PORTLAND — Aleah Goodman is no stranger to playing at the Moda Center.
Oregon State’s freshman guard has had the opportunity to compete on the home court of the Portland Blazers about five times prior to coming to Corvallis.
Her familiarity with the court was on display as many of her former high school friends and family were on hand for the No. 17 Beavers women's basketball game in the Dam City Classic on Saturday night.
Goodman hit three 3-pointers and scored a career-high 17 points to help lead the Beavers to a 74-49 win over UC Santa Barbara.
“It was a lot of fun to be back here,” Goodman said. “Growing up and watching the Blazers play it was really fun to be out there.”
Kat Tudor also had a strong performance, scoring 14 points while hitting 5 of 7 shots from the field, including two of her three 3-point attempts.
As a team, the Beavers (8-2) were 9 for 16 (56.3 percent) from beyond the arc and 27 for 51 overall (52.9 percent). Taya Corosdale and Taylor Kalmer also hit two 3s each.
Corosdale finished with 10 points in her first career start. She had five in the first quarter.
Marie Gulich made it another game with at least four players in double figures, finishing with 10 points and six rebounds. That makes it nine out of 10 games for the Beavers.
The Beavers had a bit of a slow start in the first quarter and led just 14-7. It was the lowest-scoring first quarter this season for OSU. The previous low was 16 at Duke.
Oregon State attempted just 10 shots and held UCSB (1-8) to a 3-for-20 shooting performance, but gave up eight offensive rebounds to slow the Beavers' potential fast break.
The Gauchos finished with 17 offensive rebounds for the game as the Beavers edged them on the glass, 34-33.
It’s an area coach Scott Rueck said wasn’t good Saturday and one the Beavers must improve moving forward.
“I just felt like we didn’t quite see things clearly, we gave up stance and position and they did a nice job driving the ball and getting the ball inside, which is fine but you can’t lose your containment and you can’t lose the person that you are defending,” he said.
“It felt like we kept losing people and people were sliding behind us and getting free runs at the rim for 'O' boards. So it felt like all night long we were a half-step slow on the defensive end with the exception of that stretch in the second quarter.”
The Beavers began to get separation in the second quarter with a 9-0 run for a 23-9 lead. After a UCSB 3, Oregon State scored nine straight to build a 32-12 edge with 4:17 left in the half.
OSU had a 9-2 run later to extend the lead to 41-18 at the break.
The Beavers were 16 for 27 from the floor, including 6 for 8 from 3.
Tudor had 10, Corosdale eight and Gulich six in the first half.
Tudor said the Beavers just needed to get dialed in and execute while Goodman said they settled down and relaxed.
“I really liked the way that the ball moved and we hit a different level of intensity, and I thought that was the best stretch of the game for us,” Rueck said.
The Gauchos were 8 for 34 from the floor in the first half and just 2 for 13 from deep.
Only three players — Danae Miller (five), Tal Sahar (six) and Drew Edelman (seven) — scored in the first half.
Goodman scored eight points in the third, including hitting two 3s, to give the Beavers a 62-37 lead heading to the fourth. Her 3 with 2:06 left gave the Beavers their largest lead to that point at 60-34.
The teams played to a 12-12 tie in the fourth.
“I thought Santa Barbara really fought hard tonight,” Rueck said. “… I thought they did a nice job attacking us and they kept coming the entire game.”
Sahar led UCSB with 11 points, Edelman scored 10 and Nina Radford, the daughter of Oregon State great Mark Radford, added seven off the bench.