Women's Basketball Falls Short Against USC, 69-59

Jan. 27, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team had three players reach double figures in scoring, but it was University of Southern California that came away with a 69-59 victory in Thursday's Pacific-10 Conference contest.

Shannon Howell, Kim Butler and Ebony Young all reached double figures in scoring for the Beavers (5-14; 1-9 Pac-10), marking the first time since the season opener that three players scored 10 or more.

Young buried 5-of-7 field goals, including 3-of-4 shots from 3-point range en route to a career-high 13 points. Butler chipped in 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting, while Howell led all players with 20 points.

USC (14-5; 8-2) led from the start, taking an early 13-3 advantage as theBeavers were held without a field goal until Butler's lay-up seven minutes into the game.

The Women of Troy built a 32-22 halftime lead while taking advantage of 16 OSU turnovers.

'When we're struggling with our shooting like we did tonight, it's hard to make runs,' said Oregon State head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We had a lot of missed assignments on defense, especially in the first half, which hurt us.'

Young hit a bucket to open the second half and a steal by Anita Rivera resulted in a lay-up by Casey Bunn, to help Oregon State close within 32-26, but USC answered with four straight points and the game didn't get any closer the rest of the way.

The balanced USC attack saw three players reach double figures in scoring with freshman Brynn Cameron's 12 points leading the pack. Rachel Woodward and Meghan Gnekow added 11 points each, while Jamie Hagiya dished out five assists.

Bunn pulled down eight boards and tallied a pair of steals for OSU.

Oregon State shot 42-percent for the game compared to USC's 39-percent clip, but the Beavers had 26 miscues that led to 29 USC points.

OSU returns to action on Saturday against UCLA. The Beavers and Bruins will tip-off at 7:30 p.m. with the game broadcast on Fox Sports.

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