Women's Basketball Falls To UCLA, 82-71

Feb. 27, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Leilani Estavan's game-high 21 points weren't enough, as Oregon State dropped an 82-71 decision to UCLA in Thursday night's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

With the loss, the Beavers fall to 14-12 on the season and 8-9 in Pac-10 play, while UCLA improves to 16-10 on the year and 11-6 in conference action.

OSU kept the game close in the early going, but UCLA reeled off 10 straight points to take a 20-10 advantage with 11:51 on the clock.

Estavan's 3-pointer put an end to the Bruin run and helped kick-start the Beaver offense. OSU used an 11-5 run to close within four points (25-21) with 7:30 left.

UCLA All-America candidate Michelle Greco scored five quick points and the Bruins added a pair of fastbreak lay-ups to extend their lead.

The Beavers were hampered by turnovers, committing 12 in the opening 20 minutes, and couldn't find an answer for the tenacious Bruin defense.

Oregon State played nearly even with UCLA over the final four minutes of the half and went into the locker room trailing by a score of 42-32.

Estavan's 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting before the break led all players.

The Beavers spurted out of the gate to open the second half and pulled within four points (50-46) with 13:43 on the clock. Estavan buried eight straight points in the stretch and connected on nine of her first 10 field goal attempts in the contest.

UCLA rallied to score six in a row after Estavan went to the bench for a breather and Oregon State never recovered.

The Beavers pulled within five (60-55) after a lay-up by Casey Bunn with 8:56 remaining but the Bruins responded with six straight points to put the game out of reach.

'Leilani was hot and we wanted to get her the ball a lot,' said Spoelstra. 'We just can't get down that early on the road.'

Estavan connected on 9-of-14 field goals in the contest and dished out a team-high five assists. Bunn recorded her third career double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, while Hollye Chapman added 12 points and seven boards.

UCLA had six players reach double figures in scoring led by Nikki Blue's 17 points. Blue also dished out a game-high six assists and tallied four steals.

The Bruins finished with 17 steals in the contest as OSU committed 23 miscues.

Oregon State wraps up regular season action on Saturday at USC. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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