Women's Basketball Improves To 4-0, Downs Ohio 99-72

Nov. 30, 2000

ATHENS, Ohio - In a night of career-bests, guards Nicole Funn and Felicia Ragland combined to score 61 points as Oregon State University upended Ohio University 99-72 in Thursday night's women's basketball game.

Both teams struggled holding on to the ball in the game's early going as neither team could build larger than a four-point lead as both squads would exchange baskets and turnovers.

Oregon State took the lead for good at the 4:50 mark when freshman Leilani Estavan buried a 3-pointer to give the Beavers a 29-27 advantage. Estavan's long ball catapulted a 17-0 OSU run over the next four minutes and a 21-2 streak to close out the half.

Oregon State went into the locker room with a comfortable 47-29 lead.

Funn produced most of the Beavers first half offense, surpassing her career-high with 21 points in the half and knocking down 10-of-14 shots from the floor. As a team Oregon State connected on 19-of-30 shots from the floor for a scorching 63-percent. The Bobcats also were hot from the floor in the half, burying 12-of-22 attempts for 55-percent.

'We had problems in the first half of containing them defensively on the perimeter,' said Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra. We usually don't give up that high of a field goal percentage.'

Ohio made a game of it in the second half, scoring the first five points after the break and eventually getting as close as 10 points on several occasions but Ragland would not let the Beaver lead fall below double digits.

The 5-9 junior battled first half foul trouble but buried shots 11-of-21 shots in the second half, mostly from jumpers off the glass.

Funn finished the game with a career-high 35 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the floor and an 11-of-15 mark from the free throw line and tied her career-high with 10 rebounds, while Ragland finished with a career-best 26 points on 12-of-17 shooting.

'We knew we were quicker and faster than they were,' said Spoelstra. 'Nicole (Funn) did a great job of releasing and beating everyone down-court for baskets. Fee (Felicia Ragland) used some great 1-on-1 moves and hit a lot of jumpers off the glass - she put on quite a clinic.'

In a home-coming of sorts, sophomore Michelle Estell, a native of Amber, OH, saw her first action of the season after suffering a broken nose and concussion in the practice before the Beavers' season opener against Portland State. Estell came off the bench to score four points and pull down five rebounds.

The Bobcats had six players reach double figures in scoring with Jacquie Negrelli's 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field leading the way.

As a team the Beavers connected on 36-of-61 shots from the floor for a season-high 59-percent and continued their rebounding dominance, winning the battle of the boards 38-26.

Ohio knocked down 26-of-52 shots from the floor for 50-percent.

Oregon State (4-0) returns to action on Saturday when the Beavers travel to Milwaukee, WI, to face Marquette University (3-2). OSU and the Golden Eagles squared off last season in the championship game of the Beaver Classic with Marquette coming out on top, 69-56.

'We're anxious to play Marquette again and get a little revenge,' admitted Spoelstra.

Saturday's contest is scheduled to tip-off at 11 a.m. PST.

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