"We needed to play better on offense," Oregon Coach Bev Smith told OSN after the game. "When your offense isn't working, you have to rely on your defense. We held them to 29 points, so I wasn't too worried about that."
Oregon came out in the second half with a run of their own. An 18-5 run gave Oregon a 38-36 lead with 9:20 to go. During that run, the Ducks really moved the ball around, getting Oregon State's Ericka Cook and Leilani Estavan into foul trouble.
The game went back and forth from there on out. As soon as Oregon State would take a lead, Oregon would charge back and tie the game up. After OSU's Jessica Jones sank two free throws with 4:14 to go to give the Beavers a 48-44 lead, Oregon brought tough defense once again. With the clock just under three minutes left, the Duck defense forced a five seconds call on Felicia Ragland, sparking the Oregon offense.
Oregon's Cathrine Kraayeveld and Andrea Bills made back to back field goals to tie the game with 1:52 left. At the other end, Estavan missed two free throws and Ragland missed a shot that could have given Oregon State the lead. Following a Jamie Craighead miss on a fade away jump shot inside, Oregon State was called for a shot clock violation. It was Oregon's ball with 19 seconds left.
Setting up the offense, Ednisha Curry ran the clock down to about 10 seconds before penetrating. When she got inside, she dished off to Alyssa Fredrick who missed her shot, but Kraayeveld was right there for a rebound and putback with four seconds left. Oregon State called timeout with one second left, giving the Beavers one last chance for the win or tie.
"We just didn't want to give up the easy shot," Bev Smith said. "We thought they might use Felicia (Ragland) as a decoy, and we did a good job switching."
The Beavers did use Ragland as a decoy and instead the ball went to Juleen Smith who pulled the trigger on a long three pointer that came up short, giving Oregon the win and keeping their season alive.
Hollye Chapman led the Beavers in the scorebook on Sunday with 13 points and eight rebounds. Smith missed that final shot but did have 12 points and six rebounds for the day. Ragland had 11 points and 14 rebounds on an Allen Iverson-esque 5-22 shooting effort from the floor.
Today's hero, Cathrine Kraayeveld also led the Ducks in scoring, putting 12 points and 10 rebounds on the board. Shaquela Williams scored her first points of the post season, having been sick for Friday's game, getting 10 points and six assists in 37 minutes. Jamie Craighead also had 10 points for the Ducks. Andrea Bills grabbed 15 huge rebounds for the Ducks and added eight points.
Next up for the Ducks are the Washington Huskies who beat USC today, 97-87 in Seattle, Washington. The date, time and location for the game are TBA. Oregon leads the season series with the Huskies 2-1, winning both games at Mac Court.
"Washington is a very good team," Bev Smith explained. "They are just another hurdle to get into the real NIT because this just seems like a regional tournament."
Stats from www.goducks.com.