After a frustrating loss to Arizona State, the Beavers were looking for a bounce back win, and boy did they get one tonight. Oregon State traveled to Seattle to take on Washington, and put things away early in the second quarter, getting a big 86-39 win. With that, the Beavers stand at 16-3 overall, and 6-1 in the conference.
The first quarter started with the teams trading buckets, but Katie McWilliams foreshadowed the way the game was heading when she sank a three after an Amber Melgoza turnover to get the Beavers a five point lead. 40 seconds later Taya Corosdale drained a three of her own, and we were off to the races.
Aleah Goodman added a trio of threes, while Washington’s scoring went ice cold, with the seconds ticking away in the first quarter, Goodman decided she wasn’t done, and added a fourth triple right at the buzzer to give the Beavers a 30-8 first quarter lead.
Destiny Slocum came out on fire in the second quarter, scoring the first 11 of the Beavers points in the period, including two three pointers. Washington began to attempt three after three in hopes of cutting into Oregon State’s lead, but few of them fell. The Beavers kept pressure up, and in the final seconds of the half Slocum grabbed a steal and broke down the court for a final layup. The Beavers led 56-17 at halftime.
Slocum started the third quarter off with a pair of threes, but Washington’s Darcy Rees kept pace with two threes of her own. The Beavers’ three shooting as a whole cooled a bit in the second half, but they made up for it with speed and dominance in the paint. Jo Grymek in particular looked excellent in the second half; Washington was completely unable to keep her away from the basket.
The Beavers backed off the gas in the fourth, letting the bench handle much of the quarter, but the damage was done. At the end of the night the Beavers had managed an impressive 86-39 win over a conference rival.
Slocum was the star of the show tonight, with 28 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. She had excellent night from behind the arc, hitting four three point shots.
Washington did not have anyone who could match up with Jo Grymek in the post, and she capitalized on it, going a perfect 7-7 for 14 points.
Mikayla Pivec hit a double double tonight, with 12 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists. Pivec was an important part of OSU’s dominance of the boards tonight, the Beavers led 55-28 in rebounding.
Taya Corosdale also contributed to the big rebounding win, with 14, and added 9 points and 3 assists.
Aleah Goodman finished the night with 12 points, all on three pointers.
The Beavers will next travel to Pullman to take on Washington State. That game is Sunday, January 27th, at 12:00 PM PT. Check back with Building the Dam for a preview.