While it may have appeared the Oregon State women’s basketball team was in control with an 11-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Destiny Slocum wasn’t going to take any chances.
When an open shot was there, she was going to take it.
It just so happens the first three open shots she had to start the fourth quarter were 3-pointers.
And she made each one.
The third one gave the Beavers a 20-point edge and Oregon State pulled away for an 86-64 Pac-12 victory in front of a Gill Coliseum crowd of 5,061.
Slocum finished with 24 points — with 19 coming in the second half — as the Beavers improved to 15-2 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-12. Next up is No. 19 Arizona State at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Sun Devils (12-5, 3-3) dropped a tough 77-71 decision at Oregon on Friday.
For Slocum, that stretch in the fourth quarter was somewhat of a relief. She was 8 for 20 in the Pac-12 from beyond the arc coming into the game and was 1 for 6 before hitting those three to open the fourth.
“People are stepping up and Destiny stepped up a lot and so we needed that,” Taya Corosdale said. “So it was just good to get going with her.”
In addition to Slocum’s 24, the Beavers had three other players in double figures with Mikayla Pivec and Corosdale each adding 14 and Katie McWilliams chipping in 11.
Pivec added 11 rebounds and Corosdale added nine as the Beavers dominated the glass 38-23.
The Beavers continued to torch the nets, going 30 for 56 (53.6 percent), the third straight game shooting over 50 percent.
The Beavers scored 86 points against a team that held Arizona State to 39 to open Pac-12 play.
“This team is executing at a really special level offensively most of the time,” coach Scott Rueck said.
The Wildcats (13-4, 3-3) have now dropped two straight by at least 22 points and head to No. 5 Oregon on Sunday.
Arizona got 20 points from sophomore sensation Aari McDonald, who needed 24 shots to reach that total. She entered the game averaging 25.6, third best in Division I.
Cate Reese added 18 for the Wildcats but scored just six in the first half.
"We couldn’t spread the floor, and that hurts us,” Arizona coach Adia Barnes said. “When you have such a dynamic point guard like Aari, everybody congests the paint. Stanford did it, Oregon State did it, Oregon is going to do it. They all have five people in the paint. They made Aari work really hard for her points. She missed a lot of layups she normally makes. She missed a lot of floaters. But if we made shots, we spread the defense out. Right now, we’re not doing that consistently, so we’re not able to spread the floor out for her."
Both Slocum and Corosdale were pleased that McDonald didn’t shoot a foul shot, something the Beavers wanted to limit.
“She can obviously score, the stat sheet doesn’t lie,” Slocum said. “And I think it’s an important thing for us to have a player like that and be able to control and kind of dictate what they can do on our floor, especially at home. Allowing her no free-throw attempts when you average eight a game is a good thing for us. … I think we did a great job overall of just focusing on what we could do and defending her the way we practiced all week.”
After closing the first half on a 13-2 run to take a 37-28 lead, the Beavers started the third on a 10-2 spurt to go up 47-30 with 6:23 left in the period.
However, much like the first quarter, the Wildcats stayed in and cut the deficit to 11 by the end of the period.
Both teams were a scintillating 10 for 15 from the floor but the Beavers were able to win the quarter 23-21.
It was that stretch that kept the Beavers focused.
Oregon State jumped out to a quick 11-2 lead as the Beavers canned their first three 3-pointers. But Arizona answered with eight straight to make it 11-10.
Slocum’s driving layup put the Beavers up 19-15 but McDonald banked in a 3 at the buzzer to make it 19-18 after one.
The Beavers with 6 for 14 from the field, including 5 for 7 from 3. Arizona was 7 for 17 and 1 for 3.
“We started off 11-2 right off the bat and it then it felt hey this is going to be easy,” Rueck said. “We’re back home and next thing you know it’s 19-18 at the end of the first quarter and we’re in a fight.”
Indeed as Arizona took its first lead at 20-19 and was up 22-19 before Corosdale hit a 3 to get it even.
The Wildcats led 26-24 before Oregon State closed the second quarter on a 13-2 run with Pivec scoring seven and Washington six in the run to take a 37-28 lead into the intermission.