It’s been nearly a month since the Oregon State Women’s basketball team last competed, but they finally got back on the court today on the road against Arizona. The Wildcats boast one of the best players in the nation in Aari McDonald, and she looked the part today, leading Arizona to a 67-51 victory over OSU. The Beavers drop to 3-4 overall, and 1-4 in the Pac-12. Arizona moves to 10-2, and 8-2 in the conference, only one game behind the Pac-12 leading Stanford Cardinal.
The game started pretty good for the Beavers, with Ellie Mack hitting a three to start scoring. Oregon State built an 8-0 lead before Arizona finally found some offense, but the Beavers managed to stay in front for most of the first quarter. Arizona kept chipping away though, and finally took the lead with a Helena Pueyo 3 pointer with 2 minutes left in the first.
The second quarter was close for the time with the Beavers hanging tough with the Wildcats. With less than 5 minutes to go in the first half, it was a one point game with the Wildcats leading 26-25. McDonald then began to take control of the game, and Oregon State’s shooting went quiet, allowing Arizona to make a big run that put them up 40-26 at halftime.
That set the tone for the rest of the game. Arizona never went on another huge run, but the Beavers never managed to really cut into the Wildcats’ lead. Any burst of momentum by Oregon State was quickly snuffed by Arizona, and the Wildcats hung onto a double digit margin until the final buzzer, winning 67-51.
Taylor Jones and Savannah Samuel lead the Beavers in scoring with 11 points each. Jones also lead in rebounds with 7. No other Beavers hit double digits, though Aleah Goodman and Taya Corosdale each added 8 points. Sasha Goforth scored 0 points, and her time was limited.
The Beavers will return to Gill Coliseum next weekend, taking on the Washington schools. They’ll host the Huskies on Friday, January 22nd and the Cougars on Sunday, January 24th. Hopefully they can back to winning pretty soon.