Five Beavers Score In Double Figures As Women's Basketball Rolls By WSU, 74-52
Feb. 23, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Five Beavers reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State University's women's basketball team topped Washington State University, 74-52, in Saturday's basketball action.
It wasn't pretty - but it was a win, and the Beavers finish the regular season with a 15-13 overall mark and 11-7 record in Pacific-10 Conference action while Washington State falls to 2-25 overall and finish the conference campaign 0-18.
Both squads exchanged baskets in the early going with OSU eventually building an 8-4 lead, until Washington State scored five unanswered points to gain the advantage after five minutes of play.
The Cougars held their largest lead (18-14) with 7:46 remaining in the half but Oregon State answered with a 9-0 run to regain the lead at 23-18. Sophomore post Brina Chaney added six points in the stretch.
WSU made a run of its own as Brittney Hawks scored five-straight to knot the score with just under five minutes remaining. Oregon State outscored Washington State 12-7 to finish the half and head into the locker room with a 35-30 advantage.
Chaney and senior guard Felicia Ragland added 10 points each in the opening 20 minutes.
The Cougars never really threatened in the second half. WSU pulled within four points (40-36) at the 16:43 mark after back-to-back buckets by senior Whitney Martindale but OSU reeled off 11 straight to take control of the game.
'This is a great win,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'It's hard to get the kids to focus and be ready for a game like this.'
Ragland led all players with 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting and pulled down a team-best seven rebounds. She sank a pair of free throws to match the OSU record for consecutive charity tosses made with 19. Sophomore Hollye Chapman finished with 13 points with freshman Juleen Smith added 12 points. Senior Ericka Cook poured in 10 points and blocked a pair of shots while Chaney scored all 10 of her points in the opening half. Sophomore Leilani Estavan led all players with eight assists and three steals.
Ragland was sidelined around the seven-minute mark for the remainder of the contest, after rolling her right ankle.
According to OSU athletic trainer Kelli Eberlein, 'It was a slight sprain and we'll take advantage of getting some ice on it - she should be okay.'
Hawks led the Cougars with her 12th double-double of the season on 14 points and 10 rebounds. Martindale also reached double figures with 12 points.
Oregon State's victory allows the Beavers to finish in no less than a tie for fourth place in the Pac-10. The fourth place finish and 11-7 record is the best for Oregon State since the 1995-96 season, when OSU won 11 games and earned a second place finish.
The win sets up a first round match-up with University of Southern California next Friday at 8:15 p.m. in the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament on the campus of University of Oregon. In quite possibly the most evenly matched series in the conference, USC swept both meetings with the Beavers by a combined six points.
Tournament tickets can be purchased by contacting the U of O ticket office, at 1-800-WEB-FOOT.
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