Women's Basketball Tops Idaho State In Season Opener, 84-67

Nov. 19, 2004

POCATELLO, Idaho - Oregon State senior guard Shannon Howell poured in 29 points as the Beavers won their seventh consecutive season opener, with an 84-67 victory at Idaho State University on Friday night.

The Beavers (1-0) closed out the contest on a 21-7 run to put the game away. Idaho State (0-1) had pulled within three points (63-60) with just under four minutes left, but it was all Beavers from there as OSU scored 17 straight.

'I'm pleasantly surprised by the run we made at the end of the game,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Their (Idaho State) 3-point shot is deadly and we didn't want to leave them the opportunity to get back in it.'

Howell, an All-America candidate, recorded her 8th 20-point performance and reached double figures in scoring for the 16th time in 23 games at OSU. She hit 12-for-22 from the field and dished out a team-high six assists.

Mandy Close finished with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while junior post Kim Butler added 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting in her Oregon State debut, including burying a pair of 3-point field goals. Butler and Casey Bunn pulled down nine rebounds each.

All 14 Beaver players saw action in the game and 11 scored.

Molly Hays had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Idaho State, while Christa Brossman added 18 points and hit 7-of-11 shots from the field.

OSU finished the game shooting 55-percent (34-for-62) from the field, compared to ISU's 37-percent clip (24-for-65). Oregon State held a 34-29 edge on the glass.

Howell sparked the Beavers from the start, scoring the first six points of the game and propelling the Beavers to a 13-3 lead from the onset.

A 10-0 run in the middle of the first half, capped off by a 3-point field goal from junior guard Anita Rivera helped OSU push its lead to 29-14.The Bengals responded with a 14-4 run of their own to close out the first half and narrow Oregon State's advantage to 37-33 at intermission.

'This victory gives us good momentum heading into next week's tournament,' said Spoelstra.

The Beavers return to action on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25) when they battle University of Kentucky at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. PST.