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Jackson, Fallin impress in Ducks' Civil War victory

Nia Jackson scored 24 points, and the Oregon women’s basketball team won the inaugural Civil War contest at Matthew Knight Arena, 81-72, Sunday afternoon. The redshirt junior electrified a Pacific-10 Conference-record crowd of 12,320 with big shots at big moments and deft ball-handling through the Beavers’ zone defense. Jackson ended …

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Oregon women victorious in Knight Arena debut

The first women’s basketball game played at Matthew Knight Arena didn’t exactly begin as planned. Before the opening tip of Oregon’s 81-72 victory over Oregon State Sunday afternoon, the Ducks were assessed an “administrative technical foul” that left Duck head coach Paul Westhead baffled. “I still don’t understand it, but …

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Rueck helps Beavers rebuild fledging program

Courtesy of Jeffrey Basinger When Scott Rueck was hired on as the head coach of Oregon State women’s basketball, it was a homecoming of sorts. “This is a place that has meant a lot to me from day one, almost 41 years ago. My mom went here so I am …

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Jackson finally dominating in junior season

Alex McDougall Oregon women’s basketball assistant coach Dan Muscatell has a difficult time taking stock of the Ducks after 17 games. “We’ve been a little bit up and down, I guess, would be the best way to describe it,” he said. “We weren’t great at all against the Arizona schools. …

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Oregon women crushed by UCLA at Pauley Pavilion

Oregon committed a season-high 31 turnovers and shot 38.9 percent from the field (21-54) as No. 9 UCLA stormed out front early to an easy win, 87-57, Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion. The Ducks (11-6, 2-4 Pacific-10 Conference) made just seven of 25 field goals in the first half. At …

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Oregon women travel to L.A. to play USC, UCLA

The Oregon women’s basketball team is in Los Angeles for games against USC (Thursday, 7 p.m.) and UCLA (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.) after a successful McArthur Court home stand against the Washington schools. The Ducks (11-4, 2-2 Pacific-10 Conference) earned their first two conference victories over the Cougars and Huskies in …

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Oregon women's basketball: Rookie report

It hasn’t taken long for the five newcomers to the Oregon’s women’s basketball team to make an impact. As part of an expanded playing rotation, all have gotten playing time this season, and four of the five are averaging at least 7.9 minutes per game. Before the 2010-11 season started, …

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Ducks beat Washington, bid farewell to McArthur Court

Not many basketball teams can claim they shot 31 percent from the floor and missed 16 free throws while still coming up with a win. But somehow, some way, the Oregon women’s basketball team pulled out a 68-64 victory over Washington in the final game at McArthur Court. Chalk it …

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Oregon women's basketball looking to rebound

Aaron Marineau After getting swept on the road by the Arizona schools to open Pacific-10 Conference play, the Oregon women’s basketball team returns home to take the floor at McArthur Court for the last time. The Ducks (9-4, 0-2 Pac-10) will play Washington State Thursday and Washington Saturday – the …

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Oregon attempts to speed up its game

The Oregon women’s basketball team never played a ranked opponent over the course of its non-conference schedule. Opening Pacific-10 Conference play on the road against the Arizona schools was expected to be a reality check. The result was, perhaps, more harsh than initially expected. Arizona downed the Ducks, 109-94, by …

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Oregon women open Pac-10 play with defeats against Arizona, Arizona State

The Oregon women’s basketball team began the Pacific-10 Conference portion of its schedule with a pair of losses at Arizona and Arizona State. The two defeats dropped the Ducks’ record to 9-4 overall, 0-2 in league play. On Friday at the University of Arizona, Oregon’s offense had little trouble putting …

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Oregon women prevail over Boise State despite poor shooting

It wasn’t easy, but thanks to a big assist from its bench, the Oregon women’s basketball team defeated Boise State 80-64 Friday. The Ducks endured off nights from starters Amanda Johnson (3-for-18 shooting) and Ashley Buis (2-for-10), and held a slim 39-34 halftime lead. But after Boise State went on …

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Amanda Johnson named Pac-10 Player of the Week

On the heels of a standout performance in last weekend’s Oregon Invitational Tournament, Oregon forward Amanda Johnson earned Pacific-10 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honors for the week of Nov. 22-28, the league announced Monday. Johnson averaged 20.5 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game in the …

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Ducks down 49ers behind strong first half

The Oregon women’s basketball team improved its record to 2-0 by defeating Long Beach State 88-76 Friday. The Ducks squeezed out a win against the 49ers despite an off shooting night. Oregon hit only 32.6 percent from the floor and 65.4 percent from the free-throw line. A solid first half …

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Oregon to take on Western Oregon in first game of the season

This time, it counts. Oregon formally kicks off the 2010-11 women’s basketball season at McArthur Court Sunday at 12 p.m. in a contest against Division II Western Oregon. The Ducks last played the Wolves in 1978 and are 6-6 in the all-time series. Western Oregon, which finished 11-19 last season, …

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Oregon downs Westmont College in exhibition game, 93-68

Aaron Marineau Basketball exhibition games are usually no-doubters — as in there is no doubt the stronger team will come away with the decision. There was no doubt that the Oregon women’s basketball team would come away with its second exhibition victory of the year on Sunday. True to form, …

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Oregon experiments with lineups versus Willamette

Oregon women’s basketball coach Paul Westhead has made no secret of the flexibility of his starting lineup in the exhibition season. The final decision on the five starters against Willamette was apparently made on the floor, seconds before tip-off. “Right when the game started. Everyone was sitting on the bench, …

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Ducks overwhelm Willamette in exhibition

New year, same explosive Oregon offense. That much is clear in the aftermath of the Ducks’ season-opening 121-41 exhibition win over Willamette University. But many questions remain. Before the season, Oregon coach Paul Westhead vowed to expand his playing rotation from seven to a more reasonable number to keep pace …

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Women’s basketball tips off season against Willamette

For the first exhibition game of the season against Willamette University, it’s all about the basics for the Oregon women’s basketball team. “We’ve got to press and run,” head coach Paul Westhead said. “That’s what we’re going to do.” “If there are glitches that spin off that, like the half-court …

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Women's basketball tips off season against Willamette

For the first exhibition game of the season against Willamette University, it’s all about the basics for the Oregon women’s basketball team. “We’ve got to press and run,” head coach Paul Westhead said. “That’s what we’re going to do.” “If there are glitches that spin off that, like the half-court …

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Women’s basketball looking for big contributions from newcomers to roster

A product of coach Paul Westhead’s vow to expand his playing rotation is that several newcomers to the Oregon women’s basketball program will see playing time this year. While it’s impossible to know which of the five new players will make the biggest impact, each brings a variety of skills …

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Women's basketball looking for big contributions from newcomers to roster

A product of coach Paul Westhead’s vow to expand his playing rotation is that several newcomers to the Oregon women’s basketball program will see playing time this year. While it’s impossible to know which of the five new players will make the biggest impact, each brings a variety of skills …

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Women’s basketball must replace leaders to continue ascension

Members of the Oregon women’s basketball team were visibly excited at last week’s media day, and why wouldn’t they be? Three starters — point guard Nia Jackson, forward Amanda Johnson and center Victoria Kenyon — return from last year’s squad that made the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Key rotation players …

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Malee: Altman may be the man to rebuild Oregon basketball

When Dana Altman was hired last spring to coach the Oregon men’s basketball team, just one thought crossed my mind. “Who in the name of god is Dana Altman?” I then proceeded to Google his name, and promptly clicked on his Wikipedia page. Altman, apparently, had been the head coach …

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Women's basketball must replace leaders to continue ascension

Members of the Oregon women’s basketball team were visibly excited at last week’s media day, and why wouldn’t they be? Three starters — point guard Nia Jackson, forward Amanda Johnson and center Victoria Kenyon — return from last year’s squad that made the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. Key rotation players …

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Dynamic duo

Jack Hunter One is gregarious, outwardly emotional, and a natural, vocal leader. The other is measured, a calm appearance belying a sneaky sense of humor, a leader by example. One is an admitted procrastinator; the other has a universally admired work ethic. “They’re just inseparable. Always together, always making each …

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Oregon signs two more to class, brings total recruits to five

The Oregon women’s basketball team received signed letters of intent from two recruits this week — the fourth and fifth signees in head coach Paul Westhead’s 2009-10 class. Guard Ashley Buis becomes the only signee from a junior college; the 5-foot-11-inch Buis will have junior eligibility entering next season. A …

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Poor shooting against Cal ends Oregon’s WNIT run

The Oregon women’s basketball team, participating in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament for the first time since 2007, was eliminated from postseason play in its third-round matchup against California, 71-57, at McArthur Court on Thursday. The Golden Bears (21-13 overall) improved to 3-0 against the Ducks (18-16) on the season …

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