Ducks Take WNIT Title With 54-52 Win Over Houston
March 27, 2002
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Cathrine Kraayeveld scored on a layup with 2.4 seconds remaining to give Oregon the Women's NIT championship with a 54-52 victory over Houston on Wednesday night.
Kraayeveld, the tournament MVP, led the Ducks (22-13) with 15 points, all in the second half. She also had 13 rebounds.
Chandi Jones, also named to the all-tournament team, led Houston (26-8) with 16 points after hitting just two of nine shots in the first half.
With Shaquala Williams, Oregon's leading scorer, struggling, Houston opened a 43-35 lead midway through the second half. But Oregon came back with a 10-2 run that included eight points from Kraayeveld. Williams finished with three points.
Houston regained the lead twice in the final 3.5 minutes, the last time coming on a free throw by Jones that made it 50-48 with 1:33 remaining
Oregon came back to take a 51-48 lead when Jamie Craighead hit a 3-pointer to put the Ducks in front 51-50 with 1:20 left. She added a free throw with 48 seconds to go to push Oregon's lead to two.
Houston tied the game on an inside back by Valerie Muoneke with 32 seconds left.
That set up a potential game-winning 3 by Craighead that missed, going out of bounds off Houston. Oregon then ran the clock down before finding Kraayeveld cutting down the lane for the winning basket.