Women's Basketball Stuns No. 19 Utah, 71-62

Dec. 16, 2003

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Mandy Close tallied a career-high 21 points and Oregon State buried 63-percent of its shots from the field en route to a 71-62 upset victory against No. 19 University of Utah in Tuesday night's women's basketball action.

The Beavers (5-3) put together their best shooting performance in four years by burying 27-of-43 field goals (.628), while holding Utah (6-3) to just 39-percent shooting.

'We did a good job offensively tonight,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Last game we played great offensively, but our defense wasn't as good. Tonight our defense was great.'

Close canned 8-of-11 field goals and tallied five rebounds while playing all 40 minutes. The Bozeman, MT, native buried her first six shots from the field and helped Oregon State enjoy a 39-30 halftime advantage.

'Mandy worked very hard,' said Spoelstra. 'She just kept getting stronger and stronger as the game went on.'

As a team, the Beavers connected on 14-of-20 field goals for 70-percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes.

OSU led by as many as 19 points (50-31) with 15:42 remaining, but the Utes used a 14-2 run to close within seven points with 11:30 left.

Beaver posts Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman helped offset the Utah rally and secure the victory for Oregon State.

Chaney finished with 16 points and three blocked shots, while Chapman added 11 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Leilani Estavan chipped in nine points and a season-high seven assists.

All-America candidate Shona Thorburn led all players with 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting, while Kim Smith added 19 points for the Utes.

'I think our seniority took over tonight,' said Spoelstra. 'Brina, Hollye, Leilani and Krystal (Turner) all played great on both ends of the floor.'

Oregon State returns to action on Friday when the Beavers wrap-up the non-conference schedule at the University of Cincinnati. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST.

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