Washington-Oregon State Preview

Feb. 15, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Washington looks to keep pace in the tight Pac-10 race when they head toOregon State on Thursday.

Ranked for the first time since the 1997-98 season, the No. 23 Huskies(15-6, 8-3) are in a three-way tie atop the conference with Arizona State andStanford. The Huskies have won four straight, including a 98-88 win over No. 22Arizona and a 79-60 win over No. 23 Arizona State.

Despite having a possible conference championship in their grasp, theHuskies say they aren't preoccupied with the thought.

'We don't get caught up in being the Pac-10 winners, we know we can doit,' said coach Jane Daughetry. 'We as a team, concentrate on achieving ourgoals along the way and most importantly having fun and staying positive.'

In Saturday's win over Arizona State, Megan Franza scored 21 points to leadWashington to its fifth win in six games.

Oregon State (11-10, 3-8) has lost five straight, with its last win comingagainst UCLA on Jan. 25.

The Beavers are coming off an 87-76 loss to Stanford on Saturday. JuniorFelicia Ragland scored 26 points and Ericka Cook added a season-high 22 pointsto lead the Beavers. Ragland is second in the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.5points per game and hits 47 percent of her shots from three point range.

The Huskies lead the all-time series with Oregon State 32-19. Washington haswon seven of the last nine meetings, including a 69-67 win on Jan. 20.

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