Women's Basketball Battles Past Arizona State, 77-70

Jan. 4, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Hollye Chapman's 22 points and career-high 15 rebounds helped Oregon State University's women's basketball team to a 77-70 victory against Arizona State University on Friday night.

Oregon State (7-7, 3-2 Pac-10) topped the defending Pacific-10 Conference Co-Champion Sun Devils (13-4, 2-2 Pac-10) for the second consecutive time and raised their record to 4-0 on the season when scoring at least 70 points.

After exchanging the lead early in the second half, Oregon State took control for good (45-42), on a Felicia Ragland 3-pointer at the 14:41 mark. The Beavers reeled off 15 of the next 21 points, including three consecutive baskets by Chapman, to build their largest lead at 60-48 with just over eight minutes remaining.

Chapman scored 14 of OSU's 23 points in the final 10 minutes of play as ASU could get no closer than six points (64-58) at the five-minute mark.

The evenly matched, foul plagued, first half saw neither team take larger than a five-point lead. Oregon State went into the locker room with a 36-34 advantage after Leilani Estavan buried a trio of free throws in the final minute.

Chapman hit a scorching 8-of-11 shots from the field and 6-of-6 free throw attempts on her way to her second double-double of the season. Her game-high 15 rebounds are the most by an OSU player this year. The 6-2 sophomore also tallied a career-high four blocked shots. Ragland, who sat out most of the first half in foul trouble, buried 8-of-16 field goals for 21 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Estavan also reached double figures in scoring, burying 4-of-11 attempts from the floor and a perfect 9-of-9 free throws for 17 points. The 5-7 guard added a team-high eight assists.

The Beavers held Arizona State's high-scoring guard Amanda Levens to 16 points on 4-of-21 shooting from the field and an 0-for-9 mark in the first half. Levens buried 6-of-9 free throws and dished out a game-high nine assists. Three other Sun Devils reached double figures in scoring with Beaverton High grad Betsy Boardman tallying 13.

'This helps our confidence a lot - obviously when you beat an 11-3 team,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'I think we caught them on a cold shooting night, but our defense also had a lot to do with it.'

OSU knocked down 26-of-54 field goals for 48-percent while the Sun Devils were 24-of-67 from the floor and 7-of-22 from 3-point range for 36-percent. A big difference came at the free throw line, where the Beavers canned 24-of-28 attempts and ASU was just 15-of-24.

For the fourth consecutive game, OSU dominated the boards, finishing with a 47-31 edge on the glass.

Oregon State looks to sweep the Arizona schools for the second consecutive season on Sunday, when the Beavers host University of Arizona. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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