Women's Basketball Embarks on Final Pac-10 Roadtrip

Feb. 19, 2001

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Oregon looks to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive as the Ducks encounter their final Pac-10 roadtrip this year. The Ducks take on UCLA (3-20, 2-10) on Friday at 7 p.m. and then USC (9-13, 4-8) on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Friday's game against UCLA will be televised on the Oregon Sports Network/ESPN Regional, with Mark Larson and Joe Giansante providing the play-by-play. Also, the Oregon-USC game Sunday will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net. 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 Ducks lead the series 17-15 and have won the last four. Last season, Shaquala Williams led four Ducks in double-figures with 22 points as Oregon won 67-58 at Los Angeles on Jan. 29, 2000. Michelle Greco had 14 points to lead UCLA.

Kourtney Shreve had 11 points and six rebounds before leaving with a mild concussion, and Oregon used two 13-0 runs in the second half to beat UCLA 54-43 on Jan. 27. Angelina Wolvert, who had missed the last two games with a sprained MCL in her left knee, added seven points in 17 minutes for the Ducks. Michelle Greco had 17 points for UCLA. The Bruins shot just 22 percent. Greco was just 6 of 29, and 2 of 12 from 3-point range. Oregon had its own trouble finding the basket in the first half, shooting 24 percent to take a 24-19 halftime lead. Greco's bank shot to open the second half cut the lead to three, but the Ducks ran off 13 straight points, with Shreve scoring seven. UCLA got within 39-27, but Oregon scored another 13 in a row to put it away.

USC leads the series 24-10 and has won the last three contests. At Los Angeles last year, USC won 74-73 on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Tiffany Elmore.

Ebony Hoffman recorded her first double-double of the season with 19 points and 17 rebounds as USC beat Oregon 55-53 on Jan. 25. Hoffman's hook over Jenny Mowe with 42 seconds left, coupled with her free throw with 13 seconds remaining, gave the Trojans the lead. She sealed the win with a steal with two seconds left. Tashara Carter scored 12 points for USC, which beat Oregon for the second straight time at McArthur Court. Brianne Meharry led the Ducks with 12 points while Lindsey Dion added 10.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 156-71 (.687) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes a 96-43 (.691) 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.

Angelina Wolvert's career-high 32-point performance Thursday helped catapult the senior to 10th on the school's all-time scoring list. Wolvert, who now has 1,209 career points, is closing in on Staci Wallenborn (1,246 points) for ninth place.

Jamie Craighead ranks third in the Pac-10 with a .447 mark (63 of 141) from 3-point range and also is first in 3-pointers per game (2.7). Craighead has made at least three 3-pointers in 12 games this season. In 1999-00, she shot .306 (30 of 98) from long range.

The Ducks have had just one losing season on the road under Jody Runge (5-6 in 1994-95), but are only 3-8 this season. Oregon was 10-5 on the road last year.

Oregon received seven votes in the Associated Press Poll. It dropped out of the AP poll Feb. 5 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 received 28 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Poll to come in at No. 28. Oregon has played seven current AP top-25 teams, which range from No. 13 Utah to No. 23 Arizona State.

Oregon picked up its first win Saturday when trailing at the half, after losing its first six this year. The Ducks were down 23-22 to Washington.

With 63 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 third all-time at Oregon for career 3-pointers with 91.

Senior center Jenny Mowe has played in 118 career games at Oregon. Lauri Landerholm (1982-87) holds the school-record with 120.

Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 with its .459 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.

Brianne Meharry will play in her 100th career game Friday at UCLA. She will join Angelina Wolvert, Lindsey Dion and Jenny Mowe as Duck seniors who have reached 100-plus career games this season.

The Ducks rank No. 51 nationally in the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI. It also lists Oregon's strength of schedule at No. 30.

Oregon finished first in the Pac-10 in attendance last season, averaging 5,852 fans -- the second-best mark in Pac-10 history. Oregon ranks first again this year, averaging 4,777 fans -- the 15th-best mark nationally.

Put Lindsey Dion in the starting lineup and the Ducks usually win. In her four-year career, the Ducks are 31-10 with Dion starting. In the last two years, Oregon is 28-10 with her in the starting five (8-6 this season) and 9-8 when Dion isn't.

Ducks vs. Washington, Feb. 17
Lindsey Dion's short jumper with 48 seconds left in overtime helped lead Oregon to a 64-60 victory over No. 23 Washington last Saturday and snapped a five-game losing streak. Jamie Craighead added 18 points for the Ducks and hit two big shots in overtime. The first was a 3-pointer that put Oregon ahead 60-57 with just under four minutes remaining. With the Ducks leading 62-60 and the shot clock winding down, Craighead hit a long jumper with 7.3 seconds left to provide the final margin. Angelina Wolvert had 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Oregon, which beat the Huskies for the 11th straight time. Dion had a season-high 15 points. Megan Franza scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and overtime to lead Washington, which had won five straight. But Franza missed 13 of her 22 shots, and she was stripped of the ball by Alissa Edwards in the lane with just under 40 seconds left and the Huskies trying to set up the potential tying shot.

Ducks vs. Washington State, Feb. 15
Oregon lost 77-76 to Washington State, marking its fifth straight loss. Joanna Smith's turnaround jumper with less than one second to play gave the Cougars the victory. The Cougars put Meharry on the line for two shots with 10 seconds left. She missed the first and hit the second to put Oregon up 76-75. A missed 3-pointer by Kelly Berglund was rebounded by Smith, who then scored the game-winning basket. Angelina Wolvert scored a career-high 32 points for the Ducks and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Oregon's Brianne Meharry also had a strong game, dropping in 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, along with collecting nine rebounds. Yvonne Volkman led the Cougars with 22 points. Oregon led 69-60 with 3:11 left in the game, but Washington State went on a 13-4 run over the next two minutes, thanks to four 3-pointers.

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