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Weekly Release: Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament
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Release Date: 03/05/2012
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Pacific Life Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament

• Date: Wednesday, March 7

• Time: 12:00 PM

• Venue: Galen Center, Los Angeles, Calif.


• Radio: KUGN 590 AM in Eugene/Springfield; Terry Jonz, play-by-play

• Webcast: www.youtube.com/Pac12Conf

 
Live Stats: www.pac-12.org

• Twitter: @OregonWBB for in-game updates, stats, etc

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• vs. Washington: Oregon leads 43-42

THIS WEEK
After splitting its road trip with a 64-62 win at Colorado on Thursday, and a 65-47 loss at Utah on Saturday, the Ducks ended their season ninth in the Pac-12 standings. Oregon will play eighth-seed Washington at noon on Wednesday in the Pacific Life Women’s Pac-12 Tournament at the Galen Center. If the Ducks win on Wednesday, they would play conference champion and No. 1 seed Stanford at noon on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

HEALTH REPORT
• 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.

PACIFIC-LIFE PAC-12 TOURNAMENT NOTES
• Since the first year of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament in 2002, Oregon posts a 4-10 record. The Ducks have not won a tournament game since a 66-45 first-round defeat of Washington State on March 7, 2008 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. In that game, three Oregon players scored in double figures, led by Taylor Lilley’s game-high 20 points. Ellie Manou poured in 15 points and also added 11 rebounds, while Micaela Cocks chipped in 13 points.

• Oregon holds a 2-1 advantage over Washington at the conference tournament, but the last time the two programs met in the tournament, the Huskies were victorious. On March 12, 2009, Oregon suffered a 69-43 first-round loss to Washington at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

The Ducks entered the 2009 tournament as the No. 7 seed, and were upset by No. 10 seed Washington. It was the first time in the history of the Women’s Pac-10 Tournament that a No. 10 seed had defeated the No. 7 seed.

Washington junior Sami Whitcomb was 11-of-18 from the floor, including 6-of-11 from three-point range, for a game-high 28 points.  Oregon was led by Ellie Manou’s team-high 15 points on a 7-of-10 shooting performance from the floor. Micaela Cocks added 13 points.

MacKenzie Argens and Mollie Williams played in that game and are currently seniors on the Washington roster, while Amanda Johnson and Jasmin Holliday also played in that contest.

THE LAST PAC-10 TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE

Oregon mounted a momentous comeback but came up just one bucket short as No. 4 seed Arizona narrowly escaped to the quarterfinals of the 2011 Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament with a 90-89 victory over No. 9 seed Oregon on March 9, 2011 at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

Then-freshman point guard Ariel Thomas willed Oregon to erase what was a one-time 18-point second-half deficit as the Sacramento native scored a career and game high 29 points in the highest scoring game in the history of the Pac-10 Tournament.

Amanda Johnson added 25 points and 11 rebounds for Oregon while Danielle Love posted 11 points and 13 rebounds.

WASHINGTON SERIES
Oregon and Washington split their series during the 2011-12 regular season with the Ducks defeating UW, 88-86 on Dec. 31 at Matt Arena. On Feb. 9 in Seattle, Washington was victorious at Alaska Airlines Arena by the score of 72-69.

The season series was decided by a total of five points, and Ariel Thomas led UO averaging 15.0 points per game in the series. Senior Amanda Johnson did not play in Eugene on Dec. 31 due to injury, but did score 26 points in Seattle on Feb. 9. Jazmine Davis averaged 19.5 points per game against Oregon in the season series.

In the 2011-12 series, the teams also combined to take 119 three-point field goal attempts, combining to make 40.

What to Look For
Washington ranks third in the Pac-12 shooting 33.4 percent from three-point range, while UO’s three-point field goal percentage defense ranks last (.342)...the Huskies are outrebounding opponents by 4.8 boards per game (4th Pac-12), while Oregon ranks last in rebounding with a loss of 3.3 boards per game...Washington ranks last in the Pac-12, turning the ball over 17.5 times per game, and that is good for Oregon as the Ducks ranks second in the league averaging 10.2 steals per game.

LAST TIME OUT
Oregon ended the 2011-12 regular season with a 65-47 loss to Utah on Saturday afternoon at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City. The Ducks had an eight-point lead in the first half, but Utah quickly turned that around, ending the first period on a 19-2 run as the Utes led 29-20 at the break.

Oregon’s 47-point total was just one more point than its season low, as the Ducks shot 32.7 percent from the floor. Amanda Johnson led Oregon with 15 points and eight rebounds, while Jasmin Holliday poured in 10 points. Oregon played the game without senior point guard Nia Jackson, who was unavailable due to illness.

Utah shot 34.4 percent (22-of-64) for the game, but knocked down nine three-pointers and held a 46-38 rebounding advantage. The Utes scored 12 second-chance points and outscored the Ducks 22-14 in the paint. Michelle Plouffe led Utah with a 21-point, 10-rebound performance, while Taryn Wicijowski added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Game Notes: Jasmin Holliday played in her 123rd game at Oregon, which ties for third all-time with Andrea Bills.

REBOUNDING GAME
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 7-13, and average just 67.3 points per game, and attempt 65.3 field goal attempts per game.

LONG DISTANCE
Oregon’s 7.7 three-pointers per game rank first in the Pac-12. 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.

SCHEDULE

The Ducks 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.

MORE NUMBERS
• Oregon has recorded six wins by 10 points or more. 

• Oregon’s roster has totaled 86 occasions of players scoring in double figures led by Jasmin Holliday (21).

• The Ducks have also posted 18 double-figure rebounding efforts led by Amanda Johnson (10).

• Oregon has recorded 10 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 three occasions, as well as a halftime deficit four times.

• On 12 occasions this season, Oregon has allowed an opponent to knock down at least 10 three-pointers in a game.

FRESHMAN FIX
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 rookie class averaging 5.9 points per game, and also leads the Ducks with 45 three-pointers.

TEAM AWARDS
The University of Oregon women’s basketball team announced its team awards on Feb. 26.

For the second consecutive season, Nia Jackson was voted the club’s most valuable player, while Amanda Johnson was named the team’s best offensive player.

Jasmin Holliday was named the team’s most improved player and was also voted the best defensive player for the 2011-12 season.

For the third consecutive year, Johnson was honored with the Harry Ritchie Scholar Athlete Award which is given to a player for athletic and scholastic ability.

Freshman Amanda Delgado was presented with Green and Gold Award for contributions and off the court.

Four Ducks, Amanda Johnson, Danielle Love, Laura Stanulis and Deanna Weaver, also received scholar-athlete honors for maintaining a g.p.a. above a 3.0.

SENIOR MOMENT
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 13.1 points per game. Holliday has led Oregon in scoring on eight occasions, and has led the Ducks on the boards 13 times.

She leads the team with 21 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.

JOHNSON ON FIRE

With 1,495 career points and 885 career rebounds, Amanda Johnson needs to score seven points against the Huskies on Wednesday to pass Arianne Boyer as Oregon’s fifth all-time leading scorer.

Johnson would then join the group of Alison Lang, Bev Smith and Stefanie Kasperski as the only players in UO history to rank in the all-time top five in both scoring and rebounding. The Santa Rosa, Calif., native could also become the second player in UO women’s basketball program history - the first Bev Smith - to rank in the all-time top five categories of points, rebounds and steals. With seven points and two three-pointers on Wednesday, Johnson could become the first player in UO women’s history to rank in the top five of points, rebounds steals and three-pointers.

After missing 11 games with a fractured thumb, senior Amanda Johnson has returned to the floor and is averaging 18.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44.1  percent this year.

Five of Oregon’s top-six scoring games belong to Johnson as the Santa Rosa, Calif., native has recorded 10 double-doubles and seven 20-point games while leading UO in scoring on 14 occasions.

Johnson’s career numbers include; 1,495 points (6th), 885 rebounds (4th), 166 three-pointers (6th), 192 steals (5th), 30 double-doubles (5th), 74 double-figure scoring games (7th), three 30-point games, 21 20-point games, 41 times leading the club in scoring and 70 occasions leading the team in rebounding.

Johnson is currently a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN

Oregon senior Amanda Johnson was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-America® Division I  Women’s Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), it was announced on Feb. 23.

A graduate student who is pursuing her Master’s degree in counseling psychology and human services, Johnson has a 4.16 G.P.A., and was a first team selection last season after earning second team honors in 2010.

Johnson is the only student-athlete in the history of the Oregon women’s basketball program to earn the honor three times, and is the second UO women’s basketball player, following Stefanie Kasperski, to receive first team honors in back-to-back years.

AWARD WINNER
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 has missed two games this year -  her first with right knee trouble on Dec. 29 against Washington State, and her second with illness at Utah on March 3.

Jackson is averaging 8.8 points and a team-leading 3.5 assists per game. Jackson’s 204 career steals rank third all-time at Oregon, and her 354 career assists rank ninth. Jackson has delivered at least six assists on six occasions this year.  On Feb. 25, Jackson scored seven points against Oregon State bringing her career total to 1,005 as she became the 24th player in Oregon women’s basketball history to reach the 1,000th-point mark.

NEW ADDITION

Oregon freshman Liz Brenner joined the UO women’s basketball team officially on Dec. 19 after being cleared for competition by the NCAA. Brenner finished her freshman season competing for the UO women’s volleyball team, receiving Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors.

Brenner is averaging 5.9 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. 

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 6.7 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

SHOOTING TOUCH
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, but missed the first three games of the season with Achilles trouble.

Thomas is producing numbers across the board averaging 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

MAJOR MINUTES
Sophomore Danielle Love has recorded three new career scoring highs this year, and is averaging 6.4 points and 5.2 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 2.8 points per game, and is also second on the team with 60 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 5.9 points per game, and leads the Ducks with 45 three-pointers. In a loss to California on Feb. 16, Loera set the freshman single-season three-point record. Loera also has the chance to become the first freshman to lead UO in three-pointers since Taylor 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 point guard. 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 4.3 points per game, and on Feb. 16 delivered a career-best six assists in Oregon’s loss to Cal.

A FIRST
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 15 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 2.6 rebounds per game.



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