The Beavers finished up their season series against the Washington schools with a bruising road win over the Washington State Cougars. While the Beavers didn’t match the offensive highs of their win over Washington, their defense effectively shut WSU out of the game. For the second straight game, the Beavers held a team to fewer than 10 points a quarter, winning 52-35. The Beavers, rated 9th in the nation, are now 17-3 overall and 7-1 in the conference.
Neither team could find much of an offensive rhythm at first, with missed layups and turnovers on both sides. The Beavers found their shots first, going on a 14-3 run in the back half of the quarter to take a 16-7 lead.
The couldn’t find much perimeter shooting, a big difference from their last game, but Mikayla Pivec and Jo Grymek were able to find production in the paint. The Cougars, led by Borislava Hristova, began to cut into the Beaver lead, but Pivec hit OSU’s first three of the game to start another run for the team. After another quarter of low scoring, the Beavers led 23-15.
Pivec gave the Beavers a double digit lead right of the bat in the third, and the OSU lead would only rarely dip below that. Destiny Slocum started to get her game going, a pair of big threes in the third.
Shooting for the Cougars remained cold, with a 25.5 field goal percentage for the game. While the Beavers weren’t lighting up the scoreboard, their shooting was good enough (37.3 FG%) to keep a sizable lead for all of the fourth quarter. Joana Grymek finished the game with a three-point play to seal the win.
Pivec was the star of the show tonight, and the only player for Oregon State to break into double digits. She finished with 19 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Outside of her big third quarter, Destiny Slocum didn’t get a lot of scoring in, with only 9 points in the game, but she made plenty of impact defensively, with 6 rebounds and a pair of steals.
The Beavers will be back at Gill next weekend, taking on Colorado on Friday, February 1st at 7:00 PM PT and Utah on Sunday, February 3rd at 12:00 PM PT. Check back with Building the Dam for previews of those games.