A rough start to the Beavers conference schedule continues, with Oregon State dropping their first game of the season against #8 Oregon by a big margin, 79-59. After last week’s loss against Utah, the tam now sits at 3-2 overall, and 1-2 in conference play.
The game started close, with Taylor Jones and Erin Boley trading jumpers, and Aleah Goodman and Taylor Mikesell trading threes. Both teams suffered a scoring drought early in the first, but Mikesell began to get the Ducks moving, hitting a few threes to build a substantial early lead. Oregon led at the end of the first, 21-11.
The Ducks continued to control the pace of the game in the second quarter, and the game started to slip away from the Beavers. Te-Hina Paopao had a big quarter, hitting two threes and scoring 10 total points. Oregon State continued to struggle to get their scoring going, despite a good effort from Taylor Jones. At the end of the first half, the Ducks led by 21, 45-24.
Oregon State showed a bit of life in the third, with Sasha Goforth getting some scoring in, but the Ducks continued to pull away. The fourth quarter was the only period where Oregon State outscored Oregon, or even came close, but by then the margin was too great to overcome.
Taylor Jones led the team in scoring, with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Jelena Mitrovic was right behind her, with 11 points, 4 rebounds and an assist. Savannah Samuel rounded out Oregon State’s double digit scorers, with 10 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks.
It was an off night for OSU’s starting guards. Three point shooting, normally a team strength, was abysmal tonight, with the team going 3 for 19 from beyond the arc. Shooting as a whole felt rough, with the Beavers registering a 35.6 shooting percentage for the night.
The team will try to get its mojo back with its first road trip of the season. They’ll travel to Pullman to take on Washington State on Saturday, December 19th, and then head to Seattle to play Washington on Monday, December 21st.