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Oregon State Women’s Basketball Can’t Finish Upset Against Notre Dame, Fall 91-81

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Beavers come up short in upsetting the defending National Champs at the Vancouver Showcase.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Notre Dame at Oregon State Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Notre Dame’s Marina Mabrey hit a three pointer with 3:23 left to break a 77-77 tie and spark a 10-0 run to dash Oregon State’s upset bid. Oregon State led for most of the game after a blistering first quarter where they scored 29 points on nearly 71% shooting. At one point the lead was 14 in the second quarter, and ultimately the Beavers went into halftime with a nine point lead.

The Irish would not go down easily and chipped away at the Beavers’ lead throughout the third and eventually taking the lead in the fourth. It was back and forth until the aforementioned Mabrey three. That left Oregon State with their first loss of the season, while Notre Dame got to leave with the inaugural Vancouver Showcase title.

It was a mirror image of the game from a year ago. Oregon State controlled most of that game keeping Arike Ogunbowale in check and keeping her from taking the game over. Ogunbowale did score 21 points but on 32% shooting. The primary factor was Notre Dame’s Jackie Young, who led all scorers (like she did a year ago) with 23 points.

Oregon State was led by Destiny Slocum as she scored 24 points and went 10-of-14 at the free throw line. Mikayla Pivec continued to show off her all around game with 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.

This game got to be chippy at times as demonstrated by an Ogunbowale elbow that was jabbed into the throat of Janessa Thropay. She was eventually charged for unsportsmanlike conduct after the referees reviewed the tape when play came to a stop on a Thropay blocking foul against Ogunbowale. How it was justified she could stay in the game was beyond me.

Next up, the Beavers will head back to Gill Coliseum to regroup, lick their wounds, and take out their frustrations on La Salle. Catch that game next Saturday, December 1st, at noon in person or on the Pac-12 Network.