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Oregon WBB Weekly Release: Colorado
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 02/03/2012
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Colorado at Oregon LIVE COVERAGE

• Date: Saturday, Feb. 4

• Time: 2:00 PM

• Venue: Matthew Knight Arena

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

• Webcast:
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• vs. Colorado: Oregon leads 8-3

GAME DAY PROMOTIONS

Colorado, Feb. 4 - Youth Day & National Girls & Women in Sports Day
Youth $1GA & Adults $3GA! Pregame fan-fest/autograph signing with the Oregon women’s teams.

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.

THIS WEEK
Currently in a three-way tie with Colorado and Washington State for seventh in the Pac-12 standings, the Ducks have a chance to pass the Buffs with a 2 p.m. match up at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday.

Saturday’s game will mark the 12th meeting between the two programs, but the first with Colorado as a member of the Pac-12.

PROMOTIONS
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.

National Girls & Women in Sports Day
As Oregon welcomes Pac-12 newcomer Colorado at 2 p.m., Saturday, to Matthew Knight Arena, the Ducks will host a pre-game celebration for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

Tickets to Saturday’s contest are $3 for adult general admission and just $1 for youth ages 12 and under. To purchase tickets click HERE.

At 1 p.m., when the Matthew Knight Arena doors open to the public, student-athletes from the lacrosse, softball, soccer, track and field, acrobatics and tumbling and volleyball programs will be hosting activities and games for all youth in attendance as well as signing autographs inside the practice courts on the concourse level.

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.

ALL-STATE REMATCH
Saturday’s game against the Buffs will feature a rematch between Colorado’s Jen Reese and Oregon’s Liz Brenner. A year ago, the pair were both named to the Oregon Class 6A All-State team with Brenner taking player of the year honors.

Reese, a 2011 graduate of Clackamas High School, and Brenner, a 2011 graduate Jesuit High School, met at the Rose Garden on March 12, 2011 in the Oregon Class 6A state championship game. Brenner led Jesuit to an upset of No. 1 Clackamas for the Crusaders’ first girls basketball state championship with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a 42-39 win.

COLORADO NOTES
• Colorado opened its season 12-0 before suffering its first loss at Washington on Jan. 5. The Buffs are 4-6 in the Pac-12, tied with Oregon and Washington for seventh in the conference standings.

• Chucky Jeffery leads Colorado averaging 15.0 points and 4.0 assists per game.

• Colorado ranks third in the conference with a +6.5 rebounding margin. The Ducks currently rank last in the league with a -1.8 rebounding margin. The Buffs average 63.0 points per game, and hold opponents to 57.5 points per game.

• Oregon holds an 8-3 advantage in the all-time series against Colorado. The two teams last met on Dec. 9, 2006 at the Pape’ Jam. In that meeting, Eleanor Haring had 18 points and eight rebounds to help Oregon defeat Colorado 70-60 at the Rose Garden. Kaela Chapdelaine added 16 points for the Ducks.

• The last time the Buffs were in Eugene, Oregon defeated Colorado, 90-58, in front of 5,861 at Mac Court. Shaquala Williams led Oregon with 17 points in that game. Current assistant coach Dan Muscatell was in his second year as an assistant at Oregon for that game against the Buffs.

LAST TIME OUT

Oregon 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 on Thursday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Ducks placed three in double digits with Johnson and Nia Jackson leading the way with 19 points apiece. Johnson secured her seventh double-double, in just her second game after coming back from a fractured thumb, with 12 rebounds, including nine on the defensive end. Freshman Liz Brenner chipped in 10 points and eight boards in the winning effort.

Game Notes: Oregon led 12-1 and held Utah without a field goal until a Taryn Wicijowski inside bucket with 15:01 remaining in the first ...Amanda Johnson recorded her seventh double-double of the season and 27th of her career ....Johnson’s 67 double-figure scoring games tie for 10th all-time with Andrea Bills (2002-05)...Nia Jackson tied a season high with 19 points...Utah was the 11th Oregon opponent this season to knock down at least 10 three-pointers...Oregon rebounding advantage of 17 was its largest of the year.

NATIONAL TOP 25
Oregon ranks second in the Pac-12 and 14th in the nation averaging 75.5 points per game. Notre Dame leads the country scoring 83.3 points per game.

The Ducks’ 7.6 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-12 and rank 10th in the nation, while UO’s 10.9 steals per game lead the league.

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 4-8 and average just 71.8 points per game, and attempt 67.9 field goal attempts per game.

PLAYING FAST

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 75.5 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 7.6 three-pointers per game rank first in the Pac-12 and 10th 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.  The Ducks have also posted a 4-2 record in games decided by four points or less.

• Oregon’s roster has totaled 69 occasions of players scoring in double figures led by Jasmin Holliday (17).

• The Ducks have also posted 15 double-figure rebounding efforts led by Amanda Johnson (7).

• Oregon has recorded seven games with 10 or more three-pointers.

• The Ducks have not surrendered a lead to an opponent in five games this season.

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 Jordan Loera leads the class in scoring (7.1 ppg), and also leads the entire team with 39 three-pointers on the season.

TREY TROUBLE
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 213 long-distance shots as opponents are shooting 35.2 percent from 3-point range.

SENIOR TRIO
Currently each of Oregon’s three seniors rank in the conference’s currently active top-15 scorers: Amanda Johnson (1,362, 5th), Nia Jackson (967, 9th) and Jasmin Holliday (884, 13th).

Johnson’s 817 career rebounds rank second among active Pac-12 players, and 30th all-time in conference history. Holliday’s 636 career boards rank sixth among active Pac-12 players.

Johnson’s 146 three-pointers rank third, while Jackson’s 335 assists rank second.

All three list in the steals category as Jackson’s 193 steals rank third followed by Johnson’s 182 at fifth and Holliday’s 176 at sixth.

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 14.5 points per game. Holliday has led Oregon in scoring on seven occasions, and has led the Ducks on the boards a team-best 11 times.

She leads the team with 17 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. Most recently, she led the Ducks with 21 points and 13 rebounds in an 82-63 victory at UCLA on Jan. 21.

JOHNSON ON FIRE
After missing 11 games with a fractured thumb, senior Amanda Johnson has returned to the floor and is averaging 17.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game in her last two games back from injury.

In 11 games played this season, Johnson has recorded seven double-doubles, including a 19-point, 12-rebound performance in Thursday night’s 72-67 victory over Utah.

Johnson’s career numbers include; 1,362 points (11th), 817 rebounds (8th), 146 three-pointers (6th), 182 steals (6th), 27 double-doubles (7th), 67 double-figure scoring games (T-10th), three 30-point games, 18 20-point games, 35 times leading the club in scoring and 64 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.

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.

Currently Jackson is averaging 10.0 points and a team-leading 3.8 assists per game. Jackson’s 193 career steals rank fourth all-time at Oregon, and her 335 career assists rank ninth. Jackson has delivered at least six assists on five occasions this year.

Jackson is also closing in on reaching a career 1,000-point total with 967 points.

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 6.4 points and 6.0 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.  In Oregon’s last four games, Brenner is averaging 11.0 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

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 7.5 points and 4.9 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, 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 8.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

MAJOR MINUTES
Sophomore Danielle Love is the one player head coach Paul Westhead can’t take out of the game as she is playing a team-best 31.2 minutes per game.

The Everett, Wash., native has recorded three new career scoring highs this year, and is averaging 7.1 points and 5.8 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 3.3 points per game, and is also second on the team with 48 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 7.1 points per game, and leads the Ducks with 39 three-pointers. Her three-point total also leads all freshmen in the Pac-12, and 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 5.0 points per game.

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 12 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.



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