Leilani Estavan's Half-Court Heroics Lead Women's Basketball Past Washington
Feb. 21, 2002
SEATTLE, Wash. - Leilani Estavan's half-court shot at the buzzer of regulation sent the game to overtime and her running 10-foot jumper with 11 seconds remaining in OT gave Oregon State University's women's basketball team a 73-71 upset victory against University of Washington on Thursday night.
The victory all but seals a second consecutive trip to post-season play for Oregon State, as the Beavers improve to 14-13 overall and 10-7 in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Huskies fall to 16-10 overall and 11-6 in conference action.
OSU trailed by three points (62-59) with just under a minute remaining in regulation, but senior guard Felicia Ragland buried two free throw to pull the Beavers within one, with 39 ticks left. Washington junior guard Loree Payne appeared to have put the nail in the coffin with a pair of charity tosses to give the Huskies a 64-61 advantage and only two-seconds remaining. The Beavers in-bounded the ball and Estavan took a pair of dribbles and launched a shot from mid-court that swished through the net as time expired - giving OSU new life in overtime.
The evenly matched overtime saw Estavan hit a runner as the shot clock expired with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win.
'This win was big,' said Estavan. 'It was important for us to get our momentum going.
Four Beavers reached double figures in scoring with Ragland's 25 points and six assists leading the way. Sophomore post Brina Chaney recorded the second double-double of her career with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Estavan also finished with 13 points and Ericka Cook added 10 points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field and a 2-for-2 effort from the free throw line.
Oregon State finished the night shooting 51-percent from the field while the Huskies hit only 35-percent of their field goals.
Both squads had problems hanging on to the ball early in the game. Oregon State was hampered by 13 first half turnovers that limited its chances in taking advantage of poor field goal shooting by the Huskies.
Cook's jumper at the 14:41 mark gave the Beavers a 16-9 lead but neither team scored over the next seven minutes of action.
Oregon State pulled in front, 20-12 with 6:22 remaining after a pair of Estavan free throws, but Washington's Kellie O'Neill sank the Huskies' fifth 3-point field goal of the game to narrow the margin.
Ragland's rebound and lay-up with 3:21 on the clock helped the Beavers extend their lead to 24-16. The Huskies came alive from the field over the final three minutes of action, outscoring OSU 12-4 and Kayla Burt's two free throws knotted the score at the half, 28-28.
UW shot just 27-percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, but hit 7-of-16 from 3-point range. Oregon State hit 46-percent of its field goal attempts before the break.
Chaney buried 4-of-5 shots to lead the Beavers with eight first half points and shone defensively with three blocked shots.
Oregon State concludes its regular season in Pullman, WA against Washington State University on Saturday at 6 p.m.
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