Local sports news and notes for Friday, Jan. 11, while waiting to see if the full-strength Trail Blazers can finish their trip with back-to-back wins at New Orleans (Friday night) and Minnesota (Sunday night) …
MORE THORNS REMAKE
The remaking of the Portland Thorns continued on Friday with the acquisition of creative midfielder Andressinha from Houston for forward Savannah Jordan.
A member of Brazil's women's national team, Andressinha has scored seven international goals in 21 appearances for Brazil. She started all four matches for Brazil at the 2015 Women's World Cup and played in all five games at the 2016 Olympics.
She played in 43 National Women's Soccer League games over three seasons in Houston. She had three goals and four assists in 36 games over the last two seasons. In 2017, she ranked among the NWSL leaders for chances created and was the NWSL player of the week once.
Andressina essentially replaces Amandine Henry as the creative engine in midfield for Portland. Henry chose to return to France following last season.
Friday's deal also helps replace Allie Long, the versatile, veteran U.S. national team midfielder who on Thursday was traded to Seattle for Australian forward Caitlin Foord.
Foord fills an international roster spot vacated when Nadia Nadim signed with England's Manchester City.
Jordan appeared in two games for the Thorns last season after arriving at midseason. Portland selected Jordan in the second round of last January's NWSL college draft after her prolific college career at Florida.
Portland Timbers 2 will open its United Soccer League season at Providence Park on Wednesday, April 18, facing the Rio Grande Valley Toros. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
The rest of the USL schedule will be announced soon.
ADD TO DUCKS VOLLEYBALL
The University of Oregon volleyball coaching staff has a new assistant. She's Erika Dillard, who was the top assistant at Long Beach State from 2008-16.
Matt Ulmer, entering his second year as head coach at the U of O, knows Dillar well beause he was an assistant with the 49ers as well, from 2008-13.
"This is an amazing day for Oregon volleyball," Ulmer says of the new hire.
Dillard played at Long Beach State.
"Erika is an incredible example for our student-athletes," Ulmer says.
Ron Beick, who was a full-time UO assistant coach in 2017, will continue with the program, returning to his role as a volunteer coach.
• So here's your plan for watching local sports on Saturday:
Start with the 1 p.m. Portland State-Montana men's soccer game at Lewis & Clark College.
It's PSU-Montana, enough said. But having said that, the Vikings are worth the price of admission — they're battling for the Big Sky title and have the tools to make a run at an NCAA Tournament berth. That's putting a lot on first-year coach Barret Peery and his team, but in this case setting that lofty goal isn't out of the question.
Montana is more than formidable, though. The Grizzlies, like Portland State, are 12-5 overall — and they lead the conference at 5-0.
• After the PSU game, head to the University of Portland. Two former great Trail Blazers guards will be going at it — coaches Terry Porter of UP and Damon Stoudamire of Pacific. Both teams are scrappy and playing competitive ball in spite of shortcomings, namely youth and the accompanying growing pains. The Pilots haven't always shot the ball well, either, but they have their good moments, as well.
Portland is 6-12 overall, 0-5 in the West Coast Conference.
Pacific is 8-10, 2-2.
• If one basketball game is plenty for you, then make it to Memorial Coliseum for the 6 p.m. Seattle-Portland hockey game. It's Thunderbirds-Winterhawks, also enough said. But both clubs are good this season — the Hawks are 24-13-1-2 (51 points), one behind Everett for first place in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division. Seattle is fourth with 46 points and a 20-14-4-2 record — and the T-Birds are 7-1-1-1 in their last 10 games.
And, home fans can get their first look at the Winterhawks' latest acquisitions: Dennis Cholowski defenseman and winger Lukus MacKenzie.
• Alternatives abound: They include a doubleheader at Portland Community College Cascade, with a women's basketball game between PCC and Umpqua CC at 2 p.m., followed by the men's game at 4 p.m. … Or head to Oaks Amusement Park and catch the Season 13 opener for the Rose City Rollers, with two women's roller derby matches, the first at 6 p.m.