Women's Basketball Dominates Pacific, 72-43

Dec. 21, 2004

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three players reached double figures in scoring as Oregon State's women's basketball team rolled past University of the Pacific, 72-43, on Tuesday night in Gill Coliseum.

The Beavers (4-5) led from start to finish in the lop-sided contest that saw Pacific (2-5) manage only three first half field goals.

Oregon State's pressuring defense forced the Tigers to commit 20 first half turnovers and with just under six minutes to play, Pacific was shooting a miserable 6-percent from the field (1-for-15).

'We played our best defense all year,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Every player came out with a mindset to make defensive stops tonight.'

OSU capped off a dominating opening 20 minutes when Kerstin Brosterhous hit a fast-break lay-up off a crosscourt pass from Ebony Young, making the score 41-11 at the break.

Anita Rivera buried a 3-pointer to open the second half scoring and Oregon State pulled in front by as many as 43 points (59-16) when Shannon Howell hit a trey with 14:18 left.

The Beavers had 11 different players reach the scoring column on the night, led by Howell's 19 points. Junior guard Mandy Close finished with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting, while Casey Bunn added a season-best 11 points on 5-of-8 shooting and led the Beavers with five rebounds and four steals.

Jessie Menkens was the lone Tiger to reach double figures in scoring, contributing 11 points.

Oregon State finished with a 41-29 rebounding edge and hit 48-percent of its field goals, compared to Pacific's 28-percent clip.

Oregon State opens Pacific-10 Conference action on Monday, Dec. 27 when the Beavers host the No. 2 ranked Stanford Cardinal (8-1). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.

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