The Oregon State Women’s Basketball Team had quite a season this past year. With it being the middle of summer. let’s take some time to reflect on some of the best performances from this year. Full disclosure: this was going to be a top-five list, but there was too much to just mention five!
Warning: there’s a lot from Marie Gülich in here.
Honorable Mention - Aleah Goodman: 17 points, two rebounds, two blocks, one assist, one steal at Washington State (2/9/18)
This game had all the makings for a blow out as Wazzu was severely short-handed, but the Cougars had upset on the mind while the Beavers just looked flat. Thanks to the freshman, Aleah Goodman, the Beavers were able to come back and force overtime where they eventually won. Goodman nailed five three-pointers to lead the Beavers in scoring for the second time in the season.
Honorable Mention - Kat Tudor: 27 points (7-14 on threes), three rebounds, one steal versus Washington State (12/31/17)
WHAT? Tudor drops a career high 27 points and it just makes honorable mention? That’s how stacked this list is. Don’t worry, there’s more from Tudor later on. The reason this game just makes honorable mention is because Tudor has us accustomed to crazy three point stat-lines (see list below). The fact that she hit (only) 50% of her threes just seems like an ordinary day at the office.
10. Mikayla Pivec: 15 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block versus North Dakota (11/10/17)
Mikayla Pivec came out at showed how she’s one of the best rebounding guards in the country just in the first game of the year. Her 15 rebounds were impressive as she nearly achieved a triple-double to kick off the year. She went on to lead all Pac-12 guards in rebounding.
9. Marie Gülich: 25 points (12-16 shooting), nine rebounds, four blocks, three assists, two steals versus USC (2/18/18)
On senior day, Marie Gülich went out like any senior should, a masterful performance where she did a little bit of everything. What might have been the best part of it was the assist on the game sealing play (see clip below).
8. Marie Gülich: 29 points, 15 rebounds, one assist, one block, one steal against Western Kentucky in Round of 64 (3/16/18)
In the first game of the NCAA tournament, Gülich got to show the nation what they’ve been missing out on. She flashed her athleticism while erupting for her second highest scoring output of the season. This coast-to-coast play was one of my favorite Gülich plays from the year.
.@BeaverWBB's Marie Gulich dominated in the half court and the open floor on Friday. Who will win the battle inside today between her and @LadyVol_Hoops' Mercedes Russell? Game tips at 2 PM EST.— High Post Hoops (@HighPostHoops) March 18, 2018
Preview: https://t.co/PX9Noft3hk #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/Q5svZhJgXr
7. Marie Gülich: 24 points (11-12 shooting), 12 rebounds, seven blocks, two assists versus Washingtion (12/29/17)
The eye-popper for this performance is obviously the 92% shooting percentage and the blocks! Gülich nearly got a triple-double, but I assume she must of took mercy on her opponents and turned the dial back from the “DAS HAMMER” setting.
6. Kat Tudor: 23 points (7-9 on threes), four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block at Washington (2/11/18)
Like I said, we’d come back to Tudor. This time the sharpshooter went 78% shooting from downtown, instead of her that pedestrian performance mentioned earlier. The significant thing about this performance was the fact she was coming off a very cold night where she was 0-for-7 against Washington State just two days prior. Talk about a rebound performance!
5. Marie Gülich: 24 points (8-8 on free throws), 12 rebounds, three assists, three blocks versus #7 UCLA (2/16/18)
Gülich was clutch in this nail-biter that had fans on the edge of their seats (I might have fallen out of my seat). While it took her a few quarters to get warmed up, Gulich led the Beavers at the end of the day with 14 points in the fourth quarter and overtime to avenge their blowout loss from earlier in the year to a top ten team. With her performance against UCLA and USC (the second game of the weekend) she was able to clinch Pac-12 Player of the Week for the first time on the season.
Marie Gulich put together a pair of 20+ point games to lead @BeaverWBB to victory and an LA sweep over the weekend.— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) February 19, 2018
She's your #Pac12WBB Player of the Week: https://t.co/C2T6GgGlI9 pic.twitter.com/5dPRnKjsIQ
4. Marie Gülich: 26 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists, one block against Baylor in Sweet 16 (3/23/18)
A monumental upset led by Gülich to get the Beavers to their second Elite Eight appearance in three years. What was most impressive was that she was able to rack up her stats against Baylor’s vaunted front line duo of Lauren Cox (6’4’’) and Kalani Brown (6’7’’). Oh yeah, she only had a minute breather too!
3. Marie Gülich: 28 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, one steal versus #7 Oregon (1/18/18)
To beat a top ten Oregon team, the Beavers were going to need a big night from Gülich. She answered the call with an impressive stat-line to pace Oregon State to their 14th straight win the Civil War series. This huge win wouldn’t have been possible though if another teammate had rose to the occasion and contributed with an even bigger performance.
2. Kat Tudor: 34 points (7-10 on threes), four rebounds, one assist, one block versus #7 Oregon (1/18/18)
Speaking of which, Tudor rose to the occasion and led the Beavers to the upset over the #7 ranked team in the country. Tudor was absolutely unconscious as she hit her first five three-point shots in the first half. Oregon, needing to cinch down their defense on Tudor, committed multiple personal fouls to try to contain her, but she made them pay by going 7-for-9 from the charity stripe.
1. Marie Gülich: 36 points (30 in second half), six rebounds, one assist, one block at Arizona State (2/25/18)
In the final game of the regular season, the Beavers found themselves down by double-digits at halftime. Coming out of the break, Gülich scored Oregon State’s first eight points. She went on to hit all of her 13 shots in the second half to finish a blistering 16-of-18 from the field while also converting all of her free-throws. Her performance earned her Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second consecutive time.
While we look forward to a new batch of great performances next year, how do you think the rankings stack up? Go Beavs!