Women's basketball cruises past Washington State, 64-46

Jan. 18, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team never trailed and pulled away in the second half to cruise to a 64-46 victory against Washington State on Thursday night.

OSU improves to 10-4 overall and 2-2 in the Pac-10 while WSU falls to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

With the score tied at 10-10, the Beavers utilized a 16-4 run over a 10-minute stretch in the first half to streak to a 26-14 lead with 3:44 remaining on the clock. Katie Nyseth's 3-pointer with 12 seconds left before the break brought Washington State within 31-22 at half-time.

OSU steadily pulled away in the second half. Junior guard Felicia Ragland scored eight straight points including back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Beavers a 50-30 lead with 12:23 remaining in the game. Washington State would get no closer than 16 points (62-46) with less than a minute to play.

'I think we came out and played with a lot of fire and spark tonight, especially in the second half,' commented OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra.

Sophomore guard Nicole Funn led all players with 17 points and eight rebounds. Ragland finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals for the Beavers. Junior Ericka Cook also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points and a team-high three assists. Freshmen posts, Brina Chaney and Hollye Holbrook each had a big night for OSU. Chaney had eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots while Holbrook grabbed a career-high six rebounds in 15 minutes of action.

The Cougars had two players reach double figures in scoring led by Jessica Ottmar's 11 points.

All nine Beaver players that made the trip to Pullman saw playing time.

'We got to play everybody which was great,' said Spoelstra. 'We wanted to save some energy for Saturday.'

Oregon State buried 23-of-50 field goals for 46-percent while the Cougars were as cold shooting from the floor as the weather outside Friel Court. WSU connected on just 18-of-62 field goals for 29-percent.

The Beavers committed an uncharacteristic 24 turnovers in the game while Washington State finished with 19 miscues.

Oregon State finishes its Washington road swing with a game at UW (10-5, 3-2 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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