11th-Ranked Texas Tech Edges Oregon in Overtime, 79-75

Dec. 13, 2000

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas hasn't been kind to the Oregon women's basketball team. The 14th-ranked Ducks fell 79-75in overtime to 11th-ranked Texas Tech before 12,822 fans Wednesday at the United Spirit Arena.

Oregon (4-2), which lost Saturday to Texas, dropped its second straight game for just the fourthtime in the last five years.

The Ducks fought neck-and-neck with the Lady Raiders (6-1), nearly spoiling their 34-gamehome winning streak, the nation's second-longest.

But Oregon committed five turnovers in the overtime period and Texas Tech hit four free throwsin the final 11 seconds to secure the victory. The Ducks played without starting forwardsAngelina Wolvert and Brianne Meharry in the extra period. Both players fouled out late in thesecond half for the second consecutive game.

'Our kids played with a lot more heart tonight,' eighth-year Oregon coach Jody Runge said. 'Wefeel good about the effort, but we need to finish this trip with a win.' The Ducks play at Utah onSaturday at 2 p.m. PST.

Oregon trailed 61-49 with 6:39 left in the game, but used a 13-1 run over the next three minutesto cut Texas Tech's lead to five. The Ducks tied the game at 68-68 on an Alyssa Fredrick lay-inwith 14 seconds left. Jia Perkins then missed a jumper for the Lady Raiders to send the game intoovertime.

'We've got a lot of things to get better at,' Runge said. 'We need to cut down on our turnoversand stop fouling.'

The Ducks committed a season-high 32 turnovers, 19 of which occurred after halftime. The LadyRaiders scored 29 points off Oregon's turnovers.

Oregon center Jenny Mowe made her presence felt inside, tying a season-high with 16 points, 10of them in the second half. She hit 7 of 8 from the floor and grabbed a team-high tying sevenrebounds. Fredrick also provided a spark for the Ducks, scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting injust 14 minutes. Her point total marked the most she has scored in an Oregon uniform since shetransferred from San Diego State two years ago.

The Ducks had trouble with quick Texas Tech forward Plenette Pierson, who had a game-high 20points. Jia Perkins came off the bench to add 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting. The Lady Raidershad trouble at the free-throw line, though, hitting just 21 of 37.

Texas Tech also was coming off a 59-51 setback to North Carolina State in Austin on Saturday, ateam Oregon beat 50-47 in November.

'We played really well as a whole,' Texas Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. 'This game helped usgrow up before Big 12 play.'

Oregon will try to avoid its first three-game losing streak since the 1995-96 season.

'Utah is playing well and that's a tough place to play,' Runge said. 'We're going to have to handlea rough, physical game.'

- The loss marked just the fourth time in the last five years Oregon has dropped two straightgames.- Brianne Meharry fouled out for the fourth time this season.- Alyssa Fredrick's 12 points was her best in an Oregon uniform.- Sophomore guard Alissa Edwards made her first career start.

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