Oregon Trounces UC Santa Barbara, 81-60

Dec. 22, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. - Jenny Mowe scored a season-high 17 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds to lead 23rd-ranked Oregon to an 81-60 win Friday over UC Santa Barbara at McArtuhur Court.

The Ducks (5-3) snapped a three-game losing streak and avenged last season's 17-point loss to the Gauchos (4-5).

Oregon, which never trailed, used a 21-8 run to open the game and forced UC Santa Barbara into 31 percent first-half shooting. The Gauchos' third-leading scorer, Jess Hansen, was held to just three points.

UC Santa Barbara pulled to within nine at 47-38 with 16:14 left in the game, but a Jamie Craighead 3-pointer and three consecutive baskets by Mowe, who scored 14 in the second half, put Oregon up 56-38 with 13 minutes remaining.

'I feel like we turned things around,' Mowe said. 'We came into the game feeling like the season might be going down the tubes. We practiced hard and it showed in our game. The attitude was that we would not lose to this team. I decided before the game started, I would block out, rebound and really be a presence in the key.'

Mowe finished 7 of 12 from the field and pulled down seven offensive rebounds in only 23 minutes. She helped lead Oregon's interior defense in holding UC Santa Barbara post players Kayte Christensen and Nicole Greathouse to a combined 11 of 27 mark from the floor.

Christensen led the Gauchos with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Greathouse had 13.

Oregon, which committed a season-low 12 fouls, shot 37 free throws compared to UC Santa Barbara's eight.

'I think we're still fragile,' Oregon coach Jody Runge said. 'All we asked was that they worked hard in practice this week. We've been playing like we've practiced, with inconsistency. Our new offense got us quick and easy buckets. We got inside and to the line, which was important. (Jenny) adjusted to their defense and did a good job blocking out.'

The Ducks were without senior starting forward Brianne Meharry, who sprained her left ankle Dec. 16 against Utah. Lindsey Dion made her first start of the year and finished with a season-best 13 points.

'Oregon played well,' UC Santa Barbara coach Mark French said. 'They executed their game plan. It was a tremendous effort with Brianne out. They played tough defense, tipped a lot of passes and we couldn't generate a flow (on offense).'

Oregon next plays host to San Francisco on Dec. 30 at 7 p.m.

'This win makes everyone want to come back (from Christmas break),' Oregon guard Jamie Craighead said. 'Our preparation went well. We worked hard. We knew we had to win. I think it was the best game Jenny has played all year..'

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