Cougars Fall In Overtime To Oregon State

Jan. 21, 2006

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Washington State's Dani Montgomery's 3-pointer with 2.4 second left sent the game in to overtime, but Oregon State prevailed in the extra session and escaped with a 68-67 win over the Cougars in Pacific-10 Conference women's basketball action Saturday at Gill Coliseum.

A quartet of Washington State players scored in double figures. Three Cougars - Amanda DuRocher, Crystal Blue and Keisha Moore - tallied 14 points while Katie Appleton added 10 for WSU (6-12, 0-9 Pac-10). Oregon State's Kim Butler led all scorers with 27 points while Mandy Close added 21 for the Beavers (8-8, 2-6 Pac-10).

In what was a tight affair over the final eight minutes of regulation, the Cougars found themselves down 59-56 with 15 seconds left, but Montgomery's trey sent the game in to overtime.

Neither team was able to gain more than a two-point advantage in the overtime period. Trailing 66-65 in the extra session, Appleton made a lay-up to put the Cougars ahead 67-66 with nine seconds left. OSU took the ball down the court and Close was able to convert a lay-up with three seconds left to put the Beavers back up by one.

WSU had one last shot at the win, in-bounding the ball at half court with .6 seconds left, but was unable to get a shot off as time expired.

The Beavers led throughout the majority of the first half, with their largest advantage coming at 23-15 with 5:01 remaining. WSU finished the opening 20 minutes with a 9-3 run to slice its deficit to 26-24 at the half.

OSU extended its lead to 32-26 two minutes in to the second half, but courtesy of DuRocher, WSU went on an 8-2 run to tie the game at 34 with 16:34 left. The run began with a DuRocher trey and concluded with a three-point play by the freshman.

OSU regained a two-point lead but Appleton put the Cougars out in front 37-36 with a 3-pointer at the 14:23 mark.

WSU's lead grew to three at 39-26 but OSU went on a 9-0 run, with the first seven points coming courtesy of Butler, to reclaim the lead at 45-39 with 11:05 left.

Down 47-41, WSU scored six consecutive points to tie the game at 47 with 7:55 remaining. Neither team was able to gain more than a three-point advantage the rest of the way.

WSU returns to action hosting Arizona State, Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.
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