Back Court, Defense Lead Women's Basketball to 75-63 Win vs. TCU

Nov. 24, 2001

PORTLAND - Shaquala Williams and Edniesha Curry combined for 43 points Saturday as the University of Oregon women's basketball team topped Texas Christian 75-63 at the Rose Garden in the third annual Pape' Jam.

Williams, a junior guard, hit 7 of 15 from the floor, 6 of 6 from the foul line en route to a game-high 22 points, as well as passed out a team-best four assists. Curry, meanwhile, hit 6 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 7 from 3-point range, to finish with 21.

The Ducks (2-2), who never trailed the entire game, played an inspired defense that helped force TCU (2-1) into 36 percent shooting. The Horned Frogs, who advanced to the NCAA Tournament's second round a year ago, managed just 25 percent shooting in the first half as Oregon took a commanding 34-21 lead.

'TCU was a highly touted team, but we didn't pay attention to that,' first-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'We kept our focus on our game plan.'

Oregon's offense, which performed sporadically in Tuesday's loss to Portland, proved more efficient against TCU. The Ducks were hot from 3-point territory, hitting 8 of 18, while nailing 46 percent overall (25 of 55) from the field.

'In crucial moments we hit some tough threes,' Smith said. 'We didn't force a lot of shots and we got some good penetration.'

The Horned Frogs cut the Ducks' lead to 54-46 with 8:36 left in the game, but that was as close as they came. Williams retaliated by scoring four points and Alyssa Fredrick dropped in a free throw to make it 59-46 with five minutes on the clock.

'I thought their guards played outstanding, but we knew that coming in,' TCU coach Jeff Mittie said.

Freshman post player Andrea Bills also provided a lift for Oregon off the bench, tallying career highs of 10 points and eight rebounds.

'Andrea is a person who exudes composure,' Smith said. 'I like to call her the Chief ... she's always listening and observing.'

Bills hit 3 of 6 from the field, 4 of 6 from the free-throw line and recorded one block and a steal in 23 minutes.

'In the second half they got too far inside because Bills hurt us down low,' Mittie said. 'We wanted to keep them at 10 feet, but Bills got us to four to five feet and pinned us low.'

Sandora Irvin led the Horned Frogs with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting along with seven rebounds while Kati Safaritova had 19.

Oregon next plays host Monday to No. 8 Texas Tech at McArthur Court. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The Lady Raiders edged Oregon State 64-60 Saturday at Corvallis.

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