Oregon State's Defense Shuts Down Cougars

Feb. 17, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - There would be no comeback on this night for the Washington State women's basketball team.

That was thanks in large part to a suffocating defensive effort and a balanced offensive attack by the Oregon State Beavers en route to their 94-60 win Saturday night at Gill Coliseum.

The loss dropped the Cougars to 10-13 and 5-8 in the Pac-10. Oregon State improved to 12-10 overall and 4-8 in the conference.

Nicole Funn led all scorers with 20 points, heading a contingent of five OSU players that scored in double figures. Felicia Ragland scored 15 points, Syesha Thomas and Hollye Holbrook added 13 and Ericka Cook contributed 10 points for the Beavers.

WSU was led by 13 points from Brittney Hawks and 11 points from Kelley Berglund.

Two nights after rallying from a 16-point first half deficit to defeat Oregon 77-76, the Cougars could never mount an offensive assault against the Beavers' defense, especially during the first half.

The Cougars held a 4-3 lead in the early goings of the contest, but the Beavers used a 7-0 run to take a 10-4 advantage 4:56 into the game.

WSU cut the Beavers' lead to 14-12 at the 11:28 mark of the first half but OSU proceeded to blitz the Cougars with a 12-0 run to take a 26-12 lead with 8:11 remaining. WSU would score three straight points to cut to its deficit to 11 but OSU would close out the half on a 14-4 run to take a 40-19 halftime lead.

In gaining their halftime advantage Oregon State held the Cougars to season lows in first half points (19) and field goals (7). In addition, the 34-point margin of defeat was the largest for the Cougars this season.

'Defensively they really just played hard,' said WSU coach Jenny Przekwas. 'We helped them a lot by standing around a lot.'

'This is by far the best effort in terms of denial defense that we have had in a long time,' Oregon State coach Judy Spoelstra said.

The Cougars return home to face the Stanford Cardinal Thursday, Feb. 22. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at Friel Court.

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