Women's Basketball Completes Home Sweep With 76-54 Win Over UCLA

Jan. 26, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team used a second-half surge Saturday to upend UCLA 76-54 before 5,142 fans at McArthur Court.

Junior guard Shaquala Williams scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the second half as the Ducks outscored the Bruins 27-9 in the game's final 10 minutes.

Oregon, which won its second straight game, improved to 12-8 and 7-4 in the Pac-10. The Ducks are tied for second place in the conference with USC, Arizona State and Oregon State. UCLA, meanwhile, fell to 5-14 and 2-9. It was the Ducks' first home sweep of USC and UCLA since the 1998-99 season.

'In the second half we played better defense and got into a better rhythm offensively,' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'We had an inside presence from (Andrea) Bills and (Cathrine) Kraayeveld.'

Kraayeveld, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, was a menace on the boards once again, pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds to go with 16 points for her third double-double this year. In the last five games, Kraayeveld has 63 rebounds, which is the most in a five-game stretch since former Oregon star Alison Lang had 63 near the end of the 1983-84 season.Kraayeveld, who ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in rebounding, did most of her scoring damage from the foul line, hitting 9-of-10. She also had four assists and two blocks.

Williams, who hit 9-of-17 from the floor, also helped on the glass with seven rebounds. Her 23 points also marked the third time she's had at least 20 in a game this season.

'In the second half we did a better job reversing the ball and getting the ball inside,' Williams said. 'We did the things that created better shots for us.'

The Ducks led 19-12 with 10:07 left in the first half, but the Bruins' defense stifled Oregon the rest of the way, as they went on a 15-7 run to go into the locker room with a 27-26 lead. The Ducks shot poorly in the first half, making just 7-of-28 overall for 25 percent.

'They're a scrappy team and we were careless and they stripped the ball from us,' Smith said.

Jamie Craighead was Oregon's other double-figure scorer with 10, with eight of her points coming in the second half as the Ducks shot 57 percent from the floor after halftime.

Senior point guard Natalie Nakase led UCLA with 14 points and eight assists in 40 minutes of action. Whitney Jones and Shalada Allen each had 10 to pace the Bruins.

Oregon next takes off for the Desert, as it will play Arizona State on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Arizona on Saturday at 3 p.m. PST. The Arizona game will be televised live on the Oregon Sports Network.

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