Seniors Lead Women's Basketball Past USC, 73-66
Jan. 29, 2004
LOS ANGELES - Four players reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State's women's basketball team knocked off University of Southern California by a 73-66 margin in Thursday night's Pacific-10 Conference action.
A big second half helped propel Oregon State (11-8; 5-5 Pac-10) past the Women of Troy (10-8; 7-3 Pac-10) for the first time in Los Angeles since 2001. The Beavers recorded their first season sweep of USC since the 1999-00 campaign.
OSU used accurate shooting and 14 second half points from senior guard Leilani Estavan to take control of the game.
Estavan's driving lay-up with 7:34 on the clock gave Oregon State its largest lead of the contest at 60-47.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from senior All-America candidate Ebony Hoffman and a lay-up from Meghan Gnekow pulled the Women of Troy within four points (70-66) with just under two minutes remaining, but OSU held on for the win.
The Beavers buried 58-percent (15-for-26) of their shots in the second frame and finished the game with a 53-percent (31-for-58) clip from the floor.
'I'm really happy with how we shot the ball,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra.
Estavan finished with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting and dished out four assists, while Chaney added 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Chapman broke the 1,000-point barrier with her 12 points on the evening, giving her 1,001 points in her career. Sophomore Mandy Close also reached double figures in scoring with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, including a pair of big 3-point baskets in the second half. Shannon Howell led all players with a career-high seven assists.
Hoffman led the Women of Troy with 19 points and seven rebounds.
The back-and-forth first half saw both teams exchange baskets in the early going.
Chapman drained a pair of 3-pointers from the left wing to give Oregon State a 26-22 advantage with 7:51 remaining, but the Women of Troy fought back to regain the lead (29-28) after a driving lay-up from Jamie Hagiya.
The Beavers responded with a 10-4 run over the final four minutes of the half, taking their largest lead at 38-31 behind a pair of Tarika Campbell free throws. Rachel Woodward hit a lay-up for USC to make the score 38-33 at the break.
OSU shot 50-percent (16-for-32) in the opening 20 minutes, while USC hit 42-percent (11-for-26) of its shots but canned 9-of-12 free throws.
The balanced Beavers saw eight different players reach the scoring column in the first half.
Oregon State faces UCLA on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
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