February 13, 1999
No. 23 Oregon (20-4, 11-2) at Washington (11-11, 7-6)
Final Score: Oregon 67, Washington 57
Washington Head Coach June Daugherty Quotes
General Remarks: "It's a really disappointing loss. First of all, we wanted to win it for the seniors. Second, we wanted to make Oregon play to our tempo, beat us from the outside. I thought that in the last two minutes, the team did a really awesome job of clogging up the middle and trying to keep their big girls from going the way they can."
"The whole game plan was to jam up the middle and make them beat us form the outside. For the most part it worked, except for those last two minutes. We were playing zone and not doing a good job with the handoffs to Williams, and Curtis started hitting those three-(pointers). We knew she was a threat with three-pointers, but we just didn't get a hand up and get out in time."
(about Oregon's offense): "They spread the floor late in the game, duting those last four minutes. We were having trouble rotating because they had shooters. It's hard to guard forwards that far out, knowing that they're such good shooters. So we went to a trap, but unfortunately Curtis was wide open for the kick-out."
(about Washington's missed shots): "It was so frustrating because we had a day and a half to put together the game plan, because we were preparing so hard for Oregon State. (The team) was really focused on it and they put all their energy into it. We really came up with the short end on layups. We made our free-throws, defense was solid, and we had a lot of nice looks at the basket, but the shots just didn't fall. That's a heartbreaker for this team. We know that we played hard and we know that we can play harder than this. We got a lot of big games still in from of us and it doesn't get any bigger than USC and UCLA coming up. We just have to keep believing and continue improving. Let's take them one at a time and keep going."
Washington Women's Basketball Player Quotes
Megan Franza: We had them right where we wanted them the whole game. We were playing how we wanted to. I guess these things just happen.
(on the physical play): It was obvious that they were going to let us play in the first few minutes of the game. Thats the kind of game we like. We want to take the challenge and step up to anybody.
(on her rebounding): I could get all the rebounds in the world, but I needed to put my shots in.
Jamie Redd: They got hot at the last minute. They were setting the pick for Shaquala and we were looking for the trap. We werent getting the rotation going. Thats why they were getting those shots. We know that Oregon is an inside team. You need to force them outside to win. They didnt catch on until the end. We had them contained until the very end.
Oregon Head Coach Judy Runge quotes"I was scared, it was a great effort by Washington. They did a great job on defense, we had a tough night of rebounding, we didn't keep them off the boards or the free throw line. But our play down the stretch was tremendous with (Sonja )Curtis and (Shaquala) William's hitting the shots. There is a lot of credit that should go to the team for not folding. Sonja Curtis, for not starting last year, and stepping up this year to get open for the shot. She was supposed to be somewhere else for offense but she stepped out and called for the ball. That was huge for us. She did it on her own. She was supposed to be cutting through and had the ball, Curtis saw the double team, stepped out and called for the ball...she wanted to get the three. Great decision on her part, and very impressive as a senior.
Q: So, you didn't call the play?
We called the play for Williams, but she was getting double teamed. Curtis saw this and stepped in the open spot. The outside three is always an option.
Q: UW said to beat Oregon they needed to force them to shoot outside?
They did a nice job of that. Very good effort with the zone; they did a great job keeping us off the offensive boards, as well as doubling us everytime we got it in there. We didn't get the good looks when we were in the key.
Q: Did you cringe a little bit when Sonja took that shot outside?
No, Sonja can hit that shot. She has before, she is most likely our best offensive player that we have. She can just be skinny sometimes inside. She could play facing the basket a little bit., I think she has always been very capable.
Q: Outside shooting in the past week, this wasn't on your minds?
When a player is open we want them to shoot. The next one is going in.
Q: You mentioned a tough night rebounding. Is this something that
concerns you or is it just one of those nights?
I think we have done a much better job of that. We had a tough time of keeping them off the boards. A lot of the rebounds we did get were with someone battling us. It was a tough night with that. I think it had an impact on our players confidence. But that's how it is, when you go out there and play tough the other team is going to also, not everything is going to get called and you have to play through that. If somebody's on your back, you have to play and make it happen. We take it one at a time."
Oregon Womens Basketball Player Quotes
Shaquala Williams: We had to come out and play with all our hearts. They relaxed in the end and we made them pay for it. I dont think they expected Sonja to hit that shot.
(on her ankle): I didnt let myself think about it. I didnt let it bother me.
(on her shooting): I dont have a conscience when it comes to shooting. I always think the next one is going in. I want to shoot the ball even if they havent been falling.
Lisa Bowyer: Weve only lost to Washington once in four years. As a senior I definitely wanted to win. They came out fired up and we got fired up too.
(on her shooting): They were leaving me wide open. I didnt want to run into the double team, so I figured Id just stay out there and hit it. If they would have come out on me then I would have given it to the open person.
The last time Washington defeated Oregon was Jan. 13, 1996, 82-66 in Seattle...UO has won seven straight games over the Huskies...UW leads overall series still 28-27...Oregon won the seasons first meeting, 70-56, Jan. 15, in Eugene.
Oregon has a seven game winning streak and now won 21 consecutive games vs. Northwest Pac-10 schools (OSU, WSU, UW)
UW is 0-5 this season vs. ranked opponents and 0-2 at home...3-4 when playing on television, 2-2 at home.
Oregon broke the games seventh tie of the game at 57-57 with 2:09 in the game, by hitting for the final 10 points of the game. From UOs 49th point (4:04) to their 63rd point (:47), all of the made field goals were 3-pointers. Washington led by as many as 8 points (54-46, 4:17)...UOs Sonja Curtis hit 9 of her 13 points on three-pointers in the last 4 minutes and 11 of the Ducks final 21 points.
Three-pointers: UO 8-20, UW 1-12
UW trailed most of the first half, but took their first lead since 4-2 on a Lynch field goal with 7:05 left in the first half to go up 17-16...The game was tied five times in the first half and neither team led by more than 5 points...UO closed the half with an 8-1 run to take the five-point lead.
At the 7:34 mark of first half: tied at 15 despite UW 5-21 from the field (.238)...UW was 1-10 from that point on the rest of the half.
Points in the Paint: First half UO 5-14 (10 pts), UW 3-16 (6 pts) 2nd half UO 3-6 (6 pts) UW 12-25 (24 pts); Layups: UO 3-7 UW 10-20
Shaquala Williams, UO, scored a game-high 24 points...Lisa Bowyer scored all of her 8 points from the FT line.
Jamie Redd registered her 5th season double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 reb. Redd pulled down 7 of her 13 rebounds in the first half. The 13 boards ties a career-high for Redd, the fourth time she has done it. Redd also had a team-high 5 assists that puts her up to 323 for her career, and in 8th place, 29 behind Lisa Rashkow (84-87)
UWs 23 points in the first half were a season-low...The previous mark was 25 points, also set at Oregon in the first meeting and vs. Kansas. (Both UO and Kansas are top-25 opponents.)
Amber Hall only had one point (0-4 fg) and 2 rebounds in the first half, but finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the game. Hall now has 934 career rebounds and needs 49 in the final five games to set the school career record.
Hall had 0 blocks, and Gray had 0 steals. Hall entered game averaging 1.11 bpg (6th Pac-10), and Gray averaged a Pac-10-leading 3.24 spg.
Oregon held UW to their Pac-10-leading 57 points in scoring defense (57.3 ppg)
UW was held to 16 points below its average of 73.2 ppg.
UO entered game 1st in rebounding defense (34.6) and UW 1st in rebounding offense (44.2)...Today, UW had 54 rebounds, 30 offensive (ties season-high)
No Duck is in the top 20 for Pac-10 scoring this season...However, Shaquala Williams is averaging 13.1 ppg in Pac-10 play which ranks 10th.
Washington shot a season-low .194 (6-31) from the field in the first half.
Malinda Lynch had a career-high 5 steals