Women's Basketball Comes Up Short To USC, 62-51

Jan. 4, 2005

Box Score

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kim Butler and Shannon Howell combined to score 38 points for Oregon State, but the Beavers dropped a 62-51 decision to University of Southern California in Tuesday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball game.

USC (8-4; 2-1 Pac-10) used a 10-0 run over a three-minute stretch in the middle of the first half to give the Women of Troy a 20-11 advantage.

Oregon State (4-9; 0-4 Pac-10) continued to battle, cutting the USC lead to 22-19 on Tiffany Ducker's up-and-under move with 3:41 before the break, but the Women of Troy took a 30-20 edge into the locker room.

Butler had 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead all players before the break.

The Beavers played well in spurts throughout the second half of action, with Butler and Howell combining to score 10 straight over the final two minutes to pull the game to its final margin.

'I'm proud of our effort,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We played with a lot of desire and did a great job defensively only giving up 62 points.'

Oregon State is 0-8 on the season when allowing the opposition to score 70 or more points.

Butler hit 7-of-13 shots en route to 19 points and pulled down four rebounds, while Howell broke out of her scoring funk with 19 points on a 5-of-13 clip from the floor.

Oregon State was forced to play without the services of junior guard Mandy Close who is recovering from a concussion suffered against No. 23 UCLA on Jan. 2. Close, OSU's second leading scorer, had appeared in 74 consecutive games for the Beavers - the longest active streak on the squad.

The balanced USC attack saw 10 different players score, led by senior Kim Gipson's 11 points. Eshaya Murphy added eight points and 13 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive glass.

OSU shot 38-percent from the field while holding the Women of Troy to just a 35-percent clip. USC held a 45-28 rebounding edge.

The Beavers return to Corvallis for Saturday's Civil War showdown against University of Oregon. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. with the game televised on the Beaver Sports Network.

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