Women's Basketball Falls To USC, 87-44

March 1, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Oregon State's women's basketball team dropped an 87-44 contest to the University of Southern California in Saturday's regular season finale.

With the loss, the Beavers finish the regular season with a 14-13 overall record and an 8-10 mark in Pacific-10 Conference action. USC wraps up play with a 13-16 overall record and 8-10 conference mark.

Oregon State held a 4-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game but it was a game of runs after that. Unfortunately for the Beavers they were all runs by the Women of Troy.

USC streaked to a 10-0 run over a six-minute stretch and then added another 11-0 run in the middle of the first half to garner a 25-8 advantage with 8:56 remaining.

The Beavers managed just one field goal over a nine-minute span during USC's run.

OSU faced its largest halftime deficit of the season when Aisha Hollans' steal and ensuing lay-up gave the Women of Troy a 44-19 lead at the break.

The Women of Troy scored 20 points off 15 Beaver turnovers before intermission. Oregon State managed to shoot just 29-percent from the field while USC hit 68-percent of its shots in the opening 20 minutes.

The second half proved to be much the same as the first. USC scored nine straight points out of the gate and eventually used a 16-0 run to take a 74-27 lead with 11:31 remaining.

The Beavers made things respectable with a 10-0 run of their own, helped in part by seven points from Hollye Chapman, but it was too little too late.

USC led by as many as 48 points in the contest.

'We needed a lot more energy and effort,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'You have to give a lot of credit to USC, they came out hot.'

Chapman led the Beavers with 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting and Leilani Estavan added 11 points.Four Women of Troy reached double figures in scoring with Hollans' 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting. Hollans also dished out a game-high seven assists and tallied four steals.

USC finished with a 46-15 edge on points scored off turnovers and the Women of Troy dished out 29 assists in the game.

OSU finished shooting 38-percent from the field, while USC totaled a 64-percent clip.

'We have to regroup,' said Spoelstra. 'We have to go out and play the game.'

Oregon State finished the season in a three-way tie for fifth place in the Pac-10. Due to tie-breaker procedures, the Beavers will enter the conference tournament as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3 seed University of Arizona on Saturday at 1:15 p.m. The Beavers and Wildcats split their regular season meetings.

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