Bruins Beat Ducks In Pac-10 Opener

Dec. 27, 2002

Box Score

EUGENE, Ore. - UCLA's full-court press and hot hand on the offensive end helped down the University of Oregon women's basketball team, 93-68, before 4,700 at McArthur Court in both teams' Pac-10 opener Friday.

UCLA freshman guard Nikki Blue scored a game-high 26 points - 20 in the second half - while Whitney Jones tied her career-high with 24 on the night. The Bruins improved to 6-4 and 1-0 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks dropped to 4-6, 0-1.

Oregon had trouble with UCLA's full-court press, especially in the first half, where the Ducks committed 11 of their 19 turnovers. The Bruins raced out to a 27-7 lead in the first 10 minutes, as the Ducks could get no closer to 13 down the rest of the way.

"I felt if we could have taken care of the ball, it would have been a much closer game," second-year Oregon coach Bev Smith said. "We battled with them and I'm pleased with our play in the second half."

The Ducks were without their star forward, Cathrine Kraayeveld, whose right knee suffered severe inflammation Thursday night before practice. Tests on the sore knee are being evaluated and her return is unknown. Kraayeveld leads the team with averages of 16.7 points and 11.7 rebounds.

"We were really hurt by not having Cathrine," said Oregon sophomore guard Brandi Davis, who had nine points and three assists. "We pushed and went hard and unfortunately did not get a win. I'm pretty confident in our team without having Cathrine. We're not going to stop ... we are going to jump every hurdle."

Oregon's 25-point deficit was its second-worst defeat at home to a Pac-10 team. It also marked its worst loss since UCLA beat the Ducks by 28 in 1998, which also was the last season the Bruins won at Mac Court.

"We need to play like we did tonight (in terms of effort), but we need to be more prepared making sure everyone is doing their job," Smith said.

UCLA shot 63 percent in the first half to take a 49-28 lead. The Ducks also lost the rebounding battle for the seventh time this year, 37-29. Oregon is 1-6 this year when being outrebounded.

Freshman post player Carolyn Ganes kept Oregon alive on the offensive end with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 7-of-7 from the foul line. It was her second 20-point game of her young career. Andrea Bills added 16 points, hitting 7-of-10 from the floor, and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Amy Taylor was Oregon's only other double-digit scorer, adding a career-high 10 off the bench.

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Sunday, Nov 01
vs. Vanguard
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 13
vs. St. John's
Los Angeles, CA
W, 73 - 58
Friday, Nov 20
vs. James Madison
Los Angeles, CA
W, 90 - 61
Sunday, Nov 22
vs. South Carolina
Los Angeles, CA
L, 65 - 68
Friday, Nov 27
vs. Louisiana Tech
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
W, 68 - 57
Saturday, Nov 28 - 12:15 PM PST
vs. Notre Dame
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Saturday, Dec 05 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. CSU Bakersfield
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Dec 13 - 11:00 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Wednesday, Dec 16 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 18 - 7:05 PM PST
at Sacramento State
Sacramento, CA
Monday, Dec 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Monday, Dec 28 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Riverside
Riverside, CA
Wednesday, Dec 30 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Jan 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 04 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 10 - 6:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 15 - 6:00 PM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Sunday, Jan 17 - 12:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Friday, Jan 22 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Jan 24 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 6:00 PM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Sunday, Jan 31 - 1:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Friday, Feb 05 - 5:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Feb 07 - 12:00 PM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Friday, Feb 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Feb 21 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR