Craighead, Women's Basketball Shoot Down St. John's 75-52

Nov. 30, 2001

LAWRENCE, Kan. - Behind seven first-half 3-pointers, the University of Oregon women's basketball team raced to a 44-11 lead and never looked back as the Ducks defeated St. John's 75-52 in the first game Friday at the Holiday Inn Jayhawk Classic.

Jamie Craighead lit up the Red Storm, nailing her first six 3-point attempts, en route to a season-high 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting.

'(Craighead) has had the best two practices this week than she's had all year,' first-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'In her expression, she looked relaxed and really knew her place on this team. She shot real well but also contributed in other ways.'

The Ducks (3-3) opened the game with four 3-pointers in a row, two each from Craighead and Edniesha Curry, who had nine points, to take a quick 14-4 lead. St. John's (1-5) couldn't find its shooting touch, making only 36 percent from the field in the first half, and found itself down 47-18 at the half. Oregon shot a blistering 59 percent from the floor before halftime, including 7 of 12 from 3-point territory.

'We played a really good first half,' Smith said. 'We kept our intensity throughout the game even though we led by a large margin. We lived up to our standards tonight.'

The Ducks also took care of the ball, committing a season-low 12 turnovers. Starting guard Shaquala Williams helped run the show, dishing out a career-high eight assists, scoring 12 points and turning the ball over once.

'Shaquala did a great job running our offense and creating some openings for us,' Smith said.

'They play a lot of zone, so today in practice we focused on reversing the ball,' Williams said. 'We knew if we did that, we'd create some shots. We have great shooters. When you can just catch the ball and shoot, you can be pretty effective.'

Oregon was one 3-pointer away from tying an eight-year old school record and finished making 11 of 23.

With up to four Oregon reserves in at a time in the second half, St. John's mounted a short-lived comeback with a 19-3 run to make it 61-44, but it was as close as the Red Storm got. Craighead and Williams then hit back-to-back 3-pointers to help seal St. John's fate.

Freshman post player Andrea Bills came off the bench to score eight points and grab four rebounds for the Ducks.

Resheedah Brown and Patrycja Gulak each led the Red Storm with 12 points. St. John's dressed only eight players as several starters recently went down with injuries.

Oregon next will play host Kansas (3-3), winners in Friday's second game over Alabama State, Saturday in the championship game at about 5:05 p.m. PST.

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