Women's Basketball Plays Host to Portland Friday

Nov. 21, 2000

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Oregon (No. 14 Associated Press/No. 17 ESPN/USA Today), plays host to regional rival Portland (2-0) at 7 p.m. at McArthur Court in the first regular season home game of 2000-01. The Ducks, who moved up 10 spots in the AP poll from last week, next compete against Santa Clara in the Pape' Jam on Saturday, Dec. 2. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. The men's game against Massachusetts will follow.

All Oregon women's basketball games are broadcast by KSCR (1320 AM) in Eugene and KUIK (1360 AM) in Portland, with Ray Martin providing the play-by-play for the sixth consecutive year. Games that don't conflict with Oregon men's basketball broadcasts will be carried by KUGN (590 AM) in Eugene, KXL (750 AM) in Portland and KTBR (950) in Roseburg.

Oregon has an incredible 26-1 record in home-opening games in the program's 27-year history, including 22 consecutive wins. The Ducks' lone home-opening loss was to Washington in the 1976-77 season.

This will be the 17th meeting between the Pilots and Ducks, with Oregon leading the series 15-1. The Ducks have won two straight in the series, including last year's 68-57 win at Portland. Shaquala Williams led Oregon with 26 points in that game while Brianne Meharry had 16 points and nine rebounds. Portland's only victory came Nov. 24, 1997, as the Pilots won at home 67-59.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season leading the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 145-61 (.704) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes an 90-36 (.714) mark in conference play. Her resume includes seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances along with claiming back-to-back Pac-10 Conference championships in 1999 and 2000 for the first time in school history. She earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors in 1999 and in 1994. In addition, the Women's Basketball News Service selected Runge as its Coach of the Year in 1998.

Fred Litzenberger, who is entering his sixth season in the Ducks' program. A native of Longmont, Colo., Litzenberger's 34 years in coaching includes six seasons as a men's collegiate head coach and 15 appearances for his teams in the NCAA Tournament. Second-year coach Dan Muscatell, the recruiting coordinator, and third-year coach Kirsten McKnight, a four-year Oregon basketball letterwinner, complete the coaching staff.

Ducks vs. North Carolina State, Nov. 19
Kourtney Shreve scored her only four points in the final 41 seconds as Oregon beat North Carolina State 50-47 on Sunday in the final of GlaxoWellcome Invitational. Oregon, missed six shots in a row as N.C. State went a 17-6 run for a 46-45 lead with just over two minutes left. Shreve drove along the right baseline for the go-ahead basket with 41 seconds left, then hit two free throws with 13.4 seconds left after Alyssa Fredrick blocked Carisse Moody's shot at the other end. N.C. State missed two 3-point attempts in the final 10 seconds. Angelina Wolvert led Oregon with 22 points and Jamie Craighead added 12. N.C. State shot just 27 percent, but out-rebounded Oregon by 12 and forced 24 turnovers.

Ducks vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 18
Angelina Wolvert scored 19 points and Oregon took advantage of poor free throw shooting by No. 16 Wisconsin to defeat the Badgers 71-57 in the season opener for both on Saturday. The Ducks also got 14 points from Jenny Mowe on 7-of-10 shooting. The Badgers were led by guard Tamara Moore's 16 points. Oregon trailed 10-6 before scoring 12 unanswered points, the last coming on Mowe's hook shot with 11:59 left in the first half. Oregon committed 14 fouls in the half, compared to just three by the Badgers. Wisconsin couldn't capitalize, and made just five of 17 free throws.

Angelina Wolvert earned MVP honors at the GlaxoWellcome Invitational last weekend while Jamie Craighead made the all-tourney team.

Oregon's back-to-back wins over top-25 teams last weekend marked the first time in the program's history it has accomplished the feat.

Alissa Edwards played a total of 37 minutes last season as a freshman. In the Ducks' win over Wisconsin Nov. 18, she set career-highs in minutes (34), points (five), rebounds (three) and assists (two). Edwards also played a big part in Oregon's perimeter defense, holding the Badgers to a 1-for-10 mark from 3-point range. She played 24 minutes against North Carolina State.

The website selected Oregon as its Team of the Week after its victories over nationally-ranked Wisconsin and North Carolina State.

With 965 points, Angelina Wolvert is just 35 points shy of scoring 1,000 in her four-year career. She would become the 14th player in Oregon history and first since Renae Fegent passed the barrier in the 1996-97 season.

Junior forward/center Alyssa Fredrick is making her presence felt underneath, leading Oregon with 13 rebounds in its two games in just 32 minutes of action. Her seven rebounds against North Carolina State was her highest total in an Oregon uniform. She had 15 in a game as a freshman at San Diego State in 1997.

Oregon coach Jody Runge has a 17-27 record, including 11-8 at McArthur Court, against nationally-ranked opponents. Last year, she was 5-2. In addition, the Ducks have defeated five straight nationally-ranked teams.

Oregon secured its future with the signing of five high school standouts to letters of intent Nov. 8 during the early signing period. The Ducks inked center Andrea Bills (Moreno Valley High/Moreno Valley, Calif.), guard Brandi Davis (Sonorah High/La Habra, Calif.), guard/forward Kedzie Gunderson (Bellevue High/Bellevue, Wash.), forward Amy Parrish (Hanford High/Hanford, Calif.) and guard Amy Taylor (Shorewood High/Shoreline, Wash.).

Since Jody Runge's first year in 1993, the Ducks are 77-17 (.819) at home. Oregon hasn't lost two in a row at McArthur Court since February 1993 -- before Runge became coach. The Ducks also haven't lost more than three games in a season at 'The Pit' since Runge's first year.

Oregon finished first in the Pac-10 in attendance last season, averaging 5,852 fans in 14 games -- the second-best mark in Pac-10 history (UCLA ranked second with a 3,713 average). The Ducks easily surpassed last year's school- record average of 5,042. Oregon's attendance has increased each of the past six seasons. Further, 10 of Oregon's top 25 all-time crowds occurred in 1999-00.

Oregon will play host to the first Pac-10 women's basketball postseason tournament, beginning in March 2002.

Last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year Shaquala Williams is out for the entire season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. She injured the ACL in September.

The Ducks clinched their first back-to-back 20-win season under Jody Runge last year. An Oregon team hadn't accomplished this feat since the 1985-86 (21-7) and 1986-87 (23-7) seasons.

The latest modification to the 74-year-old on-campus facility -- the oldest in NCAA Division I -- began in summer 1999 and concluded in summer 2000 with the cleaning and replacing of the stucco on the facade of the building. The project, costing about $750,000, replaced windows and removed dead ivy. Some additional improvements to the basement of the building are also under consideration. Three years ago, the most extensive remodeling was completed to the venerable facility. Floor-level seating with theater-style seats for donors and new bleachers for students were installed, reducing the capacity to 9,087. A new main scoreboard plus auxiliary scoreboards and an improved sound system all were added at a cost of more than $600,000. Built in 1926 with the first game played in January 1927, McArthur Court has undergone some $5 million remodeling during the past five years.

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