Cougar Women Upset #18 Oregon 67-64

Jan. 20, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Joanna Smith, who didn't see any action in the first half, came off the bench in the second half to hit three critical treys as the Washington State Cougars edged No. 18 Oregon 67-64 in a women's Pacific-10 Conference basketball game Saturday evening at Friel Court.

Smith gave WSU its first lead of the game with a three-pointer with just over nine minutes to play, 51-50, then canned her third long range shot with 17 seconds to play, putting the Cougars on top 65-64. Victoria Harrod then iced the game for WSU with a pair of free throws with 2.2 seconds left on the clock.

Kelly Berglund led all WSU scorers with 14 points, including 12 in the final half, while Jessica Ottmar added 12. Harrod, who scored eight points, pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds as WSU improved to 8-8 overall and 3-3 in Pac-10 play.

Brianne Meharry led Oregon with a game-high 17 points before fouling out late in the game. She also had a team-high eight rebounds. Ndidi Unaka added 15 and Jamie Craighead 13 for the Ducks, who slipped to 11-4 overall and suffered their first Pac-10 loss in five games.

The Cougars stayed with the favored Ducks with solid shooting, 44 percent for the game, better rebounding, 38-32 in favor of WSU, and a perfect night at the free throw line where they made all 15 shots.

Oregon, meanwhile, shot well from the field, 43.8 percent, but struggled at the charity stripe, making just five of 12 shots. They also only converted three three-point shots in 14 tries.

While the Cougars had only 23 field goals, five less than Oregon, they made up for it at the free throw line, outscoring Oregon 15-5. WSU also had the upper hand with six treys in 15 shots.

Oregon scored the first six points of the game, but the Cougars battled back to earn a ties at 12-12 and 14-14. The Ducks then broke loose from WSU with a 10-0 run, including four points from Jenny Mowe, who finished with six points and six rebounds.

WSU battled back to within one point, 27-26, on a trey by Sarah Barrett, but the Ducks again forged ahead, scoring the final six points of the first half to take a 33-26 lead to the lockerroom.

The second half had a similar flow, with WSU trailing by seven 39-32, then coming back to within one point, 39-38, on Ottmar's bucket with 15 plus minutes to play. The Ducks again responded with seven quick points, including a Craighead three-pointer and Unaka's bucket that forged a 46-38 lead.

That's when Smith started lighting up the scoreboard. With WSU down by 10, Harrod scored and Smith followed with her first trey, cutting Oregon's lead to five, 48-43. Yvonne Volkman then completed a three-point play with a free throw and Berglund hit a short jumper to pull WSU within two points, 50-48.

Smith then dropped home another trey on WSU's next possession to give the Cougars their first lead, 51-50, with 9:19 to play. Five lead changes later, the two teams were deadlocked 55-55 with 5:22 left on the clock.

Katie Nyseth, who handed out six assists for WSU, then hit her only three-pointer of the game to give the Cougars a 58-55 lead. Meharry kept the Ducks in the game on their next two possessions with a jumper and a layin, but a jumper from Ottmar and Berglund's layin kept WSU on top by three with two minutes to play.

The Ducks finally regained the lead 64-62 with 65 seconds to play on a jumper from Kourtney Shreve, her only basket in eight shots.

Smith then hit her third trey with 17 seconds to play, giving WSU a 65-64 lead. The Ducks had a change to go back on top with about five seconds to play, but Craighead's shot did not find the basket and Harrod was fouled on the scramble for the rebound, allowing WSU to add two more free throws. WSU then stole Oregon's length of the court pass to end the game.

WSU returns to action next week with a Thursday game at California, followed by Saturday's game at Stanford.

OREGON (11-4, 4-1)
Meharry 8-12 0-1 17, Unaka 7-14 1-2 15, Craighead 5-14 1-1 13, Fredrick 3-5 2-4 8, Mowe 3-6 0-2 6,Kraayeveld 1-2 1-2 3, Shreve 1-8 0-0 2, Edwards 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-64 5-12 64.

Berglund 5-12 4-4 14, Ottmar 5-8 2-2 12, Volkman 2-5 5-5 9, Smith 3-6 0-0 9, Harrod 3-5 2-2 8, Barrett 3-8 0-0 8, Nyseth 2-6 2-2 7, Hawks 0-1 0-0 0, Fields 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-52 15-15 67.

Halftime - Oregon 33, WSU 26. 3-point goals-Oregon 3-14 (Craighead 2-5, Meharry 1-3, Kraayeveld 0-1, Shreve 0-4, Edwards 0-1), Washington State 6-15 (Smith 3-4, Barrett 2-6, Nyseth 1-5). Fouled out--Oregon-Meharry. Washington State-Berglund. Rebounds-Oregon 32 (Meharry 8), Washington State 38 (Harrod 12). Assists-Oregon 15 (Shreve 7), Washington State 13 (Nyseth 6). Total fouls-Oregon 15, Washington State 13. A-730

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