WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Oregon junior guard Nia Jackson was named to the Pac-10 All-Conference team, it was announced by Commissioner Larry Scott today. The honor is Jackson’s first all-conference award and the 23rd for the Oregon women’s basketball program.
In a vote of the league’s 10 head coaches, Stanford senior Jeanette Pohlen was voted the Pac-10 Player of the Year, the fourth-straight Cardinal to win the honor. Pohlen’s teammate Chiney Ogwumike was honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, while Arizona senior Ify Ibekwe was awarded the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year honor. Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer was also selected the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year by her peers, the 11th time in her career she has won the award. The award was renamed in honor of the late UCLA coach, as the Conference dedicated the 2010-11 men’s and women’s basketball campaign to John R. Wooden.
Before two knee injuries caused her to miss the second half of the Pac-10 season, Jackson led the Pac-10 in scoring (17.0 ppg), assists (5.7 apg) and assist-to-turnover (1.9).
Jackson, Oregon’s floor general and point guard, has missed the Ducks last eight games and is currently day-to-day, coping with a right knee bruise. The Ducks have struggled with without Jackson’s presence on the floor, losing seven of their last eight.
During her last game of the season on Feb. 3 at Washington, Jackson scored a game-high 22 points despite playing 28 minutes through pain. The Seattle native recorded her 20th double-figure scoring game of the season (40th career), and her 22-point effort was her eighth 20-point game of the season and the 10th of her career.
Jackson’s honor marks the fourth consecutive season an Oregon women’s basketball player has been named to the Pac-10 all-conference team. Despite missing eight Pac-10 games, Jackson’s eight 20-point games tied for second in the Pac-10, and she was the only player in the conference to record two double-doubles consisting of points and assists.
Jackson was also recently named Oregon’s 2010-11 Most Valuable Player.
For the second consecutive year, junior Amanda Johnson was named all-conference honorable mention. The native of Santa Rosa, Calif., has had a banner year for UO averaging 15.6 points (5th Pac-10) and 8.2 rebounds (4th Pac-10) per game.
Johnson 1,121 career points rank 19th all-time on the UO scoring chart, as the power forward 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.
Johnson’s seven double-doubles this year rank in the top-five of the conference, while her eight 20-point games tie for second in the league. 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).
Freshman forward Deanna Weaver was named to Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention, averaging 6.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. Weaver, along with fellow freshmen Ariel Thomas and Danielle Love, have started the last eight games for the Ducks. Weaver is the 19th player in Oregon women’s basketball history to receive all-freshman honors.
The Santa Clara, Calif., native reached double figures in scoring eight times during the season and also posted a double-double.
Oregon returns to the floor at 2:15 p.m, Wednesday in the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament. The Ducks (13-16, 4-14), are the ninth seed and will play fourth-seed Arizona (19-10, 10-8) at the Galen Center.