Washington-Oregon State Preview
Feb. 15, 2001
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) - Washington looks to keep pace in the tight Pac-10 race when they head to Oregon State on Thursday.
Ranked for the first time since the 1997-98 season, the No. 23 Huskies (15-6, 8-3) are in a three-way tie atop the conference with Arizona State and Stanford. The Huskies have won four straight, including a 98-88 win over No. 22 Arizona and a 79-60 win over No. 23 Arizona State.
Despite having a possible conference championship in their grasp, the Huskies say they aren't preoccupied with the thought.
"We don't get caught up in being the Pac-10 winners, we know we can do it," said coach Jane Daughetry. "We as a team, concentrate on achieving our goals along the way and most importantly having fun and staying positive."
In Saturday's win over Arizona State, Megan Franza scored 21 points to lead Washington to its fifth win in six games.
Oregon State (11-10, 3-8) has lost five straight, with its last win coming against UCLA on Jan. 25.
The Beavers are coming off an 87-76 loss to Stanford on Saturday. Junior Felicia Ragland scored 26 points and Ericka Cook added a season-high 22 points to lead the Beavers. Ragland is second in the Pac-10 in scoring with 19.5 points per game and hits 47 percent of her shots from three point range.
The Huskies lead the all-time series with Oregon State 32-19. Washington has won seven of the last nine meetings, including a 69-67 win on Jan. 20.