Women's Basketball Holds On To Beat Providence, 60-50

Nov. 29, 2003

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Krystal Turner poured in a career-high 17 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, while Mandy Close added a career-best 16 points to lead Oregon State University's women's basketball team past Providence College, 60-50, in Saturday's consolation final of the Furama Thanksgiving Classic.

The victory broke a 10-game road losing streak for Oregon State and helped the Beavers improve to 3-2 on the season.

OSU sprinted out of the gates, taking an early 10-2 lead and knocking Providence (1-3) out of its zone defense. The smaller Friars had difficulty matching up against OSU's height and struggled to get things going offensively - when PC got off a field goal attempt it was generally in the final seconds of the shot clock.

It appeared as if OSU would cruise to victory but the Beaver offense went stagnant and the Friars used back-to-back 3-pointers to pull within 19-18 with 5:37 remaining.

A five-minute dry spell for Oregon State at the end of the half allowed Providence to keep the game close and head into the locker room trailing by a 23-20 margin.

Turner and Close dominated the opening half for the Beavers. The duo combined for 18 of Oregon State's 23 first half points, pouring in nine points a piece. Turner was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field and pulled down six rebounds before the break, while Close was 4-for-8 with two blocked shots.

The back and forth second half saw Providence take a 33-32 lead with 12:40 on the clock, but the Beavers rallied back behind six points from Turner that sparked an 8-0 run and put OSU in front.

The Friars closed the gap to 47-46 with 4:34 left, but Leilani Estavan buried a 3-pointer to give the Beavers a cushion and spark a 13-4 Oregon State run to finish out the game.

Turner recorded her second career double-double and finished the game connecting on 8-of-10 field goal attempts, while Close added four rebounds and three assists to her 16 points.

'They were both (Krystal Turner, Mandy Close) very determined and focused all day,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Mandy hit some great pull-up jumpers and Naz had some outstanding flash cuts and offensive rebounds.'

Estavan also reached double figures in scoring for the Beavers, contributing 14 points and four dishes.

Brooke Freeburg was the lone Friar to reach double figures in scoring, finishing the game with 13 points

OSU hit 40-percent (23-of-58) of its field goals compared to Providence's 33-percent clip from the field.

The Beavers played without the services of sophomore guards Anita Rivera and Casey Bunn. Rivera missed the contest after suffering a knee sprain in the second half of Friday's contest against Arkansas. Bunn, OSU's leading scorer against the Lady Razorbacks, was resting a sprained foot.

Oregon State continues its road tour with a game at Portland State University on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Stott Center.

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