Women's Basketball Rebounds to Take Out Portland 85-63

Dec. 5, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore Brandi Davis and junior Cathrine Kraayeveld each posted double-doubles Thursday as the University of Oregon women's basketball team stopped a three-game losing skid with a convincing 85-63 win over Portland before 3,570 at McArthur Court.

Davis, who had struggled from the field last week, wowed the crowd with a career-highs of 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

'She not only creates for herself, but for the rest of the team,' second-year Oregon coach Bev Smith. 'That's a positive for us.'

Davis scored the game's first seven points as the Ducks, who never trailed in the game, led 7-0 in the first five minutes. She finished 7-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.

'I think we all came together,' said Davis, who had 12 points in the first half. 'We realized we had to bring it up another level. We made a pact to play with discipline, passion and pride.'

The Ducks improved to 2-3 on the year while the Pilots, who beat Oregon last year, dropped to 2-4.

Meanwhile, Kraayeveld notched her third double-double this season with 14 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

All in all, it was a much-needed win for Oregon.

'Our confidence was shaken after the road trip (0-3 last week) and we really weren't feeling good about ourselves,' Smith said. 'Our players came to play. I think we built a platform on which we can build the rest of the season.'

Oregon, which had been outrebounded by nearly seven per game this year, dominated underneath with 56 boards compared to the Pilots' 31. The Ducks also had 21 on the offensive end, after collecting 24 combined in the three previous games.

The Ducks came together after learning that All-America senior guard Shaquala Williams was suspended indefinitely Wednesday.

'She's a big void to fill,' said junior guard Kayla Steen, who had a career-high 12 points. 'But we wanted this win tonight and we did what we could to get it.'

Freshman forward Yadili Okwumabua was the fourth Oregon player in double-digit scoring with a career-high 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go with five rebounds.

Senior guard Alissa Edwards set the offensive tone with a season-high six assists and hit 2-of-3 from 3-point distance in the second half. Entering the game, she had six assists on the year.

Michaela Dalgleish paced Portland with 16 points, making 3-of-6 from long range, while Jamie Medley added 14.

Oregon next takes on No. 19-ranked BYU (5-0) on Saturday at the Pape' Jam in Portland. Tipoff at the Rose Garden is at 3 p.m. The No. 7-ranked Duck men open the doubleheader against No. 14-ranked Kansas at 12:30 p.m.

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