Balanced Women's Basketball Runs Past Arizona, 71-56

Jan. 6, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior Ericka Cook's season-high 17 points and Michelle Estell's 13 points helped propel Oregon State University's women's basketball team to a 71-56 victory against University of Arizona on Sunday afternoon.

With the victory, the Beavers improve to 8-7 overall and 4-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference, sweeping the Arizona schools in Corvallis for the second consecutive season. The Wildcats fall to 5-8 on the year and 1-4 in Pac-10 action.

Numerous Oregon State players stepped up their game on the offensive end as All-America candidate Felicia Ragland was sidelined for most of the contest with the stomach flu.

The Beavers spurted to an 8-0 lead in the opening minutes of action behind 3-pointers by Leilani Estavan and Juleen Smith, followed by a lay-up from Brina Chaney. After a Wildcat time-out, Aimee Grzyb knocked down a 3-pointer to ease the bleeding and get Arizona on the board but OSU responded with a 9-4 run to take its largest lead of the half (17-7) at the 12:10 mark.

Eight different Oregon State players scored over the first 13 minutes of the game. Estell buried a trio from long range and pulled down five rebounds as OSU went into the locker room leading, 35-30, at the half.

Arizona opened the second half with a 7-0 run and Candice Allen's 3-point field goal gave the Wildcats their lone lead (37-35) with 16:16 remaining.

Cook put the Beavers in front for good, scoring three consecutive baskets as Oregon State utilized pressure defense and pushing the ball up the floor to reel off 14 consecutive points and extend their lead to 49-37.

With the wind knocked out of their sail, the Wildcats never threatened for the remainder of the contest.

OSU walk-on Jenni Jodoin capped off the afternoon with a pair of baskets in the final minute, as 10 different Oregon State players scored on the day.

In her best game of the season, Cook knocked down 8-of-14 field goals, dished out five assists and blocked a shot, on her way to game high-scoring honors. Estell buried 4-of-10 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and finished with six rebounds. Estavan added a game-high nine assists. Ragland finished the afternoon with eight points and five steals. The balanced Beavers had seven players score at least five points.

Krista Warren tallied a double-double for Arizona with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Grzyb led the Wildcats in scoring with 15 points and dished out four assists.

Arizona managed just 33-percent shooting in the game while Oregon State buried 45-percent of its attempts, but the Wildcats won the battle of the boards, 40-35.

Oregon State, off to its best start in Pac-10 play since the 1988-89 season, faces No. 5 ranked Stanford (14-1, 4-0 Pac-10) next Thursday in Maples Pavilion. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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