The Beavers’ face off with the Rocky Mountain schools got off to a great start with a dominating 89-65 win over Colorado. That win sends the Beavers to 18-3 overall, and 8-1 in the conference.
Aleah Goodman got the game started with a pair of three point shots to give the Beavers an early cushion. Oregon State looked like they would pull away early, but the Buffaloes hung tough, not letting the Beaver lead get out of hand. A couple of clutch threes from Mya Hollingshed and Alexis Robinson kept things only a couple scores apart.
Destiny Slocum started her big game in the first hitting layup after layup en route to an 8 point quarter. In the second, Jo Grymek began to make her presence felt. With Grymek and Slocum scoring in the paint, Colorado’s defense began to struggle with all the avenues Oregon State’s offense was attacking.
Aleah Goodman got back to hitting threes, and Destiny Slocum added one of her own, and as the half wound down, Oregon State had started to blow the Buffaloes out. Goodman hit one more jumper in the final minute of the half to give the Beavers an 18 point lead.
Colorado went on a bit of a run to start the second half, until an Aleah Goodman three shifted momentum back. Destiny Slocum and Mikayla Pivec also added threes, while Jo Grymek kept things locked down in the paint.
Colorado’s offense wilted in the fourth, with only two points, while the Beavers continued to hit three after three. Oregon State was excellent from behind the arc tonight, going 10 for 14. Goodman in particular was effective from range, hitting all six of her three point attempts.
With a 30 point margin and five minutes to go, Oregon State began to draw things out. The Buffaloes hit some great shots to get the lead back under 30, but the game was far out of hand, and Oregon State picked up another Pac-12 road win.
Goodman had what may be the best game of her life. In addition to her perfect three point shooting, she scored 25 total points, a career high. She also had 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
Slocum joined her in breaking 20 points, with a game-leading 26 total. She also had 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Joanna Grymek continues to grow into one of the Beavers most important players. When the Beavers could find her under the basket, she was rock solid, scoring 12 points. She was also tonight’s top rebounder for OSU, with 8 total.
The Beavers finish up this weekend’s home stand against 14th ranked Utah on Sunday at 12:00 PM PT. If you can, get down to Gill and support the squad!