Women's Basketball Rolls Past Utah Valley State, 57-43

Feb. 1, 2005

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State matched the school record for fewest turnovers in a game as the Beavers rolled past Utah Valley State College, 57-43, in Tuesday's non-conference women's basketball action.

OSU (6-15) had just one turnover in the first half and totaled seven in the game - the fewest since Feb. 28, 2004 against Stanford.

The balanced Beaver attack saw five players score nine points or more, with junior post Kim Butler's 13 points and nine rebounds leading the way. Senior guard Shannon Howell also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points and dished out three assists. Howell matched the Oregon State record for consecutive free throws made, connecting on 21 in a row over a span of four games, before missing with 11:08 on the clock in the second half.

Utah Valley State (2-17) kept the game close in the first half, knotting the score at 25-25 with 3 minutes left, but the Beavers used an 8-0 run capped off by a 3-pointer from Anita Rivera to take a 33-25 advantage into the locker room.

UVSC closed within 44-41 with 6:30 remaining in the game, but OSU hit 7-of-10 free throws down the stretch and allowed just one Wolverine field goal.

Oregon State buried 23-of-27 free throws in the game while UVSC was 4-of-6 from the line.

'We were a little short-handed tonight and I give the girls a lot of credit for this win,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We needed this, and I'm glad it was close so we could work on our strategies for next week's game at Oregon.'

Mandy Close finished with nine points and five rebounds for OSU, while Casey Bunn had nine points and four rebounds and Rivera added nine points and two blocked shots.

Katie Wilson had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Wolverines.

Oregon State returns to action on Saturday when the Beavers travel to Eugene to face rival University of Oregon at 7 p.m.

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