Women's Basketball Falls To No. 3 Vanderbilt, 81-55, In WNIT Second Round

Nov. 11, 2001

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Leilani Estavan's career-high 18 points weren't enough as Oregon State University's women's basketball team was knocked out of the Preseason Women's National Tournament in the second round by No. 3 Vanderbilt, 81-55, on Sunday afternoon.

Estavan shined offensively for the Beavers, burying 6-of-7 shots from the field including a perfect 4-for-4 from the 3-point line while dishing out four assists.

Oregon State's pressure defense kept the squad in the game in the early going. The Beavers held Naismith candidate Chantelle Anderson scoreless in the first 20 minutes of action. Anderson played only eight minutes, was called for two fouls and did not attempt a shot.

'I think our defense did a decent job for the most part,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'I thought we started the game pretty aggressive, but I'm a little befuddled about our offense, we need a little more offensive production from people.'

OSU maintained a 6-5 lead at the 15:16 mark, until Vandy guard Ashley McElhiney scored nine consecutive points, allowing the Commodores to pull into the lead for good.

Oregon State had 16 turnovers on the afternoon that led to 17 Vanderbilt points.

The Beavers shot 45-percent from the field (22-for-49) while Vandy hit 50-percent of its shots (27-for-54). OSU managed to hit just 3-of-5 free throw attempts while the Commodores made 18-of-23 from the charity stripe.

Senior Ericka Cook was the only other Oregon State player to reach double figures in scoring with 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Four Commodores reached double figures in scoring with Jenni Benningfield's 15 points leading the way. Anderson finished with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.

Oregon State returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in Corvallis, Ore., against Portland State University. Game-time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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