Women's Basketball Cruises to 76-47 Win over Washington State

Dec. 30, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Freshman Andrea Bills scored 13 points to help the University of Oregon women's basketball team to a 76-47 victory Sunday afternoon over Washington State before 4,298 fans at McArthur Court.

The Ducks, who have won six of their last eight games, improved their record to 8-5 and 3-1 in Pac-10 play. The Cougars dropped to 2-11, 0-3.

'We have to play physical,' first-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'We wanted to front their post players and that takes a lot of energy. These young ladies are very motivated and very committed.'

Oregon, which didn't trail the entire game, jumped out to a 17-7 lead at the 11:42 mark behind points from six different Ducks. All but one Oregon player scored in the game.

Senior post player Alyssa Fredrick had all 12 of her points in the first half as Oregon led 43-23 at the break as the Cougars made just 5-of-23 from the field for 22 percent. Bills, meanwhile, dropped in 12 second-half points and finished hitting 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the foul line in 18 minutes.

In her second career start for Oregon, sophomore Cathrine Kraayeveld had nine points and a game-best nine rebounds.

Whitney Martindale led the Cougars, who lost their eighth straight, with a game-high 14 points. Jessica Perry also chipped in 12 for Washington State. The Cougars shot 29 percent for the game while the Ducks hit on 43 percent.

The Ducks now have won 34 of the last 36 games against Pac-10 schools in the Northwest-Washington, Washington State and Oregon State.

Oregon's conference start is the third time in the last four years it has been 3-1 through four games. Last year, the Ducks began Pac-10 play 4-0.

Oregon plays host to the Arizona schools next weekend. On Friday, the Ducks will encounter Arizona at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Oregon will take on Arizona State at 1 p.m.

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