STANFORD, Calif. — After spotting No. 7 Oregon State a quick 6-0 lead, No. 11 Stanford clamped down defensively and then used some long-range shooting that is normally reserved for the Beavers.
A 17-1 run in the second quarter created all the separation the Cardinal needed to move into a tie with the Beavers for second place in the Pac-12 conference.
Kianna Williams did her best Aleah Goodman impersonation, draining four first-half 3-pointers and scoring 16 of her 18 points in the first 20 minutes as the Cardinal earned a 61-44 women’s basketball win at Maples Pavilion on Friday night.
Destiny Slocum led the Beavers with 23 points but nobody else was in double figures. Joanna Grymek added eight points, all in the second half, and Mikayla Pivec chipped in six.
Alanna Smith added 17 points and Lacie Hull had nine on three 3-pointers to go with Williams’ 18 for the Cardinal.
Oregon State (19-4, 9-2) will look to bounce back on Sunday when the Beavers play at California.
Stanford (19-3, 9-2) will host No. 3 Oregon on Sunday in another crucial Pac-12 battle.
Oregon State could never get anything going offensively and finished a season-worst 16 for 56 (28.6 percent) from the field and made just four 3-pointers, all coming in the second half.
“I thought their defensive execution was excellence, very dialed in and focused,” coach Scott Rueck said of the Cardinal, who have won two straight after losing two in a row. “They challenged our shots and we just didn’t shoot the ball very well.
“It was one of those nights where it was hard to get a good look and we knew that. Every shot we took was over them, which makes it tough of course.”
The Beavers did hang close in the second half, being outscored just 25-24. But the game was never seriously in doubt over the final 20 minutes.
Rueck said he liked what the Beavers did in transition, when they could push the ball, but blamed himself for not making it more of an emphasis early on.
“Once we did we were already down so much,” he said.
The Beavers jumped out to a 6-0 lead less than two minutes in to the game, but they went cold for nearly six minutes as the Cardinal took an 8-6 lead.
Stanford stretched the run to 12-2 and held a 12-8 lead after 10 minutes.
The Beavers started 3 for 3 from the floor but missed their last nine shots. Stanford was 6 for 20 but had five offensive rebounds for six second-chance points in the opening quarter.
Oregon State’s missed field goal streak reached 12 straight and 10 minutes of game action before Pivec finally converted to end it.
Aided by two 3s by Williams, the Cardinal took a 19-12 lead at the midpoint of the second quarter.
Another Williams 3 put the Cardinal up 24-13 with 4 minutes left and her fourth 3 capped an impressive 17-1 run that gave the Cardinal a 32-13 edge.
“I liked our defense initially and then we had some breakdowns once our offense wasn’t scoring,” Rueck said. (The Cardinal) played more relaxed, they moved the ball quicker and then made some shots and separated from us.”
The Beavers did mount a comeback, scoring seven straight to make it 32-20.
However, Hull drilled a corner 3 at the buzzer for a 36-20 Cardinal lead at the intermission.
Oregon State was an abysmal 7 for 28 from the field, including missing all seven 3-point attempts in the first half.
The Cardinal were 14 for 35 from the field, including 6 for 15 from 3, in the first half. They were able to stretch the lead with leading scorer Smith on the bench with two fouls.
Slocum’s 3 to open the third quarter was the first for the Beavers and cut the deficit to 13. But Smith made up for missing most of the second quarter with six straight points and an Alyssa Jerome 3 pushed the Stanford lead to 45-23.
Hull’s 3 to end the third made it 50-29 with 10 minutes left.
The Beavers were just 3 for 15 in the third quarter and held to just nine points.
Oregon State trailed by as many as 23 before back-to-back 3s by Slocum got the Beavers within 55-40 with 4 minutes left.
But that was the last gasp for OSU.
“It was one of those nights where we have to take it as a lesson, we’ve got to look at it, we’ve got to learn from it,” Rueck said.