Women's Basketball Smokes Horsholm, 100-43, in First Exhibition
Nov. 9, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. - It won't be this easy when the regular season arrives, but the University of Oregon women's basketball team still showed off its talent and competitiveness Saturday in a 100-43 exhibition romp over Horsholm at McArthur Court.
Junior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld had a double-double with 15 minutes left in the game, finishing with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting and 12 rebounds. She also had six assists and two steals against the all-star team from Denmark, which lost to Oregon State 76-42 on Thursday.
Oregon jumped out to a 20-0 lead in the game's first five minutes as Kraayeveld had eight points and an assist during the run. Bess Greenberg scored Horholm's first basket at the 14:37 mark, but the team had dug itself too much of a hole to recover.
'There was tremendous depth we were able to play with tonight,' second-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'It is important to get everyone some playing time, especially here at Mac Court.'
Although it was a noncounting game, the Ducks scored the most points since dropping 106 against UCLA in the 1998-99 season.
'We were just excited to play our first game and to get out there and show fans what we've been working on,' said Kraayeveld, who ended last season with five straight double-doubles.
All 12 Oregon players saw court time and shot 49 percent overall from the floor, including 61 percent in the first half.
'They played well together and they were encouraging of each other,' Smith said. 'We are pretty young with our starting lineup and to be able to go to that depth with youth is great.'
Senior All-America guard Shaquala Williams led the Ducks with 20 points, hitting 7-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Sophomore wing Kedzie Gunderson added 15 points, hitting all eight attempts from the free-throw line. Two other Oregon sophomores rounded out the double-digit scoring, as Andrea Bills and Brandi Davis each had 10.
'We have to come out and treat every team the same,' Kraayeveld said. 'It's important to come out strong every game no matter which team we are playing.'
Horsholm's Kristine Dalgaard led the team with 20 points, making 9-of-16 from the floor. Overall, Horsholm shot 37 percent from the field and were outrebounded 53-23.
Oregon plays its final exhibition Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. against Southern Oregon. The Ducks open the regular season at home Nov. 22 against Gonzaga at 5 p.m.