18th-Ranked Women's Basketball Takes Six-Game Winning Streak into Washington

Jan. 15, 2001

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Oregon (No. 18 Associated Press, No. 18 ESPN/USA Today), winners of six consecutive games, takes on the Washington schools this weekend. On Thursday, the Ducks will battle the Huskies (10-4, 3-1) at 7 p.m. Oregon then takes on Washington State (7-7, 2-2) at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

The Washington State game Saturday will be telecast live by the Oregon Sports Network. Joe Giansante and Mark Larson will handle the play-by-play duties. 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 hotly contested series 29-28, which includes nine wins in a row over the Huskies. Washington's last win over Oregon was Jan. 13, 1996, at Seattle. In the teams' last meeting on Feb. 20, 2000, the Ducks won 70-69 on a layin by Angelina Wolvert with 11 seconds left in the game. The Ducks erased a 67-58 Husky lead with a 12-2 run in the final 4:19. Wolvert finished with 13 points in the game while Shaquala Williams had 20. Loree Payne had 24 points for the Huskies.

The Ducks lead the series 39-7 and have won 10 straight over the Cougars. Washington State last won Jan. 11, 1996, at Pullman. In the last game between the teams, Oregon hung on for a 73-68 road win. Shaquala Williams had 18 points in the game, while Brianne Meharry added 12.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 153-64 (.705) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes a 93-36 (.721) 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 moved up two spots to No. 18 in the Associated Press poll. It marks the 10th straight week Oregon has been ranked in the AP poll. Oregon also began last season ranked in the first 10 polls. The Ducks are No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. Five current top-25 teams are on Oregon's schedule.

Jenny Mowe (.587), Angelina Wolvert (.536), Brianne Meharry (.524) and Lindsey Dion (.519) have been a major factor in Oregon's status as one of the nation's best shooting teams. Among the Pac-10 field goal percentage leaders, Mowe is second and Wolvert, Meharry and Dion are fourth, fifth, and sixth. Their backups, Ndidi Unaka (.600) and Alyssa Fredrick (.568), aren't too shabby either.

Jamie Craighead ranks second in the Pac-10 with a .480 mark (36 of 75) from 3-point range and also is first in 3-pointers per game (2.8). She also has hit eight of her last 11 attempts. Last season, she shot .306 (30 of 98) from long range. Oregon also leads the Pac-10 as a team with a .369 3-point percentage.

Put Lindsey Dion in the starting lineup and the Ducks usually win. In her four-year career, the Ducks are 28-4 with Dion starting. In the last two years, Oregon is 25-4 with her in the starting five (6-0 this season) and 8-7 when Dion isn't.

The Ducks have won 12 of their last 13 conference games, including six straight, with their last loss a 69-61 setback to USC on Feb. 26, 2000.

Oregon has won 29 straight games over Northwest Pac-10 schools Washington, Washington State and Oregon State. Its last loss was at Washington on Jan. 13, 1996. In addition, Jody Runge is 20-0 at home against these schools.

Oregon ranks first in the Pac-10 with its .487 field goal percentage and .722 free-throw percentage.

Jenny Mowe's .587 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.

Eight Ducks have scored in double-figures this season.

One of Brianne Meharry's strengths over her career hasn't been free-throw shooting ... until this year. A .636 foul-line shooter entering this season, Meharry is now seventh in the Pac-10 with a .744 mark

Oregon is 8-0 this year when it leads at the half.

The Ducks are ranked No. 8 nationally in the latest RPI, tops in the Pac-10. Oregon also has the No. 11-rated strength-of-schedule in the nation.

Oregon allowed the fewest points in school history Jan. 2 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.

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 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).

Backup forwards Ndidi Unaka and Alyssa Fredrick share several statistics: minutes (135), field goals (21), free throws (21), offensive rebounds (seven), turnovers (16) and points (63).

Ducks vs. Stanford, Jan. 13
Jaime Craighead scored 15 points as Oregon defeated Stanford 72-54 last Saturday for its sixth straight victory. Craighead, the Pacific-10 Conference's top 3-point shooter with 32 before Saturday, sank four more for the Ducks, who beat Stanford for only the sixth time in 30 games and handed the Cardinal their worst loss in the series since the two teams joined the Pac-10 in 1986-87. Nicole Powell scored 12 points to lead the Cardinal, who have lost three straight games for the first time since the 1986-87 season. Oregon used a 19-4 run in the first half to break a 10-10 tie and went into halftime up 44-27 as the Ducks' Kourtney Shreve ended the half with a pair of 3-pointers. A 3-pointer by Craighead three minutes into the second half extended the Ducks' lead to 50-32. Shreve had 11 points, a career-high eight rebounds, four assists and three steals

Ducks vs. California, Jan. 11
Angelina Wolvert scored 16 points and Jamie Craighead scored all 14 of her points in the first half as Oregon beat California 86-56 last Thursday. Kourtney Shreve and Brianne Meharry each added 11 points for Oregon, which won its fifth straigh. It also was Oregon's 15th consecutive win against the Golden Bears, and eighth straight at McArthur Court, where California hasn't won since 1993. Courtney Johnson had 13 points for California. Craighead, the Pac-10's top 3-point shooter, scored 12 of her 14 points with four 3-pointers.

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). Oregon ranks first again this season in the conference, averaging 4,782 per game, which is the 13th-best mark nationally.

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