Women's Basketball Tops Boise State, 66-55

Dec. 31, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - For the second straight game Oregon State University's women's basketball team overcame a halftime deficit to rally for a 66-55 victory against Boise State University on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, Oregon State improves to 8-2 while Boise State falls to 3-8.

BSU jumped out to an early 10-1 lead while the Beavers struggled to get on the scoreboard. The Broncos led by as many as 13 points in the first half and never trailed, taking a 35-32 lead into the locker room.

Boise State knocked down 13-of-30 first half field goal attempts for 43-percent while Oregon State managed just 32-percent shooting on 10-of-31 shots from the floor.

In the second half, the momentum shifted to the side of the Beavers. OSU picked up the defensive pressure and forced two quick Boise State turnovers to help catapult a 9-0 run and give the Beavers the lead for good.

Oregon State extended its lead to 13 points at 57-44 when Brina Chaney hit a lay-up at the 7:09 mark. The Broncos made things interesting by reeling off eight straight points to cut the margin to 57-52 with just over three minutes left on the clock.

Boise State resorted to fouling in the final two minutes and Oregon State connected on eight free throws to put the contest out of reach.

Oregon State out-rebounded the Broncos 26-13 in the second half and finished the game with a 50-30 rebounding margin, including a 22-9 advantage on the offensive glass.

'Boise State came out ready to play, they were very focused and worked hard,' commented OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'They forced us to take one shot and did a good job boxing out and getting rebounds. In the second half we did a great job on the offensive glass which helped turn things around.'

Sophomore Nicole Funn finished with 18 points and a career-high 11 rebounds while teammate Felicia Ragland also added a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Ericka Cook reached double figures in scoring for the fifth consecutive game with 12 points. Sophomore Michelle Estell reached double figures in scoring, matching her career high with 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting.

A trio of Boise State players scored 12 points: Crista Peterson, Abby Vaughan and Tawnya Gray.

The Beavers return to the court on Friday when they host rival Oregon in the Pacific-10 Conference opener. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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