Injuries to Kat Tudor, Janessa Thropay, and Andrea Aquino, the Beavers went into Sunday’s matchup with the Washington Huskies short-handed. It didn’t end up mattering, as Destiny Slocum and the Beavers took control of the game early, coming away with a 78-67 win despite a frantic Washington attempt at a comeback. The victory puts the Beavers at 12-2 for the season, with a 2-0 Pac-12 record.
Destiny Slocum got started early today. She scored the first points of the game with a gorgeous three point shot, and added a second 5 minutes later. She finished the first quarter with 12 points, and had given the Beavers a 19-11 lead.
The Beavers continued to pull away in the second quarter, and finished the half up 38-26. Washington managed to make adjustments in the second half, trimming the Beaver lead to just 4 in the third quarter, but the Beavers took back control of the game, going up by as much as 21 in the fourth quarter. Some physical play, and a couple iffy calls from the officiating crew, allowed the Huskies to trim that lead down, but by that point the Beavers were mostly focused on killing the clock, and Washington was never in danger of getting back in the game.
Destiny Slocum was the star of the show, scoring a career high 30 points. She was deadly both in the post and from behind the arc, where she went 5 for 9. She also added 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
With the Beavers missing Kat Tudor’s 3 point shooting, possibly for the remainder of the season, the rest of the team stepped up. In addition to Slocum’s five, Taya Corosdale added 3, Mikayla Pivec had 2, and Katie McWilliams, Aleah Goodman, and Jasmine Simmons hit one each.
Pivec was the second leading scorer of the game, with 17 points. Taya Corosdale finished with 9 points, and was also an absolute monster on the boards, with 14 total rebounds. Maddie Washington only had two points today, but was an absolute nightmare defensively for the Huskies, with 3 blocks and 5 rebounds.
Next weekend the Beavers hit the road, travelling down to Los Angeles for their first Pac-12 road games. They’ll take on UCLA Friday, January 11th, at 7:00 PM PT, and face USC on Sunday, January 13th, at 12:00 PM PT. Check back with Building the Dam for previews of those games.