Women's Basketball 2-0 After Defeating Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Nov. 23, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's basketball team gained their ninth straight home victory with the defeat of Texas A&M Corpus Christi 68-53 on Sunday morning. This is the first time the Beavers have reached the same mark since the 1983-84 season.

The Beavers fell behind early after 3 quick Islander threes. Sophomore guard Casey Bunn rebounded her own shot and put the ball in the hole to put the Beavers within 5 at the 15 minute mark. The Islanders maintained their lead until a 5-0 run by the Beavers kept them in contention. A Krystal Turner bucket put the Beavers ahead with 8:10 in the first half and kept them there to finish the half with a 31-27 lead.

The Beavers held the Islanders to 7 points in the first ten minutes of the second half to extend their lead to 20 points, and the Islanders never recovered.

Hollye Chapman earned her 8th career double-double effort with 11 points and 10 boards - 8 of them coming off the defensive end in 32 minutes on the hardwood.

Senior guard Leilani Estavan led all scorers with 17 points - she was 5 of 12 from the field and landed two beyond the arc to compliment her 5 of 6 effort at the charity stripe. She also gave 6 assists in 38 minutes of play.

'We started the second half planning to run the ball to Leilani,' head coach Judy Spoelstra said. 'She has such a knack for the game, and we knew it was 'go time' for her. She's always willing to step up to the challenge and is so unrelenting. She won't let her team lose.'

Brina Chaney added to the senior trio of double digit scoring with 11 points.

Junior guard Jessica Jones dished 5 assists in her own effort and was 3 of 5 from the field.

'Jessica is really savvy,' Spoesltra said. 'When she stripped the ball and broke down the court for the lay-in, that is her style of play. She and Mandy Close both played excellent defense today.'

Both teams shot over 70% from the free throw line, but the Beavers gained the advantage with 2 point bucket percentage. They shot a game total 46.4% to the Islander's 28.6%.

'We shot a lot better tonight,' Spoelstra said. 'We made more three's on Friday, but our shooting from the field was much much better.'

The Beavers travel to New Orleans to take on Tulane Tuesday night before competing in the Loyola Marymount Tournament. They are slated to take on Arkansas at 5 p.m. Friday evening.

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