San Jose State likes to get up and down the floor and shoot as quickly as possible.
That was just fine with Oregon State.
The No. 19 Beavers put on yet another shooting clinic and ran away with a 110-62 nonconference women’s basketball victory over the Spartans on Sunday before a Gill Coliseum crowd of 3,198.
“San Jose State’s a challenging team to play against,” coach Scott Rueck said. “You look at the scoreboard and it was lopsided today, but it takes a ton of effort to compete against that team the way they execute. They play so hard and they don’t go anywhere. It’s 40 minutes of just a ton of effort and speed.”
The Beavers (6-2) matched that intensity from the start and surpassed the 100-point mark for the first time since putting up 110 on Longwood on Nov. 13, 2015. The school record is 117 set against Portland State on Jan. 8, 1982.
Oregon State had come close three times this season, scoring 98, 97 and 90 before Joanna Grymek’s bucket with 5 minutes, 6 seconds left gave the Beavers a 101-55 lead.
“That’s pretty special,” Rueck said. “And Jo got to make that basket that put us over 100 and the place went crazy. People love 100. We’ve been close a couple other times so it was nice to get over that. Certainly it’s a system that San Jose State plays that allows you to have so many opportunities.”
It was another balanced offensive attack with six players finishing in double figures, led by 22 from Marie Gulich. Taylor Kalmer added a career-high 19 off the bench while Kat Tudor (15), Taya Corosdale (career-high 13), Katie McWilliams (10) and Grymek (10) all scored in double figures.
“We did a nice job of staying within ourselves,” Rueck said. “I don’t feel like we had to force much, we just played within the system and went to our strengths the whole time. I liked our discipline in that way. This team can really score it. “
The Beavers had 31 assists on 46 made baskets. It’s that passing and unselfishness that have allowed Oregon State to put up some many points this season.
“We’re playing really well together, continuing to get more and more comfortable out there,” Kalmer said. “These last three games have been good for us, but we’ve still got a long road ahead.”
Oregon State entered the game leading Division I in field goal percentage at 53.4 percent.
The Beavers made that number look paltry as they blitzed the Spartans in the opening 10 minutes, hitting 16 of 20 shots from the floor (80 percent) for a 36-13 lead. McWilliams had all 10 of her points in the period.
They finished the game 46 of 72 (63.9) for the game and were 12 of 23 from beyond the 3-point arc.
The 36 points are the most in a quarter for the Beavers. The previous high was 35 against Longwood in the third quarter of the game they scored 110. That was the Beavers' first game under the quarter format.
“Of course that first quarter was really fun,” Rueck said. “It was kind of like that perfect quarter where the ball moves and everybody’s knocking shots down. I loved our mindset today.”
The Spartans (2-7) made a bit of a run in the second quarter, scoring seven straight to get within 42-26 with just under six minutes left.
But the Beavers countered with a 13-2 run to go up 53-28.
Defensively, the Beavers held San Jose State without a field goal the last 7:40 of the third quarter. The Spartans had just six free throws over that stretch.
That came after San Jose State scored nine points to open the period, leaving Rueck a tad frustrated.
“I thought we were soft coming out,” he said. “But then you could just tell we got control. We put a little containment press on them and I thought that really slowed them down and disrupted them.”