Women's Basketball Continues Road Swing Against Stanford and Cal.

Feb. 6, 2001

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Oregon (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today) which has lost two straight and four of its last five games, continues its four-game roadtrip at Stanford (12-7, 6-3) on Thursday and against California (8-11, 4-5) on Saturday. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m. The Ducks are two games behind first-place Arizona 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.

The Cardinal lead the series 24-6. Oregon hasn't swept the series since the Pac-10's first year sponsoring women's basketball in 1987. The Ducks also have lost 13 in a row at Maples Pavilion. After the Ducks' sweep in 1987, the Cardinal won 22 straight over Oregon. In the teams' last meeting on Jan. 13 at Eugene, Oregon used a 19-4 run in the first half to break a 10-10 tie and went into halftime up 44-27. Kourtney Shreve had 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. Jamie Craighead added 15. In the teams' last game at Maples Pavilion on Jan. 15, 2000, Lauren St. Clair scored 25 points and sparked Stanford to the biggest comeback in Pac-10 history as the Cardinal overcame a 26-point deficit to win 78-62. The Cardinal missed 19 of their first 21 shots, made nine turnovers and trailed 36-10 with 4:15 left in the half.

Oregon leads the series over California 26-10, which includes 15 wins in a row over the Bears - the longest streak for the Ducks against a Pac-10 foe. In the teams' last meeting Jan. 11 at Eugene, Angelina Wolvert scored 16 points and Jamie Craighead scored all 14 of her points in the first half as Oregon beat California 86-56. Kourtney Shreve and Brianne Meharry each added 11 points.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 155-68 (.695) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes a 95-40 (.704) mark in conference play. Her resume includes seven straight NCAA Tournament berths 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 dropped out of the Associated Press poll this week for the first time this season. It had been ranked for 12 straight weeks in the AP poll, which is the best mark under Jody Runge, and second only to the 1980-81 squad which was in the top 25 for 18 weeks in a row. The Ducks remained in the ESPN/USA Today poll, dropping two spots to No. 23. Oregon has played seven current top-25 teams, which also includes this week's Nos. 20-24.

Jamie Craighead ranks second in the Pac-10 with a .470 mark (55 of 117) from 3-point range and also is first in 3-pointers per game (2.9). Just last week, she hit 12 of 22 cobmined, including a career-high seven bombs against Arizona, the highest total in the Pac-10 this year. Craighead has made at least three 3-pointers in 11 games this season. In 1999-00, she shot .306 (30 of 98) from long range. Oregon also is second in the Pac-10 as a team with a .353 mark.

The Ducks have had just one losing season on the road under Jody Runge (5-6 in 1994-95), but are only 3-6 this season. Oregon was 10-5 on the road last year.

Put Lindsey Dion in the starting lineup and the Ducks usually win. In her four-year career, the Ducks are 30-7 with Dion starting. In the last two years, Oregon is 27-7 with her in the starting five (8-3 this season) and 8-8 when Dion isn't.

Jenny Mowe (.579), Angelina Wolvert (.540), Brianne Meharry (.532) and Lindsey Dion (.484) 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, Meharry, Wolvert and Dion are third, fifth, sixth and ninth. Their backups, Ndidi Unaka (.526) and Alyssa Fredrick (.593), have proven to be prolific, too.

With 55 3-pointers, junior Jamie Craighead already has the second-best single-season total in school history. Missy Croshaw owns the school-record with 70, established in 1993-94. Craighead also ranks fourth all-time at Oregon for career 3-pointers with 87, three behind third-place Michelle Ebele (1987-90).

Senior forward Brianne Meharry is just seven points shy of scoring 1,000 in her career. Teammate Angelina Wolvert hit the 1,000-point plateau Dec. 9 at Texas. Meharry would become the 15th Oregon player to accomplish the feat.

Oregon ranks first in the Pac-10 with its .470 field goal percentage and first with a .387 mark for defensive field goal percentage. The Ducks' defense also held UCLA to a 22 percent mark from the field (15 of 68) Jan. 27 -- the lowest total by an Oregon defense (and lowest in Pac-10 this year) since it held Portland State to a school-record .183 (11 of 60) last year.

Jenny Mowe's .579 mark from the field ranks third 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).

Oregon's 73-63 setback at Arizona last Saturday marked the first time the starting lineup of Jamie Craighead, Lindsey Dion, Jenny Mowe, Kourtney Shreve and Angelina Wolvert have lost this season. The fivesome is 7-1 this year.

The Ducks suffered their first sweep last week - home or away - by Pac-10 schools since losing at Washington and Washington State in January 1996. Oregon was last swept at home -- again by the Washington schools -- in January 1993.

Eight Ducks have scored in double-figures this season. Jamie Craighead leads Oregon with 13 double-digit scoring games, while Angelina Wolvert has 11.

The Ducks rank No. 34 nationally in the latest WBCA/Summerville RPI.

Opponents have outrebounded Oregon in four of its last five games, including a 78-49 advantage on the offensive boards.

Ducks at Arizona State, Feb. 3
Melody Johnson scored 20 points and freshman Betsy Boardman added 19 as Arizona State beat Oregon 73-63 Saturday. The win was the sixth straight for the Sun Devils, who moved into first place in the Pac-10 with a 7-2 record. Oregon, which trailed 39-34 at halftime, overcame foul trouble early in the second half and closed within 49-47 on Lindsey Dion's breakaway layup with 11:56 left. Boardman hit a jumper, one free throw and then a 3-pointer with 2:28 left to put Arizona State ahead 69-57. Amanda Johnson scored the Sun Devils' first six points and 10 of the team's first 13. She scored 14 of her 18 points in the first half. Jamie Craighead scored 17 points and Lindsey Dion added 13, along with a career-high seven assists, for the Ducks.

Ducks at Arizona, Feb. 1
Elizabeth Pickney and Reshea Bristol each scored 26 points, a career high for Pickney, as unranked Arizona upset Oregon 88-76 Thursday. Arizona snapped three-game losing streak, their longest since the 1995-96 season, and knocked the Ducks out of first place in the Pac-10. The Wildcats took a 9-2 lead in the first four minutes behind six points from Bristol and extended the margin to 17-4 with 12 minutes left in the half. Oregon rallied behind four first-half 3-pointers from Jamie Craighead and went on a 30-23 run to cut the lead to 40-34 at the break. The Ducks took a quick 41-40 lead on Jenny Mowe's lay-up with 18:28 left in the game, but -- with 15 second-half points from Pickney -- Arizona outscored Oregon 48-35 the rest of the way. Craighead finished with a career-best 21 points and a career-high seven 3-pointers. Angelina Wolvert added 18 points, Lindsey Dion had 12 and Jenny Mowe had 10.

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