Women's Basketball Knocks Off UCLA, 65-57

Feb. 25, 2001

LOS ANGELES - Felicia Ragland's career-high 31 points led Oregon State's women's basketball team to a 65-57 victory against UCLA on Sunday afternoon.

With the win Oregon State ups its record to 14-11 overall and 6-9 in the Pac-10 while UCLA falls to 4-21 overall and 3-11 in conference action.

UCLA sprinted out of the gates, taking an early 6-0 lead at the 17:26 mark but the Beavers reeled off 14 straight to take the lead and the Bruins never really threatened again in the opening 20 minutes.

Ragland buried seven consecutive points during the stretch and dominated the half, hitting 9-of-14 field goals from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range to tally 24 points.As a team, Oregon State buried 15-of-34 first half field goals for 44-percent while UCLA hit just 9-of-21 shots from the floor for 29-percent.

The Beavers held a 27-19 rebounding edge heading into the locker room with a 36-26 lead at the half.

UCLA came out strong in the second half, out-scoring OSU 24-10 over the first 14 minutes. Kristee Porter's five-straight points gave the Bruins a 50-46 lead at the 6:49 mark as the Beavers were hampered by foul problems.

Ragland and post Ericka Cook each picked up their fourth foul with just over 12 minutes remaining in the game and were forced to the sideline.

'I felt like our young players are really improving every game, we got some great minutes from a variety of players when Ericka (Cook) and Fee (Ragland) were on the bench,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra.

The Beavers turned the table and scored 17 of the game's final 24 points.

Freshman Hollye Holbrook's put-back basket at the 3:49 mark gave the Beavers the lead for good (56-55) while Ragland added four free throws in the final 20 seconds to seal the victory.

Ragland finished shooting 11-of-21 from the field, 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe. The Tulare, CA, native also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in 29 minutes of action.

'Fee (Ragland) was just on,' said Spoelstra. 'We couldn't get her the ball enough!'

Cook was the only other Beaver player to reach double figures in scoring with 12 points while Holbrook finished with a career-high eight rebounds.

Pac-10 Conference leading scorer, Michelle Greco, led UCLA with 22 points on just 7-of-25 shooting while Porter added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

OSU finished the game shooting 42-percent (25-of-60) while the Bruins hit 37-percent of their field goals (22-of-59).

Oregon State returns to Corvallis for its final homestand of the season next week against the Arizona schools.

Action begins Thursday night when the Beavers face University of Arizona. Game-time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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