Women's Basketball Dominates New Mexico, 77-61

Dec. 2, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE - Hollye Chapman's career-high 28 points and Leilani Estavan's career-high 22 points helped Oregon State University to a dominating 77-61 victory against University of New Mexico in Sunday's women's basketball action in front of 8,533 fans at the Pit.

Oregon State evens its record at 3-3 while New Mexico, who knocked off No. 8/9 Texas Tech on Friday night, falls to 5-2 on the year.

It was the Chapman and Estavan show for the Beavers in the first half, as the duo combined for 35 points to lead Oregon State into the locker room with a 42-34 advantage. Senior post Ericka Cook was the only other OSU player to score before intermission, adding seven points. The rest of the team was 0-for-11 from the field in the half, but the Beavers shot 46-percent from the floor while the Lobos shot 54-percent.

OSU maintained a 19-14 advantage on the boards with the Beavers dominating the offensive glass, 8-1.

Chapman knocked down her first three shots of the game, including a pair of 3-point field goals, to keep the Beavers in close early. Jordan Adams' hook at the 12 minute mark put New Mexico up by three points (14-11) but OSU used a 15-5 run over the next five minutes, to jump in front for good.

It was all Oregon State in the second half as Chapman knocked down two more 3-pointers in the opening minutes to give the Beavers a 48-41 lead at the 17:56 mark. The Beavers out-scored the Lobos 25-10 over the next 13 minutes to extend their lead to 21 points (73-52) after Chapman buried a jumper at the 4:55 mark. All-America candidate Felicia Ragland had 11 of her 13 points during the stretch.

New Mexico guard Molly McKinnon hit six free throws in the final three minutes to narrow Oregon State's margin of victory to 16 points.

Chapman buried 11-of-18 shots from the floor including 4-of-6 from 3-point range and pulled down a career-high nine rebounds. Estavan finished with a 9-of-15 clip from the field and 3-for-5 effort from beyond the arc while dishing out a game-high seven assists and making three steals. Cook also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points, eight rebounds and a season-high four blocked shots.

Adams led the Lobos in scoring with 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.

The Beavers finished the game with a 45-40 edge on the boards and knocked down 45-percent (31-of-69) of their field goals compared to UNM's 36-percent (22-of-61) shooting from the floor.

Oregon State returns home to face University of Portland on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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