Women's Basketball Tops Tulane, 56-51

Nov. 29, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three Beaver players reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State's women's basketball team topped Tulane University, 56-51, on Friday night in Gill Coliseum.

With the victory OSU improves to 2-1 on the season while Tulane, a 2002 NCAA Tournament team, falls to 1-1 on the year.

The Green Wave streaked to a 7-0 lead in the opening two minutes of play and took a 12-4 advantage at the 14:54 mark before going ice-cold from the field and catching the turnover bug.

Oregon State responded with an 11-0 run, including six points from Brina Chaney to jump in front. Tulane committed six consecutive turnovers in the stretch and was held without a field goal for over five minutes.

The Beavers slowly stretched the lead to 29-21 at the half, after freshman Casey Bunn rebounded a missed shot and hit a lay-up as time expired.

Tulane shot just 24-percent from the field in the first 20 minutes and committed 20 turnovers compared to OSU's 37-percent shooting. A 5-for-12 clip from the 3-point line kept the Green Wave in the game.

'Our posts did a great job of defending and our guards got their hands up to get some steals,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We did a good job of changing our defenses and they (Tulane) seemed confused.'

Tulane pulled within one-point (33-32) with 16:31 left in the game but the Beavers went on a 9-1 run over the next four minutes to put the game out of reach. Leilani Estavan's running jumper to beat the shot clock put OSU in front, 42-33.

Estavan buried five free throws in the final 2:35 to secure the victory.

'I'm really proud of our players,' said Spoelstra. 'We played with tremendous intensity - Tulane is a great team.'

Chaney matched her career-high with 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting and a 6-of-8 mark from the free throw line. Estavan added 13 points and five steals while sophomore Juleen Smith finished with 10 points. Sophomore Jessica Jones had five steals as the Beavers combined for 14 in the game.

Muci Haris led the Green Wave with 12 points, all coming from beyond the arc.

Oregon State returns to action on Sunday against Idaho State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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