Women's Basketball Drops Overtime Heartbreaker To Oregon, 84-83

Feb. 16, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Edniesha Curry's off-balance jumper with three seconds on the clock lifted University of Oregon to an 84-83 overtime victory against Oregon State in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball Civil War.

The back-and-forth contest saw 10 lead changes and seven ties, as the Beavers fought back from a nine-point second half deficit to force the extra period.

Playing her final game in Gill Coliseum after a spectacular career, OSU senior guard Felicia Ragland buried a pair of free throws with 44-seconds left in regulation to knot the score at 74. On the following possession, Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld missed tough turnaround jumper in the lane and Beaver senior Ericka Cook grabbed the board to set up a final chance for Oregon State. Ragland penetrated and attempted a tough baseline jumper that caromed off the front of the rim as time expired.

Oregon's Alyssa Fredrick scored five of her 13 points in overtime, but Cook kept the Beavers close with a pair of key jumpers. Hollye Chapman's 3-point field goal knotted the score 81-81 with just over two minutes remaining. Fredrick followed with a free throw before OSU freshman Juleen Smith knocked down a shot to put the Beavers in front, 83-82 with 1:10 left. Kristina Rukstelyte corralled an errant shot by Fredrick but the Ducks pressuring defense forced the Beavers into a back-court violation. Curry penetrated for the game-winning 10-footer as time was running down.

'It seemed like the team to make the fewest mistakes would win the game,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We just didn't quite make our last possession count, and they converted.'

Oregon State led by as many as 12 points in the first half (39-27) behind a 26-8 run from just under 10 minutes to the 1:33 mark. The Ducks rallied to cut the lead to 42-37 going into the locker room at the half.

Ragland finished the game with 23 points and a career-best 17 rebounds, for her 17th career double-double and fourth consecutive against the Ducks. The All-America candidate also matched her career-high with seven assists and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Cook reached double figures in scoring with 12 points and knocked down her first career 3-point field goal in her final outing at Gill. The 6-3 senior post also pulled down eight rebounds and blocked three shots. Chapman recorded her third career double-double with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting and pulled down 10 boards in 40 minutes of action. Rukstelyte, a junior, buried 5-of-7 shots from the floor and was a perfect 2-for-2 from the free throw line to finish with a career-high 12 points.

Three Ducks reached double figures in scoring with Shaquala Williams' 20 points leading the way. Kraayeveld added 16 points and eight boards.

OSU won the battle of the boards, 46-37, including a 16-8 edge on the offensive glass.

The loss drops Oregon State to 13-13 overall and 9-7 in the Pac-10, while Oregon improves to 14-11 on the year and 9-7 in conference action.

The Beavers head to Seattle, WA, for a 7 p.m. game against University of Washington on Thursday.

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