Amanda Johnson named to Academic All-America first team

UO women's basketball player Amanda Johnson, who's pursuing a master's degree in couples and family therapy, was recently named to the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America women's basketball first team.

Johnson, a junior in athletic eligibility, has already earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology, graduating summa cum laude. An All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention pick last year, Johnson boasts a 3.97 grade point average and was a second-team academic All-America last year. She is the second student-athlete in program history to be chosen as a first-team academic All-American.

A member of the 2009 Pac-10 All-Freshman team, she was the winner of the 2010 Doyle Higdon Memorial Trophy, presented to a UO sophomore who excels in athletics, scholarship and citizenship.

Johnson ranks third in the Pac-10 in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 16.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She is also fifth in steals (2.4 per game), sixth in the league in free throw percentage (.766) and seventh in blocked shots (1.0 per game).

Oregon's only other women's basketball first team academic All-America selection was Stefanie Kasperski, a two-time first teamer in 1989-90. Johnson also becomes just the third student-athlete in program history to be named to the academic All-America team twice, joining Kasperski and Bev Smith, a second team selection in 1980 and a third team selection in 1982.