Santa Clara Shoots Down Women's Basketball 88-79

Dec. 15, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team lost a shootout Sunday to Santa Clara, 88-79, before 3,956 fans at McArthur Court.

It rained threes for much of the game, as the Ducks (3-4) hit on a school-record 13 in 29 attempts, including 10 from long range in the first half alone. Meanwhile, the Broncos (4-3) finished 12-of-21 on 3-pointers and Quinn Thomas made 7-of-8 free throws in the final 38 seconds to seal the win.

Oregon, which led by as many as 12 in the first half, held a 43-36 advantage early in the second half. Two 3-pointers by Santa Clara's Kayla Huss, an inside basket by Julie Butler and a Thomas lay-in tied the game at 46 with 16:28 left. The Ducks would regain the lead just once more, at 60-59, on a steal and lay-in by Alissa Edwards with 9:46 on the clock.

'It was just a great college basketball game,' second-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'We didn't take them out of their offensive rhythm (in the second half). They're a good shooting team and were very poised.'

Every time the Ducks were about to overtake the Broncos, Santa Clara always had the answers. Ahead just 69-67 with 6:25 remaining, Oregon forced the Broncos into a bad shot. But Santa Clara's Kim Butler grabbed the offensive rebound and had an easy put-back to increase the lead to four, which would be the closest the Ducks could get the rest of the way.

'They were rebounding, getting loose balls and making most of their 3-pointers,' said Edwards, who had 10 points and four assists. 'We couldn't settle down on defense.'

The Ducks lost despite a remarkable performance by 6-foot-4 junior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld, who scored a career-high 33 points, 24 in the first half. Kraayeveld, whose previous career-high for 3-pointers in a game was two, made 5-of-6 from long range in the game's first 12 minutes. She capped the half with her sixth 3-pointer. Although she made just one in the second half, she tied a McArthur Court record for 3-pointers, making seven in 10 tries, and was one off the school record held by Jessica Schutt. Her 33 points also was the most by an Oregon player since Schutt had 34 in 1994.

'That's a pretty unbelievable performance,' said Smith of Kraayeveld, who also had eight rebounds and three blocked shots. 'She gave us all she could and our team gave us all they could.'

The 25 combined 3-pointers also was an Oregon single-game record for both teams. The previous record, 19 set in 1993, was broken five minutes into the second half.

Thomas scored 15 of her team-high 24 points in the second half and made 5-of-6 from long distance. Whitney Sutak added 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in a reserve role.

Santa Clara won the rebounding battle 38-30, including 11 by forward Kendra Rhea. It marked the fourth time in the last five games the Ducks have been outrebounded.

The Ducks' Andrea Bills added nine points and nine rebounds while Kourtney Shreve had nine points and three assists.

Santa Clara snapped Oregon's six-game winning streak at Mac Court and it was its first win against the Ducks since 1985 after five straight defeats.

Oregon next hits the road to take on Montana on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. PST. The game will be televised live on the Oregon Sports Network. The Ducks then play at TCU on Sunday. Tipoff is at noon PST.

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