Curry's Last-Second Shot Lifts Women's Basketball to 84-83 OT Win in Civil War

Feb. 16, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Senior Edniesha Curry had never hit a game-winning basket in her collegiate career ... until Saturday.

The University of Oregon guard's 10-foot bank shot with 1.8 seconds in overtime lifted the Ducks to an 84-83 win over Oregon State in the Civil War to cap an epic battle before 3,629 fans -- and a nationally-televised audience -- at Gill Coliseum.

'It's probably the highlight of my career,' said Curry, who scored five of her nine points in the extra period. 'I saw the open lane and I knew I had to take the shot.'

The Beavers (13-13, 9-7 Pac-10), led 83-82 after a short jumper by freshman Juleen Smith with 1:10 left in overtime. Oregon senior Alyssa Fredrick, who finished with 13 points in a reserve role, had a lay-in attempt that rolled in and out of the rim with 47 seconds remaining. On the ensuing possession, Smith threw an errant pass with 18 seconds on the clock, giving the Ducks the ball.

After an Oregon timeout, the Beavers' defense collapsed on Shaquala Williams, who then skipped a pass to Curry. Curry head-faked the defense, drove to an open area, and used the glass to help the Ducks to their 12th win over the Beavers in 13 games. Oregon batted away Oregon State's inbounds pass at mid-court to seal the victory.

'(Curry) saw her opening and did the right thing,' Oregon coach Bev Smith said. 'She's just been practicing so hard these last few weeks. This is a great road win for us.'

The Ducks (14-11, 9-7) are now tied with the Beavers for fifth place in the Pac-10 and are a half-game ahead of Arizona, which lost Saturday to USC.

Oregon led 74-65 with 4:50 left in regulation, but the Beavers' defense didn't allow the Ducks to score again in the half. Hollye Chapman, who had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Oregon State in a reserve role, scored seven points down the stretch, while Felicia Ragland's two free throws tied the score at 74 with 44 seconds on the clock. Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld then missed a potential game-winner on a turnaround 6-footer with 16 seconds left. The Beavers then called a timeout to set up a play with seven seconds remaining, but Ragland's 18-footer missed the mark.

'It was a great basketball game,' Smith said. 'The atmosphere and they way these teams battled was great.'

Oregon State used a 22-6 run in the first half to take its largest lead of the game at 39-27. But Oregon retaliated with a 10-3 run to trail 42-37 going into halftime.

Ragland had 23 points, a game-high 17 rebounds and seven assists for the Beavers. Meanwhile, Williams led the Ducks with 20 points while Kraayeveld added 16 points and eight rebounds.

'(Oregon) did a much better job defensively this time than the last time,' Oregon State coach Judy Spoelstra said.

Oregon travels to play Washington State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Washington on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Ducks will return to Eugene for at least one more game as they play host to the inaugural Pac-10 Tournament March 1-4.

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