Women's Basketball Falls Short, 64-60, Against No. 8/9 Texas Tech

Nov. 24, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior guard Felicia Ragland's four 3-point field goals in the final 62 seconds weren't enough to erase a 20-point second half deficit for Oregon State University, as ninth ranked Texas Tech University held on for a 64-60 win in Saturday's women's basketball action.

The Beavers (2-2) trailed 62-42 with 2:47 remaining in the game but OSU went on an 18-2 run over the final 2:32 to make things interesting. Ragland buried four of her five 3-pointers on four consecutive Oregon State possessions, with her last coming at the buzzer, to narrow the Lady Raiders' (1-1) margin of victory to four points.

Michelle Estell scored the opening basket of the game to give OSU a short-lived 2-0 lead, but both teams battled back-and-forth over the opening 12 minutes of action. Oregon State regained the lead (13-12) at the 8:54 mark when sophomore Hollye Chapman knocked down a high-low pass from fellow post Ericka Cook. The lead was short-lived however, as the Beavers went scoreless for the next 4:16 while the Lady Raiders used a 16-6 run to close out the half and take a 28-19 lead into the locker room.

'At some times in the first half we were our own worst enemy,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We were playing really good defense and only gave up 28 points but we had some open looks and some nice shots and were just cold again. It's hard to come back and win a game when you only score 19 points in the first half.'

Both teams had trouble hanging onto the ball in the opening frame. Oregon State committed 16 turnovers while the Lady Raiders had 13 miscues.

'We had too many turnovers in the first half,' commented Spoelstra. 'But I'm really proud of our players, we hung in there and never quit.'

OSU sliced the Texas Tech lead to two points (32-30) when Ragland buried her first 3-pointer of the game at the 16:20 mark. With the longball, Ragland became Oregon State's all-time leader in career 3-point field goals, upping that mark to 118 total treys by the end of the night.

Texas Tech countered with 12-0 run spurred by a pair of 3-pointers by sophomore Natalie Ritchie. Lady Raiders post Plenette Pierson took over in the paint, reeling off six straight points helping Texas Tech build its lead to 59-41 with just over four minutes remaining.

Ragland finished with a game-high 24 points including a 5-of-9 mark from beyond the arc and seven steals. Cook was the only other OSU player to reach double figures in scoring, just missing a double-double with 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Ritchie led Texas Tech with 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting and a 5-of-8 mark from 3-point range. Pierson also reached double figures in scoring with 18 points and seven boards.

Oregon State hits the road next week when the Beavers travel to University of Utah. Game-time is scheduled for 6 p.m. PST.

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