Jan. 22, 2000
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State got a career-high 24 points from Felicia Ragland as the Beavers beat Washington 78-59 in Pacific-10 women's basketball Saturday night at Gill Coliseum. It was the third straight win for OSU (7-10 overall, 3-2 Pacific-10), its longest winning streak in conference play since late in the 1995-96 season.
It was also Oregon State's largest margin of victory over the Huskies (5-13, 1-5) since a 79-56 win in Seattle during the 1982-83 season, and the Beavers first win over Washington since the 1995-96 season.
"It doesn't get any sweeter than this," OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra said. "We really wanted to get the sweep this weekend. It's been a long time, and our kids really gave a lot of heart and a lot of effort."
OSU was playing without center Sissel Pierce, who was out with a lower back injury suffered during Thursday night's win over Washington State. The 6-foot-5 Pierce was averaging 12.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, but the Beavers responded to her absence with a balanced attack that had seven players scoring seven or more points.
"When you only find out a couple hours ago that you don't have Sissel Pierce, your big kid inside ... every one of those players gave a 10 percent greater effort."
Ragland career-highs with four 3-pointers and six steals and added 10 rebounds for her fourth career double-double. Reda Petraitis was the only other Oregon State player to score in double figures, scoring 14 points and tacking on five rebounds, and Ericka Cook had career-highs of five blocked shots and five assists to go with her eight points.
Petriatis had 11 of her points and seven of her rebounds in the first half as the Beavers built a 30-25 lead. Oregon State broke the game open after intermission, putting on a 21-14 run over the first eight minutes of the second half to go in front 51-29 on Ragland's layup with 12:09 left.
During that spurt, Ragland scored 13 points and was 3-for-4 on 3-pointers. Meanwhile, the Huskies were turning the ball over three times and shooting just 2-for-6 from the field and 0-for-4 from the line.
The Beavers kept up their hot shooting, finishing at 62.5 percent (15-for-24) in the second half and winding up at 49.1 percent (27-for-55) for the game to Washington's 37.3 percent (22-for-59). Oregon State, despite Pierce's absence, wound up with a 47-30 advantage on the boards.
Washington did manage to get within 59-50 on two free throws by Melissa Erickson with 6:03 to play. It was still only a 61-52 OSU lead with just under five minutes left, but Ragland hit another 3-pointer to start an 11-3 run that put the Beavers in front 72-55 with 1:24 left.