Women's Basketball Falls At Utah, 58-46

Nov. 29, 2001

SALT LAKE CITY - Felicia Ragland's 20 points weren't enough as Oregon State University was unable to overcome poor field goal shooting and the University of Utah recorded the 58-46 victory in Thursday's women's basketball action.

OSU falls to 2-3 on the season with the loss while Utah improves to 3-2.

Ragland scored 10 of the Beavers' 21 points in the second half while OSU shot a meager 27-percent, connecting on just 8-of-30 field goals.

For the first the first nine minutes of the second half, neither team took more than a two-point lead. Oregon State held a 34-32 lead at the 14:33 mark after rebounded her own miss and scored on the put-back. It was the last field goal the Beavers would hit however, for an eight-minute stretch. The Utes went on a 12-0 run at the 14:08 mark to take the lead for good, outscoring OSU 24-12 for the remainder of the game.

Sophomore Hollye Chapman added nine points for the Beavers while making her second career start as fellow sophomore Brina Chaney saw limited action after suffering an ankle sprain in Tuesday night's practice. Ericka Cook added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Lauren Beckman's 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting and a 7-of-8 clip from the free throw line led all players. Senior Lindsay Herbert added 13 points and eight boards for the Utes.

The Beavers finished the game shooting 32-percent from the floor (18-for-56) while Utah connected on 18-of-43 field goals for 42-percent. The Utes also held a commanding advantage at the free throw line, converting 19-of-28 charity tosses compared to Oregon State's 5-of-8.

'It's hard to win when the other team shoots 20 more free throws than you do,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We also beat ourselves with inconsistency on offense - we need to have better balance in scoring and get more production from our inside players.'

The closely contested first half saw eight ties and seven lead changes before the teams went into the locker room with the score knotted 25-25.

OSU jumped in front 10-5 behind balanced scoring and ice-cold shooting from Utah to open the game. The Utes rebounded however, reeling off 12 straight points and surging to a 17-10 lead at the 7:12 mark. In the stretch, the Beavers caught the cold-shooting bug, going nearly 10 minutes without a field goal. Chapman hit a jumper with 6:53 remaining in the frame to break the scoreless streak and ignite a 9-0 Oregon State run.

Utah dominated the glass, maintaining an 18-13 edge in the opening 20 minutes and outscored the Beavers 14-6 in the paint.

Oregon State returns to action on Sunday with a 12 p.m. PST contest at University of New Mexico.

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