Women's Basketball Falls To California, 70-55

Feb. 6, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. - Oregon State's women's basketball team dropped a 70-55 decision to University of California on Thursday night in Haas Pavilion.

OSU falls to 12-9 on the season and 6-6 in Pac-10 Conference action, while Cal improves to 8-12 overall and 4-7 in conference play.

The opening half was a game of runs. The Beavers looked sluggish at the start and Cal jumped to an early 8-0 lead. The Golden Bears knocked down 8-of-13 shots in the opening eight minutes of the contest while OSU managed to hit just 3-of-11 field goals.

Cal held a 22-9 advantage at the 10:48 mark but Oregon State found its rhythm and the Bears went ice-cold from the floor. The Beavers reeled off 16 straight points over an eight-minute stretch, capped off by Michelle Smith's 3-point field goal that gave OSU a 25-22 lead.

The Bears responded with a 10-3 run to close out the final two minutes of the half and take a 32-28 lead into the locker room.

Freshman Casey Bunn, making her first career start, hit 3-of-4 field goals for seven points before the break, while Smith canned a pair of 3-pointers for six points.

The second half started similar to the first, as Oregon State struggled to score from the field. The Beavers managed just one field goal over the first seven minutes of action until Hollye Chapman buried back-to-back shots that pulled OSU within 11 points (47-36).

The Bears responded with a 6-2 run, and Olga Volkova's lay-up at the 6:00 mark extended their lead to 55-38. OSU would get no closer as Cal continued to build its lead behind balanced scoring.

'Defensively we were a different team tonight,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We were back on our heels. We just didn't get out and run from the start.'

Brina Chaney recorded her eighth career double-double with a team-high 12 points and 12 rebounds. Bunn also reached double figures in scoring for the third consecutive game with 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Timea Ivanyi's 15 points led four Cal players that reached double figures in scoring.

OSU hit just 21-of-55 shots on the night for 38-percent, while the Bears buried 27-of-53 field goals for 51-percent.

The Beavers face No. 6 Stanford University on Saturday in Maples Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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