Women's Basketball Rolls Past UCLA, 71-58
Jan. 25, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Felicia Ragland's 23 points and 12 rebounds helped Oregon State run past UCLA, 71-58 in Thursday night women's basketball action.
The Beavers improve to 11-5 overall and 3-3 in the Pac-10 Conference with the victory while UCLA falls to 3-14 overall and 1-5 in league play.
OSU dominated the game from the start, sprinting to a 13-0 lead and holding the Bruins scoreless until the 12:25 mark. Ragland scored the first four points of the game but was sidelined with two quick fouls yet the Beavers didn't miss a beat.
Natalie Nakase's jumper opened the scoring for UCLA and the Bruins reeled off seven straight points to cut OSU's lead to six points (13-7) but they would get no closer in the game.
The Bruins appeared to be rallying late in the half and cut the lead to 12 points (31-19) with 2:44 remaining, but Ericka Cook scored seven straight and Hollye Holbrook added a bucket to give the Beavers their largest lead at 40-19 heading into the locker room.
Despite playing just seven minutes in the opening frame, Ragland scored nine points.
The Beavers held Pac-10 leading scorer, Michelle Greco, to just three points before intermission on 1-of-11 shooting from the floor.
As a team the Bruins connected on a paltry 7-of-33 field goals for 21-percent while OSU hit 15-of-29 for 52-percent in the first half.
In the second half, Greco came alive and kept the Bruins in the ball game. The 5-9 junior hit 10-of-19 shots including a stretch of five consecutive UCLA baskets over a three-minute span.
Ragland answered Greco on three possessions as the pair of junior guards showed why they are the top two scorers in the Pac-10.
The Bruins were unable to get closer than 10 points (68-58) with just over a minute left in the contest.
'Our starters did a great job giving us the lead right from the beginning,' said Oregon State head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'At halftime we talked about hanging onto that cushion so we could give more people playing time.'
Ragland recorded her second consecutive double-double and her 12 rebounds ties her career-high. The All-America candidate buried 10-of-15 shots from the floor and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. Cook reached double figures in scoring for the 11th consecutive game with 13 points while Holbrook added 12 points for the second consecutive game on 5-of-7 shooting. Freshman guard Leilani Estavan had a huge night for the Beavers, matching her career-high with eight points while dishing out seven assists and pulling down a career-high seven boards.
Greco finished the night with a game-high 25 points on 11-of-30 field goals. No other Bruin scored more than six points.
The Beavers finished shooting 48-percent (26-54) and hit 17-of-27 free throws while UCLA connected on 24-of-75 field goals for just 32-percent.
Oregon State returns to the court on Saturday afternoon to face USC (7-9, 2-4). The Women of Troy upset the University of Oregon 55-53 in The Pit. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.