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No. 16 Colo. St. 79, Oregon St. 61

November 24, 1998

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) _ Katie Cronin scored 25 points and Becky Hammon added 18 to lead No. 16 Colorado State to a 79-61 victory over Oregon State on Monday night.

Colorado State (5-0), which never trailed, jumped to a 44-20 lead in the first half.

Sissel Pierce scored 16 points and Chassie Wiersma added 15 for Oregon State (1-1), which staged a comeback with a 21-7 second-half run.

Reda Kakeranaite hit a layup to pull Oregon State within 14 points with 4:35 left in the game, but Cronin and Heather Haanen each hit 3-pointers to stifle the rally.

Oregon State started three freshmen, and the inexperience showed. Chassie Wiersma committed five turnovers and her twin, Cherrith, committed four. Freshman guard Felicia Ragland also had five turnovers.

Colorado State won the preseason NIT last week.

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