No. 24 Oregon Nips N.C. State

Nov 30, 2003

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Cathrine Kraayeveld scored 18 points and Andrea Billsadded 17 to lead No. 24 Oregon past North Carolina State 83-78 on Saturdaynight in the first round of the Oregon Classic.

Kedzie Gunderson and Kayla Steen both scored 11 points for the Ducks (5-0),off to their best start since going 6-0 in the 1999-00 season. Kraayeveld alsohad eight rebounds and Corrie Mizusawa added 10 assists, her third game thisseason with 10 or more.

Oregon will face Kansas in the championship game Sunday. Kansas beatSacramento State 70-64.

Kaayla Chones scored 25 points for the Wolfpack (2-2) before fouling outwith 1:27 left in the game. Keisha Brown added 15.

The score was tied 69-all with 4:25 to play, but a 3-pointer by Gundersongave the Ducks the lead and sparked a 13-4 run that sealed the victory. BrandiDavis added a 3-pointer and made two free throws during the spurt.

It was a tightly played first half and the game was tied at 34 at the break.

Chones scored 10 of her points before halftime, but also picked up threefouls. She was called for her fourth 2:49 into the second half and was forcedto sit for more than six minutes.

During Chone's time on the bench, the Wolfpack unraveled, as Oregon, up40-39, went on a 20-8 run to take a 60-47 lead before Chones re-entered with10:57 left.

Back-to-back baskets by Bills built the Ducks lead to 64-47 before N.C.State started to chip away, finally tying the game on a rebound basket by Brownto cap a 22-5 run by the Wolfpack. Chones scored 12 of those points.

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