Women's Basketball Dominates Arizona State 68-52

Jan. 30, 2003

EUGENE, Ore.--The University of Oregon women's basketball team played one of its most complete games this year as it trounced Arizona State 68-52 before 4,216 fans Thursday at McArthur Court.

Oregon's defense set the tone early as it allowed the fewest points this season and the Ducks snapped a four-game losing streak to Arizona State (12-7, 4-6).

'We've been beaten and bashed (this year),' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'It was the best defensive effort combined with heart that we have seen all year. We stressed two things going into the game. We needed to rebound better and hold them to one shot at the hoop.'

The Ducks (8-11, 4-6) won the rebounding battle (38-32) for the first time since the Montana game on Dec. 19, a span of 10 games.

Andrea Bills led the way underneath with nine rebounds while freshman Yadili Okwumabua had seven in a reserve role. The Ducks are 4-0 this season when outrebounding their opponent.

Oregon, which never trailed in the game, raced to a 20-7 first-half lead on a Brandi Davis basket with 7:55 left in the first half. The Sun Devils didn't hit double-digits until a Kylan Loney 3-pointer made it 23-12 at the 5:41 mark. ASU cut the lead to 23-16 on an Amy Denson lay-in, but it was as close as it got the rest of the game. The Ducks went on a 12-5 run to close the half thanks to five points and an assist from senior guard Alissa Edwards, who had a career-high 10 assists.

'We have eight more games,' said Edwards, who went 7-of-7 from the foul line. 'The players out there will just stick together and play as hard as we can, like tonight.'

Carolyn Ganes led the Ducks with 13 points-her sixth straight double-figure scoring game and ninth in the last 10-hitting 5-of-7 from the field. Oregon's Brandi Davis scored all 11 of her points in the first half, while Kayla Steen added 10 off the bench.

'I think we came out and played tough,' Ganes said. 'Everyone went out and played their guts out.'

The Ducks held the Sun Devils to 37 percent shooting-the second lowest by an Oregon defense this year and just the third time all year an opponent has shot under 40 percent.

Loney led ASU with 16 points, nailing 4-of-6 from long range. Kristen Kovedsy had 13 points while Denson finished with 10 to round out the Sun Devils' offense. Jill Noe, who had 18 points in ASU's win over Oregon Jan. 4, was held to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.

Oregon, which is down to nine healthy players, saw its bench outscore ASU's 18-6.

Oregon next plays host to No. 24-ranked Arizona (13-6, 6-4) on Saturday at noon in a game nationally televised live on Fox Sports Net. Arizona lost to Oregon State 71-65 in overtime Thursday.

'(Arizona) is going to be tough,' Edwards said. 'We hope to play like we did tonight and put forth the effort-just go out and play hard.'

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