Women's Basketball Takes on No. 2-Seed Washington Saturday at Noon in Pac-10 Tourney's Second Round

March 2, 2002

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The Ducks (16-12) the No. 7 seed at the inaugural State Farm Pac-10 Women's Basketball Tournament, will take on No. 2-seed Washington (17-10), which received a first-round bye. The Oregon-Washington winner will take on No. 3-seed Arizona State in the semifinals on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on Fox Sports Net. The Pac-10 Tournament winner earns a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

The Oregon-Washington game will be televised live on the Oregon Sports Network (KEZI in Eugene-Springfield). All Oregon women's basketball games 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 32-29, which included a 12-game winning streak over the Huskies before Washington beat Oregon 88-80 on Feb. 23 at Seattle. The Ducks have won nine straight over the Huskies in Eugene. The last time Washington won at McArthur Court was Jan. 23, 1993.

Giuliana Mendiola scored a career-high 31 points and Loree Payne added 22 as Washington broke a 12-game losing streak against Oregon with an 88-80 win at Bank of America Arena.Emily Autrey scored 16 points and Kellie O'Neill 12 for Washington. Mendiola was 15-of-17 on free throws and Payne hit four 3-pointers.Shaquala Williams and Andrea Bills each scored 16 points while Edniesha Curry added 13 for Oregon. Bills also grabbed 11 rebounds to record her first career double-double.Autrey scored nine points and O'Neill eight as Washington took the lead for good during a 23-9 run late in the first half. The Huskies led 45-33 at halftime. Oregon closed to within eight points three times in the game's final three minutes, but got no closer.

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