Women's Basketball Tripped Up By UCLA, 74-54

Jan. 29, 2005

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's women's basketball team dropped a 74-54 contest against UCLA in front of 2,732 fans at Gill Coliseum in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference match-up.

The Beavers (5-16; 1-10) opened the game on a tear, roaring to a 10-2 lead helped in part by back-to-back buckets from junior post Karen Vickery. UCLA (13-7; 7-4) managed just 1-of-13 shooting in the stretch.

The Bruins' offense woke up however in a big way, and UCLA poured on a 33-10 run from the 13:17 mark to close out the half and take a 35-20 edge into the locker room.

UCLA took advantage of several Oregon State miscues to open the second half and reeled off nine straight points to pull in front by a 46-20 mark with 16:42 to play.

Junior guard Anita Rivera and sophomore Casey Bunn sparked the Beaver offense in the second half and combined to score 21 of OSU's 34 points in the frame.

Bunn scored 10 straight at one point, and helped Oregon State close the game on an 18-6 run.

'In the second half we really wanted to attack the basket,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We haven't been consistent shooting the ball on the perimeter, so we really wanted to get the ball inside.'

Bunn, from Stayton, OR, led the Beavers with a season-high 15 points on 4-of-5 shooting and a 7-of-8 clip from the free throw line. Rivera chipped in 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting. Shannon Howell led the Beavers with five assists but was held without a field goal until two minutes left in the game.

Four Bruins reached double figures in scoring. Junior guard Nikki Blue amassed a double-double with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and tallied a game-high 10 assists.

UCLA held a commanding 46-27 rebounding advantage.

Oregon State returns to action on Tuesday when the Beavers host Utah Valley State College in a non-conference tilt. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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