Women's Basketball Tops Gonzaga in Season-Opener, 83-72

Nov. 22, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team held off Gonzaga 83-72 before 4,265 fans at McArthur Court in the season-opener Friday for both teams.

Sophomore guard Brandi Davis, playing in her first collegiate contest, came off the bench to drop in a team-high 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range.

Oregon (1-0), which never trailed in the game, went up 74-57 on a Bills free throw with 5:18 left in the game. The pesky Bulldogs (0-1), though, wouldn't be put away as Anne Bailey connected on three 3-pointers to help cut the Ducks' lead to 78-70 with 1:56 remaining. A lay-up by Andrea Bills and three free throws by Shaquala Williams down the stretch helped Oregon pull out the victory.

The Bulldogs nailed 11-of-27 from 3-point range, many of them uncontested, led by four treys each by Bailey and Shannon Mathews, who led all players with 24 points and seven assists. Gonzaga's 11 3-pointers were the most against Oregon since it allowed 11 at BYU last December.

'You have to come out with greater intensity and pride,' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'It's a good way to start, but not the way we wanted to do it.'

Three other Ducks scored in double-digits - Williams (17 points), Bills (16 points) and Cathrine Kraayeveld (15 points). Kraayeveld, a junior forward, notched her sixth straight double-double dating to last season as she pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

The athletic Davis did her damage in just 20 minutes of play and scored 13 of her points in the second half.

'Brandi gave us a big lift, played with her style, ability and presence,' Smith said. 'She played much smarter in the second half.'

'Coming off the bench, I came in and did what I needed to do, and helped the team as best as possible,' said Davis, who also had four steals.

Oregon jumped all over Gonzaga early, leading 10-2 after the first five minutes and 30-12, its largest lead of the game, with 4:08 left in the first half.

'I don't feel good because we lost,' Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said. 'But I'm proud of the way we played in the second half, particularly. Oregon's a good team. They're big and they've got good speed.'

Overall, the Ducks shot 48 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the foul line.

Oregon will go on a week-long road trip, beginning Tuesday against Wisconsin-Green Bay. Tipoff is at 5 p.m. PST. The Ducks then go tropical, competing Thursday against South Carolina and Friday against Boston College in St. Thomas, V.I. Tipoff for both games is at 3:30 p.m. PST.

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