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Beavers Hunt Down Cougars in Second Half to Win 71-53

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Kat Tudor’s career day pulls Oregon State out of a first half funk.

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The Beavers scored a season low nine first quarter points and fell behind by five early in the second quarter before finding their groove to take care of the short-handed Cougars. Washington State was without their leading scorer, forward Borislava Hristova, who was still recovering from a late week ankle sprain. The Beavers had to struggle with some adversity as well when Mikayla Pivec exited the game early in the first quarter with two quick fouls that caused her to miss nearly the entire first half.

Poor shooting haunted the home team’s first half production, hitting just 32% of their shots, as they found themselves down two points going into the break. But Kat Tudor made sure to keep Oregon State within striking distance in the first half with 15 points, including four three-pointers.

Tudor continued her hot shooting from beyond the arc, adding two more in part of a 22-6 run in the third quarter, which put the Beavers up by double digits. The sophomore eventually ended up with a career night in highs for points (27) and three-pointers (seven). Marie Gulich helped pace the Beavers with her sixth double-double of the year, totaling 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks. It would a robbery if she isn’t recognized as the Pac-12 Player of the Week with totals of 46 points (on 19-of-25 shooting), 36 boards, and nine blocks over two games.

Despite playing just 20 minutes due to foul trouble, Pivec ended up with a double-double of her own, with 10 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists. Also notable was Joanna Grymek’s efficiency with four points and four rebounds in just five minutes of work. Offensive rebounding was key for the Beavers to counter their poor shooting performance. They outdid the Cougars 21-5 in the category while more than doubling the rebounds by their visitors, 56-26.

Chanelle Molina led the Cougars with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Alexys Swedlund added 13. Washington State drops to .500 at 7-7 overall and are still looking for their first conference win.

The Beavers move to 11-2 on the year with a 2-0 start to Pac-12 play. They hit the road next week to visit the Southern California schools that have collective 19-5 record. Stay tuned to Building the Dam for more previews and recaps of Beaver Women’s Basketball.