Women's Basketball Wins Third Straight, Tops Washington State 85-52

Feb. 20, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. - In an impressive - perhaps unprecedented - offensive display Thursday, the University of Oregon women's basketball team won 85-52 before 4,087 fans at McArthur Court.

The Ducks had six players in double-figure scoring - something not officially accomplished since before the Jody Runge era began in 1993 - led by sophomore Brandi Davis' 17.

It marked Oregon's third straight win - a first this season - and improved its record to 11-13 and 7-8 in the conference. The Ducks are now in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Pac-10 with Oregon State and USC. Washington State, meanwhile, fell to 1-23 and 1-15.

'Our players respect that team (WSU),' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'They sent us a message up in Pullman, and I think we really responded well to that tonight.'

Cathrine Kraayeveld, making her first start since the TCU game Dec. 22, along with Carolyn Ganes and Amy Taylor, all scored 13 points. Andrea Bills added 11 and Kedzie Gunderson 10 to lead the Ducks' offense. It marked a career-high for Taylor, who nailed 5-of-6 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range.

Oregon's defense shut down WSU leading scorer Bianca McCall (13.3 ppg entering the game), holding her to two points and 1-of-7 shooting.

'We're a better team defensively since we've turned the corner in the second half of the Pac-10 season,' said Smith, whose team tied a season-best for points allowed for the third time.

Oregon, which never trailed in the game, jumped out to a 16-6 lead with 13:40 left in the first half behind seven points and an assist from Kraayeveld.

'It was fun. We played really hard from the get-go,' said Kraayeveld, who tied Bills for the team lead with nine rebounds. 'We focused on coming out strong from the start.'

Holly Harris led the Cougars with 13 points and six rebounds while Jessica Perry chipped in 11 points.

'(Oregon) shot the ball really well and got the ball deep inside to the post and then were able to kick it outside,' WSU coach Sherri Murrell said. 'They were taller, bigger, and stronger than we were.'

Overall, the Ducks nailed 11-of-21 from 3-point range, led by Davis' 4-of-7 night. Oregon had season-highs of 59 percent shooting and 26 assists as well as tied a season-best with 85 points.

Oregon senior guard Kourtney Shreve, who had two assists in a reserve role, participated in her 100th career game.

Oregon next plays host to Washington (19-6, 11-5), 100-86 losers Thursday to Oregon State, on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Washington game, the Ducks' last home game this year, will be televised live on the Oregon Sports Network.

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