Jan. 31, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. (Jan. 31) - Oregon State senior guard Felicia Ragland hit back-to-back three-pointers early in the overtime, giving the Beavers the momentum to pull off an 88-85 win over the Arizona women's basketball team at the McKale Center on Thursday. The loss drops the Wildcats to 10-11 overall and 6-6 in Pac-10 play. The Beavers, who won in Tucson for the first time since 1995, improved to 12-10 overall and 8-4 in conference action.
The game was tight through the early part of the first half, until Arizona went 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 as much as seven through the remainder of the period and held a 39-34 edge at halftime.
OSU jumped on the Cats right away in the second half, opening with an 8-2 run 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 minutes left in regulation. Using a run that included draining four 3-pointers, the Beavers out-scored Arizona, 16-4, over the next three-and-a-half minutes 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) off an Aimee Grzyb trey with 1:08 remaining, but things seemed to fall apart from there for the Wildcats. They committed three fouls and missed the front ends of two one-and-one opportunities down the stretch, while Oregon State shot 4-for-5 from the line and collected seven rebounds. A layup by Hollye Chapman with two seconds left tied the game for Oregon State, and the teams took a 77-77 score into overtime.
Chapman hit the back end of a two-shot attempt at the line at the 4:04 mark to begin the scoring in the overtime period. Arizona answered with a LaKeisha Taylor field goal, taking the only lead it would have for the overtime, 79-78, at 3:42. Ragland hit her back-to-back threes, and fellow senior 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 for the Cats to bring them to within one (86-85) at 1:02, but OSU's Leilani Estavan connected on a pair of free throws with 16 seconds left to ice the win for the Beavers.
Oregon State out-rebounded Arizona, 52-36, for the game, and the Wildcats, who were the top free throw shooting team in the Pac-10, hit only 65.4 percent (17-26) of their shots from the stripe.
"We missed some key free throws down the stretch. We are a very good free throw shooting team, and (the fact that we missed so many) is just mental," said head coach Joan Bonvicini. "This is one we let get away. It felt like we were playing not to lose."
Elizabeth Pickney shot 8-for-14 from the floor on her way to a team-high 24 points and six rebounds. LaKeisha Taylor finished the game with 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Freshman guard Dee-Dee Wheeler, who had been unable to practice all 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 trio of boards. The Wildcats were without the services of junior wing Krista Warren, who is out for an indefinite period with a severe ankle sprain.
OSU's Ragland led all scorers with her 27 points, also pulling down 12 rebounds. Ericka Cook had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Leilani Estavan contributed 15 points and a game-high seven assists.
Arizona remains at home to face Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m.