DURHAM, N.C. — Kat Tudor had her first career double-double and Joanna Grymek had a career-high 16 points as the No. 18 Oregon State women’s basketball team cruised past North Carolina Central 97-44 on Wednesday.
The Beavers (3-1) stay in town to take on No. 16 Duke at noon on Saturday.
It was a nice bounce-back from a tough 72-67 loss to No. 6 Notre Dame at home on Sunday.
“I thought we approached the game the right way,” coach Scott Rueck said in his radio interview after the game. “We’ve had a couple great days of practice coming off the loss to Notre Dame and kind of the bitter feeling that left with us inspired a lot of focus and a lot of growth and I think they really responded well to the film session. I’ve heard and seen all the right things.”
Tudor went for career highs in points (23) and rebounds (11) to help spark an OSU offense that dominated from the start. She scored 10 points in the first quarter when the Beavers built a 27-11 edge.
The sophomore guard was 9 for 14 from the floor, including 5 for 10 from 3, and added three assists, two steals and didn’t commit a foul or have a turnover. All 11 of her rebounds were defensive.
“Kat set the tone for us in that regard,” Rueck said. “She was competing for the ball when it was in the air, got it at the highest point. And then she had pretty much a flawless line, no turnovers, no fouls to go with assists, steals and the double-double.”
Grymek, a junior college transfer playing her fourth game, was 7 for 7 from the floor in 17 minutes of action.
“To see her come out in a game and block shots (three), to block without fouling, to move her feet and stay in front of quicker players, and then to finish so well, she had a great game and our team did a great job finding her,” Rueck said.
The Beavers finished the game 35 for 58 from the floor, including 13 for 26 from 3, and held the Eagles to 14-for-64 shooting.
Nine of the Beavers’ 10 players scored with Marie Gulich adding 15 and Taylor Kalmer 12 to put four players in double figures.
Oregon State also dominated the glass against the undersized Eagles, 50-32.
“We’ve been working on that a lot lately in practice the past few days since the Notre Dame game,” Tudor said. “And rebounding is probably our biggest weakness right now.”
The Beavers closed the first half on a 19-0 run to lead 51-17 as North Carolina Central didn’t score the final 7 minutes, 27 seconds of the second quarter.
Oregon State blistered the nets in the first half, hitting 19 of 33 shots, including 5 of 13 3s. Tudor had 16 points and Grymek added nine as seven of 10 players scored.
North Carolina Central was a dismal 5 for 33 from the floor, just 15.2 percent.
Oregon State opened the first quarter hitting three 3s for a 9-0 lead. Down 13-3, North Carolina Central scored five straight before an 8-0 Beavers run led to a 27-11 edge at the end of the period.
Tudor had 10 points, and Mikayla Pivec and Kalmer chipped in five each in the quarter.
“(The Eagles) can hurt you in a variety of games, and especially in transition, and I thought we really did a nice job of controlling the tempo and that was the No. 1 key,” Rueck said. “I thought this game was played at our pace, which was really important.”