Women's Basketball Takes on Washington, Washingon State in Pac-10 Opening Homestand

Dec. 24, 2001

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The Ducks play host to their first Pac-10 homestand, taking on Washington (6-4, 1-0) on Friday at McArthur Court. Tipoff is at 7:07 p.m. On Sunday, Oregon will encounter Washington State (2-9, 0-1), a team that swept the Ducks last season. Tipoff against the Cougars is set at 1 p.m.

The Oregon-Washington game will be broadcast live on Action Sports Cable Network, a new Paul Allen-owned network that will broadcast the game in regions of Oregon (Channel 54 in Springfield), Southwest Washington and Northern California. 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.

Oregon leads the series with Washington 31-28, which includes an 11-game winning streak over the Huskies. Washington last won on Jan. 13, 1996, at Seattle, 82-66. The Huskies, who have lost eight straight at McArthur Court, last won at Eugene on Jan. 23, 1993.

Lindsey Dion's short jumper with 48 seconds left in overtime helped lead Oregon to a 64-60 home win over then-No. 23 Washington and snapped a five-game losing skid. Jamie Craighead added 18 points for the Ducks and hit two big shots in overtime. The first was a 3-pointer that put Oregon ahead 60-57 with just under four minutes left.With the Ducks leading 62-60 and the shot clock winding down, Craighead hit a long jumper with 7.3 seconds left to provide the final margin. Angelina Wolvert had 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds for Oregon. Dion had a season-high 15 points. Megan Franza scored 14 of her 18 points in the second half and overtime to lead Washington, which had won five straight. But Franza missed 13 of her 22 shots, and she was stripped of the ball by Alissa Edwards in the lane with just under 40 seconds left and the Huskies trying to set up the potential tying shot.

Oregon leads the series 39-9, but the Cougars recorded only their second season sweep of the series last year. The Ducks had won the last 10 games and 15 of the last 16.

Oregon lost 77-76 as Joanna Smith's turnaround jumper with less than one second to play gave the Cougars the victory. The Cougars, who won at McArthur Court for the first time since 1993, put Brianne Meharry on the line for two shots with 10 seconds left. She missed the first and hit the second to put Oregon up 76-75. A missed 3-pointer by Kelly Berglund was rebounded by Smith, who then scored the game-winning basket.

Angelina Wolvert scored a career-high 32 points for the Ducks and pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Meharry also had a strong game, dropping in 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, along with collecting nine rebounds. Oregon led 69-60 with 3:11 left in the game, but the Cougars went on a 13-4 run over the next two minutes, spurred by four 3-pointers.

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