Women's Basketball Tops Portland State, 56-42

Nov. 21, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team turned 31 Portland State University turnovers into 33 points, en route to a 56-42 victory on Wednesday night in Gill Coliseum.

As a team, the Beavers (2-1) made 21 steals on the night with Felicia Ragland's seven swipes and Leilani Estavan's career-high six, leading the way.

Portland State (1-2) had just two steals in the contest and hit just 15-of-50 field goals for a meager 30-percent. OSU didn't fare much better offensively, converting only 12-of-29 field goals in the opening half and 24-of-71 in the game for 34-percent.

Both teams appeared sluggish in the opening minutes of action. PSU pulled in front 20-13 when Staci Kleier buried a 3-pointer at the 6:51 mark, but the Beavers stepped up the defensive pressure and reeled off 11 straight points and outscored the Vikings 13-2 to take a 26-22 lead into the locker room.

'I thought we played a good, solid 40 minutes of defense,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We got a lot of deflections, we got a lot of steals and forced them into 17 first half turnovers.

'Right before halftime our � court trap added some pressure and made them shoot a little too quickly or we were able to get more deflections on the ball.'

Portland State was unable to get closer to the Beavers than four points in the second half and Ragland's steal which led to a breakaway lay-up gave OSU its final margin at 56-42.

Ragland led all players with 21 points and nine rebounds while fellow senior Ericka Cook also reached double figures in scoring with 14 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Sophomore Hollye Chapman pulled down eight rebounds and blocked a career-high three shots while Estavan dished out a game-high seven assists.

Nikki Petticrew was the lone Viking to reach double figures in scoring, finishing the night with 10 points and eight rebounds.

Oregon State returns to action on Saturday afternoon when the Beavers host ninth ranked Texas Tech University. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.

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