Women's Basketball Fends Off California, 74-69

Feb. 7, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University's women's basketball team outscored University of California 11-6 in overtime to escape with a 74-69 victory in Thursday's Pac-10 basketball action.

With the win, the Beavers improve to 13-11 on the year and 9-5 in conference play while Cal falls to 6-16 overall and 1-12 in the Pac-10.

OSU led by as many as 12 points in the second half but the Bears battled back behind tough defensive pressure. California knotted the score at 63-63, behind three pressure free throws by guard Kristin Iwanaga with just 4-seconds remaining in regulation.

It was all Oregon State in the overtime period. The Bears managed just 2-of-10 shooting from the field and the Beavers recorded most of their points from the line, knocking down 9-of-12 free throws.

'They handled our trap and presses well,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'It was a very physical game, but I thought our players showed a lot of poise at the end of regulation and in overtime.'

OSU dominated most of the first half, as senior guard Felicia Ragland scored 17 points and dished out four assists in the opening 20 minutes. Nine consecutive Ragland points pulled Oregon State in front, 22-13 with 7:18 remaining but Cal used a 7-0 run to close the gap. The Beavers proceeded to score 12 of the final 16 points of the half to take a 34-24 lead into the locker room.

Ragland finished with a game-high 26 points and matched her career-best with seven assists. The All-America candidate also tallied seven rebounds and three steals in 43 minutes of action. Leilani Estavan reached double figures in scoring for the fourth consecutive game with 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and a 6-of-7 clip from the free throw line. Sophomore post Hollye Chapman added 11 points and six boards.

Senior guard Ami Forney buried 4-of-5 shots from the field and 7-of-9 free throws for 15 points, while freshman Kiki Williams matched Forney with 15 points. Latasha O'Keith also reached double figures in scoring with 11 points.

The Beavers host No. 2 ranked Stanford University on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $1.

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