Women's Basketball Cruises Past UNLV, 77-58, In WNIT

March 21, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team rolled to a 77-58 victory against UNLV in Friday night's first round action of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Beavers will play a second round WNIT game at Fresno State University on Monday (March 24) at 7 p.m.

It was all Oregon State (15-14), as the Beavers jumped out to an early 9-0 advantage and cruised to a 17-2 lead with 11:49 on the clock. UNLV (17-12) missed its first 11 field goal attempts and failed to score from the field over an eight-minute stretch.

OSU dominated the boards, capitalizing on numerous second chance opportunities as the shorter Lady Rebels struggled to get into a groove.

'We came out hot offensively,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We really crashed the offensive boards...defensively this was one of our best games.'Oregon State held a commanding 34-21 lead at the break.

The second half was much of the same story. Posts Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman recorded their ninth and seventh career double-doubles, respectively, with 15 minutes left in the game.

The Beavers pulled in front by 23 points (63-40) with 9:54 remaining after a 3-pointer from Leilani Estavan. The Lady Rebels would get no closer than within 16 points for the remainder of the contest.

Chaney matched her career-high with 18 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, including seven offensive boards in the first half. The 6-5 post also blocked five shots to raise her season total to 68 - third best on the OSU single season chart. Chapman added 10 points and 11 rebounds while Estavan totaled 17 points and five assists. Freshman Casey Bunn also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points.

The Beavers finished the game shooting 51-percent (31-for-61) from the field while UNLV connected on just 36-percent (20-for-55) of its field goals.

OSU held a 40-29 rebounding edge.

The Beavers earned their second postseason victory in as many years, after knocking off Hawai'i in Corvallis to open the 2002 WNIT.

'We're excited to be in the NIT and think it's a great tournament,' said Spoelstra.

The victory improved Oregon State's record in Gill Coliseum to 13-2 on the season - tying the school record for victories in a single year.

Tickets for Monday's second round game in Fresno, CA can be purchased from the Fresno State University Ticket Office at (559) 278-3647.

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