Oregon (13-10, 5-6 Pac-12) had to fight back to overcome a 34-26 halftime deficit, but it was trips to the charity stripe for the second straight game that secured the victory for the Ducks.
UO went ahead for the game on a three-pointer by Johnson at 12:18, but five times the Buffs (15-7, 4-7 Pac-12) were able to climb back into the game by cutting the Oregon lead down to less than five.
After that trey by Johnson, the Ducks unloaded on a 14-4 run culminated by another long-range three by Johnson to put Oregon up by 10 with a little over five minutes to play.
With 51seconds left and the game sitting at 60-58, the Ducks went 7-of-8 from the free throw line to close out the game. Freshman Liz Brenner had three of the makes, while senior Nia Jackson and Johnson combined for the other four makes.
Oregon opened up the second half on a 13-0 run after ending the first 20 minutes of play on a 5-0 run. The 18 consecutive Duck points turned a 34-21 deficit into a 39-34 lead. The Buffalos finally ended their nine minute scoring drought when Danielle Love fouled Chucky Jeffery, who converted two free throws at the 14:21 mark for the Buffs' first points of the half.
Johnson's 26 points were highlighted by a
career-high 11-of-12 performance at the free throw line. Ariel Thomas added 13
points and Jasmin Holliday supplied the Ducks with 11 points and a career-high
five blocks. Jeffery and LexyKrsel paced Colorado with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
The Ducks turned the ball over 10 times in the first 20 minutes as the Buffs took advantage to score eight points off UO's miscues.
Oregon shot 34.8 percent (8-23) from the floor in the first half, and the Ducks were held without a field goal for nearly seven minutes (12:18 - 5:26).
The Ducks are back out on the road next week traveling to Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Saturday.
The Ducks will be back at Matt Arena on Thursday, Feb. 16, welcoming California for a 7 p.m. game.
Notes: Oregon swept its first conference weekend since defeating Washington State and Washington on Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, 2011 at Mac Court...the Ducks have won back-to-back games for the first time since defeating UC Irvine (Nov. 25) and Nicholls State (Nov. 27)..Oregon's 13 wins match the 2010-11 season total, and the Ducks' five league wins surpass last year's four conference victories...Saturday's crowd of 2,663 was the largest to watch an Oregon women's basketball game at Matt Arena this season...the Ducks 28 made free throws set a new season best...Amanda Johnson recorded the 19th 20-point game of her career (fifth season), and Johnson's 23 points in the second half were the most in any half by an Oregon player this season...Amanda Johnson's 11 made free throws were a new career high...Jasmin Holliday recorded her team-leading 18th double-figure scoring game of the year...Danielle Love was just the third Oregon player to foul out this season...Jasmin Holliday's five rejects were a career high and the most by a Duck this season.