Women's Basketball Uses Big Second Half To Beat Portland State, 60-43

Dec. 7, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A big second half propelled Oregon State's women's basketball team to a 60-43 victory against Portland State University on Saturday night. The win was the sixth consecutive for the Beavers against the Vikings.

With the victory Oregon State ups its record to 4-2 on the season while Portland State falls to 2-3 overall.

The Beavers outscored the Vikings, 37-17 in the second half after going into the locker room trailing by three points (26-23).

OSU opened the second frame with a 10-2 run to take its first lead of the contest since the 12-minute mark of the first half. PSU answered with a 6-0 spurt to regain the advantage (34-33) with 13:29 remaining, but it was all Oregon State after that.

The Beavers scored eight straight points with four different players getting in on the action over the next two minutes to take the lead for good, and went on a 27-9 run over the final 13 minutes of play.

A scary moment in the second half saw PSU guard Jane Gowans hit her head on the floor in a collision. Gowans was treated for neck pain and released from Good Samaritan Hospital. Action on the court was delayed for 20 minutes while Gowans was helped off.

Beaver guard Leilani Estavan led all players with 18 points and dished out a game-high six assists. Junior Brina Chaney also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Sophomore guard Jessica Jones connected on 3-of-5 shots from the floor for a career-high seven points and tallied five assists, while freshman guard Casey Bunn added nine points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field.

'I thought that we were moving the ball very effectively and I liked the offensive sets where we made the extra passes,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We also did a good job of getting the ball inside. We were a little cold in the first half and I was really proud of our players for staying with it.'

Oregon State knocked down just 32-percent (10-of-31) of its shots in the first half but went 15-for-30 from the field in the second frame to finish the game with a 41-percent clip.

Portland State managed just 17-percent shooting in the second half and finished the game hitting 33-percent (15-of-45) from the floor.

The Beavers won the battle of the boards, 40-32, including a dominating 18-11 advantage on the offensive glass.

Carrie Spencer led the Vikings with 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting.

Spoelstra searches for win No. 100 while at Oregon State, next Saturday when the Beavers host University of Florida. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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