Oregon at Washington LIVE COVERAGE
• Date: Thursday, Feb. 9
• Time: 7:00 PM
• TV: UWTV
• Venue: Alaska Airlines Arena
• Radio: KUGN 590 AM in Eugene/Springfield; Terry Jonz, play-by-play
• Webcast: www.gohuskies.com
• Live Audio: O-Zone • Live Stats: www.GoDucks.com
• Twitter: @OregonWBB for in-game updates, stats, etc
• vs. Washington: Oregon leads 43-41
GAME DAY PROMOTIONS
7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16 vs. California - Couples Night & Play 4Kay Weekend
BI-MART 2-for-1 Night; Show your BI-MART card at the ticket window and receive two general admission tickets for the price of one.
1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. Stanford - Play 4Kay & Alumni Weekend
Faculty Appreciation & Chamber of Commerce receive $5 general admission tickets. Silent auction for authentic “pink” Oregon jerseys. Postgame autographs.
Johnson Named Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Finalist
Oregon senior Amanda Johnson was named a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was announced on Jan. 25.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in November. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to determine the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on either the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award website or the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through March 18.
Oregon (13-10, 5-6), currently seventh in the Pac-12 standings and on a two-game winning streak, heads back out on the road this week.
The Ducks, who have won three of their last four, will play Washington (12-9, 4-7) at 7 p.m., Thursday at Alaska Airlines Arena. Oregon will then travel to Pullman, Wash., to play the Cougars (10-13, 4-7) at 8 p.m., Saturday.
If Oregon scores 100 points or more in a game this season at Matt Arena, all fans in attendance will receive free garlic parmesan bread sticks from Papa John’s Pizza by taking their ticket stub to any of the three Eugene-Springfield Papa John’s locations within 10 days for redemption. Students will receive vouchers at the end of the game.
• Freshman center Janitah Iamaleava suffered a season-ending left knee injury during a pre-season practice that will keep her off the floor for the 2011-12 season.
• In the first game of the season series in Eugene, the Ducks erased a one-time 16-point deficit to defeat Washington 88-86 thanks to a Deanna Weaver three-pointer with 16 seconds left on the clock on Dec. 31.
• Oregon set several season highs in the Dec. 31 game against Washington. The Ducks made a sesaon-best 13 three-pointers and also tied a season-high attempting 38 long-range shots. Oregon also took a season-high 34 attempts from the free-throw line. Oregon’s 88 points were the most the team has scored against a Pac-12 opponent this year.
• Oregon leads the all-time series against the Huskies 43-41. In three out of the last four years, Oregon and Washington have split the conference series. The Ducks last won in Seattle on Jan. 15, 2009 as Taylor Lilley (24 points) and Micaela Cocks (19 points) led Oregon to a 75-55 victory. In that game, Amanda Johnson and Jasmin Holliday combined to score six points and grab 10 rebounds as freshmen in the starting lineup.
• Washington (12-9, 4-7) is led by Regina Rogers’ 16.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The Huskies split their last road trip, falling to UCLA in overtime, 79-73, on Thursday night before defeating USC 67-61.
• Washington is 8-3 at Alaska Airlines Arena, but in the team’s last game in Seattle lost, 57-53, to Arizona State.
• Oregon senior Nia Jackson and Washington seniors Charmaine Barlow and Regina Rogers each attended Chief Sealth High School in Seattle. Both fifth-year seniors, Jackson and Rogers graduated in 2007, while Barlow is a 2008 grad.
LAST TIME OUT
Oregon came from behind to take care of Colorado 67-62 behind 23 second-half points from senior Amanda Johnson on Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena.
Oregon (13-10, 5-6 Pac-12) had to fight back to overcome a 34-26 halftime deficit, but it was trips to the charity stripe for the second-straight game that secured the victory for the Ducks.
Oregon opened up the second half on a 13-0 run after ending the first 20 minutes of play on a 5-0 run. The 18 consecutive Duck points turned a 34-21 deficit into a 39-34 lead. The Buffaloes finally ended their nine minute scoring drought when Danielle Love fouled Chucky Jeffery, who converted two free throws at the 14:21 mark for the Buffs’ first points of the half.
Johnson’s 26 points were highlighted by a career-high 11-of-12 performance at the free-throw line. Ariel Thomas added 13 points and Jasmin Holliday supplied the Ducks with 11 points and a career-high five blocks. Jeffery and Lexy Kresl paced Colorado with 18 and 17 points, respectively.
Game Notes: Oregon swept its first conference weekend since defeating Washington State and Washington on Jan. 6 and Jan. 8, 2011 at Mac Court...the Ducks’ five league wins surpass last year’s four conference victories...the Ducks’ 28 made free throws set a new season best...Johnson’s 23 points in the second half were the most in any half by an Oregon player this season...Jasmin Holliday’s five rejects were a career high and the most by a Duck this season.
NATIONAL TOP 25
Oregon ranks second in the Pac-12 and 16th in the nation averaging 75.1 points per game. Notre Dame leads the country scoring 83.6 points per game.
The Ducks’ 7.6 three-pointers per game lead the Pac-12 and rank 11th in the nation, while UO’s 10.8 steals per game lead the league.
When Oregon has outrebounded its opponent this season, the Ducks have an 8-1 record, scoring 82.1 points per game, and averaging 71.0 field goal attempts per game.
When Oregon is outrebounded, the Ducks are 5-8 and average just 71.5 points per game, and attempt 66.1 field goal attempts per game.
Head coach Paul Westhead said before the season started that he wanted his team playing even faster. After UO’s 6-0 start, the Ducks were averaging 87.7 points per game, but that number has dropped to 75.1 points per game (2nd Pac-12) with the absence of Amanda Johnson for 11 games.
During head coach Paul Westhead’s three years at Oregon, the Ducks have finished in the country’s top-15 in scoring in back-to-back seasons, averaging 81.4 points (2010, 2nd) and 73.3 points per game (2011, 15th). In fact, during the last two seasons, the Ducks have averaged 79.0 points per game overall, out done only by Oral Roberts (84.7 ppg) and Gonzaga (82.7 ppg). In the last three years, Oregon has produced seven 100-point games, recording a 6-1 mark in those contests.
Oregon’s 7.6 three-pointers per game rank first in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation. The Ducks have proven to be a deadly three-point shooting team, finishing third in the country averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game in 2011, while ranking seventh in 2010 knocking down 8.4 long-distance buckets per game.
The Ducks have compiled a difficult schedule as 14 of their opponents reached the postseason a year ago. Nine teams played in the 2011 Women’s National Invitation Tournament, and five appeared in the NCAA Tournament.
• Oregon has recorded six wins by 10 points or more. The Ducks have also posted a 4-2 record in games decided by four points or less.
• Oregon’s roster has totaled 72 occasions of players scoring in double figures led by Jasmin Holliday (18).
• The Ducks have also posted 15 double-figure rebounding efforts led by Amanda Johnson (7).
• Oregon has recorded seven games with 10 or more three-pointers.
• The Ducks have not surrendered a lead to an opponent in five games this season, and Oregon has overcome a double-digit deficit on two occasions.
Oregon currently has six freshmen on its roster, with five eligible to play after Janitah Iamaleava suffered a season-ending knee injury in pre-season practice.
Freshman Jordan Loera leads the class in scoring (6.8 ppg), and also leads the entire team with 39 three-pointers on the season.
On 11 occasions this season, Oregon has allowed an opponent to knock down at least 10 three-pointers in a game. On the year, the Ducks have allowed opponents to drain 220 long-distance shots as opponents are shooting 34.5 percent from 3-point range.
Currently each of Oregon’s three seniors rank in the conference’s currently active top-15 scorers: Amanda Johnson (1,388, 5th), Nia Jackson (974, 10th) and Jasmin Holliday (895, 13th).
Johnson’s 825 career rebounds rank second among active Pac-12 players, and tie for 27th all-time in conference history. Holliday’s 644 career boards rank sixth among active Pac-12 players.
Johnson’s 149 three-pointers rank third, while Jackson’s 340 assists rank second.
All three list in the steals category as Jackson’s 193 steals rank third followed by Johnson’s 183 at fifth and Holliday’s 177 at sixth.
Senior Jasmin Holliday worked harder than ever this offseason, and apparently hard work pays off. The native of Chino Hills, Calif., is averaging a career-best 14.4 points per game. Holliday has led Oregon in scoring on seven occasions, and has led the Ducks on the boards a team-best 12 times.
She leads the team with 18 double-figure scoring games, and set a new career high, scoring 26 points in a loss at Nevada on Dec. 14. This season, Holliday has posted five 20-point efforts and five double-doubles. Most recently, she led the Ducks with 21 points and 13 rebounds in an 82-63 victory at UCLA on Jan. 21.
JOHNSON ON FIRE
After missing 11 games with a fractured thumb, senior Amanda Johnson has returned to the floor and is averaging 20.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting 43.2 percent in her last three games. She has led or shared the lead in points and rebounds in her last three game as well.
In 12 games played this season, Johnson is averaging 20.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. She has totaled 11 double-figure scoring games, seven double-doubles, five 20-point efforts and has led UO in scoring on nine occasions.
Johnson’s career numbers include; 1,388 points (11th), 825 rebounds (T-7th), 149 three-pointers (6th), 183 steals (6th), 27 double-doubles (7th), 68 double-figure scoring games (10th), three 30-point games, 19 20-point games, 36 times leading the club in scoring and 65 occasions leading the team in rebounding.
The Santa Rosa, Calif., native is currently a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, and she was also named to the Capital One All-Academic District VIII First Team.
Before two knee injuries sidelined her for the final nine games of last season, senior guard Nia Jackson led the Pac-10 averaging 17.0 points and 5.7 assists per game. Despite missing the final half of conference play, Jackson was named to the 2011 Pac-10 First Team and the 2011 Media All-Pac-10 Team. The Ducks were 12-9 with Jackson in the lineup, and 1-8 in the final nine games of the year without her. Oregon averaged 80.5 points per game with Jackson in the lineup, and 66.7 points per game without her.
The Seattle native has returned from off-season surgery and is cleared to play. She missed her first and only game of the year with right knee trouble on Dec. 29 against Washington State.
Currently Jackson is averaging 9.8 points and a team-leading 3.8 assists per game. Jackson’s 193 career steals rank fourth all-time at Oregon, and her 338 career assists rank ninth. Jackson has delivered at least six assists on five occasions this year.
Jackson is also closing in on reaching a career 1,000-point total with 974 points.
Oregon freshman Liz Brenner joined the UO women’s basketball team officially on Dec. 19 after being cleared for competition by the NCAA. Brenner recently finished her freshman season competing for the UO women’s volleyball team, receiving Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors.
Brenner is averaging 6.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. The Portland, Ore., native led the Ducks in scoring for the first time at USC on Jan. 19 with a career-high 16 points. In Oregon’s last five games, Brenner is averaging 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
D WEAVE FOR THREE
After ending the 2010-11 season starting the last nine games of the year, Deanna Weaver and Ariel Thomas started their sophomore season on the bench as both battled injuries.
After missing three games at the start of the year with a toe injury, Weaver is averaging 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
In the absence of Nia Jackson last season, Ariel Thomas took over point guard duties and started the final nine games of the year, averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game during that stretch.
With Jackson back on the floor, Thomas has moved into the starting role at shooting guard, registering her first start of the year at Nevada. She missed the first three games of the season with Achilles trouble.
Thomas is producing numbers across the board averaging 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Sophomore Danielle Love has recorded three new career scoring highs this year, and is averaging 6.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. At UCLA, Love knocked down a career-high four three-pointers, and matched a career best scoring 16 points.
RUNNING THE POINT
Junior point guard Laura Stanulis continues to handle back-up point guard duties as Ariel Thomas spends time at shooting guard. A former walk-on and now on scholarship, Stanulis is averaging a career-best 3.2 points per game, and is also second on the team with 50 assists.
MEET THE NEWCOMERS
Oregon’s freshman class was ranked 49th in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz.
SHE’S A SHOOTER
Freshman guard Jordan Loera is a second generation Duck as her mother, Lori Carver Loera, played basketball at UO from 1983-84.
The Moses Lake, Wash., native is averaging 6.8 points per game, and leads the Ducks with 39 three-pointers. With one more three-pointer, Loera will set the Oregon freshman record, previously held by Taylor Lilley (2006-07).
Loera also has the chance to become the first freshman to lead UO in three-pointers since Lilley tied with Carolyn Ganes for the team lead (39) during the 2006-07 season.
RUNNING THE FLOOR
With Nia Jackson battling knee trouble, Lexi Petersen’s speed has been put to good use at the point guard position. In the Jan. 12, 87-73, victory over Arizona, Petersen scored a career-high 17 points and led the Ducks in scoring for the first time this year. She is averaging 4.8 points per game.
Freshman guard Amanda Delgado (Las Vegas/Liberty HS) was named the 2011 Gatorade Nevada Girls Basketball Player of the Year after averaging 16.1 points, 3.8 assists and 2.3 steals per game as a senior. Delgado has appeared off the bench in 12 games.
UNDER THE BASKET
Freshman center Megan Carpenter (Longmont, Colo./Longmont HS) was a two-time all-4A Northern Conference selection and two-time Longmont Times Call all-area selection in 2010 and 2011. Carpenter is averaging 2.9 rebounds per game.