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Ducks' Wagner earns MVP.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Senior guard Chelsea Wagner won the MVP award Saturday at the University of Oregon women's basketball team's annual postseason banquet at the Valley River Inn.


Wagner finished second on the team in scoring, ranked third in the Pac-10 in three-point accuracy and set a McArthur Court record with eight three-pointers in a home win over Arizona.

Senior Kedzie Gunderson and freshman Tamika Nurse were named co-Best Defensive Players.

They helped Oregon lead the conference in scoring defense, allowing 58.8 points per game, as well as field-goal percentage defense at .361.

Junior Cicely Oaks earned the Most Improved Player award. Although she played just 140 minutes during her first two seasons, Oaks set career highs in every statistical category and started 11 games.

The Green and Gold Award, given out for contributions on and off the court, went to Oregon's four practice players: Tyler Larson, Ryan Spiegel, David Van Der Haeghen and Eric Wilson.

Beavers move home record to 12-0 in baseball

CORVALLIS - Jonah Nickerson and Joe Paterson scattered 11 hits and held Arizona to a pair of solo home runs to lift 14th-ranked Oregon State to a 10-2 victory in Pac-10 Conference baseball Saturday at Goss Stadium at Coleman Field.

Cole Gillespie was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs and two RBIs as the Beavers (21-8 overall, 3-2 Pac-10) ran their home record to 12-0. Nickerson (5-3) earned the victory.

Arizona fell to 13-16 overall and 1-4 in conference.

Cal's Thorson helps

blank Beavers in softball

BERKELEY, Calif. - Gina Leomiti hit a solo home run in the third inning, and that's all seventh-ranked California needed in a 2-0 victory over Oregon State in Pac-10 Conference softball Saturday.

Oregon State (29-5, 2-3 Pac-10) loaded the bases in the top of the third with no outs. But California (34-4, 3-1 Pac-10) sent in ace Kristina Thorson (24-3) in relief, and she struck out the heart of the Beaver lineup to get out of the inning. Thorson finished with 12 strikeouts.

Brianna McGowan (17-2) allowed eight hits and took the loss. DeAnn Young had two hits for the Beavers.

Stanford comeback

drops Oregon in softball

STANFORD, Calif. - Missy Penna hit a grand slam in the sixth inning Saturday as eighth-ranked Stanford came from behind to defeat Oregon, 7-3, in Pac-10 Conference softball.

Oregon's Lovena Chaput had just given the Ducks (17-13 overall, 0-3 Pac-10) a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth with a three-run home run off Penna (18-2), who earned the win for Stanford (29-6 overall, 3-2 Pac-10).

Alicia Cook (2-4), who relieved starter Melissa Rice in the fifth inning, took the loss.

Benedetti shoots 68,

Oregon golfers 13th

TEMPE, Ariz. - Joey Benedetti fired a 4-under-par 68 in the second round of the Thunderbird Invitational Saturday to help Oregon to 13th place in the 16-team three-round event at Karsten Course.

Benedetti's two-round score of 140 is tied for 15th. He's followed by teammates Gregg LaVoie (74-72-146), Derek Sipe (77-73-150), Chris Dukeminier (77-76-153) and Dustin Pewarchuk (71-83-154).

San Diego State and UNLV are tied for the lead at 549. The Ducks are at 583.

Beaver women seventh

at Stanford golf tourney

STANFORD, Calif. - Jillian Ferrante shot a 3-over-par 75 Saturday to lead Oregon State to seventh place after the first round of the Peg Bernard Collegiate women's golf tournament hosted by Stanford.

The Beavers shot a 307 at the par-72 Stanford Golf Course, nine strokes behind first-place USC.

Ferrante was tied for 13th. Teammates Julianna Uhrik shot a 76, Leah Whiting and Jessi Gebhardt 78 and Sara Natwick 79.

OSU's Thomson second in

800 at Willamette Invite

SALEM - Oregon State's Holly Thomson finished second in her heat and second overall in the 800 meters with a time of 2:19.09 Saturday at the Willamette Invitational.

Sylvia Veal added a fourth-place finish in the same event for the Beavers. Taylor Russell finished third in her heat in the 400 meters.

OSU gymnasts qualify

for NCAA meet at Gill

STANFORD, Calif. - The Oregon State women's gymnastics team finished second to Alabama, and Tasha Smith tied for second in the all-around Saturday at the NCAA West Regional.

The Beavers qualified for the NCAA Championships at Gill Coliseum, April 20-22.

Stanford, the Pac-10 Champions, finished third.
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Title Annotation:Sports; Gunderson, Nurse and Oaks also earn honors at team's banquet
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 9, 2006
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