Women's Basketball Tops Utah Valley State, 72-38, In Season Opener

Nov. 21, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team rolled to a 72-38 victory against Utah Valley State College in Friday's season opener. The victory marked the 400th win for the OSU women's basketball program since the 1976-77 campaign.

Senior guard Leilani Estavan buried her first three shots of the contest, all beyond the 3-point line, to help Oregon State to an early lead. The Beavers used an 18-2 run over a five-minute stretch to pull in front by a 29-11 margin with 10:08 remaining in the opening half.

Sophomore post Karen Vickery forced a Utah Valley State turnover and converted a lay-up off of a dish from Jessica Jones to give the Beavers a 41-19 lead heading into the locker room. UVSC committed 19 first half turnovers compared to OSU's six. All 10 Beaver players that saw action in the opening 20 minutes of play scored.

The Wolverines managed just one field goal over the first 10 minutes of the second half as Oregon State continued to pull away.

Estavan finished the game with 12 points, six assists, and four steals in 28 minutes of action, while senior post Brina Chaney also tallied 12 points, including her first career 3-point field goal. Chaney moved into second place on OSU's all-time blocked shots list, recording five swats in the game, for a career total of 145.

'Brina is ver good in defensive help positioning, she rarely ever gets beat,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'As for the 3-pointer she shot tonight, she's very comfortable out there - I always told her that if she gets open to take the shot, I just didn't expect it to come from the baseline.'

Sophomore Casey Bunn also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points.

Utah Valley State's Miriam Palkki led all scorers with 15 points on the night.

Oregon State held a 41-29 rebounding advantage, including a 21-8 edge on the offensive glass.The Beavers finished the game shooting 11-for-20 (55-percent) from 3-point range.

Oregon State improved to 9-0 in home openers with Spoelstra at the helm and the victory marked the 8th straight for OSU in Gill Coliseum - it's longest home winning streak since the 1995-96 season.

The Beavers return to the court on Sunday morning when they play host to Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Tip-off is scheduled for 10 a.m.

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