Women's Basketball Falls Short In Civil War, 64-55

Feb. 5, 2005

EUGENE, Ore. - Three players reached double figures in scoring for Oregon State, but University of Oregon held on for a 64-55 victory in Saturday's women's basketball Civil War as presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers.

In one of its best halves of the season, Oregon State (6-16; 1-11 Pac-10) battled Oregon (15-6; 8-4 Pac-10) bucket for bucket from the onset.

The Ducks used a 7-0 run capped off by a 25-footer from Cathrine Kraayeveld to take a 13-8 lead with 15:38 left and eventually pulled in front by an 18-9 margin when Brandi Davis stole an errant pass and went coast to coast.

The Beavers fought back however with a 14-5 run over the next eight minutes as Shannon Howell's rebound and jumper knotted the score at 23 with 5:49 before the break.

After exchanging a pair of baskets, Oregon began to pull away behind 3-pointers from Kristen Forristall and Kraayeveld.

The Ducks went into the locker room with a 35-27 edge at the half. Both teams shot 41-percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and OSU held a commanding 21-15 rebounding edge.

Oregon put the game out of reach by opening the second frame on a 9-0 run and the Beavers failed to get on the scoreboard until freshman Tifffany Ducker hit a jumper with 13:47 remaining.

UO pulled in front by a 61-38 advantage at the 6:11 mark, but the Beavers closed the game with a 17-3 run and Howell's four-point play (a 3-pointer and a free throw) finished the scoring.

Howell finished with 18 points and matched her season-best with five rebounds. Junior guard Mandy Close added 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting and matched her career-high with seven rebounds, while sophomore Casey Bunn went 4-for-5 from the field for 10 points.

Kraayeveld was the lone Oregon player to reach double figures with 17 points.

OSU shot 39-percent for the game, while UO was just 37-percent from the field. The Beavers held a 37-34 rebounding edge in the game.

'Our kids were ready to play and worked really hard,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'When they were making their runs, we were just missing our shots.'

The Beavers return to action on Thursday against University of Washington. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Bank of America Arena in Seattle.