PULLMAN, Wash. – Katie McWilliams
came up with a pair of huge plays to lift No. 16 Oregon State to a 63-61 overtime victory over Washington State Friday evening in Pullman, Wash.
McWilliams converted on an inbounds play with two seconds remaining in regulation to level the score and force overtime. The junior then calmly knocked down a pair of free throws with 1.1 second left in the extra period to give the Beavers the victory.
"You knew Washington State was going to come out in this game with nothing to lose," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck
. "We had some offensive issues early in this game and it put us in a hole. For us to get through this win took a great effort from a lot of different people. This was a true team win."
Senior Marie Gulich finished with 15 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks, as she became the 21st
player in Oregon State history to reach the 1,000 career point mark. McWilliams finished with nine points and seven rebounds.
Freshman Aleah Goodman
scored all 17 of her points in the second half, as she matched a career-high in scoring. Goodman also set a new career mark with five 3-pointers. Sophomore Mikayla Pivec
finished with 12 points and four assists, including a handful of important baskets in the fourth quarter.
Oregon State trailed by 11 at the break, but out-scored Washington State 23-12 in the third quarter to get back into the game.
The Beavers held Washington State to 35.3 percent shooting in the game, and Oregon State dominated the glass 52-32.
The Cougars got off to a strong start, taking a 17-5 lead to open the game. Washington State carried a 10-point lead into the second quarter.
The offenses struggled early in the second period, as Oregon State came away with the only two points in the opening five minutes of the frame. The Cougars took a 24-13 advantage into the intermission.
The Beaver offense came to life in the second half, as OSU used an 8-0 run to get back within two midway through the third quarter. Oregon State would out-score Washington State 23-12 in the period as the teams headed to the closing frame level at 36.
Oregon State took its first lead on a Goodman triple early in the fourth quarter. The Beavers extended the lead to five with 3:38 on the clock, but the Cougars battled back to get within one with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Washington State took a two-point lead on a 3-point play in the closing seconds, but McWilliams converted a layup off an inbounds pass to send the game to overtime.
The teams traded buckets early in the extra period, before the Beavers were able to extend the lead to four with under a minute to go. Oregon State led by as many as six points in the overtime frame, but Washington State battled back to level the score with two second left. McWilliams was fouled on a shot with one second left, and converted the free throws to give the Beavers the win.
The Beavers will head to Seattle on Sunday for a matchup with Washington. That game will tip at 3 p.m. and will air live on Pac-12 Networks.
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