On the day after Thanksgiving, the Beavers got right back to work, taking down the 18th/19th ranked Miami Hurricanes 75-53. The Beavers now sit at 6-0, and will have one more game in Miami tomorrow, against Liberty University.
The Beavers took the lead early, with Mikayla Pivec and Destiny Slocum once again leading the way. Pivec was the team’s leading scorer, with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while Slocum contributed 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Beavers never lost the lead after 7:45 in the first quarter, but the Hurricanes kept things close for the bit. Miami was able to match OSU’s three point shooters just about shot for shot in the first half, despite some impressive shooting from Slocum, Aleah Goodman and Kat Tudor. The Beavers sharp shooting kept them in front, as Oregon State just refused to miss a shot. That included Destiny Slocum scoring the 1,000th point of her college career.
Aleah Goodman also looked impressive, draining some big threes to preserve the Beavers margin. Goodman had a solid night, hitting 3 threes for 9 points, alongside 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Goodman and Tudor hit back to back threes to put the Beavers up 10, but Miami fought back, managing to trim the lead to 6 before halftime.
After the half, the Beavers exploded. Kennedy Brown hit a three right off the bat, and Destiny Slocum followed up with two more threes to put OSU firmly in control. Miami would never get within 10 points for the rest of the game. Kat Tudor would add two more threes later to put a cap on a 23 point quarter for the Beavers.
This is one of the best games we’ve seen for Tudor since her return, with 9 points, an assist and a rebound. Miami did alright in limiting the Beavers scoring in the post, holding Taylor Jones to 6 points and Kennedy Brown to 4, but their game plan left a lot of gaps on the perimeter, and the Beavers guards feasted.
Miami just couldn’t find a shot in the 4th, while the Beavers continued to make open jumpers. Oregon State finished with a 22 point win, 75-53. A 20 point win over a nationally ranked opponent, on the road, is definitely going to catch some attention.
Oregon State isn’t done in Miami yet. Tomorrow they’ll take on the Liberty Flames (1-5) as part of Miami’s Thanksgiving Tournament. Tip off is at 11:00 AM, but you’ll need an ACC Network subscription to watch.