Shannon Howell Scores 34, But Women's Basketball Falls To Washington

Jan. 15, 2005

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CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior guard Shannon Howell finished with a game-high 34 points, but it wasn't enough as Oregon State University dropped a 75-64 decision against University of Washington in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

Howell broke the 30-point scoring barrier for the second consecutive game, burying 12-of-23 field goals and 8-of-10 free throws en route to 34 of the Beavers' (5-11; 1-6 Pac-10) 64 total points.

Washington (7-11; 3-5 Pac-10) used a 17-6 run in the middle of the first half to garner a 22-12 lead when Breanne Warren converted a fastbreak lay-up with 5:51 on the clock.

The Huskies held a 32-22 advantage at halftime, helped in part by a 4-for-6 clip from beyond the 3-point arc and 46-percent shooting overall.

UW junior Kristen O'Neill opened the second half with five straight points, but the Beaver defense kicked in and helped OSU narrow the gap to 43-39 with 11:01 left. Howell capped off the 17-6 Oregon State run with one of her five steals in the contest and a breakaway lay-up.

The Huskies answered with 10 straight points over the next two minutes and never looked back.

Howell scored 23 of Oregon State's final 27 points.

The Beavers forced 29 Washington turnovers but shot a frigid 34-percent for the game, compared to UW's 50-percent shooting.

'I'm proud of our players' effort and performance today,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We had numerous shots around the basket that bounced around and didn't go down.'

O'Neill led three Huskies in double figures for scoring with 23 points, including a 4-for-5 mark from 3-point range.

UW was 8-for-12 from long range for the game, while OSU was just 3-for-17 from beyond the arc.

Oregon State returns to action on Thursday when the Beavers visit Arizona State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. PST.

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