Women's Basketball Stunned By USC, 60-58

Jan. 26, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Jessica Cheeks' lay-up with :04 seconds on the clock sealed a 60-58 victory for University of Southern California against Oregon State University in Saturday's Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action.

OSU led 58-55 with just under one-minute remaining in the game but USC pulled down two consecutive offensive rebounds on missed 3-point field goal attempts before Cheeks buried a trey from the left wing to knot the score with just 20 ticks left on the clock.

The Beavers committed their 24th turnover of the game on the ensuing possession, which allowed the Women of Troy to play for the final shot.

Oregon State led for 39 minutes of action and the entire second half until Cheeks hit the driving lay-up to win it for USC.

OSU falls to 11-10 on the season and 7-4 in the Pac-10 while USC improves to 11-9 and 7-4 in conference play.

After going into the locker room with a 27-24 lead, the Beavers used a 10-2 run to open the second half. Felicia Ragland's lay-up and free throw gave OSU a 37-29 advantage with 16:45 remaining.

The Women of Troy fought back, closing within one-point (39-38) with just over 12 minutes left, but Oregon State responded with a 8-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game, 47-38 with 8:14 on the clock.

USC slowly chipped away at the lead and kept the game within striking distance with a trio of 3-point field goals in the final three minutes of action.

Leilani Estavan was the only Oregon State player to reach double figures in scoring with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. Brina Chaney, Juleen Smith and Ragland all chipped in nine points and Ragland tallied a team-best five rebounds.

USC had three players score in double figures with Hoffman's 16 points leading the way. Cheeks and Aisha Hollans added 14 points apiece. Kim Gipson led all players with eight rebounds.

Oregon State was hot shooting from the floor, knocking down 58-percent of its shots compared to Southern California's 38-percent shooting but the Women of Troy dominated the boards. USC held a 37-26 rebounding edge, including a 21-8 advantage on the offensive glass.

'We just had way too many turnovers,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We shot the ball well but needed possessions back to score. Our turnovers and their offensive rebounds hurt us.'

The Beavers return to action next Thursday with a 7 p.m. contest at University of Arizona.

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