Estavan's Clutch Shots Send Huskies to 73-71 OT Loss

Feb. 21, 2002

SEATTLE - Oregon State sophomore guard Leilani Estavan hit a game-tying three-pointer from half court at the end of regulation, and scored the winning basket with 11.4 seconds left in overtime to give the Beavers a 73-71 victory over the Washington Huskies tonight at Bank of America Arena.

Washington drops to 16-10 overall and 11-6 in the Pac-10 while OSU improves to 14-13, 10-7. The Beavers have gone to overtime in four of their last six games and are 3-1 in that stretch.

Kellie O'Neill led all Husky scorers with 16 points, while Pac-10 leading scorer Felicia Ragland scored 25 for Oregon State.

After trailing by as many as four points midway through the second half, Washington battled back to take a 60-56 lead with just over a minute to play. A quick three-pointer directly in front of the OSU bench by the Beavers' Jessica Jones cut the lead to one, 60-59. A layin by Washington's Emily Autrey and a pair of free throws by Ragland made the score 62-61 with 39.6 seconds to go.

Neither team could hold onto the ball on their ensuing possessions, however, forcing OSU to send Washington's Loree Payne to the free-throw line with 2.5 seconds remaining. Payne made both shots to give the Huskies a 64-61 lead. Estavan then took the inbounds pass, dribbled to midcourt, and heaved up a desperation 47-footer that found the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded to force overtime.

Payne scored Washington's first five points of the extra session to give the Huskies a 69-67 edge, but the home team was held scoreless for the next 3:46, until Giuliana Mendiola hit a two-pointer in the lane with two seconds remaining to provide the final margin.

'It was an impossible shot that she made possible,' said Husky head coach June Daugherty of Estavan's buzzer-beater. 'I thought that we played hard tonight, unfortunately, we came out on the short end. When I walk into the locker room after a game like this, though, I'm proud of our players, knowing that they left it all out on the floor.'

Washington played nearly the entire game without the services of sophomore center Andrea Lalum, who suffered a sprained left ankle just 1:11 into the game and did not return. Despite Lalum's absence, Washington tied OSU with 24 points in the paint apiece and stayed close in the rebounding margin, pulling down 34 boards to the Beavers' 38.

Washington Women's Basketball vs. OSU
Feb. 21, 2002
Bank of America Arena
Attendance: 3,064

Points: UW 71 (Kel. O'Neill 16), OSU 73 (Ragland 25). Rebounds: UW 34 (Mendiola, Kel. O'Neill 7), OSU 38 (Cheney 10). Assists: UW 14 (Mendiola 4), OSU 18 (Ragland 6). Steals: UW 7 (Seven players with 1), OSU 9 (Estavan 3). Blocks: UW 1 (Autrey), OSU 6 (Cheney 4). Turnovers: UW 12 (Autrey 4), OSU 24 (Ragland, Chapman 5). Fouls: UW 13 (Kr. O'Neill 3), OSU 21 (Estavan, Chapman 4).
Fouled Out: UW - none, OSU - none.
Technicals: None
Officials: Gator Parrish, Randy Campbell, Cameron Inouye

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