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Pac-10 Tournament WBB Release
Courtesy: GoDucks.com
Release Date: 03/07/2011
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THIS WEEK
    Oregon travels to Los Angeles this week to play in the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. The conference tournament begins on Wednesday, and the 9th-seeded Ducks will play 4th-seeded Arizona in the first round of the tourney with tip-off scheduled for 2:15 p.m. from the Galen Center.
    The game will be a rematch of Arizona’s 88-65 victory over Oregon on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena as both teams played their final game of the regular season.
    The winner of Wednesday’s contest will move on to play the winner of the USC (No. 5) and Washington State (No. 8) match up on Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the quarterfinals.
    Stanford and UCLA will receive byes to the semifinals as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds respectively, while other first round games include 3rd-seed Arizona State taking on 10th-seed Oregon State (12 p.m., Wed.) and sixth-seed California playing 7th-seed Washington (7:15 p.m.).

No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 9 Oregon
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PAC-10 TOURNAMENT
    The Oregon women’s basketball team will participate in the 10th annual 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament beginning on Wednesday.
    The Ducks (13-16, 4-14) enter the tournament as the ninth seed, and will play fourth-seed Arizona (19-10, 10-8) at 2:15 p.m., Wednesday at the Galen Center in first round action.
    If Oregon wins its first-round game on Wednesday, the Ducks would advance to the quarterfinals and play the winner of the No. 5 USC/No. 8 Washington State game on Thursday at 5:15 p.m.
    The Wildcats swept the regular-season series against the Ducks this year for the first time since 2004, including Saturday’s regular-season finale as UA came away victorious, 88-65, at Matthew Knight Arena.
    The Ducks have an all-time record of 4-9 at the Pac-10 Tournament, and have advanced to the semifinals on two occasions in 2002 and 2005.
    Oregon and Arizona have met just once in Pac-10 Tournament play with Arizona defeating Oregon, 64-57, in first round action on March 3, 2006. Oregon’s No. 9 seed is also the program’s lowest in Pac-10 Tournament history.

2011 BANQUET
    On Sunday, Oregon held its annual banquet honoring the 2011, six-member senior class. Junior guard Nia Jackson, who has missed UO’s last eight games due to injury, was named the program’s Most Valuable Player after leading the Pac-10 in scoring average (17.0 ppg), assists (5.7 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9).
    Senior guard Kristi Fallin took home the Most Improved Award after finishing the year averaging 7.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game while knocking down 47 three-pointers.
    Sophomore guard Laura Stanulis was the Green & Gold Award recipient for contributions on and off the floor.
    For the second consecutive year, junior forward Amanda Johnson was named the Harry Ritchie Scholar-Athlete award recipient. Johnson was recently named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America® women’s basketball first team.   The junior from Santa Rosa, Calif., is just the second student-athlete in program history to be chosen as a first team academic All-American.
    Along with Johnson, Ellyce Ironmonger, Fallin and Stanulis were each honored as scholar athletes.

ARIZONA RECAP
    Arizona’s Ify Ibekwe and Soana Lucet proved to be too much for the Oregon women’s basketball team, combining for 53 points to send the Ducks to an 88-65 setback in the regular season finale at Matthew Knight Arena on Saturday.
    Oregon (13-16, 4-14) finishes the regular season ninth in the league standings and will play fourth seed Arizona (19-10, 10-8) in the first round of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament on Wednesday.
    Ibekwe led all players with 31 points and 15 rebounds, Lucet scored 22 points and Brooke Jackson (16 points) also cracked double figures for UA.
    Ariel Thomas led UO with 12 points and five assists while Danielle Love and Ellyce Ironmonger tied for the team lead with six rebounds.

PREVIEWING ARIZONA

    For the first time since the 2004 season, Arizona swept Oregon in the regular-season series between the two programs. The Ducks still hold a 29-24 lead in the all-time series, but the Wildcats have won four out the last five meetings between the two clubs.
    In Pac-10 Tournament play, Oregon and Arizona have met just once prior to Wednesday’s match-up, with the Wildcats defeating the Ducks, 64-57, on March 3, 2006 in the first round of the tourney.
    In two games this season, Oregon averaged 79.5 points against the Arizona, shooting 32.7 percent from the floor, while the Wildcats averaged 98.5 points and shot a blistering 54.2 percent.
    Senior Ify Ibekwe averaged 25.0 points and 14.5 rebounds per game against Oregon, while shooting 56.3 percent from the floor.

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

CURRENT EVENTS
    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
•     Oregon has now lost 10 of it last 11 games, with Pac-10 leading scorer Nia Jackson being injured for nine of those contests.
•    UO’s four-win Pac-10 season is the program’s worst league record since the 1992-93 season when UO finished with a 3-15 mark in conference play.
•     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’s 60-46 victory at Cal on Feb. 24  was also the Ducks first and only Pac-10 victory on the road this season. The Ducks had dropped seven consecutive road games, and had not won away from home since a Dec. 21 victory at Santa Clara.
•    The Ducks are 0-11 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 eight 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 1,124 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 15.6 points (4th Pac-10) and 8.2 rebounds (4th 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 (1,121; 7th), rebounds (690; 4th), 3-point field goals (122; 4th), steals (162; 6th) and blocks (78; 7th).

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 29 games.

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 122 career 3-pointers rank eighth all-time, her 162 career steals rank eighth as well, and her 690 career rebounds rank ninth. 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 29 games this season, either Amanda Johnson or Nia Jackson has led Oregon in scoring on 24 of those occasions. Senior Kristi Fallin and freshman Ariel Thomas are the only exceptions. Thomas has led UO in scoring three times this season, including two of UO’s last four games. The Sacramento, Calif., native posted a career-high 21 points in Oregon’s 60-46 victory at Cal. Fallin led UO with 10 points at Stanford, and early in the year scored a game and career-high 26 points as the Ducks defeated Sacramento State on Nov. 28 for the Oregon Invitational title at Mac Court.
    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.

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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