Anonymous | Posted: 12 Dec 2001 | Updated: 12 Dec 2001

BYU Defeats PAC-10 Oregon 74-58

PROVO -- BYU stays perfect in two games at home this season with a 74-58 win over the Pac-10's Oregon at the Marriott Center, Wednesday. The Cougars have now won three out of four games on their schedule versus Pac-10 schools this season. The win improves BYU to 5-3 on the season while the loss drops Oregon to 5-4.

Junior Jennifer Leitner led the way for the Cougars dropping a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. She came out strong and hit two three-pointers in the first half including a 25-footer at the buzzer. The backcourt of Erin Thorn and Stacy Jensen chipped in 14 a piece, while having their hands full on defense.

"I give a lot of credit for this victory to seniors Stacy Jensen and Lisa Osguthorpe," said head coach Jeff Judkins. "They held Oregon's top two players (Edneisha Curry and Shaquala Williams) in check with great defense."

The bench played well with junior Melanie Pearson scoring 11 and freshman Danielle Cheesman chipping in eight points.

"This is our best 40-minute effort of the season," said head coach Jeff Judkins. "There was a great effort by a lot of key players"

For the game, the Cougars shot 43 percent from the field to 36 percent for the Ducks. BYU shot 44 percent from behind the arc making 11-25 attempts while Oregon only shot 2-15. Rebounds, assists, turnovers, and fouls were nearly even for both teams.

Up next for BYU is the Pioneer Classic in Denver where they will play Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Friday at 5 p.m. BYU will face host University of Denver on Saturday at 4 p.m. The next home game for the Cougars will be against in-state rival Southern Utah on December 29th with a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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