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USC In Town Saturday
Release Date: 02/11/2011
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    Oregon (12-11, 3-9) has lost five consecutive games heading into this Saturday’s 2 p.m. tip-off against USC (14-8, 6-5) at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks currently sit ninth in the Pac-10 standings with junior point guard Nia Jackson having missed UO’s last two games due to two knee injuries. The Trojans are currently tied for third in the conference standings with Arizona State as both programs have identical 6-5 league records.
USC at Oregon
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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 on Jan. 29.

    Saturday, Feb. 12
    Saturday will be Mothers & Daughters Day at Matt Arena as the Pink Zone celebration continues 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 ($2) 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.
    The Oregon Track Club will have a table set up at Saturday’s game on the concourse prior to tip-off with Oregon senior Brianne Theisen signing autographs. The OTC will hold a drawing for two tickets to the 2011 World Championship Trials, and the Oregon ticket office will be selling season ticket packages for the UO 2011 and 2012 seasons. If fans purchase both packages, they will be in the priority group for the 2012 Olympic Trials.

    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.

    A 15-0 UCLA run erased an early Oregon lead as the Ducks’ women’s basketball team fell to the ninth-ranked Bruins, 75-48, at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday night.
    The loss is the Ducks’ (12-11, 3-9 Pac-10) fifth-straight while the Bruins improve to 20-2 on the season and 10-1 in the Pac-10.
    With Nia Jackson missing her second-straight contest due to injury, the Bruins were able to bottle up Johnson, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds, both team highs. UCLA had two players score in double figures with Rebekah Gardner scoring 18 off the bench and Atonye Nyingifa pouring in 12. Markel Walker led all players with 13 rebounds.
    The Bruins shot 39.4 percent from the floor on the night while the Ducks struggled to the tune of 25.4 percent shooting. Oregon made 6-of-29 (20.7 percent) of its three-pointers compared to UCLA’s 1-of-9 (11.1 percent) mark from beyond the arc. The Bruins made 22-of-28 free throws (78.6 percent) while the Ducks made 12-of-16 (75 percent). UCLA held a 62-29 edge in rebounding and both offenses turned the ball over 15 times.

    USC enters Saturday’s game with a 6-5 conference record, tied for third in the league standings with Arizona State. The Trojans were victorious on Thursday night with a 70-51 win over the Beavers in Corvallis.
    Brianna Gilbreath (15.1 ppg; 7.6 rpg), Ashley Corral  (12.1 ppg) and Jacki Gemelos (11.5 ppg) spearhead USC’s offense as the Trojans are averaging 68.2 points per game.
    Junior point guard Nia Jackson will miss her third game on Saturday against USC with a left knee strain and right bruised knee.


    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-American 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 honored Amanda Johnson with the presentation of a 1,000th point ball. Johnson who leads the current Ducks with 1,046 career points, scored her 1,000th point on her first basket at Washington on Feb. 3 - a 3-pointer with 15:31 left in the first half.
    Johnson’s 1,046 career points rank 22nd all-time at Oregon.

•    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’s 48 points and 15 field goals made against UCLA on Thursday were both new season lows, and it was the Ducks’ lowest scoring total since scoring 43 points against Washington on March 12, 2009 at the Pac-10 Tournament. 
•    In Thursday night’s loss to No. 9 UCLA, for the first time since Feb. 28, 2009, not one Oregon player reached double-figures in scoring.
•     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 on Feb. 5, 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 and Pac-10 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 will miss her third straight game on Saturday, coping with a left knee sprain and a right knee bruise. Jackson missed her first game of the season on Feb. 5 at Washington State, but the Seattle native’s 17.0 points and 5.7 assists per game continue to lead the Pac-10.
    On Feb. 3 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 the Ducks’ game at Washington (Feb. 3) recorded the 1,000th point of her career at Oregon. Currently having scored 1,046 career points, Johnson  ranks 22nd all-time on the UO scoring chart. She is just the ninth player in UO history to  reach the 1,000th point threshold during her  junior year. Johnson is also the first junior to reach 1,000 points in her career since Shaquala Williams did so during the 2001-02 season.
     The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is currently averaging 16.4 points per (T-2nd Pac-10) and 8.2 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 three true freshmen: point guard Ariel Thomas, wing Deanna Weaver and forward Danielle Love into the starting lineup at Washington State on Feb. 5. 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 23 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 156 career steals tie for ninth with Taylor Lilley. 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.
•    Freshman point guard Ariel Thomas scored the 100th point of her career against ninth-ranked UCLA on Thursday.
•     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 23 games this season, either Amanda Johnson or Nia Jackson has led Oregon in scoring on 22 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 (16.4 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 14 times this season,  and has led UO in rebounding on 15 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).

    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 79.5 points per game to rank second in the Pac-10 and 13th in the country.
    The Ducks’ 8.2 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-10 and rank fifth 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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