Women's Basketball Blows By Washington State, 83-55

Jan. 13, 2005

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior guard Shannon Howell led all players with 33 points as Oregon State rolled past Washington State University, 83-55, in Thursday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

The Beavers (5-10; 1-5 Pac-10) led from start to finish, dominating the contest on both the offensive and defensive end. Howell and junior guard Mandy Close combined to shoot 8-for-17 from the field and score 27 of OSU's 37 first half points.

Washington State (4-12; 0-7 Pac-10) trailed by a 37-27 mark at the half and was unable to get closer than within eight points the rest of the way.

The Beavers pulled in front by as many as 30 points (80-50) when Alcha Strane nailed a 3-pointer with 2:42 remaining in the game.

Oregon State held the Cougars to just two field goals over the final eight minutes of action.

Howell broke the 30-point scoring barrier for the fourth time in her career, when she knocked down four free throws after WSU head coach Sherri Murrell received a double-technical foul and was ejected from the contest with 6:18 left.

Howell hit 9-of-20 field goals and 12-of-13 free throws en route to her 33 points. The All-America candidate also dished out five assists and made five steals. Close buried 5-of-9 shots and was 5-of-6 from the foul line for 15 points.

Two Washington State players reached double figures in scoring. Senior Kate Benz, of Portland, OR, finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Adriane Ferguson added 11 points.

The Beavers shot 46-percent from the field, while holding the Cougars to just a 33-percent clip.

Oregon State returns to action on Saturday when the Beavers host University of Washington. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. with the game airing live on FSN.

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