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Oregon Weekly WBB Release - Week 14
Release Date: 02/08/2011
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    Oregon (12-10, 3-8) has lost four in a row heading into this weekend. The Ducks host No. 9 UCLA (19-2, 9-1) with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, while USC is scheduled to make its first appearance at Matthew Knight Arena at 2 p.m., Saturday.

#9 UCLA at Oregon
TV: None
Live Video: O-Zone on; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
Radio: 95.3 KUJZ - The Score; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
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USC at Oregon
TV: OSN on Comcast SportsNet Northwest; Talent: Joe Giansante & Jennie Leander
Live Video: O-Zone on
Radio: 95.3 KUJZ - The Score; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
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    In honor of Oregon’s inaugural season at Matthew Knight Arena, the women’s basketball team will be offering $2 general admission tickets for the final two Saturday home games of the season.
    Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE, calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT, or in person at the Casanova Center Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game at the Matthew Knight Arena ticket windows 90 minutes prior to the game.
    Oregon broke the Pac-10 attendance record on Jan. 23 as 12,320 fans came to watch the Ducks defeat Oregon State in Civil War action. In the second $2 Saturday at Matt Arena, 4,011 spectators watched Oregon host California.

    Oregon returns to Eugene on Thursday to host UCLA at Matthew Knight Arena. Scheduled for a 7 p.m. tip-off, Oregon will begin its Pink Zone weekend, supporting the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association initiative to raise awareness for breast cancer. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to both games this weekend.  The Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center will be in attendance to accept donations and raise community awareness.
    Thursday, Feb. 10
    It will also be Greek Night at Matthew Knight Arena, and all members of the University of Oregon Greek Community are invited to attend the game on Thursday. The fraternity or sorority with the most members in attendance will receive a tour of Matthew Knight Arena. The house that is best represented in pink attire will win an Oregon prize pack.
    In addition, 100 free pizzas will be distributed to the student section at halftime.
    Oregon will also host Faculty Appreciation Night on Thursday, and UO faculty and staff will receive free admission to the game by showing their UO ID card at the Matthew Knight Arena Ticket Window. Chamber of Commerce Night: Eugene & Springfield Chamber of commerce members are able to purchase reserved tickets for only $5.
    Saturday, Feb. 12
    Saturday, Feb. 12 will be Mothers & Daughters Day at the arena as the Pink Zone celebration will continue with the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center raffling off a gift basket of WBB Pink Zone merchandise. Fans are asked to wear pink, and an adult can purchase a general admission ticket and receive a child’s general admission ticket for free to watch the Ducks play USC with tip-off scheduled for 2 p.m.
    At halftime the Becky Sisley Award will be awarded to former women’s tennis player Helen (Zich) Higgins (1985-88), and all alumni in attendance will be honored as part of alumni weekend.


    Tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE, calling 1-800-WEB-FOOT, or in person at the Casanova Center Ticket Office. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the game at the Matthew Knight Arena ticket windows 90 minutes prior to the game.

    Washington State drained a program-record 15 three-pointers on Saturday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum as the Cougars lived by the long ball en route to a 96-90 victory over Oregon.
    The Ducks (12-10, 3-8) were without two crucial components of their lineup as Nia Jackson missed her first game of the season due to pain in her left knee, while freshman Deanna Weaver left the game with 16:48 remaining in the first half after a left ankle sprain spoiled her first career start.
    In place of Jackson, freshman guard Ariel Thomas produced her best game in an Oregon uniform thus far, scoring a career-high 19 points while matching career-high dishing an Oregon-high six assists.
    The Ducks, now on a four-game losing streak, shook up their starting lineup at WSU with Ariel Thomas, Tatianna Thomas, Deanna Weaver, Amanda Johnson and Danielle Love composing the starting five.
    The Cougars (7-16, 5-6) shot a season-best .652 (15-of-23) from 3-point range, as the Ducks despite hitting nine second-half 3-pointers, shot only 27.5 percent (11-of-40) from long distance for the game. In the past three games between the two programs, Washington State and Oregon have fired up a combined 183 three-pointers.
    Amanda Johnson led the Ducks with 22 points and nine rebounds, recording her eighth 20-point effort of the year. After missing Thursday night’s game at Washington due to a sprained ankle, senior Kristi Fallin returned to the floor and poured in 13 points, knocking down 4-of-9 three-pointers.

    At 19-2 overall, the Bruins are off to their best start to a season since the 1976-77 squad began with 20 wins in the first 22 contests. The 9-1 start in Pac-10 play is UCLA’s best since it opened the 1998-99 Pac-10 schedule with a 9-0 record and went on to go 10-1.
    UCLA is led by Darxia Morris (13.0 ppg) and Jasmine Dixon (12.6 ppg; 7.1 rpg). The Bruins began the week ranked amongst the nation’s top 50 in eight team categories-steals (9th-13.0), turnover margin (T12th-6.0), fg% (19th-.452), rebounding margin (23rd-6.8), scoring defense (31st-55.2), scoring margin (33rd-11.8), assists (47th-15.2), and assist/turnover ratio (47th-0.91).
    Junior point guard Nia Jackson missed her first game of the season last Saturday at Washington State due to a left knee strain and a right bruised knee. Jackson is currently day-to-day. Freshman forward Deanna Weaver suffered a sprained left ankle in the first minutes of Saturday’s loss at WSU, and was lost for the remainder of the game. Weaver is expected to be available for this weekend’s games with No. 9 UCLA and USC.

    Oregon junior forward Amanda Johnson was named to the 2011 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VIII First Team, it was announced by the Academic All-America® Committee on Feb. 3.
    Johnson, who currently has a 4.09 gpa, will now be eligible for Academic All-America consideration. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is currently enrolled in graduate school and is pursuing a master’s in couples and family therapy.
    The starting forward earned her undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude and graduated in the top two percent of her class with a 3.97 gpa and a double major in psychology and sociology following the summer of 2010.
    This is Johnson’s second year receiving the honor, as she was named a 2010 CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America on Feb. 23, 2010, after being named to the Academic All-District VIII First Team. Johnson was the first women’s basketball player to earn the honor since Stefanie Kasperski in 1990.

    Prior to tip-off on Thursday night, the Ducks will honor Amanda Johnson with the presentation of a 1,000th point ball. Johnson who leads the Ducks with 1,037 career points, scored her 1,000th point on her first basket at Washington last Thursday - a 3-pointer with 15:31 left in the first half.

•    On Jan. 23, Oregon set a Pac-10 record as 12,320 fans packed Matthew Knight Arena to watch the first women’s game at  UO’s newest venue. The Ducks proved victorious with an 81-72 Civil War win over Oregon State.
•     The Oregon women said goodbye to Mac Court with an all-time record of 338-127. The Ducks defeated Washington, 68-64, in front of a then season-best crowd of 2,854 at The Pit on Jan. 8 , 2011.
•     Oregon has lost six consecutive road games and has yet to win a Pac-10 game away from home. The Ducks last road win was Dec. 21 at Santa Clara.
•    The Ducks are now 0-8 when allowing an opponent to score 80 points or more.
•    On three occasions this season, the Ducks have allowed a halftime lead to slip away in Pac-10 Conference play. Oregon let a seven-point evaporate at USC (Jan. 13), a two-point edge crumble against California (Jan. 29), before being clipped after leading by seven at the break at Washington (Feb. 3).
•    At Washington State last Saturday, Oregon attempted a program and Pac-10 record 40 three-pointers, while the teams combined to knock down 26 three-pointers - a new UO single-game record.
•    Oregon tied a program single-game record and knocked down a season-best 15 three-pointers in its 79-76 loss at USC on Jan. 13.
•     Oregon set a new single-game record with 75 rebounds against Sacramento State on Nov. 28, 2010.
•    The Ducks also set a new record with 34 offensive rebounds in the season opener against Western Oregon on Nov. 13, 2010.

    Oregon junior point guard Nia Jackson is day-to-day, coping with a left knee sprain and a right knee bruise. Jackson missed her first game of the season on Saturday at Washington State, but the Seattle native’s 17.0 points and 5.7 assists per game continue to lead the Pac-10.
    Last Thursday after scoring a game-high 22 points at Washington, Jackson recorded her 20th double-figure scoring game of the season (40th career). Jackson’s 22-point effort was her eighth 20-point game of the season and the 10th of her career.

    Junior forward Amanda Johnson’s 3-pointer at the 15:30 mark of Thursday’s game at Washington recorded the 1,000 point of her career at Oregon. Currently having scored 1,037 career points, Johnson is the 23rd student-athlete to join the Oregon women’s basketball 1,000-point club, and just the ninth player in UO history to complete the feat in their junior year. Johnson is the first junior to reach 1,000 points in her career since Shaquala Williams did so during the 2001-02 season.
    Johnson averaged 19.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game last week in Washington. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is currently averaging 16.7 points per (2nd Pac-10) and 8.3 rebounds (3rd Pac-10) per game.

    After using the same starting lineup for the first 21 games of the season, head coach Paul Westhead changed things up inserting his three true freshmen: point guard Ariel Thomas, wing Deanna Weaver and forward Danielle Love into the starting lineup at Washington State on Saturday. Also making her first start of the season was senior Tatianna Thomas, while junior forward Amanda Johnson is now the only player on the roster to have started all 22 games.

•     In addition to joining the 1,000-point club, Amanda Johnson has cracked three different all-time top-10 statistical categories at Oregon. Johnson’s 113 career 3-pointers rank eighth all-time, while her 155 career steals rank 10th. Johnson’s 18 career double-doubles rank seventh.
•     Oregon junior guard Nia Jackson scored the 700th point of her career in Oregon’s Jan. 23, 81-72 victory over Oregon State.
•    Kristi Fallin’s 5-of-6 performance from three-point range (.833) in the Jan. 23 win over Oregon State tied for sixth in UO single-game history.
•    Jasmin Holliday and Victoria Kenyon each scored the 500th points of their respective careers at UCLA on Jan. 15, while freshman Deanna Weaver recorded the 100th point of her young career against the Bruins.
•     Nia Jackson became the first Oregon player since Corrie Mizusawa (Feb. 5, 2005) to record double figures in assists when she posted the first double-double of her career with 17 points and a career-best 11 assists in Oregon’s Dec. 19, 100-71 win at Saint Mary’s. The Seattle native did it again on Jan. 13 with a season-high 25 points and 11 assists at USC.

    In 22 games this season, either Amanda Johnson or Nia Jackson has led Oregon in scoring on 21 of those occasions. Kristi Fallin’s 26-point effort against Sacramento State on Nov. 28, is the only exception.
    Currently Jackson (17.0 ppg) and Johnson (16.7 ppg) rank No. 1 and No. 2 in Pac-10 scoring, respectively, as no other Duck is averaging double figures.
    Johnson has led Oregon in scoring 13 times this season,  and has led UO in rebounding on 14 occasions as well, while Jackson has led Oregon in scoring eight times and has topped the assist category for UO 18 times.

•    Junior guard Nia Jackson leads the Pac-10 in scoring (17.0 ppg), assists (5.7 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9).
•    Senior forward Victoria Kenyon leads the Pac-10 shooting .448 (26-of-58) from 3-point range.

    The Ducks are using their full-court pressure defense and up-tempo offense to disrupt opponents. Currently Oregon is forcing opponents into 22.9 turnovers per game, while the Ducks are second in the Pac-10 and 14th in the country averaging 12.5 steals per game.

    Oregon has reached triple digits in scoring three times this season, and has scored over 80 points on 11 occasions. The Ducks are currently averaging 80.9 points per game to lead the Pac-10 and rank eighth in the country.
    The Ducks’ 8.3 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-10 and rank third in the nation.

    Two members of the Oregon women’s basketball team have received Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this year.
     Junior forward Amanda Johnson was named Pac-10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week on Nov. 29, after helping Oregon to a 3-1 record. Johnson was voted the Oregon Invitational’s Most Valuable Player, and led the Ducks in scoring (20.5 ppg), rebounding (10.8 rpg), steals (15) and blocks (6) during UO’s four games from Nov. 22-28.
    Junior point guard Nia Jackson was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Jan. 10, after leading the Ducks to a sweep of the Washington schools, averaging 22.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 5.0 steals per game. Jackson was also named to the Oregon Invitational all-tournament team.

     Junior Amanda Johnson returns as one of Oregon’s most experienced student-athletes, leading the returners in several career categories; points, scoring average, field goals made, 3-point field goals made, rebounds and steals.
    Off the court last season, Johnson flourished in the classroom, becoming the first Oregon women’s basketball player since 1990 to be named to the 2009-10 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® University Division second team. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native, was also named to the Pac-10 All-Academic First Team, and was awarded the Doyle Higdon Memorial Trophy, given annually to a University of Oregon sophomore for excellence in athletics, scholarship and citizenship.
    During the summer, Johnson was awarded her undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude, graduating in the top two percent of her class with a double major in psychology and sociology. She is now pursuing her master’s in couples and family therapy.
    On the court last year, Johnson was named Pac-10 Honorable Mention after averaging 12.7 points per game with a team-leading (3rd Pac-10) 8.5 rebounds per game. Her 290 total rebounds tied for ninth in Oregon’s single-season record book, and she also finished the season with 11 double-doubles, 24 double-figure scoring games and five 20-point efforts.

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