Women's Basketball Falls To Oregon State, 82-68

Jan. 2, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Six players reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State University rolled to an 82-68 victory against UCLA in Friday night's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

The victory helped the Beavers improve to 8-4 on the season (their best start since 2000-01) and 2-1 in Pac-10 play. UCLA dropped to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

The balanced Beavers shot a scorching 67-percent from the floor in the second half, while the Bruins managed just 30-percent shooting. OSU opened the frame on an 11-0 run, pushing its 40-36 halftime advantage to a 51-36 lead with 15 minutes left in the game.

UCLA closed within nine points (76-67) with one-minute remaining but it was too little too late.

In the first half, UCLA held a 27-16 lead at the 11-minute mark, but the Beavers used a 24-9 run to end the frame and take the lead for good.

Junior guard Shannon Howell buried 7-of-14 field goals and finished with 22 points and four assists to lead the Beavers. Senior Leilani Estavan pitched in 13 points, including a 3-for-3 clip from 3-point range. Mandy Close canned 5-of-6 shots from the field for 12 points while Krystal Turner also buried 5-of-6 shots for 11 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Brina Chaney and Hollye Chapman added 10 points apiece.

Sophomore Nikki Blue had a big game for the Bruins, contributing a season-high 25 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Freshman Noelle Quinn set a new career-high with 16 points.

Oregon State finished the game shooting 62-percent (29-for-47) from the field while UCLA hit 38-percent (25-of-66) of its field goal attempts.

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