Women's Basketball Opens Regular Season With 59-37 Victory

Nov. 24, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's women's basketball team rolled to a 59-37 victory against Western Oregon University on Sunday afternoon in the season opener for both squads.

It was a defensive battle from the start as both teams struggled to get things going offensively. Oregon State was stymied by Western Oregon's zone defense and the Wolves struggled to handle the Beavers' pressuring player-to-player.

OSU opened a 5-2 lead with 15:54 to go but Western responded with six-straight points to take its largest and only advantage of the contest (8-5).

Beaver freshman Anita Rivera came off the bench and nailed a 3-pointer at the 13:27 mark to knot the score and spark a 24-6 run to close out the half.

Oregon State held Western without a field goal over a 10-minute stretch in the opening frame, to take a 29-14 advantage into the locker room.

The Wolves battled back in the second half, pulling within 11 points (39-28) with 11:56 remaining after Serenity Ragone capped off a 10-4 WOU run with a lay-up.

OSU junior Leilani Estavan answered with a 3-point field goal and the rest of the Beavers woke up offensively, putting the game out of reach with an 18-4 burst over the next five minutes.

Estavan finished with a team-high 12 points to go along with four steals and four assists. No other Beaver player reached double figures in scoring but 10 of the 12 athletes that saw action in the game finished with at least two points.

Junior transfer Krystal Turner just missed a double-double with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Junior post Brina Chaney added eight boards as Oregon State held a 41-28 rebounding edge, including a commanding 19-8 advantage on the offensive glass.

'Defense wins,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We have a lot of offensive things to work on.'

Western's Nicole Calderon of Alsea, OR, took game-high scoring honors with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field.

Oregon State returns to action against University of Portland on Tuesday. The Beavers and Pilots will tip-off at 7 p.m. in the Chiles Center. The game is the second half of a double-header with the OSU and UP volleyball squads hitting the court at 5 p.m.

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