LOS ANGELES — Pauley Pavilion has been a house of horrors for the Oregon State women’s basketball program over the years.
The Beavers were just 1-6 in the building under ninth-year coach Scott Rueck, including an 84-49 pasting a season ago.
But on Friday night, a balanced scoring attack and a gritty performance all around allowed the Beavers to pull away in the final quarter for an impressive 83-73 Pac-12 victory.
The Bruins have been nearly unbeatable on their home floor, winning 52 of 56 games and 26 of 27 Pac-12 contests entering Friday.
“I’m so impressed by this team, the way they prepared this week, coming into a place that has just an incredible homecourt advantage,” coach Scott Rueck said. “UCLA plays so well on this court, which we’ve experienced over the years — a year ago right now I wondered if coaching was the profession for me at the end of that game.”
Destiny Slocum finished with 22 points, Mikayla Pivec 21, Taya Corosdale 13 and Joanna Grymek 12 to help the Beavers improve to 13-2 overall and 3-0 in conference play.
It was the Beavers' first true road game of the season and they played without both Kat Tudor (out for the year with a torn ACL) and Janessa Thropay (out with a broken finger).
UCLA (9-7, 2-2) got 24 points from Michaela Onyenwere and 18 each from Kennedy Burke and Lajahna Drummer in the loss. Lindsey Corsaro added 11.
Pivec played all 40 minutes and added seven rebounds while Corosdale grabbed nine rebounds in 29 minutes. Grymek was 6 for 9 from the floor and had four rebounds in 17 minutes.
Slocum was just 2 for 9 from the field in the first half but was 5 for 6 in the second half. She also had eight assists and three rebounds.
“We had a lot of really good performances today,” Pivec said. “Destiny in the first half was doing a great job of drawing defenders and facilitating really well. And in the second half she did a great job of being more aggressive and scoring.”
The Beavers were clinging to a 61-58 lead when Aleah Goodman hit a driving layup and Corosdale followed with a three-point play and two free throws before Pivec capped the 9-0 run with a fast-break layup for a 70-58 lead with 5:27 left.
Oregon State took a 75-62 lead on a Slocum free throw with 3:28 left.
UCLA got no closer than nine the rest of the way.
The Beavers finished 32 of 57 from the field and made 15 of 16 free throws.
The Bruins finished 26 of 67 from the floor and 17 of 22 from the foul line.
Last year, the Beavers turned the ball over 21 times but finished with just 10 on Friday and only four times in the second half.
Oregon State had a 36-30 lead at the half and both teams found their offensive rhythm in the third.
The Beavers hit five straight shots to take a 50-45 lead and Slocum’s step-back 3 with two minutes left put OSU up 55-47.
The Bruins made it 55-52 but back-to-back hoops by Grymek inside pushed the Beavers’ lead to 59-52 after three quarters.
Oregon State was 11 for 17 in the third while UCLA was 9 for 17.
Pivec scored nine points in the first quarter as the Beavers took a 13-11 lead after 10 minutes. She was 3 for 5 from the floor while the rest of the team was just 2 for 10 as the Beavers finished 5 for 15 from the field.
UCLA was 3 for 15 with six points coming from Onyenwere
Corosdale picked up her second foul with 6:22 left in the second quarter and the Bruins took an 18-17 lead.
But Slocum hit a 3 and Pivec made a driving layup to give the lead back to the Beavers at 22-18.
Goodman’s deep 3 with 2:08 left gave the Beavers their largest lead of the half at 34-26.
The Beavers were 13 for 29 from the field in the first half but were 8 for 14 in the second quarter while the Bruins were 7 for 18.
Pivec was 6 for 9 from the field, including 1 for 1 from beyond the 3-point line and 4 for 4 from the free-throw line.
Onyenwere had 12 points and Drummond 11 and were 8 for 17 from the floor. The rest of the team was 2 for 16.
Oregon State heads to USC on Sunday for a noon game. The Beavers blew an 18-point lead last season in a loss that dropped them to 2-2 in the Pac-12.
“It’s a great feeling,” Pivec said the win at Pauley. “I know last year we had a bad taste in our mouth coming out of UCLA, USC weekend so it was nice to get a little revenge today.”