Well this one was over quick. Destiny Slocum hit a layup 13 seconds into the game, and the Beavers never gave that lead up. Mikayla Pivec scored with 5 minutes left in the first quarter to give the Beavers a 16-6 lead, and that lead would never drop below double digits. At the half St. Mary’s trailed by 22 points, and it would only get worse from the Gaels from there.
Ultimately, the Beavers won by 33 points, 86-56. It’s not quite the pasting they gave Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but it’s dominant none the less. It was a perfect demonstration of what this team looks like when firing on all cylinders. With the Beavers heading up to Vancouver next week for their first road contests of the season, its great to have this kind of momentum.
Destiny Slocum Can Do Just About Anything
Slocum was all over the court tonight, scoring a team high 22 points. She was dangerous from the post, but also effective from behind the arc, going 4-8 on three point shots. St. Mary’s simply could not contain her. She was making plays everywhere, including the other half of the court.
Mikayla Pivec Proves She’s Still the Center of the Team
While Slocum was the leader on the score board, Pivec might have been the player of the night. She finished the night with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and a block. The team rotated through guards regularly tonight, but Pivec was an exception, with 32 minutes of court time, by far the most of any Beaver.
Aleah Goodman Has a Heck of a Shot
Aleah Goodman once heard a rumor that it was possible to take a shot from inside the three-point line, but quickly decided that that sort of thing was for weaker women. Tonight she hit four three pointers, out of 10 attempts. Some of these shots were deep too, behind where the NBA line would have been. Between Goodman, Slocum, Kat Tudor and Katie McWilliams, the team is going to have a lot of excellent three point shooting this year.
Pac-12 Reffing Is Still The Scourge of the Earth.
The refs tonight just would not let players play. Anytime any play got slightly physical, it seemed the whistle would sound, slowing the pace of the game to a crawl, and turning any hot streaks ice cold. Coach Scott Rueck has talked about how college refs have a hard time calling games which feature bigger female players, especially in regards to someone like Jo Grymek, and tonight it felt like his point was proved.
Next week the Beavers head up to Vancouver (the one in Canada) for their first road trip of the season. They’ll be playing in the Vancouver Showcase, and their first game will be against Western Kentucky on Thursday, at 8:30 PM PT. Check back with Building the Dam later this week for a preview of the Hilltoppers.