Women's Basketball Loses Season Opener 75-57 to Wisconsin-Green Bay
Nov. 17, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. - Wisconsin-Green Bay used a second-half scoring surge Saturday to down the University of Oregon women's basketball team 75-57 in the season-opener for both teams before 3,906 at McArthur Court.
The Ducks (0-1) trailed just 42-40 after a Shaquala Williams lay-in, but UWGB forward Sara Boyer reeled off nine points over the next seven minutes, capped by a 3-pointer which gave the Phoenix a 61-44 lead. Oregon, which committed 25 turnovers, could never recover from the deficit.
'I have to give credit where credit is due-Wisconsin played a smart, solid game,' said Oregon coach Bev Smith, who made her regular season debut. '(UWGB) did a good job defensively and too away the momentum we had hoped to establish in our first game at Mac Court.'
The Phoenix (22-9 last season) used a deliberate half-court offense and quick ball movement that gave the Ducks quite a defensive challenge.
'Oregon has a fast team, racing would not work,' UWGB coach Kevin Borseth said. 'Controlling the tempo would be to our advantage and it seemed to work.'
Oregon also had trouble on the boards, as UWGB outrebounded the Ducks 38-26, which included 20 on the offensive end. Mandy Stowe proved to be the biggest presence inside for UWGB, grabbing nine rebounds to go with a team-high 18 points, 12 of them in the first half. Boyer added 17 points while Kristy Loiselle had 15.
Williams, a junior guard, led the Ducks with 18 points and five assists. However, she missed all seven of her 3-point attempts as the Ducks went 1 of 16 overall from beyond the arc.
'We had some problems, so we have to adjust,' Smith said. 'We have to give proper spacing to allow for our quickness (on offense), so we can break people down. When we did that, we got some penetration.'
Oregon sophomore forward Cathrine Kraayeveld chipped in a career-high 14 points in a reserve role, hitting 7 of 7 from the floor in 20 minutes. Senior post player Alyssa Fredrick also was strong underneath, scoring 11 points, blocking three shots and pulling down 10 rebounds-her best total in an Oregon uniform.
'We have to get the ball inside more and establish that inside presence,' Smith said. 'Our post players did very well, and I think they need to ask for the ball more.'
The Ducks, who lost their first home-opening game since 1977 (27-2 overall), shot a blistering 58 percent in the first half, but made 40 percent of their attempts after halftime.
Oregon returns to action Sunday against Miami (0-1)at McArthur Court. Tipoff is at 1 p.m.