Oregon State at Oregon LIVE COVERAGE
• Date: Saturday, Feb. 25
• Time: 2:00 PM
• Venue: Matthew Knight Arena
• TV: Comcast SportsNet Northwest; Terry Jonz & Jennie Leander
• Radio: KUGN 590 AM in Eugene/Springfield; Ryan Goff, play-by-play
• Webcast: O-Zone
• Live Audio: O-Zone • Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com
• Twitter: @OregonWBB for in-game updates, stats, etc
• vs. Oregon State: Oregon leads 59-28
GAME DAY PROMOTIONS
Senior Night Tickets - Saturday, Feb. 25
Senior Citizens enjoy $5 general admission tickets. The senior presentation to Oregon's three seniors: Jasmin Holliday, Nia Jackson and Amanda Johnson will begin at 1:50 p.m.
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.
Oregon returns to action at 2 p.m., Saturday hosting Oregon State at Matthew Knight Arena in the second round of the Civil War.
Saturday will also mark the final home game for seniors Jasmin Holliday, Nia Jackson and Amanda Johnson.
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.
• 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.
OREGON STATE NOTES
• Oregon State has won the last two meetings between the Ducks and Beavers - with both games taking place in Corvallis. On Saturday, an Oregon State win would mean the first time since Jan. 13, 1994 that OSU defeated Oregon in three consecutive meetings. It would also be Oregon State’s first win in Eugene since a 61-42 victory on Jan. 31, 2009.
• The last time Oregon State and Oregon met in Eugene, it was the first women’s basketball game at Matthew Knight Arena. Nia Jackson scored 24 points and Kristi Fallin came off the bench to hit five three-pointers to lead Oregon past Oregon State, 81-72, before a Pac-10 record crowd of 12,320 at Matt Arena on Jan. 23, 2011.
• Oregon State (17-9, 8-7) is currently tied for fifth in the league standings with UCLA, while the Ducks (14-13, 6-9) are in a three-way tie for seventh with Washington and Utah.
• Once again the battle between Oregon State and Oregon will be defense against offense. The Ducks rank second in the Pac-12 averaging 73.4 points per game, while the Beaver defense allows just 58.5 points per game - rating fifth in the league.
• Oregon and Oregon State each have two-sport athletes on the team as OSU freshman Arica Nassar is also on the volleyball team. Oregon freshman forward Liz Brenner was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman volleyball team this past fall. In addition, Brenner’s sister Mary Claire is also on the Oregon State softball squad. Brenner is a 2011 graduate of Jesuit High School, and played with Oregon State sophomores Jenna Dixon and Alyssa Martin.
THE FIRST MEETING
The first round of the Civil War was won by the Oregon State defense, as the Beavers dominated the final four minutes of play in a 67-60 victory on Jan. 28 at Gill Coliseum.
Oregon led by as many as eight in the second half, and held a slim 57-53 advantage after an Amanda Johnson bucket with 3:51 to play. But Johnson’s basket would be the Ducks’ last score until a Jordan Loera three-pointer with 28 seconds left as Oregon trailed 64-60.
During Oregon State’s 11-0 run, the Beavers knocked down three three-pointers, as Ali Gibson scored the final dagger with 1:46 left on the clock to put Oregon State ahead 62-57.
The Ducks were led by Johnson’s 16 points and eight rebounds, as the senior returned to the floor for the first time since breaking her left thumb at Denver on Dec. 11, and missing 11 consecutive games.
LAST TIME OUT
The University of Oregon women’s basketball team could not sustain the pressure from No. 3 Stanford as the Ducks fell to the Cardinal, 81-46, on Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
Leading 42-20 at halftime, Stanford didn’t let up in the second half.
A blazing start had Stanford in cruise control all day. Back-to-back three-pointers by Toni Kokenis and Joslyn Tinkle gave the Cardinal an 8-0 lead after just 75 seconds. Oregon, meanwhile, missed its first seven shots and trailed 13-1 before senior Amanda Johnson scored the Ducks’ first basket at the 15:25 mark.
The Ducks shot just 25 percent (8-of-32) in the first half.
Nia Jackson scored nine points to lead Oregon, which was held to a season low in points.
Game Notes: Oregon had season lows in points (46), field goals (16 - tie), 3-point field goals (4 - tie) and steals (2)...last Saturday marked the first time all season that the Ducks have not had a player record double figures in the scoring column.
NATIONAL TOP 25
Oregon entered the week ranking second in the Pac-12 and 22nd in the nation averaging 73.4 points per game. Notre Dame leads the country scoring 81.9 points per game.
The Ducks’ 7.7 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-12 and rank ninth in the nation.
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 6-11 and average just 69.5 points per game, and attempt 65.9 field goal attempts per game.
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 73.4 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 7.7 three-pointers per game rank first in the Pac-12 and ninth 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.
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.
• Oregon has recorded six wins by 10 points or more.
• Oregon’s roster has totaled 80 occasions of players scoring in double figures led by Jasmin Holliday (20).
• The Ducks have also posted 16 double-figure rebounding efforts led by Amanda Johnson (8).
• Oregon has recorded nine games with 10 or more three-pointers.
• The Ducks have not surrendered a lead to an opponent in five games this season, and Oregon has overcome a double-digit deficit on three occasions.
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 Liz Brenner leads the class in scoring (6.3 ppg) and also leads the freshman with 6.1 rebounds per game.
On 12 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 253 long-distance shots as opponents are shooting 34.7 percent from 3-point range.
Currently each of Oregon’s three seniors rank in the conference’s currently active top-15 scorers: Amanda Johnson (1,456, 5th), Nia Jackson (998, 11th) and Jasmin Holliday (934, 12th).
Johnson’s 855 career rebounds rank second among active Pac-12 players, and 27th all-time in conference history. Holliday’s 664 career boards rank sixth among active Pac-12 players.
Johnson’s 160 three-pointers rank third, while Jackson’s 351 assists rank second.
All three list in the steals category as Jackson’s 201 steals rank third followed by Johnson’s 187 at fifth and Holliday’s 179 at sixth.
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 13.7 points per game. Holliday has led Oregon in scoring on eight occasions, and has led the Ducks on the boards a team-best 13 times.
She leads the team with 20 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.
JOHNSON ON FIRE
After missing 11 games with a fractured thumb, senior Amanda Johnson has returned to the floor and is averaging 19.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game while shooting 46.3 percent this year.
Five of Oregon’s top-six scoring games belong to Johnson as the Santa Rosa, Calif., native has recorded eight double-doubles and seven 20-point games while leading UO in scoring on 11 occasions.
Johnson’s career numbers include; 1,456 points (7th), 855 rebounds (5th), 160 three-pointers (6th), 187 steals (5th), 28 double-doubles (T-5th), 71 double-figure scoring games (9th), three 30-point games, 21 20-point games, 38 times leading the club in scoring and 67 occasions leading the team in rebounding.
Johnson is currently a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Oregon senior Amanda Johnson was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Women’s Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced on Feb. 23.
A graduate student who is pursuing her Master’s degree in counseling psychology and human services, Johnson has a 4.16 G.P.A., and was a first team selection last season after earning second team honors in 2010.
Johnson is the only student-athlete in the history of the Oregon women’s basketball program to earn the honor three times, and is the second UO women’s basketball player, following Stefanie Kasperski, to receive first team honors in back-to-back years.
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.
Jackson is averaging 9.2 points and a team-leading 3.7 assists per game. Jackson’s 201 career steals rank third all-time at Oregon, and her 353 career assists rank ninth. Jackson has delivered at least six assists on six occasions this year. Jackson is also closing in on reaching a career 1,000-point total with 998 points.
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 6.3 points and 6.1 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.
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 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
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, but missed the first three games of the season with Achilles trouble.
Thomas is producing numbers across the board averaging 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.
Sophomore Danielle Love has recorded three new career scoring highs this year, and is averaging 6.4 points and 5.4 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 2.8 points per game, and is also second on the team with 54 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 6.1 points per game, and leads the Ducks with 42 three-pointers. In a loss to California on Feb. 16, Loera set the freshman single-season three-point record, knocking down two to bring her rookie total to 41. Loera also has the chance to become the first freshman to lead UO in three-pointers since Taylor 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 point guard. 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 4.4 points per game, and on Feb. 16 delivered a career-best six assists in Oregon’s loss to Cal.
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 14 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 2.8 rebounds per game.