Women's Basketball Falls, 78-64, to Oregon

March 2, 2002

Eugene, Ore. - The Washington women's basketball team ended its regular season with a home victory over Oregon last week, but the Ducks got the upper hand in the next game, knocking off the second-seeded Huskies, 78-64, before 5,407 fans on hand for the second round of the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament at McArthur Court Saturday.

The loss drops the Huskies to 17-11 overall while Oregon improves to 17-12. The Ducks will meet Arizona State in the first semi-final game, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Sophomore captain Giuliana, who scored a career-best 31 against the Ducks last Saturday, led the Huskies again, with 18 points, while junior Loree Payne scored 15. Oregon's Shaquala Williams led all scorers with 26 points as four Ducks reached double figures, including Catherine Kraayeveld who had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

'This was a tough loss for us,' said Washington head coach June Daugherty. 'We had a very good season and I thought our team played very, very hard and competed at a really high level. The game was extremely physical. We hung in there and made a good run, but obviously were not able to get it under five and try to get the lead. But I am very proud of the way our team has played all year.'

Washington built a 15-14 lead early in the game, spurred by a 7-0 run that included four points from freshman Kristen O'Neill. It was Washington's last lead of the game as Daugherty was assessed a technical foul with 8:40 remaining in the first half and the Ducks went on to take a 17-15 lead via an 11-0 run that included seven points by Williams. The Ducks' run also included a 25-15 lead and during that run, Washington was held scoreless for nearly three and a half minutes.

Washington finally answered with a 10-1 run that pulled them within one, 26-25, with two minutes to go in the half. Oregon's Jamie Craighead hit a field goal and a three-pointer and the Ducks took a 33-28 lead at the break.

Washington cut the deficit to four, 37-33, at 15:49 in the second and trailed by eight, 49-41, after a basket by Sarah Keeler with 11:10 to go, but that was as close as the Huskies would get. Oregon used a 19-7 run midway through the period and built its lead to 69-48 with 3:42 remaining.

'I want to compliment Oregon,' Daugherty said. 'Defensively they did an outstanding job. Their inside presence was much stronger than even the last time we played. With the exception of the shooting percentage, that was the difference in the game. Everything else was pretty even. The credit goes to the Ducks for how hard they played defensively.'

Washington will await its postseason fate with the NCAA Selection Show airing March 10.

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