Ducks Silence Gaels

The University of Oregon women's basketball team pushed through a slow start to outlast the St. Mary's Gaels in tonight's opening round WNIT game, winning 72-61.

A back and forth first half found the Ducks leading by only two at the break. Oregon's Andrea Bills scored nine points in the half providing a spark, often killing St Mary's momentum.

The second half started off even more back and forth than the first. The Gaels' Jermisha Dosty would get a bucket on one end, and then Bills would score on the other end. A Dosty bucket brought St. Mary's within three with 11:50 to go. Oregon's Jamie Craighead then drilled a three pointer, and Alissa Edwards made a reverse lay-up off a Ednisha Curry skip pass in transition to push Oregon's lead back up to eight, forcing a St. Mary's timeout. St. Mary's didn't make any other serious threats, only getting within six with 58 seconds to go.

"We need to do what we did in the second half all game long," Oregon Coach Bev Smith told OSN after the game.

Leading the way for the Gaels for the game were twin sisters Jerkisha and Jermisha Dosty with 23 and 18 points respectively. Jermisha also added ten rebounds. Junior Katie Davis had ten points and five assists.

Oregon's top scorer was freshman Andrea Bills. Bills had 17 points and six rebounds on 8-11 shooting. Also in double figures for the Ducks were Cathrine Kraayeveld, Jamie Craighead and Ednisha Curry with 15, 11 and 10 points each. Kraayeveld grabbed 11 boards as well.

"We had good bench help, which bodes well for the post season," Bev Smith said.

The 18-13 Ducks will have wait and see who their opponent will be. Thursday's Oregon State vs. Hawaii winner will face the Ducks, likely in Mac Court.

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