Women's Basketball Drops Game Against Washington, 84-53

Feb. 10, 2005

SEATTLE, Wash. - Oregon State posts Kim Butler and Karen Vickery combined to score 32 points and pull down 13 rebounds for the Beavers, but University of Washington cruised to an 84-53 victory in Thursday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

Washington (10-14; 6-8 Pac-10) held control of the game from the start as the Huskies won the tip and Cameo Hicks hit a lay-up to open the game. UW never looked back the rest of the way, capitalizing on 13 Oregon State (6-16; 1-12 Pac-10) turnovers to score 18 of its 48 first half points.

The Beavers shot 44-percent in the opening frame while the Huskies hit 46-percent from the field. Butler led OSU with 10 points and two assists, while Vickery added five points and four rebounds.

Washington's Kayla Burt hit a 3-pointer from mid-court at the buzzer, giving UW a 48-28 lead at the break.

The second half was much of the same story as the Beavers were playing catch-up and hurt their chances by careless passes. UW came away with 21 steals on the night.

'Things just didn't click tonight,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We weren't running our offense very well and had a hard time reading their defense.'

Butler finished with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, pulled down six rebounds, and had a career-best five assists. Vickery chipped in a career-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and grabbed a career-best seven rebounds. Mandy Close had a career-high five assists.

'Karen was played really well,' said Spoelstra. 'She had a great week of practice and a really nice touch around the basket.'

Hicks finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for Washington, while Brianne Watson had 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Oregon State finished the game shooting 39-percent from the floor, while the Huskies held a 48-percent clip.

UW held a 40-36 rebounding advantage, including an 18-14 edge on the offensive glass.

'We need to be a lot better on Saturday,' said Spoelstra.

Oregon State returns to action on Saturday when the Beavers face Washington State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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