Women's Basketball Plays Host to No. 23 Arizona State, Arizona

Feb. 27, 2001

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Oregon will try to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive this week as it takes on the Arizona schools. On Thursday, the Ducks play host to conference-leader Arizona State (19-7, 11-3) at 7 p.m. The Sun Devils are ranked No. 23 in this week's Associated Press Poll. Oregon then faces Arizona (18-8, 8-6), ranked No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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 series 24-9. It had won 11 in a row over the Sun Devils before losing Feb. 3 at Tempe. Last season, the Ducks defeated Arizona State at home, winning 66-55 as Williams had 25 while Kourtney Shreve added 10.

Melody Johnson scored 20 points and freshman Betsy Boardman added 19 as Arizona State beat No. 22 Oregon 73-63 on Feb. 3. 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 for the Ducks, who had beaten the Sun Devils 11 straight times.

The Ducks lead the series 20-11, with the teams splitting their season series the last four years. The Wildcats won 73-66 at Eugene last year, despite Brianne Meharry's 19 points and Angelina Wolvert's 11.

Elizabeth Pickney and Reshea Bristol each scored 26 points, a career high for Pickney, as unranked Arizona beat Oregon 88-76 on Feb. 1. 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. LaKeisha Taylor added 15 points for the Wildcats, and Krista Warren had 11. Craighead finished with 21 points and a career-high seven 3-pointers, one shy of the Pac-10 and school records. Angelina Wolvert added 18 points while Lindsey Dion had 12.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 157-72 (.684) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes a 97-44 (.686) 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 now has 1,240 career points, closing in on Staci Wallenborn (1,246 points) for ninth place on the school's all-time list. Wolvert also ranks fifth in field-goal percentage (.548), seventh in career blocks (96), eighth in free-throw percentage (.738), ninth in rebounds (623) and 11th in steals (145).

Jamie Craighead ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with a .418 mark (66 of 158) from 3-point range and also is first in 3-pointers per game (2.6). Craighead has made at least three 3-pointers in 13 games this season. In 1999-00, she shot .306 (30 of 98) from long range.

Oregon received two votes in this week's 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. Meanwhile, the Ducks received 11 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. Oregon has played five current AP top-25 teams, which range from No. 13 Utah to No. 22 Arizona State.

With 66 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 94.

Senior center Jenny Mowe has played in 120 career games at Oregon, tying the school record held by Lauri Landerholm (1982-87).

Oregon ranks second in the Pac-10 with its .459 field goal percentage and first with a .389 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.

Oregon coach Jody Runge has an 18-29 record, including 12-8 at McArthur Court, against nationally-ranked opponents (AP Poll) in her eight years at Oregon. Last year, she was 5-2.

The Ducks rank No. 67 nationally in the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI. It also lists Oregon's strength of schedule at No. 56.

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.

Since Jody Runge's first year in 1993, the Ducks are 84-19 (.814) at home. Oregon hasn't lost two in a row at McArthur Court since February 1993 -- before Runge became coach. The Ducks also haven't lost more than three games in a season at 'The Pit' since Runge's first year. Oregon is 8-2 at Mac Court this season.

Oregon will play host to the first Pac-10 women's basketball postseason tournament, beginning in March 2002.

Ducks at USC, Feb. 25
Oregon's second-half surge propelled the Ducks to a 74-66 win over USC. Angelina Wolvert scored 17 of her game-high 25 points in the second half as the Ducks shot 58 percent from the floor after halftime. Oregon ended its three-game losing streak to the Trojans as well as its six-game road losing skid. Wolvert, who also pulled down five rebounds, did her damage in just 23 minutes of action. Oregon led 67-64 with 1:52 left in the game. A Brianne Meharry free throw and a three-point play on a driving lay-in by Angelina Wolvert with 53 seconds remaining, making it 71-64, helped clinch the win. The Trojans dominated much of the first half, taking a 20-8 lead with 7:58 left in the half. The cold-shooting Ducks got hot, though, putting together several rallies to cut the USC lead to 34-27 at halftime. Oregon contained USC freshman center Ebony Hoffman, the Pac-10's leading rebounder, to just nine points and three rebounds. Hoffman, who had 19 points and 17 rebounds against the Ducks in Eugene, had zero boards in the first half. Lindsey Dion chipped in 12 points, six rebounds and three assists for the Ducks.

Ducks at UCLA, Feb. 23
Whitney Jones led four UCLA players in double-figures with 15 points as the Bruins beat Oregon 70-68. UCLA took its first lead of the game, 52-49, on a Jones 3-pointer with 9:37 left. The Ducks trailed 69-68 on a Jamie Craighead (17 points) jumper with 20 seconds remaining. Oregon then fouled Natalie Nakase, who made her first free throw, but missed her second. After an Oregon timeout, Alyssa Fredrick (13 points) 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. UCLA shot a season high 48 percent from the field. They did it without the Pac-10's leading scorer, Michelle Greco, who suffered a concussion at Arizona State last week.

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