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Hot-Shooting Second Half Defeats Cougars
Release Date: 02/11/2012
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PULLMAN, Wash. – Amanda Johnson’s 18 second-half points helped Oregon put together a hot-shooting second half as the Ducks left Beasley Coliseum with a 67-62 victory over Washington State.

The Cougars (10-15, 4-9) led for the majority of the game until Oregon (14-11, 6-7) claimed its first lead, 58-56, on a Johnson three-pointer from the top of the arc with 4:05 to play as Laura Stanulis provided the dish. Johnson later knocked down two free throws as UO then led 60-56, but Rosetta Adzasu’s third three-pointer of the game cut WSU’s deficit with 2:08 to play.

Washington State would reclaim the lead, 61-60, with 1:31 left on the clock on a Carly Noyes jumper, but another Johnson trey gave the Ducks the lead for good, 63-61, as just one minute remained.

Two offensive rebounds for WSU and an Oregon foul sent Sage Romberg to the line, but the sophomore made 1-of-2 attempts and Nia Jackson was fouled, knocking down both of her freebies to give Oregon a 65-62 lead with 33 seconds to go. Johnson then hit two more free throws for Oregon to clinch the win with 10 seconds left.

Johnson led Oregon in scoring for the fifth straight game with a game-high 23 points and knocking down four three-pointers. Ariel Thomas added 13 points for the Ducks with three treys, while Jasmin Holliday poured in 12 points and eight rebounds.

Nia Jackson led Oregon with six assists, the sixth time she has totaled at least six assists this season.

Noyes led Washington State with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Adzasu added 11 points and three three-pointers.

The Ducks shot 36.1 percent from the floor, including a 46.2 percent (12-of-26) effort in the second half. The Cougars held a 49-35 rebounding advantage.

Oregon trailed by as many as nine in the second half and with 13:24 to play, Washington State still held a 37-46 advantage. A 9-2 run that contained five points from Thomas on a three-pointer and fastbreak lay-up, pulled Oregon within 48-46 with 11:15 left to play.

Washington State knocked down six three-pointers in the first half and took a 36-27 lead into the locker room at halftime.

Oregon had another cold-shooting effort in the first 20 minutes, as the Ducks shot 28.6 percent (10-of-35) from the floor and were outrebounded 27-19.

Washington State jumped out to a 9-0 lead, knocking down three three-pointers as the Cougars held Oregon scoreless until Holliday knocked down a jumper with 15:54 remaining in the first.

Holliday scored Oregon’s first nine points of the game as Oregon closed 11-9 with 12:51 to play, but the Cougars staged an 8-0 run before Weaver knocked down a long-distance shot with 9:15 remaining in the first.

The Ducks return to Matthew Knight Arena at 7 p.m., Thursday to host California.

Notes: Washington State was without senior guard April Cook, who missed the game with a sore back…the Cougars started the game with a 9-0 lead on three three-pointers, and held Oregon scoreless until a Jasmin Holliday jumper at the 15:54 mark…Deanna Weaver’s three-pointer at the 9:15 mark was the first basket from an Oregon player other than Jasmin Holliday….Amanda Johnson moved into seventh place on Oregon’s all-time scoring list with 1,437 career points…Oregon’s win was its first in Pullman since Jan. 17, 2009…Oregon recorded 10 three-pointers for the eighth time this season and erased a double-digit deficit for the third time this season after trailing 14 points in the first half…Amanda Johnson led the Ducks with 23 points for the five consecutive game and recorded the 21st 20-point game of her career.

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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.

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