Women's Basketball Trounces NWBL, 80-40

Nov. 14, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - November 14, 2000Oregon State University's women's basketball team dominated the NWBL USA Elite squad in Tuesday night's exhibition contest, en route to an 80-40 victory.

The Beavers bolted out of the gates to a 16-1 advantage and never looked back.

Back-to-back 3-point baskets by Felicia Ragland and Michelle Estell gave Oregon State a 27-7 advantage at the 7-minute mark in the first half and took all of the air out of the NWBL's sail, allowing the Beavers to cruise to a 34-13 halftime lead.

OSU held the NWBL to just 5-of-30 shooting in the first half for a miserable 17-percent, while Oregon State hit 43-percent of its shots, including 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.

Much of the same held true in the second half as the Beavers pushed the tempo and continued to distance themselves from the NWBL.

OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra was pleased with her team's effort but knows that the competition will get tougher down the line for the Beavers.

'It's always nice to play against different competition because they expose different things,' said Spoelstra. 'I thought that the NWBL picked up their defense quite a bit at the end of the first half so they were able to expose a little bit of our standing around on offense. We need to be active all of the time and keep moving. I think that a couple of things that they did in terms of ball reversals in the second half exposed some things that we need to work on in our match-up zone and how we transition on defense is also a key. We've got a lot of things that we need to continue to work on.'

Ragland, an All-America candidate, led all scorers with 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting including a 3-of-4 performance from beyond the arc. Junior post Ericka Cook finished the night with a game-high 11 rebounds to go along with eight points and four blocked shots. Senior Syesha Thomas also reached double figures in scoring for the Beavers with 13 points and dished out seven assists.

Corretta Chenault's 14 points led all NWBL players. Chenault knocked down 10-of-12 free throws in the game.

As a team, the Beavers shot 46-percent from the field on the night and 56-percent (9-16) from 3-point range. The NWBL hit just 20-percent of its field goal attempts and were 0-for-11 from beyond the arc.

Oregon State opens regular season action Friday, when the Beavers travel to Portland for a match-up with the Vikings of Portland State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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