OSU women's basketball: Beavers fall short in overtime

2013-03-03T19:00:00Z 2013-03-04T13:15:12Z OSU women's basketball: Beavers fall short in overtimeBy STEVE GRESS, Corvallis Gazette-Times Albany Democrat Herald

Ali Gibson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer fell just short, as did the Oregon State women’s basketball team’s bid for an upset of No. 19 Colorado, as the Buffaloes held on for a 66-63 overtime Pac-12 victory on Sunday in Gill Coliseum.

Gibson had given the Beavers a seemingly unthinkable shot at a tie seconds earlier when she swished a 35-footer with 6.3 seconds left to get the Beavers within 64-63.

After the Buffaloes made two free throws, the Beavers had one more chance.

Inbounding the ball near half court, Jamie Weisner found Gibson open for a potential game-tying 3.

It wasn’t to be.

The Beavers (10-20) end the regular season at 4-14 in the conference and will take the No. 10 seed into this week’s Pac-12 tournament in Seattle. OSU opens with USC at noon on Thursday in Key Arena.

It’s the second time in the last three games the Beavers have gone toe-to-toe with a ranked opponent. OSU dropped a 58-56 decision at California on Feb. 24.

“I don’t think there’s moral victories,” coach Scott Rueck said. “This is about winning. That’s why we do this, that’s why they hire us, that’s why people go to school, they go to school to win and to go to programs to turn them and to win.”

The Beavers have struggled to do that this season, losing eight conference games by five points or fewer.

Weisner sent the game into overtime with a 3 with under 10 seconds left in regulation.

In overtime, the Buffaloes (24-5, 13-5) led 61-57 with under a minute left, and the Beavers looked to get a stop until Arielle Roberson grabbed an offensive rebound and made the shot for a 63-57 advantage with 41 seconds left.

Weisner hit a contested 3 and the Buffaloes converted a free throw for a 64-60 lead before Gibson’s deep 3 kept hope alive for the Beavers.

“I thought offensive rebounding was the key to this game,” Rueck said. “They gave themselves just a few more opportunities than we can afford to give them.

“Roberson’s O-board in overtime I thought was the play of the game.”

The Buffaloes had 20 offensive rebounds and had 16 second-chance points.

While the ending didn’t go the Beavers’ way, the first 13-plus minutes sure did.

OSU hit five of its first six 3-point attempts and with 6:30 left in the half led 31-13 on Patricia Bright’s layup after she blocked a shot at the other end.

But the Buffaloes recovered with a 19-2 run the next 8:45 to get within 33-32 early in the second half.

“I thought we lost focus offensively,” Rueck said. “They were up against the wall so they increased their defensive intensity, which in my opinion opened things up for us, had we handled pressure. Turnovers were the key to that run. They capitalized on them, got in the open court and took control of the game and got confident.”

The Beavers responded with an 11-2 run for a 44-34 lead with 14:46 left.

But OSU went nearly 9 minutes without a basket late to allow the Buffaloes to take the lead before Weisner’s heroics at the end of regulation.

Chucky Jeffery had a game-high 25 points for Colorado, which will have a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament. Roberson added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Gibson led the Beavers with 15 points, while Weisner added 14 points and an OSU season-high 13 rebounds.

Mollee Schwegler had eight points, ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley and Bright each added seven points and Quortni Fambro had five points as the seniors played their final home game for the Beavers.

“We got huge performances from (the seniors) along with the two sitting next to me (Weisner and Gibson),” Rueck said. “We can hold our head up high for the way we competed for sure, but at this level it’s about winning.”

(19) Colorado 66, Oregon State 63 (OT)

COLORADO (24-5) — Roberson 2-9 6-7 10, Hargis 1-5 1-2 3, B. Wilson 1-4 4-6 7, Sborov 0-1 0-0 0, Jeffery 10-22 3-4 25, Kresl 1-2 2-2 5, A. Wilson 1-5 0-0 2, Reese 4-11 0-0 8, Weston 0-0 0-0 0, Swan 3-9 0-0 6. Totals 23-68 16-21 66.

OREGON STATE (10-20) — Edwards-Teasley 3-6 0-1 7, Gibson 4-8 4-5 15, Weisner 5-11 2-2 14, Martin 1-5 0-0 2, Schwegler 2-10 2-2 8, Siegner 2-2 0-0 5, Fambro 2-6 0-0 5, Bright 3-7 1-4 7, Hunter 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 9-14 63.

Halftime — Oregon St. 33-28. End Of Regulation — Tied 56. 3-Point Goals — Colorado 4-9 (Jeffery 2-4, Kresl 1-1, B. Wilson 1-2, Roberson 0-2), Oregon St. 10-23 (Gibson 3-7, Weisner 2-4, Schwegler 2-6, Fambro 1-1, Siegner 1-1, Edwards-Teasley 1-2, Martin 0-1, Bright 0-1). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Colorado 49 (Roberson 11), Oregon St. 36 (Weisner 13). Assists — Colorado 8 (B. Wilson 3), Oregon St. 16 (Schwegler 7). Total Fouls — Colorado 14, Oregon St. 18. A — 1,157.

Steve Gress is the sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He can be reached at steve.gress@lee.net.

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