Women's Basketball Brings In New Year With 82-68 Victory Against UCLA

Jan. 2, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Six players reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State University rolled to an 82-68 victory against UCLA in Friday night's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

The victory helped the Beavers improve to 8-4 on the season (their best start since 2000-01) and 2-1 in Pac-10 play. UCLA dropped to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

The balanced Beavers shot a scorching 67-percent from the floor in the second half, while the Bruins managed just 30-percent shooting. OSU opened the frame on an 11-0 run, pushing its 40-36 halftime advantage to a 51-36 lead with 15 minutes left in the game.

UCLA closed within nine points (76-67) with one-minute remaining but it was too little too late.

Junior guard Shannon Howell buried 7-of-14 field goals and finished with 22 points and four assists to lead the Beavers. Senior Leilani Estavan pitched in 13 points, including a 3-for-3 clip from 3-point range. Mandy Close canned 5-of-6 shots from the field for 12 points while Krystal Turner also buried 5-of-6 shots for 11 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman added 10 points apiece.

'I am really pleased that we had six players in double figures for scoring,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'That's about as good of team basketball that you can get.'

Sophomore Nikki Blue had a big game for the Bruins, contributing 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Oregon State finished the game shooting 62-percent (29-for-47) from the field while UCLA hit 38-percent (25-of-66) of its field goal attempts.

UCLA held a 27-16 lead at the 11-minute mark of the first half but the Beavers used a 24-9 run to end the frame and take the lead for good.

OSU improved to 6-0 on the season when leading at halftime.

Oregon State returns to action on Sunday when the Beavers host USC. The 12 p.m. game will be broadcast nationally on Fox Sports Net.

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