Women's Basketball Takes on Santa Clara at Pape' Jam

Nov. 29, 2000

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Oregon (No. 12 Associated Press/No. 12 ESPN/USA Today) encounters Santa Clara (2-1) in the first of two games at the third annual Pape' Jam on Saturday. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore. The Oregon men will play against Massachusetts in the nightcap.

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. Radio broadcasts also can be accessed on the Internet at www.goducks.com.

Oregon leads the series 6-1, including a 66-60 victory at Santa Clara last season. Jenny Mowe had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win while Brianne Meharry and Angelina Wolvert each scored 11. Becki Asbaugh led Santa Clara with 18 points and six assists. The Broncos' only win came in 1985. The Ducks have won four straight in the series.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 146-61 (.705) 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 enters 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.

Oregon defeated Portland State, 79-42, in 1999 and DePaul, 86-57, in 1998. Both games were played at the Rose Garden.

First-year Santa Clara coach Chris Denker graduated from Oregon in 1990 and also earned his diploma from South Eugene High School. His father, Jim, is the athletics director at South Eugene.

With 971 points, Angelina Wolvert is just 29 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 Ndidi Unaka did it all for the Ducks last Friday against Portland. She had career-highs of 12 points, five steals, three assists and three blocks to go with four rebounds in just 21 minutes of play. She scored nine first-half points in nine minutes on the court. Her five steals was the most by an Oregon player since Lindsey Dion had five in a game last season at Arizona State.

Junior forward/center Alyssa Fredrick is making her presence felt underneath, leading Oregon with a 5.3 rebounds per game in a reserve role. Her seven rebounds against North Carolina State Nov. 19 was her highest total in an Oregon uniform. She had 15 in a game as a freshman at San Diego State in 1997.

Oregon's back-to-back wins over top-25 teams Nov. 18-19 marked the first time in the program's history it has accomplished the feat.

Senior guard Camber Ellingson has been a pillar of patience in her four years. Ellingson scored her first career basket last Friday against Portland on a driving left-handed lay-in. She also picked up another bucket en route to five points along with one rebound and one assist, playing in a career-high nine minutes.

Oregon's starting inside players are shooting stars so far this year. Angelina Wolvert (.655), Jenny Mowe (.632) and Brianne Meharry (.615) are a combined 39 of 61 from the field (.631).

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) and points (five). Edwards also played a big part in Oregon's perimeter defense, holding the Badgers to a 1-for-10 mark from 3-point range.

Ducks vs. Portland, Nov. 24
Kourtney Shreve scored a career-best 15 points and Ndidi Unaka came off the bench to add a career-high 12, sparking Oregon to an 80-56 victory against Portland. Unaka led an Oregon bench that scored 38 points. The reserve forward was 5 of 6 from the field and also had four rebounds, as well as career highs of three assists and five steals. The Ducks shot 53 percent from the field but were also hampered by 26 turnovers. Unaka added nine of her points near the end of the first half as Oregon took a 39-18 lead into the locker room. Oregon's lead was never less than 16 in the second half (50-34).

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 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 outrebounded Oregon by 12.

Since Jody Runge's first year in 1993, the Ducks are 78-17 (.821) 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.

The website, www.womenscollegehoops.com, selected Oregon as its Team of the Week after its wins over nationally-ranked Wisconsin and N.C. State.

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).With 5,002 fans attending Oregon's home-opener Nov. 24, it appears the Ducks picked up where they left off.

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

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.).

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 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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