Women's Basketball Takes on Cal and No. 24 Stanford in First Pac-10 Homestand

Jan. 9, 2001

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Oregon (No. 20 Associated Press, No. 20 ESPN/USA Today) winners of four consecutive games, plays host to California (4-8, 0-2 Pac-10) on Thursday and No. 24/25 Stanford (7-5, 1-1) on Saturday. Both games are at McArthur Court at 7 p.m. On Thursday, Oregon will reveal its Pac-10 championship banner.

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 over California 25-10, which includes 14 wins in a row over the Bears. In the teams' last meeting Feb. 12, 2000, Oregon won 75-63 behind Brianne Meharry's 16 points and Angelina Wolvert's 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Cardinal lead the series 24-5, but the teams have split in the last two seasons. Oregon defeated Stanford 61-57 the last time the teams played on Feb. 10, 2000, at McArthur Court. Lindsey Dion scored a game-high 16 points while Jenny Mowe had 11 points and eight rebounds. Oregon hasn't swept the series since the Pac-10's first year sponsoring women's basketball in 1987. After the Ducks' sweep in 1987, the Cardinal won 22 straight over Oregon.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 151-64 (.702) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes a 91-36 (.717) 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.

Jenny Mowe's .589 mark from the field ranks second in the Pac-10. Oregon's single-season record of .614 was 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 moved up four spots to No. 20 in the Associated Press poll. It marks the ninth straight week Oregon has been ranked in the AP poll. Oregon began last season ranked in the first 10 polls. The Ducks also are No. 20 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Five current top-25 teams are on Oregon's schedule.

Jenny Mowe will conduct a live 20-minute online chat session on the Pac-10 website (www.pac-10.org) this Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

Oregon allowed the fewest points in school history Tuesday in a 67-29 win over Boise State. The Ducks' previous low came in a 31-30 loss to Oregon State in 1976. In addition, the 13 points allowed in the second half is the lowest since Oregon held Gonzaga to a school-record 12 in the first half on Dec. 14, 1996.

Jamie Craighead leads the conference with a 44 percent mark (28 of 64) from 3-point range and also is first in 3-pointers per game (2.6). Last season, she shot 31 percent (30 of 98) from long range.

Put Lindsey Dion in the starting lineup and the Ducks usually win. In her four-year career, the Ducks are 26-4 with Dion starting. In the last two years, Oregon is 23-4 with her in the starting five (4-0 this season) and 8-7 when Dion isn't.

The Ducks have won 10 of their last 11 conference games, including four straight, with their last loss a 69-61 setback to USC on Feb. 26, 2000.

Oregon ranks first in the Pac-10 with its .483 field goal percentage and is tied with Stanford for the conference lead with a .712 free-throw percentage.

Eight Ducks have already scored in double-figures this season. In addition, a reserve player has scored in double-digits in four of the last six games.

Oregon is 6-0 this year when it leads at the half.

The Ducks are ranked No. 10 in the latest RPI, tops in the Pac-10. Oregon also has the No. 7-rated strength of schedule in the nation.

Angelina Wolvert played in in her 100th career game Jan. 5 at Oregon State.

Angelina Wolvert, Brianne Meharry and Jenny Mowe each have been mired in foul trouble in several games this year. Meharry has already fouled out five times (three in 1999-00), Mowe three times (three in 1999-00) and Wolvert twice (once in 1999-00) so far. The trio averages just over nine fouls per game. However, against Boise State, they had just three combined en route to six team fouls -- the fewest in school history. The Ducks had committed seven two other times (1990 and 1987).

Since Jody Runge's first year in 1993, the Ducks are 81-17 (.827) 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 at Oregon State, Jan. 5
Brianne Meharry scored 24 points as Oregon beat Oregon State for the 10th straight time, 71-67. Lindsey Dion added 14 points, and Angelina Wolvert had 12 points and nine rebounds as Oregon opened its bid for a third straight conference title. The Beavers were led by Felicia Ragland, who had 24 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals. The Ducks led 28-25 at halftime and were up by as many as 10 points in the second half, but couldn't put the Beavers away until late in the game. Meharry's two free throws with 2:23 left put Oregon ahead 64-60. After Syesha Thomas made a free throw for Oregon State, Dion hit back-to-back jumpers to make it 68-61 with 1:25 to play. Ragland then made a 3-pointer and stole the ball and made a layup on the next play to pull Oregon State to 68-66 with 51 seconds left. But Oregon went 3 of 4 on free throws the rest of the way to seal the victory. Alissa Edwards added a career-high eight points off the bench for Oregon.

Ducks vs. Boise State, Jan. 2
Angelina Wolvert scored 13 points and had eight rebounds and Oregon scored the final 26 points of the game, beating Boise State 67-29 Tuesday night. The Broncos didn't score during the final 9 1/2 minutes, and didn't have a field goal during the final 11 minutes. Brianne Meharry, playing for the first time in three games because of a sprained ankle, came off the bench to score 11 points for the Ducks. Crista Peterson led Boise State with eight points. Oregon's defense held the Broncos to 25.6 percent shooting from the field (11 of 43) while forcing 23 turnovers. The Ducks had only 10 turnovers and just one in the second half after coming into the game averaging about 20 per 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 will play host to the first Pac-10 women's basketball postseason tournament, beginning in March 2002.

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