Women's Basketball Escapes With 73-69 Win at Washington State

Jan. 25, 2003

PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore guard Brandi Davis scored a career-high 24 points as the University of Oregon women's basketball team beat Washington State 73-69 Saturday at Friel Court.

Davis scored 19 of her points in the first half and finished making 11-of-23 from the floor to go with three assists and two steals. She helped the Ducks (7-11, 3-6) snap their three-game losing skid and extended Washington State's losing streak to 41. The Cougars, who also lost their 30th conference game in a row, are 0-17 and 0-9 in the Pac-10.

'This was more important than Washington State's streak,' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'It was more important for us to get on track. We want to make sure we're focusing on playing our game, regardless of who we're playing.'

But it didn't come easy for Oregon, as the Cougars had possession with six seconds left, trailing just 71-69. But senior Alissa Edwards poked the ball away from WSU's Jessica Perry after an inbounds pass with five seconds left. Edwards, who had missed the front end of a one-and-one at the nine-second mark, calmly hit two free throws with seven-tenths of a second left to seal the victory.

'After I missed that first one, I was disappointed,' said Edwards, who had five steals. 'But I wanted the ball back and knew I was going to make them.'

Freshman forward Carolyn Ganes recorded her first double-double of her career with 19 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. It was Ganes' fifth straight game in double-digit scoring and eighth in the last nine.

'Obviously, it's big for us to go in and play our game,' said Ganes who made 8-of-15 from the floor. '(WSU's) had a lot of close games and were getting better as a team each time. I think we all did a good job of staying composed in that situation (near the end).'

The Ducks, who have struggled on the road this year (2-6), picked up their first win away from McArthur Court since defeating Montana on Dec. 19. It also marked Oregon's first conference road win since it topped Washington State last February.

'I talked to my mom today and she said 'Go to the basket,'' Davis said. 'WSU defended me better in the second half, though.'

The Cougars, who had their biggest lead at 24-18 with eight minutes left before halftime, never led in the second half.

'We didn't give them a lengthy run to give them momentum,' Smith said. 'We are so close to competing with every team in the Pac-10.'

Bianca McCall led WSU with 20 points and nine rebounds. Kedzie Gunderson added 11 points for Oregon.

'We've absolutely learned from some of the things that went on in the OSU and Washington games,' Smith said. 'We were prepared to execute both offensively and defensively. For us to go home now, we're looking to take our lessons learned back to Mac Court.'

Oregon next plays host to Arizona State at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Arizona on Saturday at noon. The Arizona game will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.

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