Oregon Upsets No. 5 Stanford
Dec. 30, 2004
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Andrea Bills had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Oregonovercame a 14-point first-half deficit to upset fifth-ranked Stanford 62-58Wednesday night.
Cathrine Kraayeveld added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Ducks (9-2, 2-0Pacific-10), who had not defeated a team ranked so high since 1983.
Candice Wiggins had 16 points to lead Stanford (9-2, 1-1).
The Ducks pulled within 42-41 on Eleanor Haring's layup. But she hit justone of two subsequent free throws, missing a chance to put Oregon in front.
The Ducks did pull ahead when consecutive 3-pointers by Kaela Chapdelainemade it 53-51.
Oregon led by as many as four points down the stretch. T'Nae Thiel missedthe first of two free throws with 1:32 left, keeping Stanford down 59-58.
After Kraayeveld's driving basket made it 61-58 for Oregon with 1:06 left,Corrie Mizusawa missed three of four foul shots. But it didn't matter, and theDucks lingered on the court celebrating long after the final buzzer.
Stanford opened its Pac-10 schedule with an 83-45 rout of Oregon State onMonday, regrouping from a 70-67 loss to Tennessee last week that dropped theCardinal from the No. 2 spot in the AP poll.
The Ducks were also coming off a victory in their conference opener, an81-50 win over California.
Oregon's shooting was cold early, and the team hit on just one shot over anearly 11-minute stretch to open the game.
Stanford took advantage and went on a 14-0 run to go up 20-6 before Billssnapped the drought with a layup with 8:20 left.
But the Cardinal also struggled to land shots, and the Ducks narrowed it to27-21 on Mizusawa's two free throws.
Stanford led 29-22 at the half, shooting 37.5 percent. Oregon shot a dismal20.6 percent, and was 0-for-10 from 3-point range.
Last season, Oregon beat then-No. 10 Stanford 66-65 during the Ducks' finalhomestand at McArthur Court. Mizusawa won it with a layup with 8.2 secondsleft.
The last time Oregon beat a top-5 team was Dec. 29, 1983, when the Ducksdefeated fifth-ranked Maryland.