Edwards' Shot Lifts Women's Basketball to 54-52 Win at California
Feb. 8, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. - Better late than never. University of Oregon senior guard Alissa Edwards hit a 12-foot baseline jumper with 2.3 seconds left - her first collegiate game-winner - as the Ducks beat California 54-52 Saturday afternoon at Haas Pavilion before 1,130 fans.
Cal's Leigh Gregory missed a 14-footer from the baseline with 16 seconds left. Oregon grabbed the rebound and called time out with 11.9 seconds on the clock. The Ducks inbounded to Edwards, who dribbled to her left through the Bears' zone and found an open spot, shooting just over the outstretched arms of 6-foot-5 post player Olga Volkova.
Cal had a chance for the win, but Kristin Iwanaga's desperation 20-footer missed the mark.
'I thought there was less time on the clock,' said Edwards, who also had a career-high six rebounds. 'I just shot it. If I missed it we were going into overtime ... if I made it, I knew we'd win. I didn't really notice (Volkova) was there.'
Oregon snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 9-13 and 5-8 in Pac-10 play. It was its second conference road win this year. Cal, swept for the second straight season by the Ducks, fell to 8-13 and 4-8.
'We thought they'd go high-low,' Cal coach Caren Horstmeyer said of Oregon's last shot. 'We did not think Edwards was going to take the shot. We went zone on the last possession to defend the high-low. She hit a tough shot. She's a gamer.'
'Right now, a win on the road is very important for our team, for our confidence,' said Edwards, who scored nine points. 'We're trying to get some wins to get a good seed in the Pac-10 Tournament.'
Cal had its only lead of the second half, 47-46, on a Gregory free throw with 7:39 remaining. But Oregon freshman Carolyn Ganes, who had a team-high 17 points, made back-to-back baskets to put the Ducks up 50-47 with 4:40 left. Ganes, the Ducks' lone double-digits scorer, was in double-figures for the ninth straight game.
The 6-foot-3 Ganes, one of the Ducks' top outside shooters, muscled her way inside for most of her points and helped get Cal post player Timea Ivanyi into foul trouble. Ivanyi, who burned the Ducks in Eugene for 17 points, picked up her fourth foul with 11:32 left and fouled out at the 3:26 mark. She finished with 10 points.
'We tried going after her to get her fourth,' said Ganes, who pulled down eight rebounds. 'It was important for us to get her out of the game because she was hurting us on the offensive end.'
Gregory led the Bears with a career-high 22 points, hitting 13-of-15 from the foul line.
Early on, Oregon's defense held Cal to just five points in the first 11 minutes, leading 15-5. The Ducks' 52 points allowed tied their season low, set earlier in last week's win over Arizona State. Oregon also outrebounded Cal 37-34. The Ducks are 5-0 when outrebounded their opponents this year.
At the 12:48 mark in the first half, Oregon's Kedzie Gunderson took an inadvertent Volkova forearm, rebreaking her nose she initially suffered Dec. 19 at Montana. She came back to start the second half.
The Ducks have just one game next week, playing host to in-state rival Oregon State in the Civil War, presented by your Northwest Dodge Dealers. Tipoff at McArthur Court is at noon. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net.