Women's Basketball Falls At Oregon, 72-60

March 10, 2001

EUGENE, Ore. - Felicia Ragland's game-high 22 points and career-high 15 rebounds were not enough as Oregon's women's basketball team dispatched Oregon State, 72-60 in Saturday's regular season finale.

The Beavers finish the regular season with a 16-12 overall record and an 8-10 Pac-10 Conference mark while Oregon finishes 17-11 overall and 10-8 in conference action.

Oregon started the game hot from the field, burying a trio of 3-point baskets and connecting on five of its first seven shots from the floor on its way to a 17-8 lead at the 13:18 mark.

Oregon State proceeded to reel off eight straight points over the next three minutes to pull within one (17-16) after a 3-pointer from junior Felicia Ragland.

On the ensuing possession, Ragland was forced to the bench after picking up her second foul of the half and the Ducks catapulted a 17-5 run. Jamie Craighead's third 3-pointer of the half gave UO its largest lead 34-22 with 3:12 on the clock.

Back-to-back Hollye Holbrook buckets cut into the Duck lead and Nicole Funn's steal and lay-up narrowed the gap to 36-30 at the half.

Oregon hit 52-percent of its field goals (11-of-21) in the opening 20 minutes including 5-of-10 3-pointers while Oregon State managed to shoot 45-percent (13-of-29) and bury 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.

The Ducks had a 12-3 advantage from the free throw line.

'I thought the game was horribly unfair from start to finish,' commented OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'I felt our kids were slighted.'

OSU scored seven of the first nine points of the second half. Senior Syesha Thomas brought the Beavers within one point (38-37) with 18:27 remaining but senior Lindsey Dion answered with a 3-point bomb of her own on Oregon's next possession and OSU would get no closer than five points the rest of the game.

Ragland, hampered by foul trouble most of the game, sank 7-of-18 shots in 28 minutes of action. Holbrook, a freshman, was the only other Beaver player to reach double figures in scoring with 11 points. Junior post Ericka Cook and Funn, a sophomore, combined to shoot just 3-of-20 from the field.

All five Oregon seniors scored in the game and four players reached double figures led by Angelina Wolvert's 14 points and 12 rebounds. Craighead also added 14 points.

'I give Oregon a lot of credit,' said Spoelstra. 'They came out hot, but our kids fought hard the whole way and never gave up. I'm really proud of our team.'

OSU shot just 36-percent (22-of-62) for the game while Oregon hit 55-percent of its field goals (23-of-42).

The Beavers made just 11-of-17 free throws while the Ducks connected on 19-of-28 charity tosses.

After winning five of its last six games to finish the regular season, Oregon State is in the mix for its first post-season tournament appearance since the 1995-96 season.

'I'm confident we'll be in the Women's National Invitational Tournament,' said Spoelstra. 'We know we're going to be playing Thursday or Friday, we just don't know who.'

'We feel very strongly about our situation with the WNIT,' said Oregon State Athletic Director Mitch Barnhardt. 'We're confident that we will have a chance of hosting a first and possibly second round game.'

The women's NCAA Tournament selection will be announced Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and the WNIT bracket pairings will be finalized at 6 p.m.

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