Wisconsin-Green Bay Cruises Past Women's Basketball, 69-53

Nov. 26, 2002

GREEN BAY, Wis. - It was almost deja vu for the University of Oregon women's basketball team Tuesday, as Wisconsin-Green Bay jumped to a big lead early and controlled the tempo en route to a 69-53 win at Phoenix Sports Center.

The Phoenix (2-1), who beat the Ducks (1-1) in last year's season-opener, 75-57, established a 22-10 lead with 7:33 left in the first half on a Kristy Loiselle 3-pointer. Oregon would never get to within a single-digit deficit the rest of the way.

'We didn't come out ready to battle,' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'I tip my hat to Green Bay. Defensively, they took us out of our offensive flow.'

UW-Green Bay hounded Oregon into 25 turnovers, including 14 in the first half. It was the Ducks' worst defeat since the two teams met last season.

Junior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld proved to be one of the few bright spots for Oregon, notching her seventh straight double-double, carrying over from last year. She grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds to go with 11 points. However, her outside shot wasn't falling tonight, as she finished by making 4-of-12 from the floor.

'We weren't as prepared as we should've been,' said Kraayeveld, the Ducks' lone double-figure scorer. 'We were going hard, but it just wasn't clicking. Sometimes, we just weren't on the same page.'

Senior All-America guard Shaquala Williams couldn't get on track either, taking just four shot attempts, hitting one. She tallied five points and committed five turnovers.

'Shaquala had a tough evening,' Smith said. 'She never really got an open look.'

UW-Green Bay swiped 17 steals, led by Elizabeth Dudley's six. Dudley also added 12 points and six rebounds. Post player Chandra Johnson led the Phoenix with 17 points on 8-of-17 shooting. It marked the 10th straight home victory for UW-Green Bay, an NCAA Tournament team last year.

Sophomore post Andrea Bills was Oregon's second-leading scorer with nine and also added seven rebounds. However, she was in foul trouble for much of the second half and played just 16 minutes.

Oregon shot just 29 percent in the first half and connected on 2-of-14 from long range overall.

The Ducks are 1-5 in their last six nonconference road games dating to the 2000-01 season.

Oregon next travels to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, for the Paradise Jam. The Ducks will face South Carolina on Thursday and No. 18-ranked Boston College on Friday. Both games tip off at 4:30 p.m. PST.

-www.GoDucks.com
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