Oregon State put in a dominant performance in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, taking down Washington Stae 82-55 just a few days after they closed out the regular season playing the Cougs. Oregon State improves to 23-8.
Kat Tudor, in one of the best games of her career, got the game started with a 3 to put the Beavers on the board first. The Cougars hung with the Beavers for a bit in the first quarter, but two more threes from Kat and some impressive interior play from Taylor Jones let Oregon State start building a big lead early in the game. They were up 17, 29-12, at the end of the first.
The second quarter was much the same. Destiny Slocum dominated the early minutes to keep the Beavers in front, and then a pair of back to back Kat Tudor threes got the Beavers a 22 point lead. The Beaver defense continued to suffocate Wazzu’s scoring, and Oregon State closed out the first half up 25, 53-28.
The third quarter was familiar, with a strong Beaver defense and another Kat Tudor three keeping the Beavers in front. In the fourth, Washington State finally started to slow down Oregon State’s offense, but much of that was down to a Beaver focus on running out the clock. The Cougars still struggled to get any points on the board. Oregon State takes the first round win by 27, 82-55.
Kat Tudor was a star tonight. She hit 6 of her 7 3 point attempts, and finished with 24 points. She also had 3 rebounds. Mikayla Pivec also had a strong night, with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Destiny Slocum rounded out the team’s double digit scorers with 13 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
The Beavers won’t have any time to rest up, and they have quite a test tomorrow. They’ll take on 7th ranked (and the Pac-12’s third seed) Stanford, once again at 8:30 PM PT. The game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.