Women's Basketball NCAA Tournament News Release
March 12, 2001
Oregon, the No. 13 seed in the Midwest bracket, will play in its eighth straight NCAA Tournament as it takes on No. 4-seed Iowa (20-9, 12-4 Big Ten) on Saturday at 6 p.m. PST. The Hawkeyes are ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 20 in the ESPN/USA Today Poll. The Oregon-Iowa winner will face the Utah-Fairfield winner on Monday at 8:30 p.m. PST on ESPN2.
Oregon will conduct an open practice at the Huntsman Center on Friday from 1:35-3:05 p.m. and a closed one Saturday from 11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m. If the Ducks win, they will practice from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday and 12-1 p.m. on Monday. Those practices would be closed to the media and public.
The Ducks are 4-10 in NCAA Tournament games. Oregon has never advanced past the second round. It lost 80-79 in overtime last season to UAB at Eugene.
Saturday's game against Iowa will be televised on the Oregon Sports Network/ESPN Regional (KEZI), with Mark Larson and Joe Giansante providing the play-by-play. 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.
SERIES VS. IOWA
The Hawkeyes and Ducks have never played each other. However, Iowa coach Lisa Bluder is 1-0 against Oregon. While coaching at Drake in 1994, her team defeated the Ducks 76-67 at Eugene in the Pepsi Shootout.
COACH JODY RUNGE
Jody Runge is in her eighth season at the helm of the Ducks. She has compiled an impressive 160-72 (.690) record in her Oregon tenure, which includes a 100-44 (.694) mark in conference play. Her resume includes eight 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.
Jody Runge picked up her 100th career Pac-10 victory last Saturday. She became the third coach in the conference's history to accomplish the feat. Stanford's Tara VanDerveer (209 wins) and USC's Chris Gobrecht (170) are the others.
IN THE RANKINGS
Oregon received no votes in this week's Associated Press Poll for the first time this year. It dropped out of the AP poll Feb. 5 after being ranked for 12 straight weeks, 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 got 12 votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. After Saturday, Oregon will have played six current AP top-25 teams, which includes victories over No. 19 North Carolina State, No. 24 Wisconsin, No. 25 Arizona State along with a four-point overtime loss on the road to No. 13 Texas Tech.
Lindsey Dion suffered a cut near her right eye last Saturday in the first half vs. Oregon State. She returned to play in the second half after getting six stitches.
Jamie Craighead keeps adding to her school record for 3-pointers in a season. A junior guard, she now has 78 after breaking the record (70) March 3 against Arizona. Craighead also ranks second all-time at Oregon for career 3-pointers with 110. Missy Croshaw holds the school record with 189.
RUNNING THE SHOW
Sophomore guard Alissa Edwards has picked the right time to catch fire. On March 1 against Arizona State, she scored a career-high 10 points, hitting two 3-pointers, and finished with four assists and no turnovers. On March 3 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. Last Saturday against Oregon State, she had eight points, hitting 2 of 3 from 3-point range, and just one turnover.
Jamie Craighead ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with a .406 mark (78 of 192) from 3-point range and also is first in 3-pointers per game (2.8). Craighead has made at least three 3-pointers 16 times this season and at least four 3-pointers nine times.
Oregon's victory March 1 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.
ON THE OFFENSIVE
Oregon's 83 points against Arizona on March 3 was its highest scoring total since dropping 86 on California on Jan. 11.
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
Four of Oregon's eight Pac-10 losses were by three points or fewer.Excluding a 24-point loss to Texas, the Ducks' average margin of loss this season is 6.8 points.
WOLVERT MOVES TO NINTH ON SCORING LIST
With 1,287 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 (.543), seventh in career blocks (99), seventh in free-throw percentage (.742), eighth in rebounds (653) and 10th in steals (150).
RUNGE VS. NATIONALLY-RANKED OPPONENTS
Oregon coach Jody Runge has an 19-29 record, including 13-8 at McArthur Court, against nationally-ranked opponents (AP Poll) in her eight years at Oregon. Last year, she was 5-2.
MOWE BREAKS GAMES-PLAYED RECORD
Senior center Jenny Mowe has played in 123 career games at Oregon, breaking the record of 120 held by Lauri Landerholm (1982-87).
Angelina Wolvert has had four double-doubles in the last seven games.
The Ducks clinched their second losing season on the road under Jody Runge (also, 5-6 in 1994-95), with a 4-9 mark. Oregon was 10-5 on the road last year.
DUCKS IN DOUBLE-FIGURES
For the past two games, five Ducks have scored in double-figures -- the only two times this season it's occurred. And yes, the same five players did it.
Since Jody Runge's first year in 1993, the Ducks are 87-19 (.821) 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.
In Lindsey Dion's four-year career, the Ducks are 35-10 with her in the starting lineup. In the last two years, Oregon is 32-10 with her in the starting five (12-6 this season) and 9-9 when Dion isn't.
DUCKS IN DROVES
Oregon will finish first in the Pac-10 in home attendance for the third straight year. The Ducks average 5,150 fans -- the 13th-best mark nationally. It marks the third straight year Oregon has averaged at least 5,000 fans.
WILLIAMS NEARLY AT FULL STRENGTH
Last year's Pac-10 Player of the Year Shaquala Williams tore her anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in September. She was cleared last week to conduct routine practice drills, although she won't work out with the team. Williams, a 5-foot-6 guard, will be a junior in 2001-02.
Ducks vs. Oregon State, March 10
Oregon made its case Saturday for another berth into the NCAA Tournament, soundly defeating Oregon State 72-60 before the third-largest crowd in McArthur Court history at 8,815 fans. The Beavers had won five straight before losing to the Ducks, who beat Oregon State for the 11th straight time. Oregon had five players in double-figures for the second consecutive game, led by Angelina Wolvert's 14 points and 12 rebounds. She also had a career-high six assists and collected four steals and three blocks. Jamie Craighead also scored 14 points, hitting double-figures for the third game in a row. 'Senior Day' also proved successful for Lindsey Dion (13 points), Jenny Mowe (12 points) and Brianne Meharry (10 points). Oregon State's Felicia Ragland kept the Beavers in the game, scoring 22 points and grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds. The Ducks trailed just once in the game at 2-0 and used three first-half 3-pointers by Craighead to take a 36-30 halftime lead. Oregon led 59-53 with 3:05 remaining in the game when it received baskets from Craighead, Mowe and a free throw each from Craighead and Camber Ellingson.