Women's Basketball Heads South for the Week to Play UCLA, USC

Dec. 17, 2001

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The Ducks (5-4), as a result of the first Pac-10 women's tournament in March 2002, enter conference play at the earliest point in school history this week. On Thursday, the Ducks will take on UCLA (3-5) at 7 p.m. Oregon, which received seven votes in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, then will play USC (4-5) on Saturday in a nationally-televised game on Fox Sports Net. Tipoff is at 4 p.m.

The Oregon-USC game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net. All Oregon women's basketball games also 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 AM) in Roseburg. Radio broadcasts also can be heard on the Internet at www.goducks.com.

USC leads the series 24-11, but the Ducks won the last meeting, 74-66, Feb. 25 at Los Angeles. The Trojans had won the previous three.

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. 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 jumped out to a 20-8 first-half lead, but the cold-shooting Ducks got hot, putting together several rallies to cut the USC lead to 34-27 at halftime. Oregon held USC's Ebony Hoffman to just nine points and three rebounds.

Oregon leads the series 17-16. The Ducks have won four of the last five vs. the Bruins, however, UCLA won the last matchup, 70-68, at Pauley Pavilion.

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 won without the Pac-10's leading scorer, Michelle Greco, who had suffered a concussion the previous week.

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