Women's Basketball Takes on 11th-Ranked Texas Tech

Dec. 12, 2000


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Oregon (No. 14 Associated Press/No. 13 ESPN/USA Today) plays the second of a three-game roadtrip against Texas Tech (No. 11 in both polls) Wednesday at the one-year-old United Spirit Arena. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. PST. On Saturday, the Ducks take on 2000 Mountain West champion Utah in Salt Lake City. The game begins at 2 p.m. PST at the Huntsman Center.

All Oregon women's basketball games are broadcast by KSCR (1320 AM) in Eugene and KUIK (1360 AM) in Portland, with Ray Martin providing the play-by-play for the sixth consecutive year. Games that don't conflict with Oregon men's basketball broadcasts will be carried by KUGN (590 AM) in Eugene, KXL (750 AM) in Portland and KTBR (950) in Roseburg. Radio broadcasts also can be heard on the Internet at www.goducks.com.

The Red Raiders have played just one game in the series, as Texas Tech came out on top 68-63 in Eugene on Dec. 1, 1986. Current Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp was in her fifth season at the time.

Oregon leads the series 7-2 over the Utes. The teams haven't played each other since Nov. 30, 1996, as the Ducks won 51-49 in Eugene at the Pepsi Shootout as then-freshman Jenny Mowe made her first career start against the Utes en route to all-tournament honors. Utah last won 73-61 in Salt Lake City in 1995.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 147-62 (.703) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes a 90-36 (.714) mark in conference play. Her resume includes seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances along with claiming back-to-back Pac-10 Conference championships in 1999 and 2000 for the first time in school history. She earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors in 1999 and in 1994. In addition, the Women's Basketball News Service selected Runge as its Coach of the Year in 1998.

Fred Litzenberger enters his sixth season in the Ducks' program. A native of Longmont, Colo., Litzenberger's 34 years in coaching includes six seasons as a men's collegiate head coach and 15 appearances for his teams in the NCAA Tournament. Second-year coach Dan Muscatell, the recruiting coordinator, and third-year coach Kirsten McKnight, a four-year Oregon basketball letterwinner, complete the coaching staff.

The Ducks had won six straight road games and eight in a row away from McArthur Court before losing Saturday to Texas.

Oregon's starting inside players have been shooting stalwarts. Angelina Wolvert (.561), Jenny Mowe (.625) and Brianne Meharry (.519) are a combined 66 of 116 from the field (.569). The trio also has accounted for 53 percent of the Ducks' scoring. Also, Mowe is first in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage.

Oregon's 82-58 loss to Texas marked the second-worst nonconference defeat under eighth-year coach Jody Runge since it lost 82-54 to Vanderbilt in 1994. It was only the fifth time under Runge the Ducks have lost by more than 20 points. In addition, Oregon's usually disciplined defense gave up the most points since surrendering 82 to Stanford on March 4, 1999.

The Ducks are ranked No. 2 in this week's RPI, behind only Tennessee. Arizona is at No. 7. Oregon also has the No. 1 Strength of Schedule, followed by Penn State and Georgia.

Jamie Craighead ranks second in the Pac-10 with a 48 percent mark (13 of 27) from 3-point range. Last season, she shot 31 percent (30 of 98) from long range.

Angelina Wolvert's two free throws with 17:27 left in the Texas game gave her 1,000 career points. She became the 14th player in Oregon history and first since Renae Fegent passed the barrier in the 1996-97 season. Wolvert has 1,006 points.

Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 in field goal percentage defense at .384 (and first in offense at .478!). In addition, it has held opponents to less than 40 percent second-half shooting in three games this year.

Senior Jenny Mowe played in her 100th career game Saturday at Texas. Angelina Wolvert, meanwhile, is six games shy of 100.

Senior Brianne Meharry made her first 3-pointer Saturday against Texas since her freshman year. Also, senior Jenny Mowe attempted her first collegiate 3-pointer.

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. The Ducks won't return to Eugene from their 10-day trip until Sunday, Dec. 17.

Oregon coach Jody Runge has a 17-28 record, including 11-8 at McArthur Court, against nationally-ranked opponents. Last year, she was 5-2. In addition, the Ducks had defeated five straight nationally-ranked teams before falling to Texas on Saturday.

Angelina Wolvert, Brianne Meharry and Jenny Mowe each had four fouls with 9:49 left in the Texas game. The trio eventually fouled out. Meharry has fouled out three times this year (three in 1999-00), Mowe twice (three in 1999-00) and Wolvert once (once in 1999-00) so far.

Ducks vs. Texas, Dec. 9
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, mired in foul trouble and hindered by a ineffective second-half offense, trailed 41-38 on two Angelina Wolvert free throws with 17:27 left in the game that gave her 1,000 career points. But Texas 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. The Longhorns took Oregon's 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 trio each had four fouls. The Longhorns were 22 of 25 from the free throw line while Oregon shot just 9 of 19. 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. Texas outrebounded Oregon 39-23. Jamie Craighead added 11 points, hitting 3 of 5 from 3-point range, while Lindsey Dion added 10.

Jody Runge's first teleconference call this year is Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10:10-10:15 a.m. After a short hiatus, it resumes each Tuesday beginning Jan. 9.

Since Jody Runge's first year in 1993, the Ducks are 78-17 (.821) at home. Oregon hasn't lost two in a row at McArthur Court since February 1993 -- before Runge became coach. The Ducks also haven't lost more than three games in a season at 'The Pit' since Runge's first year.

Oregon's back-to-back wins over top-25 teams Nov. 18-19 marked the first time in the program's history it has accomplished the feat.

Oregon finished first in the Pac-10 in attendance last season, averaging 5,852 fans in 14 games -- the second-best mark in Pac-10 history (UCLA ranked second with a 3,713 average). Oregon's 5,002 fans in its home-opener is the 23rd-best single-game mark in the nation this year.

Last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year Shaquala Williams is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee she injured in September.

Oregon will play host to the first Pac-10 women's basketball postseason tournament, beginning in March 2002.

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