Women's Basketball Uses Big Second Half To Roll Past Wyoming, 70-55

Dec. 15, 2001

CASPER, Wyo. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team dominated University of Wyoming in the second half of action, outscoring the Cowgirls 41-24 over the last 20 minutes, en route to a 70-55 victory on Saturday night.

Oregon State improves its record to 4-5 to end preseason action while Wyoming drops to 3-5 on the year.

With the lead alternating between both squads in the start of the second half, it wasn't until the eight-minute mark that Oregon State took control of the game. Wyoming held a 45-43 advantage with 9:54 remaining but OSU went on an 8-0 run with Hollye Chapman hitting a pair of field goals and both Felicia Ragland and Ericka Cook adding a pair of points.

Carrie Bacon stopped the run when she hit a jumper with 6:20 on the clock but Chapman answered with a lay-up and Ragland converted an old fashion 3-point play to extend the Beaver lead to nine points (56-47).

Oregon State out-scored Wyoming 27-10 over the final 8:27 of action to roll to the 15-point victory.

Ragland earned Most Valuable Player of the Game honors with 29 points, nine rebounds, three assists and three steals, including a 12-of-13 clip from the free throw line. Chapman finished with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting and pulled down seven boards. Seven different Beavers scored on the night and seven players recorded at least one assist with Leilani Estavan's six dishes leading the way.

'I'm really proud of our efforts tonight,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Fee (Felicia Ragland) is going to get her points but we need other players to step-up and we had that tonight. All of our posts played well.'

The Beavers finished the game hitting 25-of-59 shots from the floor for 42-percent and 17-of-22 from the free throw line. Wyoming managed just 17-of-49 shooting from the field for 35-percent and buried 16-of-21 from the line.

Oregon State out-scored the Cowgirls 24-12 in the paint and converted 18 Wyoming turnovers into 22 points.

The evenly matched first half saw each team exchange baskets in the early going with neither squad taking more than a two-point lead until Wyoming's Carly Stucky hit a 3-pointer at the 14:07 mark to give the Cowgirls an 11-7 cushion.

UW took as much as a six-point lead at two instances in the half, Stucky's trey with just over five minutes on the clock raised the score to 24-19 but the Beavers used pressure defense to get back in the game. Ragland's steal and lay-up followed by Estavan's steal and dish to Ragland, spurred a 6-0 run as Chapman's jumper at the 3:17 mark gave the Beavers a 25-24 lead.OSU held a one-point lead with just under a minute remaining but Stucky buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Cowgirls a 31-29 advantage at the half.

Chapman led the Beavers before the break with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals. As a team, Oregon State hit 13-of-29 shots from the floor for 45-percent while Wyoming hit 9-of-22 field goals for 41-percent. The Cowgirls knocked down 9-of-11 free throws while OSU was 2-of-3 from the line.

Oregon State will head to Los Angeles for the opening of Pacifc-10 Conference action next week. The Beavers start play on Thursday at 7 p.m. against University of Southern California.

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