Women's Basketball Tops Portland State 64-54 In Season Opener

Nov. 17, 2000

PORTLAND, Ore. - Nicole Funn's career-high 18 points helped lead Oregon State University's women's basketball team to a 64-54 victory against Portland State University in Friday night's season opener.

The Beavers' pressure man-to-man defense caused problems for the Vikings during the first few minutes of the game but PSU settled down and began to find its shooting touch. All-star post Hiedi Hatcher's lay-in and free throw at the 16-minute mark gave Portland State its first lead at 7-6.

After exchanging baskets over the next few minutes the Vikings built a 12-8 lead, but it was short lived, as the Beavers reeled off 10 straight to earn an 18-12 advantage with 9:48 left in the half.

Hunter's back-to-back baskets put an end to the bleeding for the Vikings and started a six-point PSU scoring run to knot the score at 18-18.

It was all Beavers after that, OSU out-scored PSU 22-7 to close out the half. Funn, a 6-0 sophomore, scored eight points in the stretch, helping the Beavers take a 40-25 lead into the locker room.

'We shot the ball well in the first half and Nicole Funn had a great half for us,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra.

Oregon State dominated the boards in the first half, out-rebounding the Vikings 20-9 before the break.

'It was a goal for us tonight to win the war on the boards and I think we did that,' commented Spoelstra. 'I think our defensive pressure in the first half helped us build our lead, as well as our work on the defensive boards.'

In the second half, the Vikings got on the board first and used a 7-1 run to cut the Oregon State lead to nine points at 41-32. The Beavers failed to get a field goal in the second half until Ericka Cook's driving lay-up at the 14:45 mark extended the OSU lead to a comfortable 11 points (43-32).

Portland State's Alicia Russell's 3-point basket with 3:15 left in the game brought the Vikings within eight points (59-51) but OSU all-star Felicia Ragland answered with a 3-pointer of her own to squelch any chance of a PSU comeback.

Three Beavers scored in double figures, led by Funn's 18 points and eight rebounds. Ragland finished the night with 16 points and seven boards while Cook registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Hatcher led all players with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting and was the lone Viking to score in double figures.

The Beavers finished the night with a 43-27 rebounding advantage.

Oregon State (1-0) opens action at home next Friday (Nov. 24), when the Beavers host Princeton in the first round of the Beaver Classic. The two-day tournament starts with Kansas State facing Wyoming at 5 p.m. followed by OSU and Princeton at 7 p.m.

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