Women's Basketball Falls To Portland 65-55

Dec. 21, 2000

PORTLAND, Ore. -

University of Portland's women's basketball team buried 21 free throws to upset Oregon State 65-55 on Thursday night in the Chiles Center.

Portland improves to 6-3 on the season while the Beavers drop their second straight to fall to 6-2. The win marks the first for the Pilots against OSU in the last 11 meetings.

In perhaps their worst half of the season, OSU shot just 31-percent from the field (9-29) while the Pilots buried 10-of-25 shots for 40-percent to open the game.

The Beavers trailed by as many as 12 points before the break (21-9) but utilized a 12-2 run over the last five minutes of the half to narrow the Pilot lead to 23-21 at the half.

Oregon State's trapping defense forced 10 UP turnovers in the opening frame which kept the Beavers in the game.

OSU opened the second half on a 7-0 run to take the lead 28-23 with 19:01 remaining but things went downhill for the Beavers from there. Portland regained the lead for good at the 16:05 mark when Sharon Rissmiller reeled off seven consecutive points and put the Pilots ahead 31-30.

13 second half turnovers doomed Oregon State and the Pilots buried 21-of-29 free throws in the half to cruise to the 10-point victory.

'We just didn't come out aggressively on the offensive end,' said OSU assistant Jualeah Woods. 'Our defense was good but our offense just wasn't there. We have to play both ends of the court.'

Ericka Cook recorded her third consecutive double-double with a team-high 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead Oregon State. Junior Felicia Ragland was the only other Beaver to reach double figures in scoring with 12 points but connected on only 4-of-19 field goals from the floor.

Four Pilots reached double figures in scoring led by Tami Standish's 15 points. Rissmiller finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while Ashlee Giles canned 9-of-12 free throws and added 14 points.

The Beavers shot a meager 34-percent from the field for the game, connecting on 20-of-58 shots from the floor and just 7-of-18 from beyond the arc. The Pilots buried 20-of-53 field goals for 38-percent.

Oregon State returns to action next Thursday (Dec. 28) when the Beavers host the University of New Mexico. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m.

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