Power 85, StingRays 80
Nov. 19, 1997
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Former UCLA star Natalie Williams scored six of her career-high 34 points in overtime as the Portland Power beat the Long Beach StingRays 85-80 on Tuesday night in the American Basketball League.
Elaine Powell added 24 as the Western Conference-leading Power (11-3) won their fourth consecutive game in front of an announced crowd of 1,491 at the 4,000-seat Pyramid on the Long Beach State campus.
Yolanda Griffith had 19 before fouling out and Clarissa Davis-Wrightsil 18 for Long Beach (7-6), losers of four of its last six.
Williams' three-point play with 3:45 left in overtime gave Portland a 74-72 lead it did not relinquish. Powell's two free throws and short hook shot boosted its edge to five at 79-74 with 1:20 left.
Williams' 3-pointer with 10.1 seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime tied at 71. Niesa Johnson's 3-pointer put Long Beach up 69-68 with 1:03 left while Andrea Nagy's two-free throws, with 25.3 seconds left, increased the lead to 71-68.
Williams opened the second half with six points during the Power's 8-2 run, giving it a 43-42 advantage, its first lead since the first quarter. Molly Goodenbour and Lisa Harrison's three-point baskets and Williams' two lay-ups, boosted its lead to 53-49 with Portland ending the quarter up 57-55.
Griffith scored six points as the StingRays opened the second quarter with a 9-0 run. The Power was able to pull to within three, 28-25, on Powell and Goodenbour's back-to-back 3-point baskets, but Long Beach responded with an 8-2 spurt and led 40-35 at halftime.