Women's Basketball Breaks Streak, Beat Oregon 61-53 On Mac Court

Jan. 19, 2002

EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore guard Leilani Estavan buried six free throws in the final minute, as Oregon State beat University of Oregon, 61-53, in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

The victory was the first Civil War win for the Beavers in 12 tries and first victory on McArthur Court in eight years, dating back to a 67-63 win on Feb. 5, 1993.

No Oregon State player had beat the Ducks, so the victory was especially sweet for seniors Ericka Cook and Felicia Ragland.

After going into the locker room with the score tied 30-30, Oregon jumped in front behind a Jamie Craighead 3-pointer. The lead was short-lived however as Cook scored seven straight points to put the Beavers in front for good. Estavan added a jumper in the stretch and Oregon went scoreless for nearly eight minutes as OSU pulled ahead 39-33 with 12:40 remaining.

Catherine Kraayeveld's 3-point field goal at the 6:18 mark capped off a 9-5 Oregon run and pulled the Ducks within two points (44-42).

Ragland responded with a short jumper and freshman guard Jessica Jones buried a 3-pointer, just her second field goal of the season, to extend the Beavers' cushion to 49-42 with under five minutes to play.

The Ducks were unable to get closer than four points the rest of the way.

'This was an important win for our players,' commented OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Our kids just kept battling the whole way.'

Ragland finished with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds for her 15th career double-double. Estavan also reached double figures in scoring with 15 points, while Cook added nine points and seven boards.

Shaquala Williams led Oregon in scoring with 15 points but managed just 5-of-18 shooting. Alyssa Fredrick finished with 11 points and eight rebounds while Kraayeveld had nine points and a game-high 16 boards.

Neither team shot well from the floor, with the Ducks hitting just 27-percent of their field goals and Oregon State shooting 37-percent.

The closely fought first half saw both teams struggle to put points on the board. The Ducks took an early four-point lead as the Beavers were cold shooting from the floor. Cook hit a lay-up at the 16:41 mark to put OSU on the board and Estavan stole a pass and finished with a breakaway lay-up to knot the score at 4-4.

The rest of the half proceeded the same way, with Oregon pulling in front and then Oregon State rallying to tie the game, but never taking the lead.

The Ducks built as much as a five-point advantage in two instances. Fredrick put UO ahead 28-23 with 1:37 remaining in the half after reeling off eight straight Duck points.

The Beavers answered with five consecutive points as Juleen Smith hit a lay-in and Michelle Estell's 3-pointer with just over 30-seconds remaining tied the score, 28-28.

Kraayeveld knocked down a pair of free throws to put UO back in front, but Estavan buried a last second jumper to knot the score at intermission.

Oregon hit just 31-percent of its shots in the opening 20 minutes, including 1-of-10 from 3-point range, while Oregon State was 46-percent from the field. Both teams used a pressuring player-to-player defense that caused scoring problems.

Oregon State (10-9, 6-3) returns home to host the UCLA Bruins on Thursday. Tip-off is 7:05 p.m.

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