Women's Basketballs Falls At Washington, 82-56

Jan. 25, 2003

SEATTLE, Wash. - Leilani Estavan's career-high 24 points weren't enough, as Oregon State's women's basketball team lost an 82-56 decision at University of Washington in front of 5,964 fans on Saturday night.

Estavan buried 9-of-18 shots from the floor and 4-of-9 from 3-point range.

With the loss, the Beavers fall to 10-8 on the season and 4-5 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while UW improves its overall record to 15-3 on the season and 6-2 in conference play.

It was all Washington in the first half. The Huskies buried a trio of 3-pointers out of the gate to jump to a 9-2 lead and never looked back.

UW buried six treys in the half and knocked down 16-of-35 field goals for 46-percent. Oregon State canned 10-of-25 shots in the frame for 40-percent but the Beavers committed nine turnovers that led to 16 Huskie points.

Washington dominated the boards in the opening half, out-rebounding OSU 25-11, including a 12-3 edge on the offensive glass.

The Huskies led by as many as 24 points (43-19) when Emily Autrey buried a baseline jumper with 18 seconds remaining. Estavan hit a shot at the buzzer to make the score 43-21 at the break.

'They hit some nice threes, but we left them open a lot of times,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Offensively I thought we improved in the second half but defensively we stayed the same.'

The second half was much of the same story as the first. Autrey buried a pair of 3-pointers out of the gate, extending the UW lead, as the Beaver defense appeared nonexistent.

Washington pulled ahead by as many as 29 points (68-39) with 8:03 left in the contest. Oregon State rallied back with a 12-0 run over the next four minutes to cut into the lead, but the Huskies responded with a 14-5 run to close out the contest.

Brina Chaney added eight points for the Beavers and Kristina Rukstelyte added four points and a team-high five rebounds.

Four players reached double figures in scoring for the Huskies with Autrey and Giuliana Mendiola finishing with 13 each. Mendiola also dished out career-high 13 assists.

The Huskies buried 32-of-67 shots in the game for 48-percent and canned 11 treys, while OSU hit 22-of-52 field goals for 42-percent.

UW held a 43-26 rebounding advantage.

Oregon State returns home to host No. 22 Arizona on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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