Oregon State Stuns No. 19 Utah
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Mandy Close scored a career-high 21 points on 8-of-11shooting and Oregon State beat No. 19 Utah 71-62 on Tuesday night.
Briana Chaney had 16 points and five rebounds for the Beavers (5-3), whileLeilani Estavan had nine points and seven assists.
Oregon State shot 62.8 percent from the field, including 6-of-13 from3-point range.
Shona Thorburn had 24 points and Kim Smith added 19 for the Utes (6-3), whoshot 38.9 percent from the field.
Oregon State made four its first five 3-point attempts and led 31-18 with4:56 left in the first half. The Beavers shot 70 percent (14-of-20) in taking a39-30 halftime lead.
Close sliced through the key for a layup that gave the Beavers their biggestlead, 50-31 with 15:34 to play. But Thorburn had eight of the Utes' next 12points and they went on a 17-2 run to get within 54-46.
Smith converted a 3-pointer on a fast break off a turnover to cut the leadto 63-59 with 3:24 to go. Thorburn went 3-for-4 from free throw line down thestretch for Utah, but Close made two foul shots to close out the game.
Mandie Little had five points and 10 rebounds for Utah, which wasoutrebounded 32-26.