Senior Day Set For Saturday
Release Date: 03/04/2011
Oregon will celebrate senior day on Saturday as the Ducks (13-15, 4-13) play their final regular-season game of the year at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks host Arizona (18-10, 9-8), as the Wildcats are currently in a two-way tie for fourth place in the Pac-10 standings with USC.
Tip-off is set for 2:05 p.m., but senior festivities will begin at approximately 1:45 p.m., as Kristi Fallin, Candyce Flynn, Nicole Canepa, Ellyce Ironmonger, Victoria Kenyon and Tatianna Thomas play their final home game as Oregon Ducks.
Arizona at Oregon
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$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 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.
The 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament is set to begin Wednesday, March 9 from the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
With Thursday night’s loss, Oregon is assured the No. 9 seed, and will play the tournament’s No. 4 seed at 2:15 p.m., Wednesday.
Currently, USC and Arizona are tied for the fourth spot in the conference standings. The Trojans finish their season on Sunday afternoon at the Galen Center hosting the Huskies.
Stanford and UCLA have already locked up the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, and will not play until Friday, March 11 in the semifinals at the Staples Center.
ARIZONA STATE RECAP
Amanda Johnson, Ariel Thomas and Kristi Fallin combined for 50 points to help Oregon erase a 17-point deficit, but the comeback bid lost steam late in a 75-66 loss to Arizona State at Matthew Knight Arena on Thursday night.
Johnson led the Ducks (13-15, 4-13 Pac-10) with 19 points (14 in the second half) and nine rebounds, Thomas poured in 18 points and Fallin finished with 13 points while making all four of her second-half shots in the setback. The trio scored 37 of the Ducks’ 40 second-half points. ASU’s Kimberly Brandon led all players with 20 points while Dymond Simon (17 points) and Becca Tobin (15 points) also reached double figures.
Oregon shot 49 percent in the game (55.6 percent in the second half) while Arizona State countered with 42.6 percent shooting. The Ducks drained 8-of-17 three-pointers (47.1 percent) compared to the Sun Devil’s 7-of-25 (28 percent) figure from beyond the arc. UO also outrebounded ASU, 34-28, but was done in by committing 24 turnovers, leading to 18 points, while forcing only 12 and capitalizing those for only eight points. Arizona State outscored Oregon by eight at the free throw line, making 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) of its freebies while Oregon made all eight of its attempts from the charity stripe.
The Arizona Wildcats are 18-10 overall and 9-8 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats have three players averaging in double figures: sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.6), senior forward Ify Ibekwe (15.5) and senior forward Soana Lucet (10.9). Ibekwe leads Arizona at the glass with 9.8 rebounds per game and junior guard Shanita Arnold dishes out 5.1 assists per game.
Ibekwe leads the Pac-10 in rebounds (265, 9.8) and defensive rebounds (186, 6.9). Arnold ranks No. 2 in the Pac-10 in assists (143, 5.1) and No. 4 in assist/turnover ratio (1.5).
Freshman forward Erica Barnes is No. 1 in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage (69-116-.595). Arizona ranks in the top three in the Pac-10 in scoring offense, scoring margin, field goal percentage and assists.
Arizona has won five of its last six, including victories over Arizona State and USC.
Junior point guard Nia Jackson is still listed as day-to-day with a right knee bruise and will not play this weekend.
Amanda Johnson was 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 Feb. 24.
• Oregon’s win at Cal on Feb. 24, 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 has now lost 9 of it last 10 games, with Pac-10 leading scorer Nia Jackson being injured for eight of those contests. If Oregon is not able to pick up a victory on Saturday, the Ducks’ Pac-10 record would be its worst since the 1992-93 season.
• Oregon’s 60-46 victory at Cal on Feb. 24 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 seven 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 1,117 career points rank 19th all-time on the UO scoring chart. Johnson eclipsed the 1,000-point mark at Washington on Feb. 3, and became just the ninth player in UO history, and the first since 2002, to reach the 1,000th point threshold during her junior year.
The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is currently averaging 16.0 points (2nd Pac-10) and 8.3 rebounds (3rd Pac-10) per game.
In her junior season, Johnson’s seven double-doubles rank in the top-five of the conference, while her eight 20-point games tie for the league lead. Among active players in the Pac-10 Johnson ranks in the career top-10 of five statistical categories; points (1,117; 7th), rebounds (686; 4th), 3-point field goals (122; 4th), steals (162; 6th) and blocks (77; 7th).
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 28 games.
Over the last seven games, Ariel Thomas is averaging 12.6 points and 4.0 assists per game, while Weaver is averaging 7.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per contest. Love is contributing 3.3 points and 4.1 boards per game.
• 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 122 career 3-pointers rank eighth all-time, her 162 career steals rank eighth as well, and her 686 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.
In 28 games this season, either Amanda Johnson or Nia Jackson has led Oregon in scoring on 24 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 16 times this season, and has led UO in rebounding on 20 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).
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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