Women's Basketball Stuns California, 70-67
Dec. 29, 2003
BERKELEY, Calif. - Four Oregon State players reached double figures in scoring as the Beavers knocked off University of California, 70-67, in Monday night's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.
The victory broke a seven-game Pac-10 road losing streak for the Beavers (7-4; 1-1 Pac-10) and gave the Bears (8-3; 1-1 Pac-10) their first loss in Berkeley on the season.
Back-to-back lay-ups by senior post Krystal Turner gave the Beavers an early 12-6 advantage but the Bears clawed back to keep the game close.
Kristen Iwanaga's 3-point field goal at the 6:33 mark spurred a 12-0 run by Cal, allowing the Bears to take a 33-23 advantage, but the Beavers responded with a 12-0 run of their own capped off by a pair of free throws by Kerstin Mellbye to regain the lead.
Iwanaga's driving lay-up knotted the score at 35 as both teams headed to the lockerroom.
Neither team held more than a two-point advantage over the first 10 minutes of the second half in the back-and-forth contest.
Junior guard Jessica Jones scored eight straight points to help the Beavers pull in front by a 57-53 margin with 8:52 remaining.
The Beavers pushed the lead to nine points (65-56) behind a Leilani Estavan lay-up, but Cal leading scorer Nihan Anaz scored six quick points to narrow the gap.
The Bears closed within three points on two different occasions in the final two minutes but Shannon Howell buried a pair of free throws and Anaz's 3-point attempt at the buzzer went in-and-out as OSU escaped with the win.
Senior post Hollye Chapman buried 7-of-8 shots in the game and recorded her ninth career double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
Jones finished with 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting, while Howell added 12 points and Turner contributed 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
'We got good minutes from a lot of our reserve players,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Jess (Jones) just played phenomenally.'
Anaz led all players with 20 points.
Oregon State shot 49-percent (26-of-53) from the field in the game compared to Cal's 47-percent (27-of-57) clip.
OSU held a commanding 39-28 rebounding edge.
The Beavers return to Corvallis to face UCLA on Friday in Gill Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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