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Oregon State 63, Oregon 61

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Mandy Close is making a habit of being
the hero.

The senior guard converted a three-point play with 3.4 seconds
remaining to give Oregon State a 63-61 win over Oregon on
Wednesday.

It was the second straight game-winner for Close, whose basket
in the closing seconds of overtime gave the Beavers a victory over
Washington State on Saturday.

On Wednesday, the Beavers were trailing by one with 9 seconds
left when Tiffany Ducker rebounded a Duck miss and got the ball to
Close in the backcourt.

Close drove the length of the floor and banked in the winning
shot as she was fouled by Eleanor Haring. Close made the free
throw.

"I looked over at coach and she said 'go.' That's what we
did," Close said. "It was a confidence thing, and the coach had
enough confidence in the team to get it done without calling a
timeout."

A last-second heave by Oregon's Kaele Chapdelaine from near
midcourt fell short. Chapdelaine credited Close on the game-winner.

"She put it on herself to make a great finish, and she did it
and kudos to her," she said.

Kim Butler scored a game-high 26 points for Oregon State (9-8,
3-6 Pacific-10 Conference). Gabrielle Richards had 23 points and 13
points for Oregon (12-7, 3-6).

The Ducks erased an eight-point halftime deficit with a 17-3
run, but the Beavers answered by scoring 10 of the next 12 points
to take a 49-47 lead.

Neither team led by more than four the rest of the way.

"I think a big difference coming down the stretch was defensive
stops," said Oregon coach Bev Smith. "Defensively, you have to
make stops. We've preached it all year, and we didn't get it done
tonight."

Oregon State finished with a school-record low six turnovers,
three in each half.

"I think we did a great job of taking care of the ball, working
the possession," coach LaVonda Wagner said.

The teams meet again Saturday in Eugene, where the Ducks will
try to build on their 52-23 series lead.

"That's a positive for us," Chapdelaine said of the rematch.
"We can come back. We have a chance to correct our mistakes."
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