Women's Basketball Takes on Oregon State

March 6, 2001

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Oregon faces a must-win home game Saturday against Oregon State (16-11, 8-9). The Ducks, winners of three straight, seek their eighth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth. Oregon also will honor its five seniors, who may be playing their final home game. The Beavers, one game behind Oregon in seventh place, have won five in a row. The 65th Civil War meeting tips off at 1 p.m.

Oregon leads the series with the Beavers 45-19, which includes 10 straight victories. Oregon State last won 58-57 on Jan. 5, 1996, at Corvallis. The Beavers also haven't won in Eugene since Feb. 5, 1993, dropping the last seven.

Brianne Meharry scored 24 points as Oregon beat Oregon State 71-67 on Jan. 5 at Corvallis. Lindsey Dion added 14 points, and Angelina Wolvert had 12 points and nine rebounds. Felicia Ragland led the Beavers with 24 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and four steals. The Ducks led 28-25 at halftime and were up by as many as 10 points in the second half, but couldn't put the Beavers away until late in the game. Meharry's two free throws with 2:23 left put Oregon ahead 64-60. After Syesha Thomas made a free throw for Oregon State, Dion hit back-to-back jumpers to make it 68-61 with 1:25 to play. Ragland then made a 3-pointer and stole the ball and made a layup on the next play to pull Oregon State to 68-66 with 51 seconds left. But Oregon went 3 of 4 on free throws the rest of the way to seal the victory. Alissa Edwards added eight points off the bench for Oregon.

Oregon coach Jody Runge is one shy of 100 career Pac-10 victories. She would become the third coach in the conference's history to accomplish the feat. Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (207 wins) and USC's Chris Gobrecht (168) are the others.

Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 159-72 (.688) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes a 99-44 (.692) 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 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. Oregon has played five current AP top-25 teams, which includes victories over No. 18 North Carolina State, No. 22 Washington and No. 25 Wisconsin as well as an overtime loss on the road to No. 11 Texas Tech.

Junior guard Jamie Craighead shattered Missy Croshaw's single-season school-record of 70 3-pointers (1993-94) Saturday against Arizona. Craighead made six 3-pointers vs. the Wildcats and now has 75 this season ... and counting. Craighead also ranks third all-time at Oregon for career 3-pointers with 107, two behind Jessica Schutt (109) for second place. Croshaw holds the school record with 189.

Sophomore guard Alissa Edwards has picked the right time to catch fire. Last Thursday against Arizona State, she scored a career-high 10 points, hitting two 3-pointers, and finished with four assists and no turnovers. On Saturday vs. Arizona, she dished out a career-high nine assists, compared to just two turnovers in her sixth start this season. It marked the most assists by a Duck since Nicole Strange had nine Feb. 9, 1999, vs. USC.

Jamie Craighead ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with a .404 mark (75 of 184) from 3-point range and also is first in 3-pointers per game (2.8). Craighead has made at least three 3-pointers 15 times this season and at least four 3-pointers nine times.

Oregon's victory last Thursday over then-No. 22 Arizona State was its third in a row over an Associated Press Top 25-ranked team. It also defeated then-No. 23 Washington on Feb. 17 and then-No. 24 Stanford on Jan. 13.

Oregon's 83 points against Arizona last Saturday was its highest scoring total since dropping 86 on California on Jan. 11.

Four of Oregon's eight Pac-10 losses have been by three points or fewer.Excluding a 24-point loss to Texas, the Ducks' average margin of loss this season is 6.8 points.

With 1,273 points, Angelina Wolvert ranks ninth on the school's all-time scoring list. Julie Cushing (1976-80) is eighth with 1,392 points. Wolvert also ranks fifth in field-goal percentage (.542), seventh in career blocks (96), eighth in free-throw percentage (.738), eighth in rebounds (641) and 10th in steals (146).

Senior center Jenny Mowe has played in 122 career games at Oregon, breaking the record of 120 held by Lauri Landerholm (1982-87).

The Ducks rank No. 52 nationally, moving up from No. 67, in the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI. Also, Oregon's strength of schedule is at No. 42.

Oregon will finish first in the Pac-10 in home attendance for the third straight year. The Ducks average 4,845 fans -- the 15th-best mark nationally. Oregon will need to draw at least 6,860 fans Saturday to average at least 5,000 for the third season in a row.

Since Jody Runge's first year in 1993, the Ducks are 86-19 (.819) 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 will play host to the first Pac-10 women's basketball postseason tournament March 1-4, 2002.

Ducks vs. Arizona, March 3
Jamie Craighead scored 20 points, leading five Ducks in double-figures, as Oregon defeated Arizona 83-78. Craighead, a junior guard, hit on 6 of 15 from 3-point range and established the school record for 3-pointers in a season with 75. Lindsey Dion also contributed career-bests of 18 points and three 3-pointers. Oregon attempted a school record 27 from 3-point territory, making 10. Arizona led 50-46 on a Reshea Bristol jumper with 11:18 left in the game. But the Ducks went on a 17-5 run with Angelina Wolvert scoring five points during the stretch, as Oregon took a 63-55 lead with 7:57 left. The Wildcats cut the defecit to 73-69 with 2:06 on the clock, but back-to-back 3-pointers by Craighead and Dion helped secure the win. Oregon won the battle of the boards 38-25, including a 15-4 edge on the offensive end. Wolvert scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half. She also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, marking her third double-double in the last seven games. Brianne Meharry had 12 points for the Ducks while Jenny Mowe added 10 points and four blocked shots. Alissa Edwards ran the show, dishing out a career-high nine assists along with tallying three steals.

Ducks vs. Arizona State, March 1
Angelina Wolvert had 15 points and seven rebounds as Oregon upended No. 22 Arizona State 63-56 on Thursday night. Jamie Craighead added 11 points and Alissa Edwards 10 for the Ducks, who won for the third time in four games. It was also the Ducks' second win against a Top 25 team in that span - they defeated then-No. 23 Washington on Feb. 17. Melody Johnson scored 16 points to lead the Sun Devils. Wolvert scored the last five points of the game after the Sun Devils had pulled to 58-56 with two minutes remaining. She first hit a jumper and then connected on only her second 3-pointer of the season with 36 seconds left. Arizona State missed on its final four shots. Arizona State never led after back-to-back 3-pointers by Craighead and Lindsey Dion broke a 20-20 tie and led the Ducks on a 10-2 run that gave them a 30-22 lead with 3:30 left in the first half. Alissa Edwards scored a career-high 10 points.

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