Women's Hoops Breaks Loose For 72-60 Win Over Oregon State

Feb. 8, 2001

BERKELEY, Calif. - Down by 12 at halftime, California came back in dramatic fashion to down the visiting Beavers of Oregon State 72-60 Thursday night inside Haas Pavilion. Senior guard Kenya Corley ignited the California surge with 21 second half points, finishing with 23 points from the floor on 7-of-13 shooting and a 6-for-7 performance at the charity stripe.

California (9-11 overall, 5-5 in the Pac-10) trailed the Beavers over the first 31:12 of the game, including a 36-24 deficit to Oregon State (11-9 overall, 3-7 in the Pac-10) at halftime. Without question, defense came through for the Bears in the second half, holding Oregon State to 19 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes of the game, down from a 46 percent average in the first half. For its part, California regained confidence around the basket to shoot 52 percent in the second stanza to finish the game shooting 47 percent.

Senior center Genevieve Swedor came of the bench to finish with 13 points for the Bears in 23 minutes.

Junior guard Felicia Ragland's two-pointer with 16:32 remaining in the contest gave Oregon State its largest lead of the game, a 15 point advantage, 41-26. Shortly thereafter, Corley staged a coup and took over the game, hitting from behind the arch with 16:06 remaining to ignite the California comeback. Corley scored 14 consecutive points for the Bears, including three three-pointers, to cut the Oregon State lead down to five, 43-38, with 13:56 left on the clock. With additional scoring by her teammates to follow, the Bears were able to capture their first lead of the game, 53-52, with 8:48 remaining on a pair of free throws from, big surprise, Corley. California never trailed again.

Rebounding was key to Oregon State's early success against the Bears. Opening the game with a 13-0 advantage off the glass, the Beavers were able to win the rebounding battle throughout the night, handling California 20-10 by halftime and 41-33 at the end of the game. The Bears had only four offensive boards in the first half.

Oregon State was led in scoring by Ragland's 30 points, four steals and eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Nicole Funn added 11 points and four more steals for the Beavers.

California returns to action Saturday night, Feb. 10th, at 7:30 p.m. when the Bears host No. 23 Oregon inside Haas Pavilion.

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