Women's Basketball Falls To No. 17 Rutgers, 77-53

Nov. 26, 2004

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands - Oregon State University's women's basketball team dropped a 77-53 contest against No. 17 ranked Rutgers University in Friday's action at the Paradise Jam.

The closely contested first half saw the Beavers (1-2) stay in the mix behind a balanced offensive attack.

Freshman Tiffany Ducker made her first career start and her back-to-back lay-ups in the middle of the half pulled OSU within 19-17. Rutgers (3-0) responded with a multitude of free throws and used pressuring defense to extend its lead to 36-26 with 4:36 remaining.

A pair of free throws from Shannon Howell and a 3-pointer from Kim Butler narrowed the RU advantage and the Beavers fought back to make the score 41-35 at the break.

Howell had 12 points and Butler finished with nine in the opening 20 minutes. Oregon State held a commanding 19-11 edge on the glass.

The second half was all Rutgers. The Beavers managed just two field goals over the first 10 minutes of the half as the Scarlet Knights built an insurmountable lead.

Butler hit 4-of-9 field goals and 8-of-9 free throw attempts en route to a game-high 17 points. She also pulled down 10 rebounds for her first career double-double. Howell finished with 14 points and Mandy Close added a team-leading four assists.

Oregon State held a 43-27 rebounding advantage, including a 24-11 edge on the offensive glass, but the Beavers managed just 36-percent shooting compared to Rutgers' 51-percent clip.

The Beavers wrap-up Paradise Jam tournament action on Saturday against South Dakota State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 a.m. PST.

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