Women's Basketball Wins Fourth Straight, Defeats Oregon State 72-60

March 10, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team made a solid case Saturday for a berth into the NCAA Tournament, soundly defeating Oregon State 72-60 before the third-largest crowd in McArthur Court history of 8,815 fans.

The Ducks (17-11, 10-8), who won their fourth straight game, will finish fourth in the Pac-10 behind co-champions Washington, Arizona State and Stanford (all with 13-5 conference records). Oregon State, which likely will play in the WNIT, falls to 16-12 and 8-10. The Beavers had won five straight before losing to the Ducks, who beat Oregon State for the 11 straight time.

'I'm so pleased that (our seniors) have an opportunity to get to the NCAA Tournament,' eighth-year Oregon coach Jody Runge said. The Ducks have been to seven successive NCAA Tournaments under Runge.

Oregon had five players in double-figures for the second consecutive game, led by senior forward Angelina Wolvert's 14 points and 12 rebounds. It marked Wolvert's fourth double-double in the last seven games. She also had a career-high six assists and collected four steals and three blocks. Junior guard Jamie Craighead also scored 14 points, hitting double-figures for the third game in a row.

'There wa a lot of emotion this week and coach finally told us to save our energy for the big game,' Craighead said. 'As soon as the game started, it felt like we were controlled in how we were going to react to situations.'

'Senior Day' also proved successful for Lindsey Dion (13 points), Jenny Mowe (12 points) and Brianne Meharry (10 points).

'Before this game started, I had a feeling of uncertainty, but after we went upstairs, I knew there was not way we could lose this game in front of this crowd.'

Oregon State's Felicia Ragland kept the Beavers in the game, scoring 22 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds. She did her damage even though she sat the bench after picking up her fourth foul with 13 minutes left in the game.

The Ducks trailed just once in the game at 2-0 and used three first-half 3-pointers by Craighead to take a 36-30 halftime lead. Oregon led 59-53 with 3:05 remaining in the game when it received baskets from Craighead, Mowe and a free throw each from Craighead and Camber Ellingson. Ellingson's free throw put Oregon up 65-56 with 1:00 on the clock.

Hollye Holbrook was Orego State's only other double-figure scorer with 11.

ESPN will air the NCAA Tournament selection show Sunday at 2 p.m.

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