Oregon State put on a dominant offensive performance, nearly breaking into triple digits with a 98-77 win over #18 Depaul. While Depaul put forward a smothering defense, the Beavers broke away in the second quarter to take control of the game. Oregon State will take on Missouri State in the Preseason WNIT Championship on Sunday in Corvallis.
Depaul looked like they’d be a touch match for the Beavers early. Deja Church got the Demons the first points of the game with a pair of free throws, foreshadowing a game that would become very foul heavy. Depaul would end the night with 25 personal fouls, while Oregon State added 18 of their own.
After Depaul went up 4-0, Taylor Jones got the Beavers offense working, putting up the first 8 points for Oregon State. Jones looked just about impossible to defend in the post, leading the Beavers in scoring with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks.
The Demons’ defense proved tough for the Beavers to overcome at first. Depaul used a full court press to swarm Oregon State’s ball carriers the minute they gained possession. There were usually two Demons on whichever Beaver was handling the ball. Of course, this opened up gaps in the defense, and in the second quarter the Beavers finally began to exploit those holes.
Destiny Slocum, Aleah Goodman and Jasmine Simmons were all extremely effective, either setting themselves up for threes or finding Jones or Kennedy Brown under the basket. A game that was tied at 6 minutes in the second quarter quickly turned into a Beaver rout after OSU went on a 14-0 run.
The third quarter also provided plenty of action, but the highlight came right at the end. With seconds left on the clock, Jasmine Simmons grabbed a rebound. Simmons got the ball to Aleah Goodman, who was quickly swarmed by Depaul defenders. Goodman got up to half court, but there was just over a second left on the clock. Then, she did this.
Goodman had an amazing night, with 16 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Destiny Slocum nearly matched her, with 17 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Both of them, along with Jasmine Simmons (10 points, 6 rebounds and an assist) gave the Beavers an incredible perimeter presence. While those three dropped tons of threes, Jones and Brown dominated the interior. We’ve already discussed Jones, but Brown had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks on the night. The Jones and Brown block party is going to be fun to watch this season.
One of the best moments of the night came in the first quarter, with Kat Tudor finally making a return to the court. After an ACL tear last January, it was unclear how much time with the Beavers Tudor had left. She didn’t see much time on the court tonight, with Head Coach Scott Rueck limiting her minutes while she gets reacclimated, but she did manage to pull down three rebounds. It’s great to see her back in action.
With Missouri State upsetting Oklahoma on the other side of the bracket, Oregon State will host the Preseason WNIT final on Sunday, November 17th. Tipoff is currently scheduled for 1:30 PST, so get to Gill and cheer the team on.