Women's Basketball Takes on San Francisco

Dec. 29, 2000

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Oregon (No. 25 Associated Press/No. 25 ESPN/USA Today) takes on San Francisco (5-4) on Saturday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at McArthur Court. The Dons defeated Maryland, 72-59, at home Thursday. The Ducks then play host to Boise State on Tuesday at 7 p.m., before entering Pac-10 play Jan. 5 at in-state rival Oregon State.

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 heard on the Internet at www.goducks.com.

Oregon leads the series 4-2, but lost 66-60 last season at San Francisco. Brianne Meharry had 19 points in that game to lead the Ducks while Angelina Wolvert added 14. Sarah Wanless (26 points) and Lindsey Huff (12 points) paced the Dons.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 148-64 (.698) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes a 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.

Brianne Meharry severely sprained her right ankle last Saturday against Utah. She is tentatively set to return Saturday against San Francisco.

If the season ended today, Jenny Mowe's .660 mark from the field would break the Oregon single-season record of .614 set by Debbie Adams in 1980-81. The Pac-10 record is held by former Duck great Stefanie Kasperski (.606). The Pac-10 began to sponsor women's basketball in the 1986-87 season.

Oregon dropped from No. 23 in the Associated Press poll to No. 25. It marks the seventh straight week Oregon has been ranked in the AP poll. It began last season ranked in the first 10 polls. The Ducks also are No. 25 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Five current top-25 teams are on Oregon's schedule this season.

The Ducks are ranked No. 5 in this week's RPI, tops in the Pac-10. Washington is the next Pac-10 team at No. 9. Oregon also has the No. 1 strength of schedule, followed by Tennessee and Georgia.

Jamie Craighead is first among all Pac-10 players with a 48 percent mark (22 of 46) from 3-point range as well as 3-pointers per game (2.9). Last season, she shot 31 percent (30 of 98) from long range. In addition, Craighead has scored in double-figures in five straight games.

Oregon ranks first in the Pac-10 with its .465 field goal percentage and second with a .714 free throw percentage.

Angelina Wolvert is three games shy of playing in 100 career games. Jenny Mowe, meanwhile, played in her 100th career game Dec. 9 at Texas.

Angelina Wolvert, Brianne Meharry and Jenny Mowe each have been mired in foul trouble in several games this year. Meharry has fouled out four times (three in 1999-00), Mowe twice (three in 1999-00) and Wolvert twice (once in 1999-00) so far. The trio's 85 combined fouls are 54 percent of the team's total.

Since Jody Runge's first year in 1993, the Ducks are 79-17 (.823) 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.

Ducks vs. UC Santa Barbara, Dec. 22
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 over UC Santa Barbara at McArthur Court. The Ducks snapped a three-game losing streak and avenged last season's 17-point loss to the Gauchos. Oregon, which never trailed, used a 21-8 run to open the game and forced UCSB into 31 percent first-half shooting. The Gauchos' third-leading scorer, Jess Hansen, was held to just three points. UCSB 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. Mowe finished 7 of 12 from the field and pulled down seven offensive rebounds in only 23 minutes. Oregon, which committed a season-low 12 fouls, shot 37 free throws compared to UCSB's eight.

Ducks vs. Utah, Dec. 16
Oregoncouldn't get its offense on track in a 63-48 loss to Utah at the Huntsman Center. The Ducks shot a season-low 35 percent from the floor and Utah held Oregon leading scorer Angelina Wolvert to no points or rebounds. Oregon, which trailed the entire game, 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. 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 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.

Oregon coach Jody Runge has a 17-29 record, including 11-8 at McArthur Court, against nationally-ranked opponents in her eight years at Oregon. Last year, she was 5-2.

Oregon's 82-58 loss to Texas marked the second-worst nonconference defeat under eighth-year coach Jody Runge since it lost 82-54 to Vanderbilt in 1994. It was only the fifth time under Runge the Ducks have lost by more than 20 points. In addition, Oregon's usually disciplined defense gave up the most points since surrendering 82 to Stanford on March 4, 1999.

Angelina Wolvert's two free throws with 17:27 left in the Texas game gave her 1,000 career points. She became the 14th player in Oregon history and first since Renae Fegent passed the barrier in the 1996-97 season.

Senior Brianne Meharry made her first 3-pointer Dec. 9 against Texas since her freshman year. Also, senior Jenny Mowe attempted her first collegiate 3-pointer, resulting in a miss.

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).

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

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

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