10:00 PM ET, December 29, 2004
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Cathrine Kraayeveld watched injured from the bench last season when Oregon upset mighty Stanford. This season, she got to join in the celebration when the Ducks did it again.Kraayeveld had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Oregon overcame a 14-point first-half deficit to beat Stanford (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) 62-58 on Wednesday night.Long afterward, Kraayeveld and her teammates hopped in victory on the "O" at center court."It's great to get a home win, but it is especially sweet when it's against a team like Stanford, a program that is a national power, game in and game out," she said.Andrea Bills had 18 points and another 15 rebounds for the Ducks (9-2, 2-0 Pacific-10), who had not defeated a team ranked so high since 1983.Candice Wiggins had 16 points to lead Stanford (9-2, 1-1)."This is the most upset I've been with this team all year," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "We missed some key shots and we had some knucklehead plays."The Ducks pulled within 42-41 on Eleanor Haring's layup. But she hit just 1-of-2 subsequent free throws, missing a chance to put Oregon in front.The Ducks did pull ahead when consecutive 3-pointers by Kaela Chapdelaine made it 53-51."Those started eating away at our lead," Wiggins said. "It was like a dagger in the heart."Oregon led by as many as four points down the stretch. T'Nae Thiel missed the first of two free throws with 1:32 left, keeping Stanford down 59-58.After Kraayeveld's driving basket made it 61-58 for Oregon with 1:06 left, Corrie Mizusawa missed 3-of-4 foul shots. But it didn't matter."A win like this has just boosted our confidence and raised our expectations for the rest of the year," Bills said.Stanford opened its Pac-10 schedule with an 83-45 rout of Oregon State on Monday, regrouping from a 70-67 loss to Tennessee last week that dropped the Cardinal from the No. 2 spot in the AP poll.The Ducks were also coming off a victory in their conference opener, an 81-50 win over California.Oregon's shooting was cold early, and the team hit on just one shot over a nearly 11-minute stretch to open the game.Stanford took advantage and went on a 14-0 run to go up 20-6 before Bills snapped the drought with a layup with 8:20 left.But the Cardinal also struggled to land shots, and the Ducks narrowed it to 27-21 on Mizusawa's two free throws.Stanford led 29-22 at the half, shooting 37.5 percent. Oregon shot a dismal 20.6 percent and was 0-for-10 from 3-point range."It was a very tough start, too tough," Oregon coach Bev Smith said. "For a while there, it felt like there was a cover over the hoop."Stanford shot just 33.9 percent from the floor for the game, while Oregon managed just 32.3-percent shooting.It was Stanford's lowest point total of the season."We were not our normal selves," Stanford guard Kelley Suminski said. "We did not play with that sense of urgency."Last season, Oregon beat then-No. 10 Stanford 67-66 during the Ducks' final homestand at McArthur Court. Mizusawa won it with a layup with 8.2 seconds left.The last time Oregon beat a top five team was Dec. 29, 1983, when the Ducks defeated fifth-ranked Maryland 76-70 at a tournament in Los Angeles.
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