Women's Basketball Tops Wyoming 72-55, Wins Beaver Classic

Nov. 25, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team knocked off the University of Wyoming 72-55 to win Saturday night's Beaver Classic Tournament. Kansas State University stopped Princeton University 63-51 in the consolation final.

The Beavers (3-0) opened an early 8-0 lead as Wyoming (2-1) failed to get on the scoreboard until the 15-minute mark of the first half. Oregon State never trailed in the contest and used an 11-2 run over a four-minute span in the first frame to open a 16-point advantage.

The Beavers took advantage of second chance opportunities before the break, out-rebounding Wyoming 30-16 with 19 boards coming on the offensive glass.

OSU went into the locker room with a 42-26 cushion.

Wyoming's Carly Stucky scored the first five points of the second half and appeared to give the Cowgirls a second life. Oregon State recovered however, and rallied to score 14 straight to extend its lead to 56-31 with 13:09 remaining in the game, squelching any chance of a Wyoming comeback bid.

The Beavers finished the game with a commanding decision on the boards, out-rebounding Wyoming 51-31.

Junior post Ericka Cook led all players with 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Beavers. Cook was one of three OSU players named to the Beaver Classic All-Tournament squad. Felicia Ragland tallied a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds on her way to garnering tournament MVP honors while teammate Nicole Funn battled first half foul trouble, but finished the night with 12 points, seven rebounds and all-tournament honors.

Stucky, a sophomore, led Wyoming with a team-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting and was named to the all-tournament squad for her efforts. Junior Christy Bacon also reached double figures in scoring for the Cowgirls with 10 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

In the consolation final, Kansas State (3-1) used a 10-0 run from the 13-minute mark of the second half to the 6-minute mark to extend it lead to 55-41 and dash Princeton's (0-3) hopes of an upset victory.

The Wildcats took just a three-point lead (36-33) into the locker room at the half as both teams scored most of their points from 3-point range. Nine of K-State's 12 first half field goals came from beyond the arc while six of Princeton's eight field goals came from long range. The Wildcats and Tigers combined for 20 3-point baskets in the game.

K-State's Kim Woodlee scored 17 points including a 5-of-9 clip from 3-point range while teammate Kristin Rethman added 11 points for the Wildcats. Freshman Nicole Ohlde finished the game with eight points and six rebounds on her way to garnering all-tournament honors. Ohlde tied the Beaver Classic tournament record for rebounds with a two-game total of 25.

Three Princeton players reached double figures in scoring with Lee Culp's 17 points and 10 rebounds leading all Tigers. Beaverton, OR, native, Hillary Reser scored 13 points while Maureen Lane added 12 points.

Oregon State has not opened the regular season with a 3-0 record since the 1994-95 campaign when the Beavers reeled off seven straight victories. The Beavers hit the road next Thursday (Nov. 30), in search of win number four, against Ohio University. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST.

BEAVER CLASSIC ALL-TOURNAMENT SQUAD

MVP: Felicia Ragland, Oregon State
Ericka Cook, Oregon State
Nicole Funn, Oregon State
Carly Stucky, Wyoming
Nicole Ohlde, Kansas State

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