Women's Basketball Falls To Portland, 83-70
Nov. 26, 2002
PORTLAND, Ore. - University of Portland knocked off Oregon State University, 83-70, in Tuesday night's women's basketball action at the Chiles Center.
The win was the third straight for the Pilots against the Beavers.
With the victory, Portland improves to 1-2 on the season while Oregon State falls to 1-1 on the year.
The fast paced first half saw the Beavers jump in front early, taking an 8-1 lead helped in part by six points from sophomore Juleen Smith. The Pilots answered with seven straight points to knot the score with 16:09 remaining.
The game swayed back and forth for the remainder of the half as OSU would build small leads but Portland would hit key baskets to keep things close.
Hannah Seltzer buried a 3-pointer at the 3:05 mark to knot the score at 25-25 but Beaver freshman Mandy Close hit a driving layup and converted a free throw to help Oregon State regain the advantage.
Portland took its first lead of the game with 39 ticks left after scoring four straight points but Close knocked down a jumper to end the half with the score tied at 30-30.
The Beavers held a commanding 26-12 rebounding edge before the break but the Pilots drained 4-of-9 from 3-point range compared to OSU's 0-for-7 clip.
The Pilots opened the second half with a 7-2 run, taking advantage of four Beaver turnovers in the first four minutes of play to build a 37-32 lead. Oregon State continued to battle back but Portland had an answer for every shot.
Freshman Casey Bunn sparked the OSU offense and helped the Beavers pull within one-point on two occasions. Eventually Michelle Smith's free throws at the 7:57 mark helped Oregon State pull ahead, 59-58.
The lead was shortlived however as the Pilots scored three straight. OSU answered with a Close layup and a Hollye Chapman free throw to knot the score at 62-62 with 5:35 remaining.
It was all Portland after that, as the Pilots hit back-to-back 3-pointers to pull in front for good. Seltzer's trey with 1:52 remaining gave Portland a 10-point lead at 72-62. The Pilots knocked down 11 free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.
'They were moving the ball well,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We were slow reacting. They nailed some big time shots.'
Portland knocked down 10-of-19 field goals from 3-point range on the night.
Junior transfer Krystal Turner led the Beavers with a career-best 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and reigned in her first double-double, adding 10 rebounds on the night. Chapman also finished with a double-double, contributing 11 points and 11 boards. Leilani Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 12 points. Bunn added a career-best seven rebounds, including five on the offensive glass while Close added seven points and four assists.
Seltzer, an Ashland High School product, led three Pilot players in double figures with a game-high 17 points.
The Beavers return to the court on Friday when they host 2002 NCAA Tournament qualifier Tulane University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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