Women's Basketball Knocks Off Florida, 49-48

Dec. 14, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Judy Spoelstra picked up win No. 100 on Saturday night as Oregon State's women's basketball team held on for a 49-48 victory against University of Florida in Gill Coliseum.

With the victory, the Beavers improve to 5-2 on the season while the Gators fall to 6-4.

OSU flew out of the gates, reeling off 19 consecutive points to open the contest and holding Florida without a field goal until the 4:48 mark of the first half.

The Beavers held a commanding 23-1 lead with just over six minutes to go in the half, helped in part by six points from freshman Mandy Close and four points from Casey Bunn during the stretch.

Florida narrowed the gap with a 13-2 run to close out the frame and made the score 25-14 at the break.

After exchanging baskets over the first 10 minutes of the second half, Florida used a 12-0 run, sparked by back-to-back 3-pointers from Tamia Williams, to knot the score at 42 with 6:44 remaining.

The Beavers responded, and after Florida took its first lead of the game, 46-44, OSU sophomore Jessica Jones buried a 3-pointer with 3:56 on the clock to put Oregon State ahead for good.

Three Beaver players reached double figures in scoring, led by Close's career-high 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Jones finished with a career-best 10 points and five rebounds, while junior post Brina Chaney recorded a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Chaney also tallied five blocked shots, all in the first half of action. Junior post Krystal Turner finished with nine rebounds and dished out a career-high three assists.

'I was very proud of our athletes and the way they came out today,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'They came out very aggressive and very tough.'

Freshman post Bernice Mosby had 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Gators, while Williams added 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

OSU shot 33-percent from the floor for the game while Florida finished with a 31-percent clip, including just 15-percent shooting in the first half.

'We win because we play great defense,' said Spoelstra.

Oregon State hits the road for a pair of games before Christmas. The Beavers face No. 10 ranked Texas Tech on Tuesday at 5 p.m. PST in Lubbock, TX. OSU continues its road swing with a game at Southwest Missouri State on Friday.

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