Women's Basketball Comeback Falls Short, 79-73, Against Santa Barbara

Jan. 16, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Felicia Ragland scored 36 points and matched her own Oregon State record with seven 3-point field goals, but the Beavers were unable to overcome an early deficit as UC Santa Barbara held on for a 79-73 victory in Wednesday's non-conference basketball game.

Santa Barbara jumped out to a 14-3 lead over the first five minutes of the contest while the Beavers struggled shooting from the floor. At the 9:24 mark the Gauchos had built a 17 point advantage (26-9) but the Beavers turned on the pressure defensively and began to hit their shots.

OSU went on a 22-12 run to close out the half and head into the locker room only trailing 38-31.

Ragland buried four 3-pointers before intermission and led all players with 14 points. The balanced Gauchos had six players with at least four points at the break.

OSU closed within two points (38-36) in the opening minute of the second half behind a Ragland jumper and two free throws by Kristina Rukstelyte but UCSB would not relinquish the lead.

A Ragland trey brought the Beavers within two points at the 15:44 mark, but OSU would get no closer until a Hollye Chapman lay-up with 1:39 seconds remaining as Santa Barbara had an answered to every run.

UCSB freshman Kristen Mann hit a running jumper with 44 seconds left and knocked down a free throw to give the Gauchos a five-point cushion and put the game out of reach.

Ragland reached the 30-plus scoring plateau for the fourth time this season after hitting 11-of-21 field goals, 7-of-15 3-pointers and 7-of-9 free throw attempts. Senior Ericka Cook just missed a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds, while Rukstelyte finished with a career-high 10 points and career-best nine boards.

'I give our kids credit,' said Spoelstra. 'I think we showed a lot of heart tonight. Ruk (Kristina Rukstelyte) gave us some great minutes.

'We had three people in double figures scoring and we usually win when we do that, but Santa Barbara is a great team - I have to give them credit'

Five Gauchos reached double figures in scoring for the game with Kayte Christensen and Lisa Willett leading the squad with 15 points.

UCSB hit 46-percent of its field goal attempts while OSU managed just 38-percent shooting.

The Beavers out-scored Santa Barbara 42-41 in the second half.

Oregon State heads to Eugene for a Civil War match-up against University of Oregon on Saturday. Game-time is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

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