Women's Basketball Knocks Off Marquette, 64-50

Dec. 2, 2000

CORVALLIS, Ore. - It wasn't pretty, but Oregon State University's women's basketball team doesn't care. The Beavers improved to 5-0 Saturday afternoon with a victory against Marquette University, breaking the Golden Eagles' 23-game home winning streak.

Felicia Ragland buried a long range jumper just 10 seconds into the game to put the Beavers on the board 2-0, but OSU struggled against Marquette's pressuring man-to-man defense and were held scoreless over the next seven minutes of the game.

Marquette (3-3) didn't fare much but better on the offensive end as both Oregon State's man-to-man and zone defenses caused the Golden Eagles problems. MU shot just 29-percent from the field (6-of-21) before the break.

The Beavers ended the half on a 13-4 run, capped off by Ragland saving an errant Beaver shot to teammate Michelle Estell under the hoop. Estell hit the lay-up and drew the foul. After converting the free throw with seven ticks remaining on the clock, Estell and the Beavers went into the locker room with a 27-16 lead.

'Defensively both teams did a great job in the first half,' commented OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Marquette is a good team, they deserve a lot of credit in shutting down our offense.'

In the second half both teams recovered from their shooting funk and put more points on the board. Ragland scored 18 points in the half while Funn added 10 points to keep Oregon State in front of Marquette for the rest of the game.

'Fee (Felicia Ragland) gets in a zone and she's unstoppable. I think she is one of the top players in the country right now,' said Spoelstra. 'Nicole (Funn) is also playing tremendous basketball. Teams will try to focus on one of them but then the other one steps up - they can't keep up with both of them.'

The Golden Eagles never got closer than 11 points (45-34) with 10-minutes remaining in the contest while the Beavers led by as many as 19 points before recording the 14-point victory.

Ragland reached double figures in scoring for the 12th consecutive game with a game-high 23 points. Funn also reached double figures with 16 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Heidi Bowman and Sarah Zawodny each scored 11 points to lead Marquette.

For the game the Beavers connected on 25-of-62 shots from the field of 40-percent while Marquette managed to hit just 19-of-52 field goal attempts for 37-percent. The Golden Eagles prevailed on the boards however, out-rebounding Oregon State 38-34.

'It was our goal to hold them under 50 points, and we did that,' said freshman guard Leilani Estavan. 'I'm so happy right now!'

Oregon State makes the long flight home for finals week and gets back to the court nextSunday, December 10, when the Beavers host Saint Mary's College. Game-time is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

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