Women's Basketball Rolls Past California, 80-52

Jan. 13, 2002

BERKELEY, Calif. - Oregon State University's women's basketball squad rolled to an 80-52 victory against University of California on Saturday night.

With the victory, the Beavers improve to 9-8 on the season and 5-3 in Pacific-10 Conference action while Cal falls to 5-10 and 0-6 in conference play.

Both teams exchanged baskets in the early going, but with Cal ahead 9-7 at the 15:33 mark, but the Beavers used to a 21-6 run over the next seven minutes to jump in front for good (30-15).

Cal responded with a 6-0 run of their own to narrow the OSU lead to 30-21 with just over six minutes remaining, but Oregon State scored 12 of the final 14 points of the half to go into the locker room with a 42-23 lead.

The turnover-prone Bears committed 16 miscues before the break. OSU didn't fare much better holding onto the ball, as the Beavers had 10 turnovers, but dominated the glass, garnering a 21-12 edge.

Felicia Ragland and Hollye Chapman each tallied 10 points for Oregon State as eight Beavers reached the scoring column before intermission.

It was all Oregon State in the second half, with a variety of players getting in on the action.

Senior Ericka Cook scored five straight points at the opening of the period and then recorded a pair of assists on high-low passes to fellow post Brina Chaney. Leilani Estavan buried two consecutive 3-point field goals to give the Beavers a commanding 65-33 lead at the 11:08 mark. Jenni Jodoin and Juleen Smith followed with buckets before Cal's Olga Volkova hit a lay-up to put an end to a 15-0 Oregon State run, making the score 69-35 with 8:53 remaining.

Both coaches played their entire bench as the Beavers rolled to the 28 point victory.

With the win, Oregon State improves to 6-0 on the year when it scores at least 70 points.

'We told our players we've got to score,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We worked the ball well against the zone and got some nice looks.'

Three Beavers reached double figures in scoring with Ragland and Estavan finishing with 14 points each. Chapman added 10, all in the first half. Cook finished with nine points, four steals and led the team with a career-high eight assists. Smith, finishing with an impressive all-around game, dished out a career-high six assists, scored seven points, pulled down five and made a career-best three steals. Jodoin saw her most playing time of the season, scoring two points, pulling down a pair of rebounds and dishing out a career-high two assists in 10 minutes. Freshman guard Jessica Jones hit her first field goal of the season when she buried a 3-pointer at the 1:54 mark, as every Beaver scored in the game.

California committed 28 turnovers in the game and OSU finished with 13 steals.

'We were aggressive on the trap,' said Spoelstra. 'We got our hands on the ball and were able to force some turnovers.'

Oregon State returns home for a non-conference tilt against UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday. Game-time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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