No. 24 Oregon Slips Past Kansas, 54-51
Nov. 28, 2003
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - It may have been the biggest shopping day of the year, but nobody could buy a basket at McArthur Court.
Brandi Davis and Andrea Bills each scored 14 points as No. 24 Oregon overcame a poor shooting performance with a 54-51 win over the Kansas in the Oregon Classic on Friday.
The Ducks (4-0) shot 29.6 percent (16-of-54) from the field and 62.1 percent (18-of-29) from the foul line.
'Our defense is what won us the game because our offense wasn't clicking,' Davis said. 'We know if we play good defense, we're going to win. We'll take this and learn from it.'
Crystal Kemp scored 11 points to lead the Jayhawks (0-2), who shot 38.6 percent (22-of-57) from the floor. The loss spoiled the 900th game of Marian Washington's 31-year Kansas coaching career.
Cathrine Kraayeveld added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon.
Trailing by as many as 11 points in the second half, Kansas rallied to take a 45-42 lead on a Kaylee Brown 3-pointer with 3:36 to play. Oregon reclaimed the lead at 48-47 when Davis sank an acrobatic finger-roll layup with 1:42 left.
'I just saw an opening and thought it was the wisest move,' Davis said. 'I was actually looking for a foul, but I was happy I could help the team.'
Corrie Mizusawa connected on 4-of-6 free throw attempts in the final 34 seconds to seal the win. The Ducks held Kansas to only one field goal in the final 8:53 of the first half.
The Jayhawks jumped out to a 7-0 lead following a Brown 3-pointer.
Oregon answered with a 13-4 run capped by an Eleanor Haring layup on a behind-the-back pass from Mizusawa. The Ducks led 26-20 at halftime.