Oregon State and Arizona State played yet another tightly contested game on Sunday afternoon, and regulation wasn’t enough to decide a winner.
Neither was one overtime period.
The No. 10 Beavers and No. 19 Sun Devils went toe-to-toe for 50 minutes and it wasn’t until Katie McWilliams’ 3-point attempt was short that the Sun Devils were able to finally knock off a top-10 team this season.
Kianna Ibis had 28 points and 13 rebounds and Reili Richardson added 18 as the Sun Devils quieted the Gill Coliseum crowd with a 79-76 Pac-12 women’s basketball win.
“I thought it was just a phenomenal basketball game overall,” Oregon State coach Rueck said. “It’s pretty typical of this series, has been over the years.
“... It’s great competition so it tends to bring out great performances and I thought we saw that today.”
It was the first Pac-12 loss of the season for the Beavers (15-3, 5-1) and snapped a 12-game streak in conference games dating back to a 60-57 loss to Stanford on Feb. 2, 2018.
It also ended the Beavers season-best seven-game win streak.
“I loved the fight that we played with, I loved that we battled back, I loved the crowd today,” Rueck said. “It was just a great event to be a part of, just wish we would have found a way to win it.”
The Sun Devils (13-5, 4-3) finally got their signature win after losing to No. 2 Baylor, No. 4 Louisville, No. 5 Oregon and No. 6 Stanford this season.
“We just kept saying we’re not letting this one go,” ASU coach Charli Turner Thorne said. “It feels great to finally win. We knew we could compete with everybody.”
The Beavers had five players in double figures with Mikayla Pivec leading the way with 19. Katie McWilliams chipped in 12 and Taya Corosdale, Maddie Washington and Destiny Slocum all added 10. Aleah Goodman had nine.
But it was a tough shooting game for OSU, which was just 26 for 70 from the floor, including a 10-for-27 performance from beyond the 3-point line. The Beavers also were just 14 for 23 from the free-throw line.
It was their lowest shooting percentage (37.1) of the season.
“I thought throughout the whole game we got good shots, we were executing our offense and things just weren’t falling for us like they usually do,” McWilliams said. “I thought a lot of people stepped up towards the end though, and we were hitting shots. Like Mik was hitting huge shots, Destiny was hitting shots, Aleah was hitting shots.
“But it was just one of those nights. I thought we played through it as well as we could. Not the result we wanted but we’ll keep working on that and the shots will fall.”
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After going 3 for 11 in the first three quarters, Ibis was 6 for 6 from the floor and had 13 of the Sun Devils’ 18 points in the fourth quarter.
“Ibis was what she is, she’s just a phenomenal basketball player and she’s developed her game to be confident in every situation,” Rueck said. “She answered everything that we had and then she instilled confidence in her teammates.”
After Ibis took over the fourth quarter, Richardson was crucial to the Sun Devils’ success in the two overtime periods. She was 3 for 4 from the field, including a 3, and was 3 for 5 from the free-throw line for 10 of ASU’s 19 points in the two overtimes.
“Those two layups that she had and the 3 she hit in the second overtime were huge plays in this game,” Rueck said.
Ibis gave the Sun Devils a 60-58 lead with a bucket with 6.8 seconds in regulation before Pivec hit a layup with 3.2 left to send the game to the first overtime.
The Beavers had a chance to win it in the first extra stanza but Pivec’s desperation jumper hit the front rim and the game was extended.
Richardson’s 3 put the Sun Devils up 71-68 with 3:21 left and the Beavers could never get even despite a valiant effort.
Oregon State fell behind 38-30 in the third quarter after Rueck was whistled for a technical and Ibis hit two free throws with 5:21 left.
Corosdale canned a corner 3 before Goodman drained one to make it 38-36 with 4:35 left.
After an Ibis bucket, Goodman hit another 3 and McWilliams was true from deep to give the Beavers 42-40 lead with 2:19 left in the third that sent the crowd into a frenzy. OSU led 44-42 after three quarters.
Oregon State struggled to get much going in the second quarter and was able to keep the game as close as it was by making three 3-pointers.
The Sun Devils were 7 for 14 from the floor and pushed the lead to 33-26 at the break. After starting 1 for 9 from the field, ASU was 12 for 23 and overcame a 10-3 deficit.
Oregon State finished the half 9 for 28 from the floor and just 4 for 14 in the second quarter.
The 26 points were the fewest in a first half this season. The previous low was 32 against Texas A&M and Duke in back-to-back games.
The Beavers head to Seattle to take on Washington on Friday and wrap up the road trip on Sunday at Washington State. Oregon State won the first meeting against both teams to open Pac-12 play.