Women's Basketball Rolls Past Loyola Marymount, 65-58

Nov. 9, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Hollye Chapman's career-high 16 points helped lead Oregon State University's women's basketball team to a 65-58 victory against Loyola Marymount University in the Friday's opening round of the preseason Women's National Invitation Tournament.

With the win, the Beavers advance to face No. 3 ranked Vanderbilt University in Sunday's second round WNIT action.

OSU led from start to finish, as the Lions were ice-cold from the field in the opening half. LMU managed just 4-of-28 shooting for 14-percent over the first 20 minutes. Oregon State knocked down 13-of-38 shots in the opening frame to take a commanding 35-18 lead into the locker room.

LMU put up a fight in the second half, slowly chipping away at the Beavers' lead.

With the score 57-47 at the 3:20 mark, Jackie Woods' steal and ensuing lay-up by Claudine Auld started a 6-0 run by the Lions, narrowing the margin to 57-53. Senior Felicia Ragland, who tallied a double-double on the night with 14 points and 10 rebounds, hit a key lay-up for the Beavers with just under two minutes remaining, to stop the run and put the game out of reach.

'I'm proud of our players because when things did get shaky they hung on,' commented OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Their effort in the first half was just phenomenal they just took it to them and they were able to build a lead in the first half.'

A trio of OSU players reached double figures in scoring with Chapman's 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting leading the way. Junior Michelle Estell scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting including three 3-pointers and matched her career-high in rebounds with seven.Sophomore post Brina Chaney came up big on the boards, grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds. Sophomore Leilani Estavan led all players with six assists.

Bryn Britton's 16 points paced LMU.

Oregon State finished the game shooting 24-for-59 from the floor for 41-percent while Loyola Marymount managed to hit just 19-of-64 field goals for 30-percent.

The Beavers maintained a 52-42 rebounding edge.

OSU will travel to Nashville, Tenn., for a 12 p.m. PST tip-off against Vanderbilt on Sunday.

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