If last year’s women’s basketball Civil War inside Gill Coliseum was one for the ages, Monday night certainly gave it a run for the money.
Just like last season, Oregon State had a hard time putting away an Oregon team that did not want to lose.
But unlike last season, the Beavers didn’t need to work overtime or have the heroics of a Katie McWilliams four-point play to come away with a win this time around.
No, the No. 12 Beavers just needed to hit all eight of their free-throw attempts in the closing 14.4 seconds to end the nation’s longest winning streak at 17 with a 67-62 Pac-12 win over the No. 2 Ducks before a sellout crowd of 9,301.
“It feels really good going six for eight in Civil War games in my career,” said McWilliams, a senior who started the free-throw success. “Civil War games are always fun and tonight was just amazing with the crowd we had, the big performances we had and just really proud of my team and what we were able to do tonight.”
Aleah Goodman had one of the best performances in her young career, leading all scorers with 22 points, and made one of the biggest defensive plays of the game.
McWilliams hit two free throws with 14.4 seconds left that put the Beavers up 61-57. But back came Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu with a layup to cut it to 61-59.
Goodman then hit two free throws with 9.4 left, but she fouled Ionescu on a 3-pointer and Oregon’s star guard hit all three to make it 63-62 with 7.2 remaining.
Destiny Slocum then buried two more free throws for a 65-62 lead with 6.3 left.
The Ducks were out of timeouts and inbounded the ball to Ionescu. But Goodman was on her and Ionescu was called for a travel. Taya Corosdale then hit the last two free throws to seal the win.
“I knew we had one foul to give so I knew that if I kind of ran up on her a foul would be called, which was fine, or I mean a travel would be called,” Goodman said. “I don’t know, I just kind of took a chance and went for it.”
Slocum finished with 20 points while Mikayla Pivec had 11 points and 11 rebounds as the Beavers (21-5, 11-3) to end a two-game slide against the Ducks (24-2, 13-1).
Ionescu had 21 points but was just for 9 for 25 from the field and missed all six 3-point attempts. The 16 misses tie the most in her career — the other came last year when she was 11 for 27 in Gill. She is now 20 for 52 in her last two games at Oregon State.
"Give them credit they made plays down the stretch, made stops when they needed to, a couple of big baskets and they made their free throws," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. "That's what a good team does. … Maybe one of these days I'll get these guys here at Gill."
It’s the second time the Beavers have defeated a No. 2 team in the country; the other came in the Elite Eight in the 2016 NCAA tournament against Baylor, a win that sent OSU to the Final Four for the first time.
“We’ve had a few big wins in my career,” said McWilliams, who was a freshman on that team. “It’s definitely special and definitely one I will never forget. Hopefully we’ll have some more big wins coming up here, too.”
Oh, and head coach Scott Rueck captured his 200th career victory with the Beavers. Fifteen have come against the Ducks.
“It’s going to be one I don’t forget,” Rueck said. “What a way to get a milestone, I guess, victory. Grateful for the opportunity to work at my alma mater, grateful to coach amazing people like this.”
Goodman had 11 points as the Beavers took a 20-15 lead after the first quarter.
The Beavers led by as many as 11 points in the second quarter (33-22) before the Ducks closed the half on a 5-0 run to get within 33-27.
Oregon State was 13 for 26 from the floor and 5 for 12 from beyond the arc. Oregon was just 11 for 33 and only 2 for 8 from deep.
The Beavers led by as many as nine in the third but Oregon used a 12-4 run to tie the game at 45-all before Goodman hit a 3 and two free throws. But Oregon's Erin Boley drained a 3, and Goodman’s 3 at the buzzer went in and out and the Beavers led 50-48 after three.
The Beavers couldn’t solve the Oregon zone for most of the fourth but Pivec hit a tough layup to tie the game at 52 before Slocum scored in the lane and then canned a corner 3 for a 57-52 lead.
“I think we did a good job of just being patient and just waiting for our shots to come,” Slocum said. “We’re a great shooting team, we know … they’re going to fall.”
The Beavers limited the best 3-point shooting team to a season-low five made 3s (on 22 attempts).
The Ducks played the entire second half without Ruthy Hebard, who hurt her knee in the second quarter. She had eight points in 13-plus minutes.
The Beavers were coming off a tough 77-68 loss at Oregon on Friday night in a game that was an uphill battle for most of the second half before the Ducks were able to pull away late.
“The other night we came up short,” Rueck said. “I didn’t think we were quite mature enough defensively, especially. We made a few too many mistakes to allow then to separate from us and then we couldn’t overcome that.
“Tonight I thought our defense was on point from the beginning. The mistakes were fewer, the shots were huge that this team hit and I just thought just their overwhelming energy and their will to win was elite tonight.”
That loss fueled the Beavers in practice Saturday and Sunday.
“We were right there Friday night and we knew we didn’t play our best game so that was definitely a huge motivation factor for us,” Goodman said. “And then obviously playing in front of our family, this is all our extended family to us.”