PULLMAN, Wash. — Katie McWilliams hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime and the No. 16 Oregon State women’s basketball team somehow pulled out a 63-61 Pac-12 win in overtime over an undermanned Washington State team on Friday night.
Washington State, which had three starters out due to disciplinary reasons, tied the game with 1.9 seconds left on a free throw by Marie Kostourkova.
But McWilliams was able to get a good look and was fouled. The officials reviewed the play to see if the foul occurred before the final buzzer and awarded McWilliams two free throws.
She hit both and the Beavers avoided the upset.
“I mean obviously it was kind of a weird play because it was bouncing and I knew that if I grabbed it the clock was going to start so I had to wait to the very last second and she definitely hit my hand,” McWilliams said in a radio interview.
It was McWilliams who sent the game to overtime with a bucket with 1.2 seconds left. Aleah Goodman delivered the inbounds pass to get McWilliams the open look.
McWilliams said the Cougars took away what the Beavers wanted to do but she was able to adjust and get open.
“I just popped out to the right side and they didn’t seem to see me and Aleah made a perfect pass,” McWilliams said.
After getting to overtime, senior Marie Gulich scored six of her 15 points, going over 1,000 points for her career.
Oregon State led 60-54 in overtime but the Cougars hit two big 3s to stay close.
The Beavers trailed 50-48 after surrendering a 7-0 run down the stretch of regulation. Gulich attempted a 3 but the shot was well shot. Washington State had the rebound but the Cougars player fell out of bounds, giving the Beavers one last chance to tie or win in regulation.
McWilliams took the inbounds pass and converted the short shot to tie it with 1.2 seconds left.
Goodman tied her career high with 17 points while Gulich added 15 points and 16 rebounds. Mikayla Pivec added 12 points and McWilliams nine.
Borislava Hristova led the Cougars with 21 points and Chanelle Molina chipped in 10.
Oregon State (18-6, 9-4) heads to Washington for Sunday’s 3 p.m. game. Washington State (10-15, 3-10) hosts Oregon on Sunday.
Goodman ignited a third-quarter comeback but hitting three 3s in the period.
After trailing 24-13 at the half, the Beavers got to within 28-26 on a 3 by Goodman with 5 minutes to play.
Goodman’s second 3 made it 33-29 before Pivec had a bucket and two free throws for a 36-33 deficit with 1:34 left in the period.
Goodman’s third 3 of the period tied it with 31 seconds left. The Beavers outscored the Cougars 23-12 in the third as they hit 8 of 12 shots and had just two turnovers.
The Cougars continued to struggle from the floor, hitting just 4 of 17 attempts.
Goodman’s fourth 3 gave the Beavers their first lead of the game at 41-40 with 7:44 to play.
“(She) kept us in the game,” McWilliams said. “We obviously were down pretty big at halftime and that’s when she made her run and got us into a lead. … Just a really big performance by Aleah.”
The Beavers had an awful first half.
Oregon State was just 5 for 28 from the field, including a 1-for-11 performance from 3, in falling behind 24-13.
Washington State started fast and took a 17-7 lead after the first quarter. The Cougars were 7 for 15 from the field (3 for 4 from 3) and never trailed.
The sledding wasn’t as easy in the second quarter but WSU was able to increase the lead by one going to the half despite shooting 3 for 14 from the floor.
Oregon State dominated the glass, holding 27-15 edge at the half. But the Beavers turned the ball over 11 times in the first half, leading to 13 points.