Five against two!
If one more player fouled out Arizona women's basketball coach
In the final minute of a double-overtime away game against Oregon State last Thursday, Arizona's
"We went from five to four to three to two players on the floor against five," said Hays. "It was hard for us because neither Beatrice nor I play point guard so we're not used to dribbling the ball down court."
It was a lucky break for Oregon State, who despite a series of recent victories, likely wouldn't have had a strong enough defense to stop the Wildcats this year. In the first overtime, Arizona took a 73-67 lead despite having just four players at that point.
"I've never seen a game like that on television, in person, or from the sidelines in all my years of coaching," said Oregon State coach
"I was like, jeez there are four people on Beatrice and one person on me. How are we going to do this?" said Hays. "Luckily my teammate is 6-7 so we were still getting the ball past half-court even against five people."
The sad part is, OSU played well, and still had to put up a fight to get past the disappearing Wildcats. With just four players, Arizona was able to build a six-point lead in the first overtime, despite a career-high 30 points from Oregon State's
"I though they did a fabulous job and they attacked us from the start," said Wagner. "We were in a fight."
It's hard to imagine that OSU can feel good about a win at the hands of a team that was half OSU's size by the end of the game. The victory over Arizona certainly wasn't the players' fault, but for college-level competitors, it might come with the same satisfaction as watching
"It was a win," said Allen, "But it was an ugly win that we probably were not worthy of."