Women's Basketball Wins Civil War, 67-51

Jan. 18, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Freshman Casey Bunn's career-high 20 points and nine rebounds led Oregon State University's women's basketball team to a commanding 67-51 victory against University of Oregon in front of 4,572 fans in Gill Coliseum on Saturday night.

The Civil War victory was the first in Corvallis for the Beavers since 1996 and the 16-point margin of victory was the largest for OSU against UO since the 1993-94 campaign.

With the win, Oregon State improves its record to 9-7 on the season and 3-4 in Pacific-10 Conference action while Oregon falls to 6-10 on the year and 2-5 in conference play.

The Beavers used a 13-0 run over a six-minute stretch in the middle of the second half to take a 48-39 lead with 8:36 remaining.

Oregon freshman Carolyn Ganes knocked down a jumper to end the Ducks' scoring drought but the Beavers responded with a 13-1 run to put the game out of reach (61-42) with just 3:57 left. Bunn, a Stayton, OR, product, scored eight of the 13 points during the stretch.

'Casey came in and did a super job of crashing the boards and driving to the basket,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'If you ask Casey why she came to Oregon State, I think she would say she came here to beat the Ducks.'

The Beavers led by as many as 20 points (67-47) when Leilani Estavan hit a pair of free throws at the 1:00 mark.

OSU shot a scorching 72-percent (18-for-25) in the second half and finished the game with a season-high 55-percent (27-for-49) clip. The Ducks managed just 25-percent (7-for-28) in the second half and finished with a 32-percent (19-for-60) mark from the floor.

In a game of runs, Oregon led by as many as seven points (24-17) in the opening half and went into the locker room with a 28-27 advantage.

The Beavers took the lead for good (41-39) on Estavan's jumper with 12:47 left in the game.

Junior Hollye Chapman had a solid all-around game for the Beavers, knocking down 7-of-10 shots from the floor for 16 points, to go along with eight rebounds and a career-best eight assists. Estavan buried 6-of-9 shots from the field for 15 points and had seven dishes while Brina Chaney added six points and matched the school record with eight blocked shots.

Brandi Davis led Oregon with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Oregon State finished with a 37-30 rebounding advantage but the Ducks held a 15-8 edge on the offensive glass.

Oregon State hits the road next to face Washington State on Thursday. The Beavers and Cougars will tip-off at 7 p.m.

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