OSU women's basketball: Beavers fall again in overtime with loss to Cougars

2013-01-27T19:06:00Z OSU women's basketball: Beavers fall again in overtime with loss to CougarsCorvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
January 27, 2013 7:06 pm  • 

PULLMAN, Wash. — For the second straight game, the Oregon State women’s basketball team couldn’t close out the win to fall in overtime.

After Friday’s 81-77 loss to Washington, the Beavers were hoping to bounce back on Sunday in a showdown against Washington State. Those prospects looked good early with OSU holding a 14-point lead at halftime.

But the Cougars rallied, forced OT and then won the game, 76-73. It was the first time in nearly 11 years that OSU had played back-to-back games past regulation.

The Beavers’ fortunes turned when WSU came out of halftime with a 17-2 run.

Early, OSU (9-11, 3-5) looked good with a 38-24 lead going in at halftime. The Beavers shot a blazing 59.3 percent over the first 20 minutes, including 4 of 7 on 3-pointers.

Alyssa Martin scored 10 and Ali Gibson had nine in the first half for the Beavers.

WSU (6-13, 2-6) then retaliated with its big rally and took the lead with 14:09 remaining. That set up a fierce battle to the end of regulation that saw 11 lead changes and four ties.

After the Cougars had gone up by four with 9:19 remaining, OSU responded with free throws by Deven Hunter, and baskets by Patricia Bright and Martin to take a 54-52 lead with 8 minutes left.

Late in the game, OSU had three-point leads on a couple of occasions. With 3:19 remaining, the Beavers went up by three on a layup by Samantha Siegner. But WSU again had the answer and eventually regained the lead, 62-60.

OSU’s Jamie Weisner made an acrobatic shot and each team made a single free throw as regulation ended with the score tied, 63-63.

The Beavers had two chances at the close of the second half, but a Weisner shot was off the mark and after a Bright offensive board, Martin’s 3-point attempt from the corner came up short.

In OT, Gibson and Martin hit 3-pointers, Weisner sank two foul shots and Gibson scored on a layup as OSU built a 73-67 lead with 1:41 remaining.

The momentum for OSU ended right there with the Cougars owning the rest of the game, thanks to a 9-0 run that included three steals in the last minute.

Gibson scored 18 for OSU on 8-for-14 shooting. Martin’s 17 included a trio of 3-pointers. Weisner added 16 and Siegner had 10 points, eight rebounds and five blocks.

The Cougars capitalized on second-half opportunities by crashing the offensive glass. The Beavers shot 50 percent compared to WSU’s 36.7 percent, but all of those second-chance baskets added up.

The Cougars also grabbed 15 steals, the most for any OSU opponent this season, which helped WSU to a 28-13 edge in points off turnovers.

OSU comes home to play No. 7 California on Friday and No. 6 Stanford on Sunday.

Washington State 76, Oregon State 73

OREGON STATE (9-11, 3-5) - Edwards-Teasley 0-2 0-0 0, Hunter 0-2 2-2 6, Gibson 8-14 0-0 18, Weisner 6-12 3-3 16, Martin 7-13 0-0 17, Siegner 3-6 4-4 10, Bright 2-6 0-1 4, Schwegler 2-2 0-0 4, Hamblin 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-58 9-10 73.

WASHINGTON STATE (6-13, 2-6) - Romberg 1-5 1-2 4, Noyes 3-5 0-0 6, Amojo 0-1 0-0 0, Galdeira 9-25 2-3 22, Awa 1-6 5-6 7, Grad 3-5 0-0 6, Williamson 1-3 0-0 2, Edmondson 2-7 2-2 7, Dheensaw 2-7 0-0 4, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Cooks 6-13 3-4 16, Potter 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 29-79 13-17 76.

Halftime - OSU 38-24. 3-Point Goals - OSU 6-14 (Martin 3-6, Gibson 2-4, Weisner 1-4), WSU 5-15 (Galdeira 2-6, Edmondson 1-1, Romberg 1-2, Cooks 1-3, Awa 0-3). Fouled Out - None. Rebounds - OSU 40 (Siegner 8), WSU 42 (Romberg 7). Assists - OSU 10 (Weisner, Siegner 3), WSU 9 (Awa 4). Total Fouls - OSU 13, WSU 11. A - 1,246.

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