Seniors Lead Women's Basketball Past USC, 73-66

Jan. 29, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Four players reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State's women's basketball team knocked off University of Southern California by a 73-66 margin in Thursday night's Pacific-10 Conference action.

A big second half helped propel Oregon State (11-8; 5-5 Pac-10) past the Women of Troy (10-8; 7-3 Pac-10) for the first time in Los Angeles since 2001. The Beavers recorded their first season sweep of USC since the 1999-00 campaign.

OSU used accurate shooting and 14 second half points from senior guard Leilani Estavan to take control of the game.

Estavan's driving lay-up with 7:34 on the clock gave Oregon State its largest lead of the contest at 60-47.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from senior All-America candidate Ebony Hoffman and a lay-up from Meghan Gnekow pulled the Women of Troy within four points (70-66) with just under two minutes remaining, but OSU held on for the win.

The Beavers buried 58-percent (15-for-26) of their shots in the second frame and finished the game with a 53-percent (31-for-58) clip from the floor.

'I'm really happy with how we shot the ball,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra.

Seniors Estavan, Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman combined for 43 of OSU's 73 points on the night.

Estavan finished with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting and dished out four assists, while Chaney added 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Chapman broke the 1,000-point barrier with her 12 points on the evening, giving her 1,001 points in her career. Sophomore Mandy Close also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a pair of big 3-point baskets in the second half. Shannon Howell led all players with a career-high seven assists.

Hoffman led the Women of Troy with 19 points and seven rebounds.

The back-and-forth first half saw both teams exchange baskets in the early going.

Chapman drained a pair of 3-pointers from the left wing to give Oregon State a 26-22 advantage with 7:51 remaining, but the Women of Troy fought back to regain the lead (29-28) after a driving lay-up from Jamie Hagiya.

The Beavers responded with a 10-4 run over the final four minutes of the half, taking their largest lead at 38-31 behind a pair of Tarika Campbell free throws. Rachel Woodward hit a lay-up for USC to make the score 38-33 at the break.

OSU shot 50-percent (16-for-32) in the opening 20 minutes, while USC hit 42-percent (11-for-26) of its shots but canned 9-of-12 free throws.

The balanced Beavers saw eight different players reach the scoring column in the first half.

Oregon State faces UCLA on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

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