Women's Basketball Drops Game With San Jose State, 59-47

Dec. 4, 2002

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team was up-ended by San Jose State University, 59-47, on Wednesday night in the Event Center.

With the loss, Oregon State drops to 3-2 on the year while San Jose State evens its record at 2-2.

It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly. The numbers said it all in the first half as both teams more than struggled on the offensive end. The Beavers managed just 20-percent (6-of-30) shooting from the field, fortunately the Spartans connected on just 24-percent (6-for-25) of their shots. As has been the story of the season, OSU couldn't buy a basket from beyond the arc, going 0-for-11 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.

The miserable half ended with the score tied 14-14.

Thankfully the play of both teams picked up in the second frame. San Jose State scored four quick points out of the break and led by as many as five on two occasions but the Beavers worked their way back. Leilani Estavan's steal and ensuing free throws knotted the score at 29 with 9:28 remaining.

OSU took the lead (33-32) after an errant Spartan pass led to a 5-on-3 Beaver break and eventual jumper from Juleen Smith.

SJSU answered with four straight points to regain the lead however. Hollye Chapman's 3-pointer tied the game, 40-40 with 4:33 remaining but Jessica Kellogg answered with a trey for the Spartans and then hit a pair of free throws to make the score 45-40 with 3:21 left.

Despite the Beavers' effort, San Jose State knocked down enough free throws in the final two minutes to secure the victory.

Smith led the Beavers with 13 points before fouling out, while Chapman also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Brina Chaney added seven points and a team-high nine rebounds, as well as a career-best six blocked shots.

'Our guards weren't being smart on their shot selection,' said Spoelstra. 'We talked about being patient and working the ball inside,' continued Spoelstra. 'Despite being double-teamed our posts did a good job.'

Kellogg led all players with 21 points on 5-of-11 field goals and 7-of-8 free throws.

For the game, Oregon State managed just 28-percent (17-for-61) shooting from the field and hit only 3-of-25 3-point field goal attempts.

The Beavers return to action on Saturday when they host Portland State University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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