I’ve written several times this year about the Oregon State Women picking up their biggest win of the season, but THIS time it has to be true. The Beavers beat Colorado two weeks ago, but going into Boulder and taking down the Buffaloes on their home court was going to be an even taller order. The Beavers rose to the challenge however, and took down Colorado 65-59 despite an impressive 4th quarter rally from the Buffaloes.
Early in the game it looked like the Beavers were going to run away with it. Colorado struggled to score early, and in the first quarter Oregon State was able to capitalize on early scoring from Raegan Beers and Lily Hansford to jump out to a 17-8 lead.
The second quarter was even better for the Beavers. Colorado managed to find a better offensive rhythm, but they couldn’t contend with huge quarters from Timea Gardiner and Talia von Oelhoffen. Gardiner scored 9 for the Beavers while von Oelhoffen added 8, contributing to a 27 point quarter for Oregon State. By the end of the first half OSU was up 20, 44-24.
The Beavers kept the pressure on in the third quarter. While it wasn’t the scoring onslaught of the second, Oregon State remained in control of the pace of the game. Colorado struggled with ball control for much of the game, and turned the ball over 5 times in the third, which helped the Beavers stay in front. At the end of the quarter the Beavs were up 22, 60-38, and barring a disaster victory was in hand.
Disaster almost came in the fourth. Oregon State simply could not find a way to score, putting up only 5 points in the quarter. This was exacerbated by 8 Beaver turnovers. Those factors combined to give Colorado a massive final quarter, as they rapidly chipped away at the OSU lead. If the Beavers hadn’t been up by over 20 points, this very well may have turned into a loss. A clutch three late in the quarter helped keep the Beavers in front, as they pulled out the win, 65-59.
That win moves the Beavers to 20-3 overall, and 9-3 in conference play. There’s only one team in front of them in the Pac-12, the sixth ranked Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal won this year’s first meeting in Stanford back in January, but a rematch is coming to Corvallis in a couple weeks in what should be the next biggest game of the season.
Up next for the Beavers is a return to Gill to take on USC and UCLA. The Beavers lost the previous meetings against both teams, but Oregon State is thus far undefeated at home, so things could be very different the second time around. Be sure to get to Gill and cheer them on.