PULLMAN, Wash. — After blistering the nets in a 47-point win at Washington on Friday night, the No. 9 Oregon State women’s basketball team had to play a grind-it-out game in order to pick up a road sweep in the Evergreen State on Sunday.
Thanks to a stifling defense and another standout performance from Mikayla Pivec, the Beavers were able to fend off Washington State for a 52-35 Pac-12 victory at Beasley Coliseum.
“It was an old-school defensive battle,” coach Scott Rueck said in his postgame radio interview. “I thought this was a different era.”
Oregon State (17-3, 7-1) has now won 11 straight against the Cougars (7-13, 2-7) and swept the two games this season. The Beavers also moved into a tie for second place with Stanford and Utah after the Utes upset the No. 6 Cardinal, 75-68, in Salt Lake City earlier Sunday.
Pivec finished with 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting with nine rebounds, three assists and only one turnover in 37 minutes, while Destiny Slocum added nine points and Taya Corosdale chipped in six points and 11 rebounds.
Chanelle Molina led the Cougars with 12 points while Borislava Hristova added nine points, but they combined to shoot just 8 for 30.
"I'm really disappointed in our effort," Washington State coach Kamie Ethridge said. "We were really emotionally flat."
The Beavers were up 18 points after a Slocum 3-pointer with 2:13 left in the third, but scored just one basket — a contested Aleah Goodman layup — over the next 9:02 of game action as the Cougars were able to get within 43-33.
Corosdale drained a 3-pointer with 3:11 left to end that drought and kick start a 9-2 closing run to seal the victory.
Oregon State was a sensational 36 for 65 from the floor in an 86-39 pasting of the Huskies on Friday but managed to shoot just 22 for 59 on Sunday.
Rueck said the Beavers focused on the defensive end of the floor Sunday and that may have played a part in the poorer shooting offensively. He said he was impressed with the way the Beavers overcame the tough shooting performance.
“On a day like that when you play defense like we did today, you still have opportunities to win and I was so proud of this team,” Rueck said.
The Beavers never got discouraged by shots not going down.
You have free articles remaining.
“Even when our shots weren’t going our defense was really strong and we made the stops that we needed to,” senior Katie McWilliams said.
Up 23-15, the Beavers scored the first five points coming out of halftime to go up 28-15 just over a minute into the third.
Oregon State later used an 8-0 run to go 41-23, its largest lead of the game, before the Cougars closed on a 5-0 run to get within 41-28 after three.
OSU was 7 for 13 from the field in the third, and 3 for 5 from deep while WSU was 6 for 14 from the field.
The first half was a struggle for both teams offensively but Oregon State managed a 23-15 lead. It was the fewest points OSU has scored in the first half this season; it had 26 against Arizona State last Sunday.
The Beavers were just 11 for 37 from the floor, including a woeful 1 for 10 from beyond the 3-point line. Pivec was 6 for 6 while the rest of the team was 5 for 31.
“Mik was the reason we were ahead at halftime,” Rueck said. “We shot terrible but she was 6 for 6 at halftime, finding ways to get shots off in the middle when they did a good job taking the rim away. She’s just this steady presence this team has learned to count on.”
The Cougars were a dismal 5 for 25 from the floor, and just 1 for 7 from 3. WSU missed its last 11 shots of the second quarter.
The Beavers started 4 for 12 and led 8-7 before closing the first quarter 4 for 6 from the floor and on an 8-0 run to take a 16-7 lead into the second. The Cougars went scoreless the last 4:22.
The Cougars scored the first five points of the second quarter to get within 16-12 before the Beavers reeled off seven straight to go up 23-12.
Next comes a home weekend against Colorado on Friday and Utah on Super Bowl Sunday.
"I’m really excited to play them," McWilliams said. "Obviously they’ve had a great season so far and I think it’s going to be a great matchup for us and Colorado as well."