Women's Hoops Fall To Ducks, 69-56

Dec. 28, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Sparked by Jamie Craighead's seven 3-pointers, the University of Oregon women's basketball team won Friday night over Washington, 69-56, before a season-high 4,791 fans at McArthur Court.

The Ducks, who have defeated Washington 12 straight times, improved its record to 7-5 and 2-1 in Pac-10 play. The Huskies dropped to 6-5, 1-1.

'(The Huskies) are a tough team,' first-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'They made a real strong run (at the end).'

Craighead (Elma, Wash.) drilled 7-of-11 from downtown to tie her career high for 3-pointers and points with 21. Oregon freshman Andrea Bills and sophomore Cathrine Kraayeveld also had career nights. Bills scored 13 of her career-best 18 points in the first half along with grabbing a career-high eight rebounds in 23 minutes. Meanwhile, Kraayeveld had career-highs of nine assists and four blocked shots to go with eight rebounds and eight points.

'She's becoming that player we knew she would,' Smith said of Kraayeveld. 'She can score and drive but the assists are her best asset.'

Oregon, a guard-heavy team that has been outrebounded in five games this year, dominated the boards with 48 compared to Washington's 28.

'We have to keep the rebounding margin close for us to win,' Smith said. 'There's no glory in rebounding, just victory.'

Oregon took its final lead at 28-25 following a Craighead 3-pointer with 2:53 left before halftime. The Ducks extended their advantage to 58-40 with 9:03 remaining in the game before the Huskies went on a 14-3 run behind five points from Loree Payne. But Oregon countered with five points from Bills and a desperation 22-foot 3-pointer by Shaquala Williams (13 points) with time running out on the shot clock, increasing the lead to 65-54 with 2:31 left.

'It's a great environment with everyone pumped up and cheering for you,' said Bills, who made 7-of-11 from the floor and had six offensive rebounds. 'They were playing a zone so I tried to pin somebody inside and get someone for the three.'

Craighead not only hit from long range, but had a season-high six rebounds and tied a season-best with five assists.

'Craighead really got things going from long range,' Washington coach June Daugherty said. 'They did a good job of stretching our defense.'

Kristen O'Neill led the Huskies with 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting while Emily Autrey added 11.

Oregon next plays host Sunday at 1 p.m. to Washington State, which lost Friday at Oregon State 57-33.

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