Ottmar and Harrod Pace WSU Women Against OSU

Jan. 18, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. -- - Jessica Ottmar scored 11 points and Victoria Harrod 10 to lead Washington State, but in the end it was Oregon State's defense that made the difference in a 64-46 OSU win over host WSU Thursday before a crowd of 725 at Friel Court.

The Beavers, ranked second in the Pacific-10 Conference in scoring defense at 59.1 points, didn't do anything to hurt their ranking, allowing the Cougars a meager 29 percent shooting from the field and a season-low 46 points. OSU also controlled the boards, outrebounding WSU 45-34.

'They are a very good defensive team, the best in the Pac-10,' offered Cougar coach Jenny Przekwas after watching her club slip to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in league play.

The Beavers, led by Nicole Funn's 17 points and 16 from Felicia Ragland, improved to 10-4 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play. Ericka Cook added 12 for the Beavers, while Funn also led all players with eight rebounds. Four OSU players had six or more rebounds.

With OSU leading by 12 points in the second half, 42-30, Ragland took over and buried the dagger in the Cougars' heart, scoring 10 quick points in just over two minutes. The 12-2 OSU outburst boosted the visitor's lead to 22 points with 11 minutes left in the game.

First Ragland dropped a short jumper, then followed up with two treys against WSU's zone defense. After Michelle Estell added a layup for the Beavers, Ragland scored again, this time on a drive to the hoop.

OSU maintained its lead of 22 points four minutes later and never allowed WSU closer than 16 points.

While WSU never led, the Cougars were even with Oregon State 10-10 seven minutes into the contest. Nursing a four point advantage, 16-12, with just over eight minutes left in the first half, the Beavers went on a 12-3 run to open up a 13 point lead during the next six minutes. Ragland had five and Cook three in the run.

Holding to a nine-point advantage at halftime, the Beavers increased their lead over the first two minutes of the second half by outscoring WSU 9-4. Chaney had six of the Beaver's nine points.

Harrod was one of the few Cougars to solve OSU's defensive pressure and tall inside players. The senior forward made all five of her field goal attempts, most on quick moves to the basket, and also blocked one shot. Harrod also had five rebounds.

Guard Katie Nyseth tossed in eight points for WSU, six in the opening half. She also grabbed a team-high six rebounds and handed out five assists.

The Cougars close out their weekend series by playing host to the Oregon Ducks Saturday at 6:00 p.m. The game time has been advanced one hour to accommodate a live telecast to the state of Oregon.

OREGON STATE (10-4, 2-2)Nicole Funn 5-9 7-12 17, Felicia Ragland 6-13 1-2 16, Ericka Cook 3-9 6-8 12, Brina Chaney 4-7 0-0 8, Syesha Thomas 2-5 0-0 4, Michelle Estell 1-2 1-2 3, Leilani Estavan 1-2 0-0 2, Hollye Holbrook 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-50 15-24 64.

WASHINGTON STATE (7-8, 2-3)Jessica Ottmar 4-8 3-4 11, Victoria Harrod 5-5 0-0 10, Katie Nyseth 3-10 1-2 8, Rebecca Jordan 2-3 0-1 4, Lindsey Egeland 2-8 0-0 4, Sarah Barrett 1-6 0-0 3, Yvonne Volkman 1-5 0-0 2, Brittney Hawks 0-7 2-2 2, Candace Fields 0-2 1-5 1, Whitney Martindale 0-3 1-2 1, Kelley Berglund 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 18-62 8-16 46.

Halftime: OSU 31, WSU 22. 3-point goals-Oregon State 3-7 (Ragland 3-5, Thomas 0-2), Washington State 2-11 (Barrett 1-5, Nyseth 1-5, Egeland 0-1). Fouled out--Oregon State-None, Washington State-None. Rebounds-Oregon State 45 (Funn 8), Washington State 34 (Nyseth 6). Assists-Oregon State 14 (Estavan 6), Washington State 8 (Nyseth 5). Total fouls-Oregon State 15, Washington State 17. A-725

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