Women's Basketball Drops Game With Tulane, 73-58

Nov. 25, 2003

NEW ORLEANS - Sophomore guard Anita Rivera scored a career-high 14 points but it wasn't enough as Oregon State University's women's basketball couldn't overcome a 15-point halftime deficit and dropped a 73-58 game at Tulane University on Tuesday night.

It was a defensive battle from the start, with both teams struggling to find the bottom of the net over the first five minutes of action. Tulane streaked in front by a 14-2 margin with 13:25 left in the half as OSU's road woes were re-lived and the Beavers could not buy a basket.

The Green Wave pushed their lead to 37-14 at the 1:53 mark after a 10-0 run but the Beavers responded with a 8-0 run of their own to narrow the gap to 37-22 at the half. Rivera buried back-to-back 3-pointers during the stretch, including a half-court shot at the buzzer.

Oregon State's 13 first half turnovers proved costly, while Tulane had just three miscues before the break.

'We came out very sloppy and were sitting back on our heels,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We had to dig ourselves out of a hole and that's tough to do against an athletic team like Tulane.'

The Green Wave stretched their advantage to 34 points (61-37) with 8:26 remaining in the game but the Beavers rallied back behind pressuring defense.

Oregon State closed to within nine points (67-58) with just over one-minute left, but Tulane sank six free throws to give the Green Wave the final margin of victory.

The Beavers outscored the Green Wave by a 21-12 margin over the final eight minutes of action.

'I was happy with the group that played the final six minutes of the game,' said Spoelstra.

Senior guard Leilani Estavan finished with 11 points for the Beavers but was held without a field goal attempt until seven minutes remaining in the game. Hollye Chapman added nine points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Rivera buried 5-of-8 shots from the floor, including a 4-for-6 mark from 3-point range, en route to team-high honors with 14 points.

'We had some inspired shooting by Anita (Rivera),' said Spoelstra. 'But we were missing an inside game tonight.'

Lakethia Hampton had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead three Tulane players that reached double figures in scoring.

Tulane hit 21-of-24 free throws in the contest, while Oregon State connected on 6-of-9 attempts from the line.

The loss was Oregon State's ninth straight in games played away from Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State continues action on the road when the Beavers travel to Los Angeles for the Loyola Marymount Tournament. The Beavers open tournament play on Friday with a 5 p.m. game against University of Arkansas.

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