Women's Basketball Smothers Arizona, 72-53

Jan. 4, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Cathrine Kraayeveld had career-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the University of Oregon women's basketball team to a 72-53 romp Friday over Arizona before 4,767 fans at McArthur Court.

The Ducks won their third straight game and fourth out of five as they improved to 9-5 and 4-1 in the Pac-10. Meanwhile, the Wildcats dropped their second consecutive game to fall to 5-7 and 1-3.

'We always step on the floor knowing if we execute and play with intelligence we have a chance to win,' first-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said.

Kraayeveld, who had 12 of her 18 points in the second half, was a scoring threat from the outside and in the paint. She shot 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-4 from the foul line in addition to blocking two shots and collecting one steal. In her past three games, Kraayeveld has averaged 9.3 rebounds.

'I guess we've always felt that was in her, but maybe not at the pace she's doing it,' Smith said of Kraayeveld, who made her third career start. 'Now she's discovering some things about herself as well. She understands the game- knowing when to go for a rebound and punch it out or help out her post partner. Her ability to score inside and out is changing the dynamic of our team.'

Freshman post player Andrea Bills also gave Oregon a lift off the bench again, scoring 10 points and pulling down eight rebounds. It marked Bills' third consecutive double-figure scoring game.

The Ducks led just 12-10 with 13:23 remaining in the first half, but went on a 22-10 run to close the half as Bills scored eight points during the stretch. The Wildcats could get no closer than 12 points down the rest of the game.

Shaquala Williams had 14 points and a team-best five assists for Oregon while Jamie Craighead added 10 points, hitting 2-of-5 from 3-point range. Williams, one of the nation's leading free-throw shooters at 89 percent, saw her string of 18 straight free throws made end.

Elizabeth Pickney led Arizona with 12 points, but made only 4-of-14 from the floor. Dee-Dee Wheeler chipped in 11 points for the Wildcats.

Oregon shot 57 percent in the second half to keep the Wildcats in check and was 53 percent overall. The Ducks' defense helped force Arizona into a season-low 32 percent shooting as well as its lowest point total this year.

Oregon next will take on Arizona State (11-4, 2-2) at 1 p.m. at McArthur Court. The Sun Devils lost Friday to Oregon State 77-70 at Corvallis.

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