Women's Basketball Loses 76-70 at TCU

Dec. 22, 2002

FORT WORTH, Texas - Despite the University of Oregon women's basketball team's prolific 3-point shooting, the Ducks fell 76-70 to TCU Sunday afternoon before 1,794 fans at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.

Oregon hit on a school-record 14-of-26 from 3-point range - breaking the previous mark of 13 one week ago against Santa Clara - but poor shooting inside the arc and from the foul line did in the Ducks.

'I thought we were really smart and played hard until the end,' second-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'This was a good challenge for us. The last two games we've played have been some of our best in terms of our energy and intensity.'

Oregon shot just 6-of-16 (38 percent) on free throws and 11-of-45 (24 percent) on shots inside the arc.

'We really battled in this game,' Smith said. 'We had some problems in the second half on the offensive end. We got good shots, but they weren't falling.'

Oregon trailed 69-57 after TCU's Tricia Payne nailed a 3-pointer with 3:18 left. But the Ducks' defense forced three turnovers, sparking a 10-1 run to pull Oregon to 70-67 at the 1:33 mark. Payne, however, then struck again with a 3-pointer near the baseline, her third of the game, and the Ducks committed three turnovers in the final minute to help seal the win for TCU.

The Ducks, playing a brutal nonconference schedule, dropped to 4-5 on the year. Meanwhile, TCU improved to 4-5, with all of its losses coming against top-25 teams.

Oregon's Brandi Davis provided most of the team's offense in the second half, scoring 17 of her game- and career-high 20 points in the final 10 minutes. She hit 7-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-10 on 3-pointers, in 18 minutes off the bench.

'I felt really comfortable,' Davis said. 'My teammates were finding me on the offensive end and encouraging me to shoot it. It wasn't just about me. We knew we had to step it up another notch without Cathrine (Kraayeveld fouled out with 3:58 left). It was a team effort.'

The Horned Frogs' aggressive defense forced Kraayeveld into 5-of-17 shooting. Kraayeveld, though, still finished with 15 points, hitting 3-of-5 from 3-point territory, and 13 rebounds - her sixth double-double on the season. She also tied a career-high, first set in Thursday's win over Montana, with five blocked shots. In Oregon's last three games, Kraayeveld, who fouled out with 3:58 left against TCU, is 14-of-21 (67 percent) from long range.

Although the Ducks had 21 turnovers, they still had strong guard play from senior Alissa Edwards and junior Kayla Steen. Edwards, playing on a sprained right ankle, swiped a career-high eight steals, which is tied for the sixth highest single-game total in school history. Steen, making her second straight start, dished out a career-best eight assists, seven of them in the first half.

Andrea Bills added 11 points and nine rebounds for Oregon while Tiffany Evans led four TCU players in double-figures with 14, making 10-of-13 foul shots.

TCU shot 32 free throws, making 20, and were whistled for only 11 fouls. In comparison, the Ducks had 25 fouls. Oregon hung tough in a physical first half of play, hitting 8-of-13 from 3-point range to go into the locker-room down 36-29.

'I have bumps and bruises all over me,' Davis said. 'Once we recognized we weren't going to get the foul calls, we played stronger. It's a good lesson learned. It's only going to make us stronger in the Pac-10.'

Oregon next begins Pac-10 Conference play on Friday against UCLA at McArthur Court. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The Ducks then play host to USC on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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