Women's Basketball Escapes With 65-62 Victory At WSU
Jan. 23, 2003
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Jessica Jones knocked down four free throws in the final 13 seconds as Oregon State's women's basketball team rallied to defeat Washington State, 65-62 on Thursday night.
Oregon State improves to 10-7 on the season and 4-4 in the Pacific-10 Conference, while WSU lost its 40th consecutive game and drops to 0-16 on the year.
The Beavers used a 14-6 run over the final 3:28 to rally from a 56-49 deficit and escape with the victory. Hollye Chapman came alive for OSU in the final three minutes, scoring 10 of her 16 points in the stretch.
The Cougars held as much as a 10-point lead (45-35) with 10:38 on the clock but Oregon State used a 12-2 run over the next three minutes to eventually tie the score behind a trio of 3-pointers, including a pair by Jones.
Jones finished with a career-best 13 points, including three treys and matched her career-high with seven rebounds. Leilani Estavan kept the contest close early, scoring nine of her 12 points in the opening 20 minutes. Krystal Turner sparked the Beavers off the bench with nine points and two blocked shots.
When it was all said and done, Washington State held the lead for 35 minutes and 50 seconds but the Beavers had the advantage at the final buzzer.
'We dodged a bullet,' said OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra. 'Washington State hit some big shots. We had a lot of great looks inside but couldn't find the basket.'
WSU's Bianca McCall led all players with 20 points and 11 rebounds for her fourth consecutive double-double.
The unimpressive first half saw the Beavers fall behind early after shooting poorly to open the game. Oregon State hit just 1-of-11 field goals over the first six minutes of action, but kept in the game by pulling down eight rebounds in the stretch, including five offensive boards.
Washington State led by as many as six points when Charmane Jones hit a 3-pointer to make the score 12-6 with 12:43 left. Estavan answered with a trey for the Beavers and Casey Bunn added put-back jumper to close the gap.
Mandy Close buried a long jumper on an in-bounds play to give OSU its first lead of the contest at the 2:56 mark and Estavan added a driving lay-up to extend the Beaver advantage to 26-23.
WSU closed out the frame with a pair of field goals from McCall to take a 27-26 lead into the locker room.
The Beavers shot just 28-percent (9-for-32) in the half while the Cougars hit 41-percent (12-of-29) from the field.
Oregon State continues its road swing at University of Washington on Saturday. The Beavers and Huskies will tip-off at 5 p.m. with the game broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.