UCLA Edges Oregon 70-68

Feb. 23, 2001

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Whitney Jones led four UCLA players in double-figures as the Bruins beat Oregon 70-68 in Pac-10 women's basketball action Friday before 1,198 fans at Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA took its first lead of the game, 52-49, on a Jones 3-pointer with 9:37 left. It was a lead the last-place Bruins (4-20, 3-10), who snapped a seven-game losing streak, never relinquished.

The Ducks trailed just 69-68 on a Jamie Craighead jumper with 20 seconds remaining. Oregon then fouled Natalie Nakase, who made her first free-throw attempt, but missed her second. After an Oregon timeout, Alyssa Fredrick attempted a 15-footer with three seconds on the clock that rimmed out. UCLA fumbled Fredrick's miss out of bounds with 2.2 seconds left. On the ensuing play, Oregon inbounded to Fredrick, but her pass to Craighead was stolen by Nakase.

Oregon (13-11, 6-8) lost for the sixth time in seven games. It also marked the third time the Ducks have lost in the Pac-10 by two points or less this season.

'It's probably the worst time that this could happen as far as our (NCAA) tournament chances,' Oregon coach Jody Runge said. 'We didn't defend anybody. We couldn't get five people

UCLA, meanwhile, the worst shooting team in the Pac-10 heading into the game (.349), made 58 percent of its field goals in the second half and shot a season-high 48 percent for the game. The Bruins did it without their senior shooting guard Michelle Greco, the conference's leading scorer, who sat out after suffering a concussion last week at Arizona State.

'We started slow but came right back and played with a lot of confidence,' UCLA coach Kathy Olivier said. 'We were very aggressive inside and I thought that created a lot of problems for them.'

Fredrick helped keep the Ducks, who were without Jenny Mowe and Angelina Wolvert because of foul trouble, in the game with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting. It was Fredrick's best scoring game in an Oregon uniform. Wolvert played just 16 minutes before fouling out while Mowe lasted only 12.

Craighead led all players with 17 points and collected a career-high five steals.

'They did a good job of double-teaming our inside game,' Runge said.

The Bruins won the battle of the boards, outrebounding Oregon 43-31, led by Kristee Porter's 13. Of UCLA's 43 rebounds, 18 were offensive compared to the Ducks' 10. Porter also had 13 points while Gennifer Arranaga chipped in 11.

Oregon next plays Sunday at USC at 1 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net.

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