25th-ranked Texas smokes 10th-ranked Oregon 82-58

Dec. 9, 2000

AUSTIN, Texas - If it could go wrong for the 10th-ranked Oregon women's basketball team Saturday ... it did. The Ducks couldn't keep up with up-tempo Texas as the 25th-ranked Longhorns won 82-58 in the second game of the Secret Four in the Fall, handing Oregon its first loss this year.

The Ducks (4-1), mired in foul trouble and hindered by a ineffective second-half offense, trailed just 41-38 on two Angelina Wolvert free throws with 17:27 left in the game that gave her 1,000 career points. But Texas (9-1) went on an 11-4 run in the next four minutes to take a 53-42 advantage. The Longhorn lead was in double-digits the rest of the way before 5,761 fans at the Erwin Center.

Oregon's setback marked the second-worst nonconference defeat under eighth-year coach Jody Runge since it lost 82-54 to Vanderbilt in 1994.

'We expected a tremendous game,' Runge said. 'Texas puts a lot of pressure on you and has a lot of athletic talent.'

The Longhorns took Oregon's stalwart inside trio of Wolvert, Jenny Mowe and Brianne Meharry out of the game. Mowe sat on the bench most of the first half after picking up two fouls in the first four minutes. With just under 10 minutes to go in the game, the threesome each had four fouls. All three players eventually fouled out.

'The bottom line is we just fouled way too much and Texas made all of their free throws,' Runge said. The Longhorns were 22 of 25 from the free throw line while Oregon shot just 9 of 19.

'Texas just ran us through the floor,' said Wolvert, who led the Ducks with 17 points and six rebounds. 'I think Texas plays a lot quicker game than us. '

Tracy Cook took advantage of Oregon's foul troubles, as the 6-foot-2 Texas center scored a career-high 23 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including 10 points in a seven-minute first-half stretch.

'Tracy Cook was on tonight,' Wolvert said. 'No one could get a hand in her face.'

Reserve post player Annissa Hastings also sparked the Longhorns with a game-high eight rebounds along with 11 points. Texas outrebounded Oregon 39-23.

'We talked about quickness beating height and we wanted to be aggressive on the boards,' said Texas coach Jody Conradt, now in her 32nd year with the Longhorns. 'The team is committed to our strategy and we proved that today.'

Jamie Craighead added 11 points, hitting 3 of 5 from 3-point range, while Lindsey Dion came off the bench to add 10 for the Ducks.

Oregon experienced a longer-than-expected travel day to Austin on Friday, as its Eugene departing flight was canceled. After taking a bus to Portland and being rerouted through Chicago. The team arrived about four hours past its scheduled time.

Oregon's weariness may have reared its head in the second half, as the Ducks shot just 38 percent from the field. In addition, Oregon's defense gave up the most points since surrendering 82 to Stanford on March 4, 1999.

'I thought we played really tired but Texas did a great job,' Runge said.

'(Our fatigue) might have been the cause of it, but there is no reason for excuses,' Wolvert said. 'The game is over.'

In the first game of the doubleheader, 21st-ranked North Carolina State defeated eighth-ranked Texas Tech 59-51. The Ducks next take on Texas Tech (5-1) in Lubbock on Wednesday at 5 p.m. PST.

Notes:
- The loss marked the second-worst nonconference defeat under Jody Runge since Oregon fell 82-54 to Vanderbilt in 1994.
- Angelina Wolvert's two free throws with 17:27 left in the game gave her 1,000 career points, only the 14th player in Oregon history to do so and first since Renae Fegent passed the barrier in 1996-97.
- Wolvert, Meharry and Mowe each had four fouls with 9:49 remaining in the game. Heading into the game, the trio had been shooting a combined 62 percent from the field. Saturday, they shot a combined 11 of 27 (41 percent).

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