Women's Basketball Falls to Arizona State, 78-63

Jan. 4, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - The University of Oregon women's basketball team hung tough Saturday but couldn't overcome Arizona State, losing 78-63 at Wells Fargo Arena before 1,768 fans.

Oregon (5-8, 1-3), which never led in the game, trailed 67-60 with 4:46 left. But the Ducks, who have just nine players in uniform, ran out of gas as the Sun Devils (10-3, 2-2) outscored them 11-3 until the final buzzer.

'Our effort, work ethic and aggressiveness was much better today,' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'Our players left the floor dead-dog tired. It hurts to lose a game like this because of how hard we played.'

It marked ASU's fourth straight win over Oregon, which was outrebounded (41-31) for the fifth straight game. The Ducks have missed junior forward Cathrine Kraayeveld, who averaged nearly 17 points and 12 rebounds per game before suffering a staph infection in her right knee. She is expected to miss at least five more weeks.

ASU point guard Kylan Loney scored a career-high 21 points, hitting 5-of-9 from 3-point range while Jill Noe had 18 points, mostly from the foul line where she went 10-of-12. She also had nine rebounds and seven assists.

Still, it was a better showing for the Ducks, which lost by 31 to No. 20-ranked Arizona on Thursday.

'We all got a little better today,' said sophomore guard Brandi Davis, who led Oregon with 18 points. 'Sometimes you give your all and it doesn't go the way you want it to.'

Davis, who shot 6-of-18 from the field, heated up midway through the second half. She helped trim a 12-point Oregon deficit to seven with 7:08 left thanks to a couple of athletic turnaround jump shots and a lay-in. She also finished the game with a career-high three blocked shots.

Andrea Bills also had a big game for the Ducks, scoring 13 points and grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Bills, who shot 6-of-8 from the floor, had 11 points and eight rebounds at the half.

The Sun Devils went to the line 21 times overall, making 17. Meanwhile, the Ducks were just 7-of-8 on free throws.

Oregon sophomore wing Kedzie Gunderson tied a career-high with 12 points in a reserve role, making 4-of-7 shots, including 2-of-3 from 3-point territory.

It was the 100th win overall at ASU for coach Charli Turner Thorne.

Oregon next plays host to California on Thursday and No. 6-ranked Stanford on Saturday. Both games tip off at 7 p.m.

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