SEATTLE — Friday’s first half was about as bad as it has been for the Oregon State women’s basketball team in quite some time.
The Beavers managed to make just five field goals and scored a mere 13 points at Washington State.
It was the complete opposite against Washington on Sunday.
The No. 16 Beavers blitzed the Huskies for 35 first-quarter points, and set a program record with 18 made 3s, in cruising to a 95-57 Pac-12 win to earn a weekend sweep of the Washington schools.
Couple that with Arizona State being swept on the road at the Los Angeles schools, and the Beavers hold a two-game lead over the Sun Devils and California for the No. 4 seed in the Pac-12 tournament with four games to play.
Oregon State (19-6, 10-4), two games back of three teams tied for first, returns home to take on No. 8 UCLA (21-4, 12-2) at 8 p.m. Friday in Gill Coliseum. The Huskies (7-18, 1-13) head to Colorado on Friday.
The Beavers had six players finish in double figures, led by Kat Tudor’s 23. Mikayla Pivec added 15, Taya Corosdale 13, Katie McWilliams 11 and Taylor Kalmer and Aleah Goodman 10 each.
The Beavers also tied the Pac-12 record with the 18 made 3s.
“This team, when the ball moves like that and the passes are good, that ball tends to go in a lot,” coach Scott Reuck said in his postgame radio interview.
Oregon State was 7 for 8 from beyond the 3-point line in the first quarter and 11 for 14 overall from the floor, as well as 6 for 7 from the free-throw line, in building a 35-11 edge after an impressive 10 minutes.
Tudor, who was 0 for 7 from 3 against the Cougars, nailed her first three attempts in a 10-0 run that broke a 5-5 tie and set the blowout in motion. She finished with seven 3s to tie her career high.
Tudor admitted in a postgame radio interview she’s the type of player who can let her mistakes or poor shooting linger longer that she may want.
But she had plenty of support and encouragement from players and coaches after Friday’s game.
“Obviously I didn’t shoot very good two days ago but it’s a game of percentages and you just have to bounce back from that,” Tudor said.
“We just swung the ball so great, the movement was just perfect. That’s how we need to play all the time.”
The Beavers added a 17-0 run for a 32-8 lead and had a 12-0 run — on four 3s — to make it 44-11 just over four minutes into the second quarter.
The Beavers made their final 10 shots of the first quarter, seven of which were 3s.
The lead reached 35 at 49-14 before the Beavers took a 52-22 lead into the half.
Tudor hit her first four threes and was 5 for 6 for the half. She had 17 at the break while Pivec added 10 points.
As a team, the Beavers shot 17 for 30 from the floor, including 12 for 19 from 3, to go with the 6-for-7 performance from the free-throw line.
Kalmer and McWilliams also made two 3s each in the first half.
Meanwhile, the Huskies were a dismal 8 for 34 from the floor and only stayed within 30 but making six 3s.
The Beavers finished the first half with more assists (14) than the Huskies had rebounds (13).
“I loved our defensive intensity in the first half,” Rueck said. “That’s what we talked about before the game was basketball feels good and is fun when you are getting stops. … What’s fun is locking people up and to hold this team that scores like they do on their home floor, to 22 at half, it was really an impressive performance.”
The lead ballooned to 40 on a 3 by McWilliams that made it 70-30 with under 2:30 to play in the third.
The Beavers finished off the quarter with a 75-32 lead.
OSU took its largest lead at 44 on Goodman’s 3 that set the program record with 18 in a game.
The Beavers finished 33 for 55 from the floor (18 for 33 from 3) and were 11 for 13 from the free-throw line. The Huskies were just 21 for 67 (9 for 17 in the fourth) and 9 for 29 from 3.
OSU finished with 25 assists, the same number of rebounds the Huskies had.