Utah Drops 14th-Ranked Ducks 63-48

Dec. 16, 2000

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The 14th-ranked Oregon women's basketball team couldn't get its offense on track in a 63-48 loss Saturday afternoon to Utah at the Huntsman Center.

The Ducks (4-3) shot a season-low 35 percent from the floor and Utah (9-0) held Oregon leading scorer Angelina Wolvert to zero points.

'We didn't shoot the ball well,' eighth-year Oregon coach Jody Runge said. 'We didn't hit open outside shots. Utah had a great game plan and executed it well. We have been very lethargic.'

Oregon trailed the entire game, but cut an eight-point halftime defecit to 34-32 after a Jamie Craighead 3-pointer. The Utes then went on an 8-0 run to go up by 10, but Oregon again fought back on two Ndidi Unaka free throws to make it 50-44 with 4:57 left. The Ducks, however, could only muster one field goal the rest of the way.

Lindsay Herbert scored 12 of her game-high 19 points in the second half, shooting 6 of 9 from the field and 6 of 6 from the free throw line. The Utes had a lot of uncontested shots under the basket on back-door plays and finished with 22 assists compared to Oregon's six.

'Our help defense wasn't good on the back-cuts,' Runge said. 'They're tough to defend and are a great passing team.'

The game began poorly for the Ducks, as Utah opened with an 18-2 run in the first nine minutes as Oregon hit 1 of 8 from the floor.

Craighead helped Oregon come back in the second half with her outside shooting, but it wasn't enough. She was the only double-figure scorer for the Ducks with 13, hitting 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

Utah shut down Oregon's inside game, as seniors Wolvert, Jenny Mowe and Brianne Meharry combined for seven points and eight rebounds. Wolvert, who had five turnovers, played just eight minutes in the game. Meharry, who led the Ducks with five rebounds, went down with a knee injury late in the game. The extent of the injury is unknown.

Lauren Beckman and Kristina Anderson (seven assists) each had 12 points for Utah.

Turnovers again hurt Oregon as it committed 21. The Ducks had a season-high 32 Wednesday against Texas Tech. Utah, meanwhile, turned the ball over 13 times.

'Our kids played very emotionally and intensely.' Utah coach Elaine Elliott said. 'I am happy with the effort that we saw out there in all respects. They carried out the game plan to perfection and played with a lot of heart.'

The loss marked the third time under Runge the Ducks have lost at least three in a row. Oregon lost four in a row during the 1995-96 season.

Oregon returns home to take on UC Santa Barbara on Friday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at McArthur Court.

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