Women's Basketball Tops Hawai'i, 62-50, In WNIT First Round

March 14, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team won its first postseason game since 1995, with a 62-50 victory against University of Hawaii in Thursday's first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament.

With the victory, the Beavers (17-14) will face University of Oregon (18-13) on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Eugene, OR.

Janka Gabrielova scored the first basket of the game to put Hawaii in front, 2-0, but it was short-lived for the Wahine, who were outscored 25-7 over the opening 15 minutes of action. UH failed to score a basket for an 11-minute stretch in the middle of the first half and Oregon State took advantage of balanced scoring to build a commanding lead.

The Beavers went into the locker room at the half with a 31-17 edge, as Hawaii managed to shoot just 29-percent from the field. Six of the seven Oregon State players that saw action in the first half scored.

'We played great perimeter defense and our posts did a good job of matching up on the inside,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We switched things up from player-to-player to zone in the first half and it seemed to really confuse them.'

UH wouldn't go away in the second half and pulled within eight points (46-38) with 8:34 remaining after a pair of 3-point field goals from Springfield, OR, native Chelsea Wagner.

Oregon State countered and put an end to Hawaii's momentum when senior guard Felicia Ragland scored 11 of the game's next 13 points to give the Beavers a 57-40 cushion, putting the contest out of reach.

Ragland led all players with 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, extending her streak of 18 consecutive charity tosses without a miss. Sophomore post Brina Chaney recorded her third double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Leilani Estavan led all players with seven assists.

Wagner led the Wahine with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting, including a 4-of-10 mark from 3-point range. Gabrielova also reached double figures in scoring with 14 points.

Hawaii committed 19 turnovers in the contest compared to just 11 by Oregon State.

The victory sets up the third Civil War meeting of the year between the Ducks and the Beavers.

'It's crazy how the bracket works out,' said Spoelstra. 'It'll be fun to go down there (Eugene) - we're 2-1 there (Mac Court) this year.'

OSU and UO split the Civil War series - with each team winning on the opposing team's home-court.

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