No. 12 Oregon Downs Santa Clara, 62-54
Dec. 2, 2000
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Angelina Wolvert scored 18 points and Jenny Mowe hadall 16 of her points in the second half as No. 12 Oregon used two key scoringruns to struggle past Santa Clara 62-54 Saturday night.
The Ducks (4-0) went on an 11-2 run in the last 3 1/2 minutes of the first halfto tie the game, then had a 14-1 burst early in the second half to takecontrol.
Caroline Gruening had 19 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead Santa Clara(3-2). The Broncos' leading scorer, Annie Garrison, was held to just eightpoints in 20 minutes because of foul trouble.
Oregon was flustered by Santa Clara's collapsing zone defense, managing justfive points in the first 10 1/2 minutes. But after falling behind 19-10, the Ducksstarted hitting some outside shots to loosen up the middle.
An 18-foot jumper by Wolvert, followed by a 3-pointer from Jamie Craighead,cut the lead to 21-17. Kourtney Shreve had a steal, got fouled and hit two freethrows, and Wolvert made a short jumper with 11 seconds left to tie it at 21.
Oregon came out with more energy to start the second half, and the guardsgot Mowe involved. The 6-foot-5 center took only one shot in the first half,but had five inside baskets and a jumper in the first eight minutes of thesecond. She also finished with 11 rebounds.
Garrison picked up her fourth foul just 1:47 into the second half, and theBroncos struggled to find points. Oregon took advantage of several long missesand pushed the ball upcourt, a fastbreak layup by Brianne Meharry capped the14-1 run and put the Ducks ahead 42-28.
Santa Clara cut the lead to 58-56 with just under a minute to go, but Oregonmade four free throws in the last 24 seconds to seal it.