Women's Basketball Trounces Washington State, 94-60

Feb. 17, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Five players reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State's women's basketball team rolled to a 94-60 victory against Washington State on Saturday night.

With the victory, OSU improves to 12-10 on the season and 4-8 in the Pac-10 Conference while the Cougars fall to 10-13 and 5-8 in conference action.

The Beavers streaked to an early lead (8-4) behind eight-straight points by senior SyeshaThomas and pulled away for good at the 11:42 mark. OSU went on a 12-0 run over a three-minutespan to take a commanding 26-12 lead with just over eight minutes remaining.

Oregon State continued to extend its lead behind balanced scoring, pressure defense and accurate passing, to head into the locker room with a 40-19 advantage.

OSU held WSU to a season-low seven field goals (7-for-24) in the first half while the Beavers buried 14-of-27 attempts for 52-percent.

Oregon State continued its dominance in the second half, as every OSU player saw action in the game. The Beavers led by as many as 37 points in the contest when freshman Leilani Estavan sunk a pair of free throws with 2:14 remaining to make the score 89-54.

'I felt like our players came out very relaxed tonight,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Win or lose we need to keep progressing and working on the things that we need to get better.'

Sophomore Nicole Funn led all players with 20 points - 10 of which came on free throws. Felicia Ragland added 15 points for the Beavers while Thomas added 13 points and five assists. Freshman post Hollye Holbrook finished with a career-high 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds. Junior Ericka Cook also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points while Estavan dished out a career-high nine assists.

As a team, the Beavers buried 60-percent of their field goals (18-of-30) in the second half and finished shooting 32-of-57 (56-percent) for the game. OSU matched its season high with 21 assists.

'The biggest statistic that I'm proud of was our 21 assists,' commented Spoelstra. 'We really moved the ball around well and made some great passes.'

Brittany Hawks' 13 points led WSU while Kelley Berglund also reached double figures in scoring with 11.

WSU committed 24 turnovers in the contest while the Beavers had 16 miscues.

Oregon State hits the road next week to face USC. The Beavers and Women of Troy square-off next Friday at 7 p.m.

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