OSU women's basketball: Washington State eliminates Beavers, 65-56

2012-03-07T22:51:00Z 2012-03-08T06:06:12Z OSU women's basketball: Washington State eliminates Beavers, 65-56Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
March 07, 2012 10:51 pm  • 

LOS ANGELES — Oregon State women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck was hopeful his team would start out quick against Washington State in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.

Instead, it was the Cougars who had the hot hand early, jumping out to a 17-2 lead 7 minutes into Wednesday’s game at the Galen Center.

And while the sixth-seeded Beavers battled back time again, they could never get over the hump and dropped a 65-56 decision to the 11th-seeded Cougars.

“Credit Washington State tonight for coming out like they did,” Rueck said. “I thought obviously they were ready to shoot the ball from the beginning and put pressure on us from the beginning with that.”

The Beavers are 18-12 and hope to receive an invitation to the WNIT on Monday.

The Cougars (12-10) advance to take on No. 3 seed USC tonight.

WSU wasn’t fazed by the Beavers’ zone defense and came out on fire, hitting seven of its first 13 shots to help build that 15-point lead.

Brandi Thomas did most of the damage, scoring nine of her career-high tying 17 points in the run.

“I thought we moved the ball and spaced the floor much much better than we had done in previous outings against some of the zones that we had seen,” WSU coach June Daugherty said.

“Certainly we started out really comfortable, and that basket gets bigger and bigger when that happens.”

The Beavers didn’t fade, which has been the case all season.

Down 22-9, OSU went on an 8-0 run to get within five before again falling behind by double figures at 30-19.

The Beavers then closed the half on an 8-2 run to get within 32-27.

Not bad for a team that seemed out of sorts for the most part on offense in the first 20 minutes.

Senior Earlysia Marchbanks had all eight of her first-half points in the final three minutes.

“My first two fouls threw me off I think,” Marchbanks said. “Coming back out, coach just (told) me I need to dig deep and score.”

The Cougars pushed the lead to 10 early in the second half but the Beavers kept battling.

They cut it to four on several occasions and were within 45-44 when Mollee Schwegler made 1 of 2 free throws with just under 9 minutes to play.

Sage Indendi looked to give the Beavers their first lead, but her layup rimmed off and the Cougars responded with a 6-0 run to regain control.

OSU never got closer than four after Ali Gibson’s three-point play with 4:47 to play.

“That’s just what we do when we get down,” Rueck said of coming back. “And unfortunately I think we know that and so we can come out flat. It’s what we’ve done all season, we’ve just done enough to get by and it’s been enough at times.

“Credit (the Cougars) for making the plays down the stretch and not letting us come all the way back.”

Gibson led the Beavers with 19 points but was just 7 for 21 from the floor, including 2 for 12 from 3.

Marchbanks had her fifth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Patricia Bright added 10 points.

Thomas had 17 points and Carly Noyes added 10 for the Cougars, who won their first ever conference tournament game.

Washington State 65, Oregon State 56

WASHINGTON STATE (12-19): Sage Romberg 3-5 0-0 6, Brandi Thomas 7-13 2-3 17, Carly Noyes 4-13 2-2 10, Rosetta Adzasu 3-8 3-4 9, Jazmine Perkins 2-8 2-4 6, April Cook 2-3 4-4 9, Katie Grad 0-1 0-0 0, Jordan Kelley 1-1 0-0 3, Rosie Tarnowski 0-4 3-4 3, Shalie Dheensaw 0-1 0-0 0, Hana Potter 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-60 16-21 65.

OREGON STATE (18-12): Earlysia Marchbanks 7-10 2-4 16, Patricia Bright 4-5 2-3 10, Ali Gibson 7-21 303 19, Sage Indendi 2-9 0-1 4, Alyssa Martin 0-3 2-2 2, Alexis Bostick 0-0 2-2 2, Thais Pinto 0-1 0-2 0, ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley 0-1 0-0 0, Mollee Schwegler 1-4 1-2 3. Totals: 21-54 12-19 56.

Halftime: WSU 32, OSU 27. 3-Point Goals: WSU 3-14 (Romberg 0-1, Thomas 1-3, Adzasu 0-1, Perkins 0-3, Cool 1-2, Kelley 1-1, Tarnowski 0-3), OSU 2-20 (Gibson 2-12, Indendi 0-5, Martin 0-1, Schwegler 0-2). Rebounds: WSU 40 (Perkins 10), OSU 37 (Marchbanks 11). Assists: WSU 14 (Romberg 3, Perkins 3), OSU 16 (Marchbanks 3, Bostick 3). Total fouls: WSU 16, OSU 16. Fouled out: None. Technicals: None. A: 1,503

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