After an impressive streak of wins put them back in the NCAA Tournament picture, Oregon State was defeated by the same team that had handed them their last loss, the Stanford Cardinal. Oregon State’s shooting was ice cold for most of the game, while Stanford found their footing early on the way to a lopsided 79-45 victory. Oregon State falls to 11-7 overall, and 7-7 in Pac-12 play.
After a low scoring first half ended in a 13-13 tie, it appeared we were in for a tough contest. Unfortunately for the Beavers, Stanford solved their scoring problems early, while the Beavers never improved on their poor shooting. Oregon State shot for 31% from the field, and hit 6 out of 26 of their three point attempts. The Beavers live and die on the three, and tonight the three would not be found.
After being outscored 20-9 in the second quarter, the Beavers were down 33-22 at halftime. The third and fourth quarters were essentially repeats of the second; the Beavers scored 10 and 13 in each quarter, while the Cardinal scored 22 and 24. After a grueling schedule, it seemed like the Beavers had finally ran out of energy.
Aleah Goodman was the only Beaver to hit double digits tonight, with 12 points and 3 rebounds. Taylor Jones had a great night on the boards, with 13 rebounds, but only scored 6 points.
The Beavers will have some time off now, while Stanford will head to the finals to take on UCLA or Arizona. The NCAA Selection Show is set for March 15th, and the Beavers should still be able to find themselves in the field. ESPN’s last bracketology had Oregon State as a 9 seed, and even a bad loss to the fourth ranked team in the country shouldn’t hurt their stock too much.