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@OregonWBB: http://t.co/RFXUdfsub0 caught up with our own Jillian Alleyne (@SuperrJaay) at the U19 Trials http://t.co/x9yY5bTdes @usabasketball #GoDucks
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@OregonWBB: @cthansen2001 Who are the other top seeds in our bracket?
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@OregonWBB: Go @OregonSB - #3 seed!
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@OregonWBB: Good news for @OregonTF today! Congrats to both teams.
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The University of Oregon ushered in a new era of women’s basketball with the announcement of Paul Westhead as the program’s sixth head coach on March 26, 2009.
In just three seasons on the job, Westhead has produced three Pac-12 All-Conference guards in Micaela Cocks (2010), Nia Jackson (2011) and Taylor Lilley (2010). In addition, forward Amanda Johnson earned all-conference recognition (2012) and twice was named honorable mention all-league (2010, 2011).
During his first two years at Oregon, the Ducks finished among the 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 that two-year stretch, the Ducks averaged 79.0 points per game overall, outdone only by Oral Roberts (84.7 ppg) and Gonzaga (82.7 ppg).
Last season, Oregon averaged 7.7 made 3-pointers per game which ranked first in the Pac-12 and ninth nationally. During Westhead’s three years as head coach, UO has proved to be a deadly 3-point shooting team, ranking third in the country in 2011 (8.5 per game) and seventh in 2010 (8.4 per game). UO has led the Pac-12 in 3-pointers made per game in each of the last three seasons.
Westhead wasted little time instituting his fast-pace and up-tempo style of play. After winning just nine games prior to his arrival, Westhead led the 2009-10 squad to an 18-16 record, the program’s best mark since 2005. In his first year on the job, Westhead’s offense produced a program record 2,767 points, while the Ducks also set a new conference record knocking down 284 three-pointers.
Following the 2009-10 season, Lilley went on to sign a free agent contract with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, after leading the nation with 124 three-pointers and breaking the Pac-10 and Oregon single-season records.
During his time at UO, Westhead coached Johnson, who was one of the greatest scholar athletes to compete in the history of Oregon Athletics.
Johnson earned the 2012 Toyo Tires Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. She is also the only player in school history to be named a three-time Academic All-American. In addition, she was named a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American, while also being named to the 2011 Capital One Academic All-America First Team, improving upon second-team honors from 2010.
Johnson was a first team Pac-12 All-Academic selection in her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Laura Stanulis earned Pac-12 All-Academic second team recognition in 2012, following up her first team selection from the year before. Danielle Love earned second team all-academic recognition in 2012.
During Westhead’s tenure, four other Ducks have earned all-academic honorable mention nods: Cocks (2010), Lilley (2010), Kristi Fallin (2011) and Deanna Weaver (2012).
Westhead and staff have also been getting it done on the recruiting trail. Oregon’s 2011 five-member freshman class received a top-50 rating from ESPN Hoopgurlz as Westhead brought in his first ranked recruiting class. Jordan Loera, a four-star recruit from Moses Lake, Wash., headlines the class along with two-time Los Angeles City Section Division I champion Janitah Iamaleava, two-time Nisqually 1A Player of the Year Lexi Petersen, Denver Post All-State First Team selection Megan Carpenter and Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year Amanda Delgado.
Known for executing an exciting brand of run-and-gun basketball, Westhead coached the Phoenix Mercury to a WNBA championship in 2007. His latest hardware made him the only head coach to win a championship in both the NBA and WNBA.
A veteran basketball coach with a resume that spans nearly four decades, Westhead has coached in the NBA and WNBA, as well as the men’s collegiate ranks.
The sixth head coach in the history of the Oregon women’s basketball program, Westhead came to the UO after serving as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder for one year (2007-08). He headed to Oklahoma City less than two months after winning the WNBA championship in 2007.
An innovative coach with a signature up-tempo style, Westhead translated that approach to the women’s game when he was hired by the Mercury on Oct. 11, 2005. It took him less than two seasons to build a championship-caliber squad, as he guided Phoenix to its first WNBA championship in 2007.
During two seasons, Westhead led the Mercury to a 41-27 (.603) record, the highest winning percentage in franchise history, as well as a franchise-record 23 victories in 2007. His up-tempo style also set WNBA records for scoring average for two consecutive seasons.
Prior to his time in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury, Westhead spent two years (2003-05) as an assistant coach with the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
Westhead last coached in the NCAA from 1993-97 at George Mason University. Prior to that stint, Westhead spent two seasons (1990-91 & 1991-92) as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets after his historic stint with the Loyola Marymount men’s basketball program.
Westhead spent five years (1985-90) at LMU, helping the Lions to become an impressive program and legitimate contender in NCAA men’s hoops. During his tenure with the Lions, Westhead built a 105-48 (.686) record, leading the Lions to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and a run to the Elite Eight in 1990.
Westhead’s other coaching stints included the head job with the Chicago Bulls during the 1982-83 season and the Los Angeles Lakers. Westhead’s NBA head coaching career began in Los Angeles with the Lakers organization, lasting nearly three years (1979-82). In 1979, Westhead succeeded Jack McKinney, leading the Lakers to the 1980 NBA championship with rookie guard Magic Johnson and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabaar on the roster.
The collegiate ranks was where Westhead began his head coaching career at LaSalle University in 1970. In nine seasons (1970-79) with the Explorers, Westhead led the team to one NIT, two NCAA Tournament performances and a 142-105 record.
In a combined 18 seasons at the college level at LaSalle, Loyola Marymount and George Mason, Westhead comprised a 285-223 (.561) record.
Known for his high-scoring offensive techniques, Westhead has also spent time with the USA basketball programs, and in 2005 was a guest clinician at the USA women’s youth development festival teams in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Westhead has also been a head coach in the ABA (2000-01) and the Japanese Pro League (2001-03).
A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Westhead graduated from St. Joseph’s (PA) in 1961. He and his wife, Cassie, have four children: Monica, Patrice, Paul Jr., and Julie.