WWU gives strong accounting of itself in 71-59 loss at NCAA I Oregon State
Nov. 10, 2012
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Western Washington University gave a strong accounting of itself in a 71-59 loss at NCAA Division I Oregon State University in women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum on the OSU campus.
The contest was an exhibition for the Vikings, ranked No.14 in the USA Today Sports/ESPN Division II Top 25 Preseason Poll, and the season and home opener for OSU, picked to place fifth in the Pac-12 Conference.
WWU, which led 31-27 at halftime, was led by center Britt Harris (Sr., Marysville/Marysville-Pilchuck), who finished with team highs of 14 points and nine rebounds.
Guard Alyssa Martin led OSU with a game-high 20 points.
The Beavers got standout efforts from three reserves. Khadidja Toure scored 13 points, Jamie Weisner 11, and Deven Hunter had nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds.
WWU held OSU to 33.3 percent (10-of 30) field-goal accuracy in the first half, but the Beavers shot 47.1 percent (16-of-34) in the second half.
The Vikings shot just 29.4 percent (10-of-24) in the final period and 34.9 percent (22-of-63) for the game. They were able to connect on just 6-of-24 (25.0 percent) from 3-point range,
WWU scored the first five points and did not trail in the opening half, leading by as many as 10, 17-7, midway through the period, and by nine, 31-22, with 1:37 left. Martin scored 12 straight points, the last five of the first half and the first seven of the second half, to give OSU its first lead, 34-31, on a 3-pointer with 18:34 remaining.
The game was tied at 40-all with 14:30 to go after a 3-pointer by WWU's Erika Ramstead (Sr., Everson/Nooksack Valley). But the Beavers scored the next 10 points, for a 50-40 advantage at 11:56.
WWU never got closer than eight after that and OSU's biggest lead was 14, 63-49, with 3:08 left.
It was the 15th straight season-opening win for the Beavers.
The game was the third and last exhibition of the preseason for WWU, which defeated British Columbia, 71-51, at home, and lost 100-93 in double overtime at Seattle U. The Vikings finished 22-8 last year and reached the NCAA II West Regional semifinal.
WWU opens its regular season with six home games, beginning with Azusa Pacific on Friday (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 16, in the opening round of the West Region Crossover Classic.
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