Women's Basketball Drops Civil War, 82-58

Jan. 8, 2005

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State's women's basketball team dropped an 82-58 decision to University of Oregon in front of 3,752 fans at Gill Coliseum in Saturday's Civil War showdown.

The Beavers (4-10; 0-5 Pac-10) kept the game close from the onset and it appeared to be a defensive battle over the opening minutes as OSU held a 5-3 edge at the first media timeout with 15:27 on the clock.

Junior post Kim Butler scored six of Oregon State's first 10 points, but things went downhill after Butler was forced to the bench with her second foul with 12:38 left. Oregon (10-4; 3-2 Pac-10) reeled off eight straight from that point and the Beavers were unable to recover.

OSU narrowed the gap to 23-19 after a 3-pointer by Mandy Close and jumper from Jessica Mellinger, but Oregon's Chelsea Wagner buried a 3-pointer out of a timeout and the Beavers would get no closer the rest of the way.

The Ducks took a 38-25 lead into the locker room at the half.

Oregon State knocked down four of its first seven shots in the second frame en route to a 9-2 run. Once again, the OSU attack was answered by a UO 3-pointer as Cathrine Kraayeveld buried a trey from the top of the key to spark a 16-2 run and eventual 34-9 bulge over a 12-minute span.

'We thought we had a little momentum after the way we finished at USC,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'But really when you look at their (Oregon) lineup on paper, and you look at our lineup on paper, they (Oregon) have more experience.'

Senior guard Shannon Howell led the Beavers with 19 points and matched her career-high with seven assists. Butler added 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting, while junior Anita Rivera pulled down a career-best six rebounds.

Oregon had four players reach double figures in scoring with Andrea Bills' 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting and seven rebounds leading the way.

The game marked the third-largest margin of defeat in a Civil War and the largest since a 25-point Oregon win on Feb. 7, 1986 in Corvallis.

UO finished the game shooting 55-percent from the field while OSU shot 39-percent.

The Beavers held a 34-30 rebounding advantage, but allowed 38 points in the paint.

Oregon State returns to action on Thursday when the Beavers host Washington State University at 7 p.m.