Oregon State Bests UCLA In Women's Basketball, 65-57

Feb. 25, 2001

The UCLA women's basketball team lost a 65-57 decision to Oregon State this afternoon in a Pac-10 conference game played in Pauley Pavilion before a crowd of 2,333.

Oregon State's Felicia Ragland scored a career-best 31 points in the game, 23 came in the first half in which the Beavers took a 36-26 lead into the intermission. The Beavers led by as many as 16 points, 34-18, as Ragland connected on 9-14 shots from the field in the first half, including all three three-point attempts. The 5-9 junior from Tulare, CA also led the Beavers, who controlled the boards with a 48-34 advantage, with nine rebounds in the game. Forward Ericka Cook was the only other Beaver in double figure points with 12.

'Fee (Ragland) was just on,' said OSU coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We couldn't get her the ball enough! Our young players are improving each game and really gave us a lift when Ericka and Fee went to the bench with foul trouble.'

UCLA, which was paced by Michelle Greco's 22 points, battled back to take the lead in the game, 47-46 at the 9:02 mark. The Bruins, with Kristee Porter scoring five points and Greco adding five more, held the lead for almost the next five minutes until OSU tied it at 54 with 4:18 to play. A Greco free throw made it 55-54 at the 4:02 mark, but it would prove to be UCLA's last advantage of the day as Oregon State scored 11 of the game's last 13 points to earn the win. Porter finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. It marked the seventh straight game in which she has scored in double figures. UCLA freshman forward Whitney Jones added a career-high 10 rebounds in the contest.

'It was another game we had a chance to win,' said Bruin coach Kathy Olivier. 'We just have to do more of the little things, like make free throws and rebound the ball better, to get it done. I am proud of the way we came back in the game. We took advantage of the fact that Ragland was out (with fouls). She was the difference in this game.'

Oregon State improved its records to 14-11 overall and 6-9 in the Pac-10. UCLA is now 4-21 and 3-11 in the conference. The Bruins will next play at California on Thursday night.

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