Women's Basketball Plays Host Tuesday to Boise State; at Oregon State on Friday
Jan. 2, 2001
Oregon (No. 24 Associated Press/No. 24 ESPN/USA Today) plays host to Boise State (3-8, 0-0 Big West) on Tuesday at 7 p.m., before entering Pac-10 play Friday at in-state rival Oregon State (8-2, 0-0 Pac-10). Tipoff at Gill Coliseum is at 7 p.m.
The Oregon-Oregon State game will be televised on Fox Sports Net on a tape-delay basis. Scott Lynn will handle play-by-play duties and is complemented by analyst Todd McKim. The game will be aired at 10 a.m. Saturday. 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.
SERIES VS. BOISE STATE
The Ducks lead the series over the Broncos 7-3. They last faced each other on Dec. 5, 1998, a 70-50 Oregon win at Boise. Brianne Meharry came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points in that game.
SERIES VS. OREGON STATE
Oregon leads the series with the Beavers 44-19, which includes nine straight victories. Oregon State last won 58-57 on Jan. 5, 1996, at Corvallis. In the teams' last meeting, Oregon beat Oregon State 60-53 at McArthur Court to clinch the Pac-10 title. Jenny Mowe scored 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Oregon while Angelina Wolvert and Shaquala Williams each had 13 points. At Gill Coliseum last year, Oregon won 68-51 behind Williams' 25 points.
COACH JODY RUNGE
Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 149-64 (.700) 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.
If the season ended today, Jenny Mowe's .661 mark from the field would break the Oregon single-season record of .614 set by Debbie Adams in 1980-81. The Pac-10 record is held by former Duck great Stefanie Kasperski (.606). The Pac-10 began to sponsor women's basketball in the 1986-87 season.
IN THE RANKINGS
Oregon moved up one spot to No. 24 in the Associated Press poll. It marks the eighth straight week Oregon has been ranked in the AP poll. Oregon began last season ranked in the first 10 polls. The Ducks also are No. 24 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Five current top-25 teams are on Oregon's schedule.
OREGON NO. 9 IN RPI, NO. 2 FOR SCHEDULE STRENGTH
The Ducks are ranked No. 9 in the Dec. 31 RPI, second only in the Pac-10 to No. 8 Washington. Oregon also has the No. 2 strength of schedule, behind Tennessee, after holding down the No. 1 spot for several weeks.
Jamie Craighead is first among all Pac-10 players with a 50 percent mark (26 of 52) from 3-point range as well as 3-pointers per game (2.9). Last season, she shot 31 percent (30 of 98) from long range. In addition, Craighead has scored in double-figures in six straight games.
ON THE OFFENSIVE
Oregon ranks first in the Pac-10 with its .483 field goal percentage and second with a .705 free throw percentage.
Eight different Ducks have already scored in double-figures this season.
Brianne Meharry severely sprained her right ankle Dec. 13 against Utah. Meharry, who has missed the last two games, is listed as day-to-day.
Angelina Wolvert will play in her 100th game Friday at Oregon State. Jenny Mowe, meanwhile, played in her 100th career game Dec. 9 at Texas.
Angelina Wolvert, Brianne Meharry and Jenny Mowe each have been mired in foul trouble in several games this year. Meharry has fouled out four times (three in 1999-00), Mowe three times (three in 1999-00) and Wolvert twice (once in 1999-00) so far. The trio averages just over nine fouls per game.
Since Jody Runge's first year in 1993, the Ducks are 80-17 (.825) 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.
Ducks vs. San Francisco, Dec. 30
Angelina Wolvert scored 21 points as Oregon cruised to a 92-65 victory over USF. Kourtney Shreve tied a career-high with 15 points and Ndidi Unaka set a career-best with 13. The Ducks, who never trailed in the game, jumped out to a 39-19 halftime lead as Unaka, replacing Jenny Mowe, who picked up her fourth foul with 10 minutes left, had nine points. Wolvert caught fire in the second half, scoring 17 against the Dons, who defeated Oregon last season in San Francisco. Oregon's point total and 62 percent mark from the floor were season-highs.
Ducks vs. UC Santa Barbara, Dec. 22
Jenny Mowe scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to lead 23rd-ranked Oregon to an 81-60 win over UC Santa Barbara at McArthur Court. The Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak and avenged last season's 17-point loss to the Gauchos. Oregon, which never trailed, used a 21-8 run to open the game and forced UCSB into 31 percent first-half shooting. UCSB pulled to within nine at 47-38 with 16:14 left in the game, but a Jamie Craighead 3-pointer and three consecutive baskets by Mowe, who scored 14 in the second half, put Oregon up 56-38 with 13 minutes remaining. Mowe finished 7 of 12 from the field and pulled down seven offensive rebounds in only 23 minutes. Oregon, which committed a season-low 12 fouls, shot 37 free throws compared to UCSB's eight.
RUNGE VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED OPPONENTS
Oregon coach Jody Runge has a 17-29 record, including 11-8 at McArthur Court, against nationally-ranked opponents in her eight years at Oregon. Last year, she was 5-2.
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.
ONLINE CHAT WITH JENNY MOWE NOTABLE RUNGE TELECONFERENCE CALL WILLIAMS TO MISS SEASON CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT HOSTS
Jenny Mowe will conduct a 20-minute online chat session on the Pac-10 website
Senior Brianne Meharry made her first 3-pointer Dec. 9 against Texas since her freshman year. Also, senior Jenny Mowe attempted her first collegiate 3-pointer, resulting in a miss.
Jody Runge's Pac-10 teleconference call from 10:10-10:15 a.m. resumes each Tuesday beginning Jan. 9.
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.
RUNGE TELECONFERENCE CALL
WILLIAMS TO MISS SEASON
CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT HOSTS
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