Women's Hoops Has No Answer for No. 20 Oregon

Jan. 11, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - California didn't have the answer for No. 20 Oregon's balance from the inside and outside as the Golden Bears were routed by Oregon, 86-56, Thursday at McArthur Court. The Bears fell to 4-9, 0-3 in the Pac-10, while the two-time Pac-10 champion Ducks improved to 9-3, 2-0 in conference play.

Senior guard Courtney Johnson led Cal with 13 points, followed by Lauren Ashbaugh with nine points and Kenya Corley and Jen Deering with eight points each. Along with Deering's career high for points, she matched her career high of four rebounds in a career-best 20 minutes of action off the bench.

Oregon nailed six three pointers (7-of-13 for the game), including four by Jamie Craighead, against California's two-three zone to build a 28-15 lead with 5:50 to play in the first half. Cal kept the lead between eight and 13 points for most of the initial stanza thanks to an 18-10 advantage on the glass.

'We said before the game that if they were going to beat us that they were going to beat us from the three-point line, but that Jamie Craighead is not going to shoot threes,' said Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer. 'She hit four in the first half. So, we did not stay with our game plan whatsoever, and I got on them for that. '

The Ducks torrid outside shooting forced the Bears to switch to a pressure man-to-man defense. The three-point onslaught ended, and Cal only trailed by 10 at 33-23 with 3:12 until halftime. The Ducks inside game then kicked into full gear as they closed the half with a 13-3 run. Forwards Brianne Meharry and Angelina Wolvert accounted for six and five points, respectively, in the decisive run to send Oregon to the locker room with a 46-26 advantage. Ashbaugh paced Cal with seven first-half points.

'We switched up things,' said Horstmeyer. 'I don't think we ever got a rhythm defensively. I thought we did a good job on their posts early. Oregon came out very hot and played very well.'

After the break, Cal cut Oregon's lead to 16 at 48-32 following four-straight points from Johnson but couldn't get any closer the rest of the way. The final score was the Ducks biggest lead of the game.

Oregon had four players with double-figure points - Wolvert (16), Craighead (14), Meharry (11) and Kourtney Shreve (11).

Two positives for the Bears were that they got to the foul line 27 times (made 18) after stepping to the charity stripe only five times against Arizona State in their last game. Horstmeyer's team also held a 32-26 edge in rebounding, including a 16-9 margin on the offensive glass. Junior center Ami Forney, who came into tonight's game leading the Pac-10 in rebounding with 8.1 rpg, led Cal with six boards.

Cal looks to bounce back against Oregon State (9-3, 1-1 Pac-10) in Corvallis, Saturday, at 1 p.m., on FOX Sports Net.

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