Women's Basketball Downed By Kansas State, 95-61

Dec. 9, 2001

MANHATTAN, Kans. - Senior guard Felicia Ragland scored 32 points and buried six 3-point field goals but Oregon State's women's basketball team couldn't keep up with Kansas State, as the Wildcats cruised to a 95-61 victory on Sunday afternoon.

The Beavers fall to 3-5 on the season while K-State improves to 8-1 on the year.

Kansas State jumped out to a 13-2 lead to open the game and the Beavers were never able to recover. Freshman Megan Mahoney buried back-to-back 3-pointers to give KSU the 11 point lead at the 15:49 mark and force an Oregon State timeout. In the stretch, OSU managed just 1-of-7 shooting while the Wildcats hit 5-of-8 field goals.

Ragland kept the Beavers from being blown out early, knocking down five 3-point field goals and hitting 7-of-15 shots from the floor. The rest of the Oregon State team was 0-for-15 shooting for nearly the first 16-minutes of action. Freshman Juleen Smith ended the OSU field goal woes when she hit a driving lay-up at the 4:18 mark.

Oregon State pulled within 12 points (41-29) when Ragland stole a pass and finished with a reverse lay-up on the fast break with just under a minute remaining. K-State answered with five straight points, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Kristin Rethman to give the Wildcats a 46-29 lead at the break.

Ragland totaled a game-high 19 points in the half while Smith added six points and knocked down 4-of-4 free throw attempts.

The Beavers shot just 27-percent (9-of-34) while KSU hit a scorching 63-percent (19-of-30), including seven 3-point field goals.

It was much of the same story in the second half as K-State buried its first four field goals, including a pair of 3-pointers by Laurie Koehn to build a 56-29 lead with 17:35 remaining. The Beavers were unable to get closer than 22 points (69-47) with just under 10 minutes left in the game.

'We've got to have other people step up and score,' said OSU assistant coach Stephanie Norman. 'Felicia (Ragland) can't do it all on her own.'

Ragland finished with 32 points on 10-of-27 shooting. Smith finished with a career-high eight points and senior Ericka Cook came off the bench to add eight points on 4-of-5 shooting.

Four Wildcat players reached double figures in scoring led by Koehn's game-high 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting including a 7-of-13 clip from beyond the arc. Kendra Wecker added 19 points and 10 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting. Nicole Ohlde also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

For the game, Oregon State managed just 29-percent shooting (19-of-66) while K-State hit 58-percent of its field goals (34-of-59) and 14-of-27 from 3-point range.

The Wildcats out-scored the Beavers, 41-22 in the paint and won the battle of the boards, 40-31.

In one bright spot for the Beavers, who had been struggling from the free throw line all season, OSU hit 16-of-19 from the charity stripe in the game.

Oregon State returns to action Saturday, when the Beavers head to Casper, WY, to face University of Wyoming. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST

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