Women's Basketball Has Record-Setting Night In 57-33 Victory Against Washington State
Dec. 28, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team matched the Pacific-10 Conference record of fewest points allowed in a conference game, as the Beavers thumped Washington State University, 57-33 on Friday night.
The Cougars (2-10, 0-2 Pac-10) managed just 16 points in the first half but connected on only 5-of-42 (12-percent) of their field goals in the second half for 17 points, totaling a season-low 33. Oregon State (6-6, 2-1 Pac-10) forced 21 turnovers in the game and matched its own Pac-10 record for fewest points allowed. The Beavers topped University of California, 52-33, on Feb. 10, 2000.
After trailing 5-2 in the early going, OSU turned up the pressure with its defense to help spur a 10-0 run and take the lead for the rest of the game. The Cougars committed three turnovers in the stretch that led to six Oregon State points.
The Beavers forced 15 WSU turnovers in the opening 20 minutes of action that led to 18 Oregon State points, helping the hosts take a 31-16 advantage into the locker room.
Both teams were cold shooting from the floor in the second half.
Brittney Hawks' lay-up at the 7:34 mark capped a 9-5 Washington State run and brought the Cougars within 11 points (44-33), but WSU failed to score for the remainder of the game while the Beavers reeled off 14 straight points to end the contest.
The balanced OSU offense saw nine players reach the scoring column with Felicia Ragland's second double-double of the season of 13 points and 12 rebounds leading the way. Sophomore Brina Chaney added her first career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 rebounds. The 6-5 post also swatted a career-high five shots in the contest. Fellow posts Ericka Cook and Hollye Chapman each came up big for the Beavers. Chapman finished with nine points and nine rebounds while Cook added nine points and eight boards. Sophomore Leilani Estavan dished out a game-high seven assists to go along with three steals, while freshman Jasmine Wilson tallied a career-high three blocked shots.
'We were looking for a balanced scoring attack,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We had that tonight - our kids really stepped up their play.'
As a team, the Beavers matched the Oregon State school record for most rebounds in a single game with 61 boards on the night. The school's highest total since the 1981 campaign.
Hawks' career-high 19 rebounds and 13 points led Washington State. Francine McCurtain added seven points and eight boards for the Cougars.
OSU finished the game shooting 32-percent (22-of-69) while WSU hit just 17-percent (12-of-69) of its shots from the floor.
'Our shooting percentage wasn't very high, but our defense and rebounding really helped us out,' said Spoelstra.
Oregon State looks for its third consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon when the Beavers host University of Washington (6-5, 1-1 Pac-10). Tip-off is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.