Duck Women Stay Undefeated

Revenge. That's what the Oregon Ducks women's basketball team got today: revenge. After a crushing 72-52 blowout loss to George Washington last year, the Ducks came in today wanting to avenge that loss. They did just that, beating the Colonials, 64-40 in the Papé Jam in Portland.

"They're a terrific team," George Washington Coach Joe McKeown said. "I think that (Catherine) Kraayeveld's return made a big difference. Last year we blew them out and this year they did it to us, and her return was the major factor.

Even though Kraayeveld, Oregon's big offensive star, didn't have a perfect offensive game, the Ducks found other ways to get the ball in the hoop. As a team they shot over 45 percent from the floor and hit on just over 41 percent of their trifectas, including five from Chelsea Wagner.

Wagner, the 5-10 junior from Springfield, was 5-11 on three pointers on her way to a team-high 15 points. Four of those long balls came in the second half on spot up threes from around the perimeter.

"I just kind of hang out on the outside and Corrie (Mizusawa) gets me the ball," Wagner said. "I don't really have to work too hard."

Wagner's second half effort, along with big numbers from Eleanor Haring and Andrea Bills helped the Ducks (5-0) overcome a sloppy early going that had the Ducks down 10-9 over nine minutes into the game. The Ducks had committed 12 first half turnovers and were struggling against George Washington's zone.

"I don't think we were prepared for the up in the face pressure they put on us early in the game," Oregon Coach Bev Smith said.

Coming out of the locker room at the half, Bills and Haring combined for nine of Oregon's first 13 points, and after a Bills free throw line jumper with 11:52 left, Oregon led 40-27. Bills finished the game with 14 points and Haring with 13 on 6-7 shooting.

With the defense Oregon was playing, it was out of reach for the Colonials and the Ducks kept their unbeaten streak in the Papé Jam alive.

"Everyone did their job defensively and we got a big win because of it," Mizusawa said.

Even though she didn't score as much as she might have hoped, Kraayeveld was one of those players who got it done on the defensive end. In 25 minutes of play she had 10 boards, two steals and a block.

Her defense down low held George Washington to only one offensive weapon, Anna Montanana. The senior from Spain finished with 19 points but no other Colonial had more than six points in the game. Center Jessica Simmonds, who averages over 13 points and nearly eight boards per game, was held to just three points on 1-11 shooting and six rebounds.

Next up for the undefeated Ducks will be Idaho State at Mac Court on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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