Most OSU fans expected a big win over La Salle, but seeing the Beavers just demolish a team is always a great time. Oregon State brought the pain early, jumping out to a 14-2 lead. After taking a 10 point lead into the second quarter, OSU’s defense shut down the Explorers while the offense exploded. A barrage of scoring, including 4 three pointers, gave the Beavers a 45-16 lead at halftime.
The second half would go ever better for the Beavers. Kat Tudor opened the half with another three, while La Salle continued to struggle to score. La Salle scored their 20th point with 4:00 left in the half. By that time, the Beavers had scored 64. Even with a 44 point lead, the Beavers did not let up. Destiny Slocum continued to score from everywhere on the court, and Janessa Thropay was deadly in the post.
With 37 seconds left in the game, Maddie Washington hit a free throw to give the Beavers 100 points. Today’s the first time the Beavers have hit triple digits since last December’s victory over San Jose State. La Salle managed to score a bit more effectively than they had in the first three quarters, but it was far too little too late, and the Beavers grabbed a 54 point, 100-46 win.
Kat Tudor Had Her Biggest Game of the Season
Tudor has been effective so far this season, but tonight she was the star of the show. Tudor hit 4 three pointers, and 8 total field goals. She finished the night with 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. It what was generally a very balanced game from the Beavers, Tudor stood out as Oregon State’s biggest threat. She was also a nightmare for the Explorers on defense, with 2 blocked shots emphasizing how she shut down opposing guards.
Four More Beavers Hit Double Digits
In addition to Tudor, four other Beavers hit double digits in scoring tonight. A few of these were expected. Mikayla Pivec has been the leader of the team all season, and she grabbed 10 points tonight, along with 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Taya Corosdale was the Beavers’ second best scorer of the night, with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Freshman Jasmine Simmons had her first double digit game as a Beaver. She hit 11 points late in the fourth quarter, and also had 2 rebounds and 2 assists. It’s very exciting to see some young Beavers start to contribute.
Janessa Thropay was the last Beaver to enter double digits, with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Thropay has benefited from more minutes over last season, and is really starting to become an effective part of the team.
Pac-12 Refs Keep Doing What They’ve Been Doing
It’s pretty clear that some refs just hate the style of game the Beavers play. Destiny Slocum got the worst of it tonight, picking up her fifth personal foul early in the fourth quarter. It’s a shame, as Slocum was having a good game up until that point, with 7 points, 8 assists, and 4 rebounds. Against tougher opponents, the Beavers may have to adjust their game to be less physical, because it seems like these refs will call anything.
The Beavers have a week to prepare for their next game. On Sunday, December 9th, Santa Clara will come to town. Tipoff is at 2:00 PM PT. Building the Dam will have a preview of the game next week, so check back to learn about Santa Clara.