Women's Basketball Buries Princeton 69-33 In Beaver Classic

Nov. 24, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team cruised to a 69-33 victory against Princeton University in Friday night's opening round of the Beaver Classic. The University of Wyoming dropped Kansas State University in overtime,73-70 to open the evening's action.

The Beavers opened a 14-2 advantage and steadily increased their lead throughout the first half behind pressure defense and torrid shooting.

Oregon State forced 18 Princeton turnovers in the opening frame and held the Tigers to just 28-percent shooting from the floor. The Beavers were on hot, knocking down 52-percent of their first half field goals while dominating play.

OSU took a commanding 41-13 lead into the locker room at the break.

The Beavers continued their dominance in the second half and finished the game shooting 44-percent while the Tigers finished hitting 32-percent of their field goals.

'I was pleased with our teams preparation for the game,' commented OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'The girls showed a lot of intelligence, maturity and leadership tonight. We really moved the ball well and utilized our inside-out game in the second half.'

OSU guard Felicia Ragland's 19 points and eight steals led all players. Ragland buried a trio of 3-pointers in the first half on her way to knocking down 15 points before the break. Sophomore Nicole Funn had another superb game for the Beavers with 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and a team-high six rebounds. Freshman Brina Chaney also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points while teammate Leilani Estavan dished out a career-high eight assists.

Maureen Lane was the lone Tiger to reach double figures in scoring with 14 points in 40 minutes of action.

In the tournament's opening game, three Wyoming players reached double figures in scoring with Shelby Hoffman's 23 points leading the way. Kansas State was paced by freshman Nicole Ohlde's game-high 36 points and 19 rebounds. The close-fought game saw nine lead changes before the Cowgirls recorded the overtime victory.

Beaver Classic action continues Saturday, with Kansas State (2-1) battling Princeton (0-2) at 5 p.m. in the consolation final. Oregon State (2-0) and Wyoming (2-0) square off at 7:05 p.m. for the tournament championship.

'Wyoming has a lot of guards that can hit from the outside and their posts do a good job on the boards,' said Spoelstra. 'We definitely have our work cut out for us.'

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