Shannon Howell Scores 36 Points, But Women's Basketball Falls To Florida, 82-70

Dec. 12, 2004

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Despite a game-high 36 points from senior guard Shannon Howell, Oregon State University's women's basketball team dropped an 82-70 decision at University of Florida on Sunday afternoon.

It was all Howell in the opening 20 minutes. The All-America candidate scored 22 of Oregon State's 32 first half points, burying 7-of-13 shots from the field, including four 3-point field goals. At one point, Howell scored 13 straight - with a trio of 3-pointers.

The Gators (6-2) took advantage of strong inside play from posts Bernice Mosby and Brittany Davis. The duo combined for 26 first half points and helped Florida take a 37-32 lead into the locker room.

Pressuring defense helped Florida build a 50-36 advantage in the opening minutes of the second frame.

Howell scored 11 straight for OSU (2-5) until freshman guard Alcha Strane buried a 3-point field goal to make the score 58-46 with 12:24 left.

Florida pulled in front by as many as 20 points. Beaver post Kim Butler got hot from the floor down the stretch, to keep things from getting out of hand.

OSU closed the gap in the final minutes as Melanie Casey and Strane hit threes and the Gators failed to convert from the free throw line.

Howell hit 11-of-24 field goals and 10-of-11 free throws in the game and scored 30-plus for the first time this season and third time in her career. She also tallied a career-best seven steals. Butler finished with 14 points and six rebounds.

Florida held a 40-20 edge on points in the paint and forced 27 Beaver turnovers in the game.

'Our decision making process was very weak,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Our inexperience on the floor shows when the defense picks up.'

Davis and Mosby led four Gator players in double figures for scoring with 20 points a piece. Mosby also added a game-high 10 rebounds.

Oregon State returns to the court on Wednesday against University of South Alabama. The Beavers and Jaguars meet at 6 p.m. CST in Mobile, AL.

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