Women's Basketball Opens 2001-02 Season Saturday at McArthur Court

Nov. 12, 2001

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Oregon opens its season this weekend under first-year coach Bev Smith. On Saturday, the Ducks play host to Wisconsin-Green Bay (22-9, 12-2 Horizon League in 2000-01), who advanced to the postseason WNIT a year ago. The Phoenix also made NCAA Tournament appearances in 2000, 1999, 1998 and 1994. On Sunday, Oregon will take on Miami (18-11, 10-6 Mid-American). Both games are at McArthur Court and tipoff at 1 p.m. Smith, a first-team All-American twice at Oregon, hasn't participated in a regular season game at Eugene since a win over Montana on March 6, 1982, as a senior forward for the Ducks.

Oregon has a 23-5 record in season-opening games in the program's 28-year history, which includes wins in the last five. Its last loss was a 73-61 setback at Utah on Nov. 15, 1995.

Oregon owns an incredible 27-1 record in home-opening games, including 24 consecutive wins. The Ducks' lone home-opening loss was to Washington in the 1976-77 season.

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 seventh 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.

This will be the first meeting between the Ducks and Phoenix.

This will be the first meeting between the Ducks and Redhawks.

Oregon's fifth head coach in women's basketball history, Bev Smith returns to lead her alma mater in her first U.S. college coaching stint. Most recently the Canadian National Team coach (1997-01), she has also coached 15 years in Italian pro leagues. An October inductee into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame, Smith also served as the head coach at the University of British Columbia for one year (1988-89). As a Duck, Smith earned first-team All-American honors twice and still holds school records for rebounds (1,362), assists (443) and steals (349).

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