Beavers Blow By Bulldogs 88-54
CORVALLIS – The No. 18 Oregon State women's basketball team opened the 2020-21 season with an 88-54 win over Montana Western Saturday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.
"It was great to be back out there on the floor," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "There was a lot that went into making this game possible and we are grateful for that. Montana Western is a good team with a great culture. I thought our team did a great job of adapting as the game went on – we got better and better as we went. I really liked our execution in the second half. This was a good first win, and I am proud of the effort today."
Sophomore Taylor Jones finished one point short of a career-high, going 10-for-13 from the floor to finish with 24 points, nine rebounds and two blocks. Freshman Sasha Goforth impressed in her Oregon State debut, putting up 11 points and dishing out seven assists.
Junior Jasmine Simmons and senior Aleah Goodman put up 12 points apiece. Goodman added six assists and five steals. Jelena Mitrovic came up with 10 points on 5-for-6 shooting in her Oregon State debut.
As a team, the Beavers shot 51.6 percent from the floor, while holding Montana Western to 27.9 percent.
The Oregon State defense clamped down early on, as the Beavers held the Bulldogs to just two points in the first seven minutes of the contest. The Beavers led 18-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Oregon State led 32-28 at the break.
The Beavers scored the first 11 points of the second half to take control of the game. Oregon State continued to extend the advantage, heading to the closing frame in front 62-37. OSU held on from there to take the win by 34.
Oregon State will remain at home Monday, when it faces Carroll College.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).