The Oregon State Women’s team suffered their worst loss of the season, falling 84-49 against UCLA this Friday. The Beavers never found an offensive rhythm, struggling to score points all game. Oregon State falls to 11-3 this season, with a 2-1 conference record. The Bruins are also now 11-3, and also 2-1 in the conference.
Failure from the back court was one of the most persistent problems. Mikayla Pivec turned the ball over six times in the game, including 3 early in the first quarter. By the end of the first quarter the Beavers had 9 turnovers, by the end of the first half, they had 11. UCLA was quick to capitalize on this, scoring 19 points off turnovers in the first half, leading to a 40-21 halftime deficit. Oregon State would never get closer than that.
Pivec and Kat Tudor, normally two of the Beavers top shooters, were shut down by UCLA’s defense. Pivec only made one field goal, Tudor had none. Threes were especially hard to come by. The Beavers can normally count on 12 to 15 shots from behind the arc; tonight they had 2, both coming in the 4th quarter when the UCLA lead ranged from 30 to 40 points.
Marie Gulich was the focal point for what amounted to the Beaver offense tonight, but the Bruins realized this early and tried to remove her from the game as much as possible With the Guards struggling, Oregon State tried to feed the ball to Gulich early and often, but UCLA managed to pick off quite a few of those passes into the key. As Gulich tried to slow down the Bruin fast breaks, she accumulated more fouls than she usually does, and had to miss quite a lot of floor time in the second half.
Gulich still posted the most impressive stat line of the night for Oregon State, with her 16 points enough for almost a third of the Beavers points. She also pulled down five rebounds.
Forward Taya Corosdale was the other bright spot for the Beavers. Corosdale managed to go 5-6 from the field on a night when her teammates struggled to find their shots, ending with 10 points and 3 rebounds.
UCLA’s star Monique Billings was dominant tonight. Her early steals helped jump start the Bruin game plan, and the Beavers were unable to prevent her from scoring for most of the game. Billings finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals.
The Beavers will stay in Los Angeles this weekend and face USC on Sunday. That game tips off at 1:00 pm PT.
UCLA will next host Sabrina Ionescu and the Oregon Ducks on on Sunday. The match up will be an important one for what are currently the two highest ranked teams in the PAC-12.