Oregon State Women Hand Wildcats Overtime Loss, 88-85

Jan. 31, 2002

Tucson, Ariz. - Oregon State senior guard Felicia Ragland hitback-to-back three-pointers early in the overtime, giving the Beavers themomentum to pull off an 88-85 win over the Arizona women's basketball teamin the McKale Center on Thursday.

The loss drops the Wildcats to 10-11 overall and 6-6in Pac-10 play. The Beavers, who won in Tucson for the first time since1995, improved to 12-10 overall and 8-4 in conference action.

The game was tight through the early part of the first half, until Arizonawent on a 10-0 run to go ahead by 10 points (26-16) at the 8:33 mark.Oregon State answered with an 8-1 spurt to pull back to within three(27-24) just three minutes later. The Wildcats stretched their lead to asmuch as seven through the remainder of the period and held a 39-34 edge athalftime.

OSU jumped on the Cats right away in the second half, opening with an 8-2run to gain a one-point (42-41) edge just over two minutes into the period. Arizona used a 16-6 spurt to go back up by nine (57-48) with 11 minutesleft in regulation. Using a run that included draining four 3-pointers,the Beavers out-scored Arizona, 16-4, over the next three-and-a-halfminutes and went up by three (64-61) at the 7:25 mark.

Arizona scrapped back once again to gain a six-point advantage (75-69) offan Aimee Grzyb trey with 1:08 remaining, but things seemed to fall apartfrom there for the Wildcats. They committed three fouls and missed thefront ends of two one-and-one opportunities down the stretch, while OregonState shot 4-for-5 from the line and collected seven rebounds. A layup byHollye Chapman with two seconds left tied the game for Oregon State, andthe teams took a 77-77 score into overtime.

Chapman hit the back end of a two-shot attempt at the line at the 4:04mark to begin the scoring in the overtime period. Arizona answered with aLaKeisha Taylor field goal, taking the only lead it would have for theovertime, 79-78, at 3:42. Ragland hit her back-to-back threes, and fellowsenior Ericka Cook scored on a short jumper to send the Beavers up by five(86-81) with 2:07 left. Elizabeth Pickney went 4-for-4 from the line forthe Cats to bring them to within one (86-85) at 1:02, but OSU's LeilaniEstavan connected on a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left to ice thewin for the Beavers.

Oregon State out-rebounded Arizona, 52-36, for the game, including a 26-12 edge on the offensive glass.'I'm so proud of our team to battle back,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'We had 26 offensive rebounds - it was nice to get so many attempts.'

The Wildcats,who were the top free throw shooting team in the Pac-10, hit only 65.4percent (17-26) of their shots from the stripe.

'We missed some key free throws down the stretch. We are a very good freethrow shooting team, and (the fact that we missed so many) is just mental,'said Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini. 'This is one we let get away. It felt likewe were playing not to lose.'

Ragland led all scorers with 27 points, also pulling down 12rebounds for the 16th double-double of her career. Ericka Cook had 20 points and 13 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and seventh in her career. Leilani Estavancontributed 15 points and a game-high seven assists, while junior post Kristina Rukstelyte added nine points and five boards.

Elizabeth Pickney shot 8-for-14 from the floor on her way to a team-high24 points and six rebounds. LaKeisha Taylor finished the game with 19points and a career-high 13 rebounds for her second double-double of theseason. Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler, who had been unable to practiceall week due to a knee injury, put up 14 points and four rebounds.Sophomore guard Candice Allen came off the bench for 10 points and a trioof boards. The Wildcats were without the services of junior wing KristaWarren, who is out for an indefinite period with a severe ankle sprain.