Washington State.
JOHNSON NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN
Oregon sophomore forward Amanda Johnson was named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division second team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced on Feb. 23.
Johnson, who has a 4.0 gpa and is a double major in Psychology and Sociology, is scheduled to graduate following the 2010 spring semester, and is currently in the process of applying for graduate programs. She is on track to finish with a Master’s Degree at the end of her four years at the UO.
Senior guard Taylor Lilley now holds a trio of Oregon 3-point records with the single-game (9), single-season (115) and career marks (261) under her belt.
Lilley is also the first player in Pac-10 women’s basketball history to reach triple-digits for 3-pointers made in a single season with 115. That total ties for eighth in NCAA single-season history. Currently, Morehead State’s Chynna Bozeman is the only player in the nation with more 3-pointers than Lilley, leading the country with 121. Bozeman’s mark ranks fourth in NCAA single-season history. The NCAA single-season record of 126 is shared by Alabama State’s Lisa McMullen (1991) and Robert Morris’ Sade Logan (2008).
Currently, Lilley’s 1,369 career points rank fourth among active Pac-10 players and 10th all-time in UO history.
ALL IN THE BACKCOURT
Lilley isn’t the only senior guard on the brink of breaking records. Micaela Cocks has now played in 123 career games for the Ducks, a total that ties for second all-time with Andrea Bills.
Cocks is also now the 22nd player in UO women’s basketball history to reach 1,000 points, and currently her 1,185 career points total ranks 15th all-time at the UO.
Cocks is averaging a career-high 14.8 points per game, and her 166 career 3-pointers rank fifth all-time for Oregon and fifth among active players in the Pac-10.
The New Zealand native will also hold the best free-throw shooting percentage at UO when she leaves after managing an .861 (217-of-252) clip during her four-year tenure.
Oregon sophomore Nia Jackson’s healthy return has been vital for the Ducks this season.
With defenses focusing on Cocks and Lilley, head coach Paul Westhead is urging Jackson to get to the basket. She is averaging 10.8 points per game, while her 3.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game lead Oregon. In fact, Jackson’s 80 steals this season currently rank seventh in UO single-season history.