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Oregon women's coach satisfied with effort in loss

January 6, 2012
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STANFORD, Calif.—Nia Jackson did everything she could to maintain Oregon's energy on the court against fourth-ranked Stanford. It was a good starting point.

"I wanted to keep pushing it," said the senior guard after the Ducks' 93-70 loss to the Cardinal on Thursday night. "We had good energy and we played them tough. I think we can build off this and continue to get better."

The Ducks (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12) have lost five of seven since leading-scorer Amanda Johnson went down with a fractured thumb. She's expected to miss at least two more weeks. Others are beginning to emerge in her place.

Sophomore reserve guard Deanna Weaver scored a team-high 16 points, two shy of her career best, on 7 of 10 shooting. She has scored in double digits in five of her last six games after reaching double figures once in her first six games.

Jackson added 13 points and sophomore forward Danielle Love had 11. Freshman forward Liz Brenner, who played volleyball in the fall, started her second straight game and had season bests in points (7) and rebounds (8).

"Nia pushed the ball relentlessly," Ducks' coach Paul Westhead said. "If we could just score a little bit better it would help. To beat Stanford you have to do too many things right. That's the problem."

Oregon had no answer for Stanford's Ogwumike sisters, senior Nnemkadi and sophomore Chiney, who combined for 41 points, 27 rebounds and five blocked shots.

"I thought we did a terrific job on Nneka and she scores 32 points," Westhead said. "I'm being serious about that. It just goes to show you how good she is. It's her ability to get offensive rebounds that really hurts a defense."

Bonnie Samuelson matched her season high with six 3-pointers, scoring 18 points for the Cardinal (12-1, 3-0), who won their 70th consecutive home game and their 60th straight over a conference opponent.

Taylor Greenfield added a season-best 17 points for Stanford, which attempted a team-record 42 3-point shots -- making 14, two off the record. Chiney Ogwumike added nine points and 12 rebounds.

"I still think it was the right thing to do, other than Samuelson, forcing them to shoot from the outside," Westhead said. "Nneka's eight offensive rebounds and Samuelson's six 3-pointers were the two things that really hurt us. If we take those away, who knows, we could still be playing."

Samuelson is a 42 percent shooter (22 of 52) from long range, slightly better than her overall percentage.

Stanford used the 3-pointer as a weapon against one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the nation. Oregon entered the contest having attempted 158 more 3-pointers than the Cardinal.

"They like to run and they like to shoot 3s," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We were ready to run with them. We're comfortable with the up tempo game."

The teams combined to make 63 of 149 shots, including 20 of 59 from long range.

Oregon averages 71 shots a game, 24.4 from beyond the arc.

The fast pace energized the Cardinal, who led by 21 in the first half before taking a 43-31 edge into the break.

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