Women's Basketball Wins Exhibition in Bev Smith's Debut
Nov. 2, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Behind 21 points from junior Shaquala Williams, the University of Oregon women's basketball team defeated KSC Szekszard 83-77 before 4,306 fans Friday at McArthur Court in the first exhibition of the 2001-02 season.
It also marked the return of Oregon coach Bev Smith, a two-time All-American while playing for the Ducks.
Szekszard, a team from Hungary, led 75-73 with 1:53 on the clock, but 6-foot-3 sophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld sparked the Ducks with six points and one assist down the stretch.
The game featured some first-game sloppiness on both sides, as Oregon committed 25 turnovers while forcing 30 on Szekszard.
'It was a little what we expected,' Smith said. 'We knew we were going to make some mistakes, but we said in the locker room that we were going to focus on 100 percent effort.'
Oregon trailed early in the second half 45-35, but the Ducks quickly tied the game on a 10-0 run in less than two minutes behind four points from senior center Alyssa Fredrick.
williams, also her first game back after sitting out last season with an injury, hit 9 of 21 from the floor and 3 of 4 from the foul line. However, she hit just 1 of 10 from 3-point range.
'We have a long way to go, but our team works hard and everyone is positive, so we should be fine,' said Williams, who also dished out three assists. 'Our defense was terrible tonight and our offense is often spurred by our defense. So we need to get our D going to be successful.'
Kraayeveld finished with 16 points and six rebounds for the Ducks, hitting 4 of 5 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.
Oregon outrebounded the Hungarian squad 39-29. Freshman forward Amy Parrish grabbed six rebounds in just 15 minutes, in addition to dropping in 11 points. Fredrick also came up big, adding 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and pulling down six rebounds.
'We were happy with the character at the end of the game to pull out the win,' Smith said. 'We're putting in a whole new system and our defense has suffered. We're going to have to get after it in practice defensively, and we will.'
Kristina Szemeredi led Szekszard with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting.
The Ducks next play host to Western Oregon in their final exhibition Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. Szekszard next plays at Oregon State on Sunday.