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Oregon Weekly WBB Release - Week 15
Release Date: 02/16/2011
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    Oregon (12-12, 3-10) begins a three-game road stretch with a single game this Saturday. The Ducks, currently ninth in the Pac-10 standings, will travel to Corvallis to play Oregon State (8-16, 1-12) in the second round of Civil War action. The Beavers are currently 10th in the conference standings.
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    In honor of Oregon’s inaugural season at Matthew Knight Arena, the women’s basketball team will offer $2 general admission tickets for the final Saturday home game of the season as the Ducks celebrate senior day  and host Arizona at 2 p.m.
    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 play. In Oregon’s last two Saturday games, the Ducks have averaged 4,276 fans in attendance.


    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.

    In a game that featured several runs on both sides, a 19-0 surge by USC was the difference as the Oregon women’s basketball team fell to the Trojans, 85-63, at Matthew Knight Arena last Saturday.
    The Ducks (12-12, 3-10 Pac-10) had three players score in double figures, led by Ariel Thomas’ 16 points. Amanda Johnson and Deanna Weaver each tallied 15 points, and Johnson tied freshman Danielle Love with a game-high eight rebounds.
    USC (15-8, 7-5 Pac-10) had four players in double figure scoring with Jacki Gemelos scoring 18, Ashley Corral tallying 16, Cassie Harberts pouring in 15 and Brianna Gilbreath recording a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
    The Trojans’ second half surge was fueled by 51.4 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes.
    Despite the inside production from USC, the Ducks were able to erase an early seven-point deficit in the second half on the strength of an 11-0 run. The surge gave Oregon a 46-42 lead, but then USC answered back with nine straight points to go up 51-46.


    Oregon State won its first Pac-10 game of the season, defeating Washington 51- 46 in Seattle on Feb. 5.
    The Beavers are averaging 55.3 points per game, and are holding opponents to 57.0 ppg.
    Oregon will look to sweep the regular season series with the Beavers for the second year in a row having won the last three meetings between the two squads.
    Junior point guard Nia Jackson is still day-to-day with a left knee strain and a right knee bruise.

    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.

•    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.
•     Heading into Saturday’s game at Oregon State, the Ducks have lost six consecutive road games and have 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 0-9 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 advantage 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 Oregon single-game record with 34 offensive rebounds in the season opener against Western Oregon on Nov. 13, 2010.

    Oregon junior point guard Nia Jackson has missed the Ducks last three games and is currently day-to-day, 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 on Feb. 3, recorded the 1,000th point of her career at Oregon. Currently having scored 1,061 career points, Johnson  ranks 21st 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 16.3 points per (3rd 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 24 games.
    Over the last three games, Ariel Thomas is averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 assists per game, while Weaver is averaging 7.3 points and 1.3 three-pointers per contest. Love is contributing 4.3 points and 5.7 boards per game.

•     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 114 career 3-pointers rank eighth all-time, while her 158 career steals rank ninth. Johnson’s 18 career double-doubles list seventh.
•     Oregon junior guard Nia Jackson scored the 700th point of her career in Oregon’s  81-72 victory over Oregon State on Jan. 23.
•    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 Feb. 10.
•     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 24 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, and Ariel Thomas’ 16-point effort against USC on Feb. 12 are the only exceptions.
    Currently Jackson (17.0 ppg) and Johnson (16.3 ppg) rank No. 1 and No. 3 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 16 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 78.8 points per game to rank second in the Pac-10 and 14th in the country.
    The Ducks’ 8.3 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-10 and rank fourth 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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