Women's Basketball Fights Hard, but Loses to No. 18 Boston College, 64-47

Nov. 29, 2002

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - The University of Oregon women's basketball team lost its third straight Friday, dropping a 64-47 decision to No. 18-ranked Boston College in its final game at the Paradise Jam.

Oregon (1-3) battled Boston College (3-0) for much of the game and trailed just 35-32 with 15:41 left. The Eagles then went on a 9-0 run with the help of five points from forward Jessalyn Deveny, who finished with a game-best 25 points to go with eight rebounds. The Ducks could only get to within a single-digit deficit one more time, before Boston College put them away with a 10-4 run in the final 4:36.

'We didn't do the little things well,' Oregon junior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld said. 'Our passes to the post need to be crisper. But I still think we've come a long way in these last three games.'

Oregon, which managed only nine assists combined in the previous two games, saw its offense come to life with 13. However, its 20 turnovers - Oregon's third straight with at least that many - were again too difficult to overcome.

Kraayeveld had a team-high 12 points and game-high nine rebounds, including two blocked shots.

The Ducks don't appear to have any quick remedy to stop their three-game slide.

'We need to push each other to our limits,' Kraayeveld said. 'We have to go just as hard in practice this week as if we were playing a game.'

Senior guard Shaquala Williams was Oregon's only other double-digit scorer with 11. She entered the game making just 29 percent from the floor, but the former Pac-10 Player of the Year hit 5-of-12 field goals, despite sitting much of the first half in foul trouble. Williams picked up her third foul with just under 10 minutes left in the first half after scoring seven points to help lift the Ducks' struggling offense.

Although Oregon couldn't stop Deveny, senior Alissa Edwards shut down Boston College's All-America candidate Brianne Stepherson, holding to three points on 1-of-6 shooting.

'Alissa did a great job tonight,' second-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'She is our stopper on defense. She sets the tone for us and gets us ready to play.'

Edwards, who also has been inconsistent on the offensive end, found her touch with seven points, making 3-of-5 from the floor.

Boston College dominated underneath, collecting 40 rebounds compared to Oregon's 23. Post player Andrea Bills had an off-night for the Ducks, being held scoreless in three shot attempts and pulling down just five rebounds.

'Andrea hasn't been in sync with our offense yet,' Smith said. 'Because of her season last year, she's become a marked woman. If anyone's seen her play, they know she's an important factor.'

It was Boston College's first game in the Tournament, as they had a full day to prepare for the Ducks, who lost to South Carolina on Thursday.

Oregon returns home to take on Portland at McArthur Court on Thursday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The Ducks then play Saturday against BYU in the Pape' Jam at the Rose Garden in Portland at 3 p.m.

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