Mikayla Pivec blocked a shot, controlled the ball and then hit Katie McWilliams in stride for an easy fast-break layup.

Not long after on another fast break, a pass for Pivec was just a little long but she caught up and tipped it Marie Gulich for the easy finish.

“I thought I might have had it but I didn’t have the right angle so I just looked for somebody else and luckily Marie was there and hit the layup,” Pivec said. 

The sophomore guard had about as good of a half as a player can have the first 20 minutes of Oregon State’s women’s basketball exhibition against Concordia on Sunday afternoon.

Pivec’s full repertoire was on display as she finished the half with four points, six rebounds, eight assists, one block and three steals while mostly playing the point.

The Beavers led 51-21 at the break and cruised to the 90-47 victory.

Oregon State opens the regular season at 2 p.m. Friday against North Dakota.

While there is still plenty to work on, the players and coaches had to feel good about the way they started on Sunday.

“I’ve liked what I’ve seen from Day 1 with this group,” coach Scott Ruck said. “They just keep getting better every day."

Gulich finished with 21 points while Kat Tudor had 19, Taylor Kalmer 16 and Taya Corosdale and Joanna Grymek 10 each for the Beavers.

Pivec, who mostly played the point, finished with an impressive line: seven points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, five steals and one block with no turnovers.

Rueck said the last time Pivec played the point was in seventh grade and described her as a complete player.

“Mik’s line demonstrated that today,” he said. “She handled it flawlessly. She learns as we go, she’s a sponge, so smart. She just did a great job for us.”

Pivec said she had fun playing the position.

“I love facilitating,” she said. “My teammates ran the floor really well so I just had to throw it to them and they sprinted and got it. I know Taylor had a few runouts and Marie ran the floor well.”

The Beavers opened the game on a 14-0 run thanks to three 3s from Tudor.

After a 7-0 run got Concordia within 32-21 with 4:44 left in the second quarter, the Beavers closed the half on a 19-0 run.

It started with a Tudor three and was capped by Tudor’s layup just before the final horn for a 51-21 lead.

“Defensively, I thought we just lost out edge, they got comfortable and then (the Beavers) responded well out of the timeout and came out and finished the first half very strong,” Rueck said. 

The Beavers had 27 assists on 36 made baskets and moved the ball well.

“This team’s extremely unselfish,” Rueck said. “They’re extremely skilled when it comes to seeing the ball and moving the ball. I think it’s one of our strengths, no question.”

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