Women's Basketball Loses Heartbreaker To Portland, 67-66

Dec. 6, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Felicia Ragland's career-high 37 points weren't enough as University of Portland held on for a 67-66 victory against Oregon State in Thursday's women's basketball action.

After a pair of free throws by Khalila O'Rielly-Williams put the Pilots in front, 67-64 with nine seconds remaining, Oregon State pushed the ball up the court for a last second shot. Trailing by three, Leilani Estavan launched what appeared to be a 3-pointer that banked off the glass and in with 1.7 ticks remaining. The jubilant Beavers rushed to set up their defense, believing the game would soon be sent to overtime, but after a quick conference, the officials ruled the basket to be a two-point field goal. Time expired when the Pilots in-bounded the ball, giving UP the victory.

With the win, Portland's first-ever in Gill Coliseum over a span of 12 games, the Pilots improve to 6-0 on the season, while the Beavers fall to 3-4.

After going into the locker room with a 29-27 halftime lead, the second half was the Ragland show for the Beavers. The 5-9 guard scored 26 points in the frame, including 12 straight for OSU from the 16-minute mark to the 13-minute mark. Portland held a six-point lead (40-34), its largest of the game, before Ragland brought the Beavers back with a pair of 3-pointers and a steal and lay-up.

Not to be over-looked, Estavan dished out a career-high 11 assists while sophomore post Brina Chaney came off the bench to match her career-high in scoring with 10 points on a perfect 5-of-5 shooting. Senior Ericka Cook did not attempt a field goal in the game but matched her career-high with 13 rebounds.

Turnovers proved costly for the Beavers as Portland converted 22 OSU miscues into 18 points.

'Our turnovers at the top of the key were costly,' said Beaver head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'This wasn't the same team that played in New Mexico - everybody has to show up and be aggressive offensively toward the basket.'

Oregon State held a six-point lead with just under five minutes remaining but the Pilots fought back and eventually took a 65-64 lead when O'Rielly-Williams hit a 10-footer with just 28 ticks remaining.

Point guard Da'Love Woods led the balanced Pilots with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Williams chipped in 14 points and five boards while Ashlee Giles added 11 points.

Ragland buried 14-of-25 field goals and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc, including a 10-of-17 mark in the second half alone. After landing wrong on her ankle in the closing seconds, she was forced to leave the game for OSU's final possession. With her ankle treated as a sprain, Ragland will receive treatment and should be ready for Sunday's game.

Chaney's bucket at the 7:07 mark of the opening half gave OSU a six-point lead (25-19) but Portland used an 8-4 run to get within two points at the break.

Oregon State hits the road for its next four games. The Beavers start things off Sunday with a 1 p.m. PST tilt against Kansas State.

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