Women's Basketball Picks Up Third Straight Win, Tops No. 25 Arizona 83-78
March 3, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Jamie Craighead scored 20 points, leading five Ducks in double-figures, as the University of Oregon women's basketball team defeated Arizona (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today Poll) 83-78 before 5,593 fans Saturday at McArthur Court.
It was the third consecutive victory for Oregon (16-11, 9-8 Pac-10), which is making a run for its eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Ducks also passed Stanford and Arizona in the conference standings, moving up to fourth place. The Wildcats fell to 18-10 and 8-8.
Craighead, a junior guard, hit on 6 of 15 from 3-point range and established the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 75. She broke Missy Croshaw's record of 70, set in 1993-94.
'They kept packing it in the zone. Knowing they were going to sag in, we had to keep shooting,' said Craighead, who also tied the school record with 15 attempts from long distance. 'I wasn't in a zone. I had to shoot way too many to get the ones I did.'
Senior forward Lindsey Dion also contributed career-bests of 18 points and three 3-pointers. Oregon attempted a school record 27 from 3-point territory, making 10.
'We must like to have our backs in a corner,' Craighead said. 'Hopefully people are watching the games and seeing the box scores and we can get in the (NCAA) tournament.'
Arizona led 50-46 on a Reshea Bristol (23 points, 10 assists) jumper with 11:18 left in the game. But the Ducks wouldn't be denied. They went on a 17-5 run with Angelina Wolvert scoring five points during the stretch, as Oregon took a 63-55 lead with 7:57 remaining. The Wildcats cut the defecit to 73-69 with 2:06 on the clock, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Craighead and Dion helped secure the win.
'It's a big sweep (Oregon beat No. 22 Arizona State on Thursday) and we're trying to salvage a chance for our seniors to get to the tournament,' Oregon coach Jody Runge said. 'It would really break my heart for them not to get that opportunity.'
Arizona lost guard Krista Warren to an ACL tear in her right knee with 2:28 left in the first half. Aimee Grzyb tried to pick up the slack for the Wildcats with 12 points on four 3-pointers, but it wasn't enough.
'Playing here is tough and having Krista go down really hurt us,' Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini said.
Oregon, which has had its share of rebounding problems this year, won the battle of the boards 38-25, including a 15-4 edge on the offensive end.
'We talked about how defense was going to win this game and how we couldn't let them get second shots,' Runge said. 'We had good shot selection, made big shots in crucial times and did an outstanding job both offensively and defensively.'
Wolvert scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half. She also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, marking her third double-double in the last seven games. Brianne Meharry came off the bench to score 12 points for the Ducks while Jenny Mowe added 10 points and four blocked shots.
Oregon sophomore guard Alissa Edwards ran the show Saturday, dishing out a career-high nine assists along with tallying three steals. Her nine assists was the most by a Duck since Lisa Bowyer had nine Dec. 20, 1997, vs. Washington State.
'Alissa is playing awesome right now,' Runge said. 'She's taking all the pressure off of other players and she's really taken a leadership role.'
Oregon concludes its regular season Saturday against in-state rival Oregon State (16-11, 8-9). Game time for the Civil War is 1 p.m. at McArthur Court.