Women's Basketball Opens Friday Against Washington State in First Pac-10 Tournament at McArthur Court

Feb. 25, 2002

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The Ducks (15-12, 10-8 Pac-10) begin a new season Friday as they play the opening game of the inaugural State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament against No. 10- seed Washington State at McArthur Court. Oregon, the No. 7 seed, finished the whirlwind conference race just two games behind No. 2-seed Washington (17-10, 12-6), which awaits the winner of the Ducks-Cougars game Saturday at noon. The Ducks are just coming off a road trip to Washington where they defeated the Cougars 88-47 and lost to the Huskies 88-80.

The Oregon-Washington State game be televised on the Oregon Sports Network (KEZI in Eugene). 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 41-9, including a season sweep in conference play this season. Last year, the Cougars swept the Ducks for only the second time in the series.

Shaquala Williams scored 24 points and collected seven rebounds as the visiting Oregon Ducks rolled to an 88-47 victory over Washington State at Friel Court.Williams shot a perfect 9-of-9 from the field leading Oregon to a season-high 56 percent (33-of-59) shooting performance. Two Oregon players joined Williams in double figures as Jamie Craighead scored 13 points and Kedzie Gunderson added a career-high 12.Whitney Martindale led the Cougars with 13 points as she connected on three 3-point baskets.After taking an early 12-6 lead with 13:58 left in the first half, the Ducks went on a 22-8 run to take a 34-14 lead at the 7:58 mark.Oregon extended its lead to 49-23 at halftime.Williams opened the second half by scoring nine straight points in the first 2:21 as the Ducks took a 58-23 lead with 17:39 remaining.

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