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Oregon Weekly WBB Release - Week 17
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/02/2011
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THIS WEEK
    Oregon heads into the final weekend of Pac-10 play sitting at No. 9 in the conference standings. The Ducks host Arizona State and Arizona at Matthew Knight Arena in their regular season finales. Currently, USC and Arizona are tied for the fourth spot in the Pac-10 standings, and are potential first-round opponents for UO on Wednesday, March 9 at the Galen Center.

Arizona State at Oregon
• TV: None
• Live Video: O-Zone on www.GoDucks.com
• Radio: 95.3 KUJZ - The Score; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
• Live Audio: O-Zone on www.GoDucks.com; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
• Live stats: www.GoDucks.com

Arizona at Oregon
• TV: None
• Live Video: O-Zone on www.GoDucks.com
• Radio: 95.3 KUJZ - The Score; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
• Live Audio: O-Zone on www.GoDucks.com; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
• Live stats: www.GoDucks.com

$2 SATURDAY SEASON SPECIAL
    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.
    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
    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.

COUPLES NIGHT

    Love is in the air, and the Oregon women’s basketball team is hosting a Couples Night on Thursday as the Ducks prepare to take on Arizona State.
    Whether it’s the love of your life or best friend in need of a night out, treat that special someone to a splendid evening of basketball and relaxation.
    The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the John E. Jaqua Academic Center with a catered dinner for two. The party then moves on to the 7 p.m. tip-off between Oregon and Arizona State at Matthew Knight Arena.
    Couples will receive one autographed team poster and a tour of Matthew Knight Arena following Thursday night’s game. Couples will also get to take a photo with the Oregon Duck, and will be automatically entered into a “couples gift basket” raffle, valued at over $500.
    The cost for Oregon’s Couple Night is $40 per person with a $6 discount for season ticket holders. The dinner is a 60-person limit.

ASSIST AUSTRALIA
    Portland Trail Blazers guard Patty Mills will be at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday evening prior to the Oregon women’s basketball game against Arizona State. Mills will be on hand, along with teammate Rudy Fernandez, to sell and sign t-shirts in an effort to raise money for Australians affected by the recent floods. Mills, a native of Canberra, Australia, who played collegiately at Saint Mary’s, is hoping to raise $50,000 with his “Assist Australia” efforts.
    Mills and Fernandez will be in attendance approximately 45 minutes before the scheduled 7:00 p.m. tip-off between the Ducks and Sun Devils. T-shirts will be available for purchase in the South Duck Store on the concourse, and signing will be across the hall in front of the practice courts. Mills and Fernandez will also sign t-shirts at halftime, and following the game will sign along with seniors Ellyce Ironmonger (Perth, Australia) and Victoria Kenyon (Queensland, Australia).
    For more information on Mills’ “Assist Australia” efforts, please visit www.wearsmyshirt.com/pattymills.

STANFORD RECAP

    Stanford needed just one win to accomplish two goals, and the No. 2 Cardinal wasted very little time.
    With a 99-60 victory over Oregon on Saturday at Maples Pavilion, Stanford clinched its 11th consecutive Pac-10 regular season title and set a new program record with 60 straight home wins.
    Stanford (26-2, 17-0) won its 20th consecutive game this season and clinched its 20th Pac-10 championship led by senior Jeanette Pohlen’s game-high 20 points.
    Five Stanford players finished in double figures as senior Kayla Pedersen recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Chiney Ogwumike chipped in 10 points and eight boards, while Sarah Boothe poured in 11 points off the bench.
    Oregon (13-14, 4-12) senior guard Kristi Fallin led the Ducks with 10 points off the bench, knocking down three 3-pointers.
    Oregon’s 39-point margin of defeat was its largest this season. The Ducks shot a season low 24.4 percent (19-of-78) from the field, while Stanford shot 45.6 percent (31-of-68).
    Oregon surrendered a season-high 56 points in a first-half this year as Stanford entered the locker room leading 56-25.

PREVIEWING ARIZONA STATE
    The Sun Devils (17-9, 9-7 Pac-10) come into this week’s action in sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 standings. ASU leads Arizona (17-10, 8-8 Pac-10) and USC (16-11, 8-8 Pac-10), who are tied by fourth place, by one game.
    The Sun Devils came away with a split last week, defeating USC 69-55 before falling to No. 9 UCLA 61-45 on Saturday in ASU’s final home game of the season.

HEALTH UPDATE
    Junior point guard Nia Jackson is still listed as day-to-day with a left knee strain and a right knee bruise.

CURRENT EVENTS
    Amanda Johnson has been named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America® women’s basketball first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
    The junior from Santa Rosa, Calif., becomes just the second student-athlete in program history to be chosen as a first team academic All-American.
    An All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention pick last year, Johnson is a graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in Couples and Family Therapy with a 4.09 grade point average.
    A second team academic All-America selection, Johnson  has already earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Johnson was also the winner of the 2010 Doyle Higdon Memorial Trophy, presented to a UO sophomore who excels in athletics, scholarship and citizenship.
    Oregon’s only other women’s basketball first team academic All-America selection was Stefanie Kasperski, a two-time first teamer in 1989-90. Johnson also becomes just the third student-athlete in program history to be named to the academic All-America team twice, joining Kasperski and Bev Smith, a second team selection in 1980 and a third team selection in 1982.

NEWS & NOTES
•     Junior forward Amanda Johnson recorded the seventh double-double of her season (19 career) with 11 points and a team-leading 13 rebounds at Cal on Thursday night. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native also needs to score just two points on Thursday to reach 1,100 for her career.
•     Oregon’s win at Cal last Thursday night snapped the Ducks season-long, seven-game losing streak. The Ducks have endured at least a six-game losing streak in four consecutive seasons.
•     Oregon’s 60-46 victory at Cal last Thursday was also the Ducks first Pac-10 victory on the road this season. The Ducks had dropped lost seven consecutive road games, and had not won away from home since a Dec. 21 victory at Santa Clara on Dec. 21.
•    The Ducks are 0-10 when allowing an opponent to score 80 points or more.
•    On four occasions this season, the Ducks have allowed a halftime lead to slip away in Pac-10 Conference play. Most recently, Oregon State erased Oregon’s 20-point halftime advantage to even the season series with a 61-59 victory on Feb. 19 Corvallis. Oregon also 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).

JACKSON IGNITES JETS
    Oregon junior point guard Nia Jackson has missed the Ducks last six games and is currently day-to-day, coping with 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 at Washington, Jackson scored a game-high 22 points, recording 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.

LEADER OF THE PACK

    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 1,098 career points, Johnson  ranks 19th 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 15.9 points (3rd Pac-10) and 8.3 rebounds (T-2nd Pac-10) per game.

LINEUP SHAKEUP
    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 26 games.
    Over the last six games, Ariel Thomas is averaging 11.7 points and 4.0 assists per game, while Weaver is averaging 8.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Love is contributing 3.3 points and 4.3 boards per game.

MILESTONES
•    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.
•    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
•     In addition to joining the 1,000-point club, Amanda Johnson has cracked four different all-time top-10 statistical categories at Oregon. Johnson’s 119 career 3-pointers rank eighth all-time, her 161 career steals rank eighth, and her 677 career rebounds rank 10th. Johnson’s 19 career double-doubles list seventh.
•    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. Victoria Kenyon’s 5-of-6 performance in a loss at USC (01/13) also ties for sixth.
•     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.

SCORING DUTIES
    In 27 games this season, either Amanda Johnson or Nia Jackson has led Oregon in scoring on 23 of those occasions. Kristi Fallin’s 26-point effort against Sacramento State on Nov. 28 and her 10 points against Stanford (Feb. 26), as well as Ariel Thomas’ 16-point effort against USC (Feb. 12) and her 21-point performance at Cal are the only exceptions.
    Johnson has led Oregon in scoring 15 times this season,  and has led UO in rebounding on 19 occasions as well, while Jackson has led Oregon in scoring eight times and has topped the assist category for UO 18 times.

PAC-10 LEADERS
•    Junior guard Nia Jackson leads the Pac-10 in scoring (17.0 ppg), assists (5.7 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9).

FROM DOWNTOWN
    The Ducks’ 8.5 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-10 and rank third in the nation.

WALKING THE RED CARPET
    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.
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