Oregon State Women's Basketball Tops UCLA, 79-65

Dec. 22, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Senior guard Felicia Ragland's 32 points and school record seven 3-point field goals, helped lead Oregon State University to a 79-65 victory against UCLA in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

The Beavers even their Pac-10 record at 1-1 and improve to 5-6 overall with the victory. UCLA dropped their sixth straight game to fall to 3-7 on the year and 0-2 in conference action.

OSU pulled in front early after Leilani Estavan reeled off seven straight points and Brina Chaney added a bucket to cap off a 9-0 run and give the Beavers a 14-4 lead at the 14:29 mark.

UCLA responded with a run of its own, scoring eight straight, but Michelle Estell buried a 3-pointer and Hollye Chapman scored on a put-back to give Oregon State a 19-12 cushion and keep the Bruins at bay.

The Beavers led by as many as 15 points in the opening half after back-to-back buckets by Ragland put OSU in front 39-24 with just over three minutes remaining.

OSU took a 40-29 lead into the locker room at the break.

Ragland, making her 96th consecutive appearance in the OSU starting lineup, despite playing with a sore knee, saw 17 minutes of action in the first half, hitting four 3-point field goals and leading all players with 14 points at the break. Estavan added seven first half points while Chapman had seven points and eight rebounds.

The Beavers dominated the boards in the opening half, out-rebounding the Bruins 29-17, including a 14-6 edge on the offensive glass.

UCLA made things interesting in the second half, out-scoring Oregon State 18-6 over the first six minutes with Natalie Nakase's 3-point field goal knotting the score, 46-46. The Bruins took their first lead of the game (52-51) when Kristee Porter buried two free throws at the 8:51 mark.

After exchanging baskets over the next couple of minutes, Ericka Cook knocked down a pair of charity tosses and Ragland buried three consecutive 3-point field goals to give Oregon State the lead for good.

Ragland finished the game hitting 10-of-23 shots from the field including a 7-of-14 clip from 3-point range to break the OSU single-game record for treys. Chapman finished with 13 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for her first ever double-double and just OSU's second on the season. Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Cook added seven points and nine rebounds as the Beavers dominated the boards.

All 12 OSU players saw action in the game, with walk-ons Heather Fossen and Jenni Jodoin entering the contest in the final minute.

Porter, hampered by fouls in the middle of the second half, led the Bruins with 20 points and seven rebounds. Shalada Allen and Nakase added 11 points each.

The Beavers finished the game with a 53-36 rebounding edge and buried 10-of-27 3-point field goals on the afternoon.

Oregon State opens Pac-10 action at Gill Coliseum next Thursday when the Beavers host Washington State University. Game-time is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Northwest.

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