For the third game in a row, the Beavers have failed to keep up with a top 5 game. This time, the #4 Oregon Ducks completed a Civil War sweep, taking down Oregon State 66-57. Oregon State falls to 16-4, and 4-4 in the Pac-12. The Ducks improve to 17-2, and are tied atop the conference with a 7-1 record.
The Ducks opened the game with an 8-0 run, but Mikayla Pivec went on a tear, scoring the next 5 points to get the Beavers onto the scoreboard. An Aleah Goodman three tied the game up, and Pivec followed that with a layup to give the Beavers the lead. The two teams battled back and forth, but a Destiny Slocum free throw gave OSU a one point lead as the quarter ended.
The battle continued into the second quarter, but the Beavers slowly managed to build an edge. A Kat Tudor three and a Kat Tudor pair of free throws gave the Beavers their largest lead of the game, six points. The Ducks kept things close, and a Ruthy Hebard layout as the clock hit 0:00 cut the OSU lead to 3, 37-34, at the end of the first half.
As the second half opened, the game turned into a defensive showcase. A Hebard layup and an Ionescu jumper were the only points for the first four minutes of the third quarter, but it was enough to give Oregon a one point lead. As has happened in previous losses, the Beavers’ shots went cold at the worst possible time. Oregon State managed only 8 points in the third, allowing the Ducks to take a 52-45 lead into the final quarter.
Oregon State’s shots never really returned. They didn’t score for the first five minutes of the final quarter, allowing the Ducks to run away with the game. Considering how good thhe Ducks have been this season, it wasn’t a bad performance defensively from Oregon State, but they have to figure out these shooting droughts moving forward.
Mikayla Pivec led Oregon State in scoring, and was the only Beaver to hit double digits. She finished with 20 points, 12 resounds and 4 assists. Destiny Slocum and Aleah Goodman each finished with 9 points, while Kat Tudor and Taylor Jones each had 8.
Now on a 3 game losing streak, the Beavers will look to get back to winning on the road next week, travelling to Colorado on Thursday, January 30th, and Utah on Saturday, February 1st.