Beavers Take Down No. 8 UCLA for Big Road Win
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Oregon State women's basketball team earned a huge road victory Sunday afternoon, as the Beavers took down No. 8 UCLA 71-64 at Pauley Pavilion.
"That was a great one for us," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "This weekend – and especially today – was a culmination of such a grind for this group. We've known all along that this is a good team, and it feels like every possession we get a little bit better. These 80 minutes this weekend it felt like it really came together. UCLA is a great team and very well coached. To hold them to the percentages we did shows how we are embracing the defensive end of the floor. That will allow us to be successful the rest of the way and into the postseason."
Aleah Goodman scored 20 points, including a big three-pointer in the closing minutes to help secure the victory. The senior added seven rebounds and nine assists.
Forward Taylor Jones went 7-for-9 from the floor to end the day with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Talia von Oelhoffen rounded out a trio of Beavers in double-figures with 13 points and six rebounds.
Sasha Goforth put up eight points, while Ellie Mack tallied seven.
As a team, the Beavers shot 43.3 percent from the floor and held UCLA to 27.6 percent shooting. Oregon State also held a 45-39 advantage on the boards.
The teams traded punches early in the game, with Oregon State taking an 11-8 edge into the game's first media timeout. UCLA ended the opening period on an 8-0 run to head to the second up 18-13.
The Beavers posted a strong second quarter, out-scoring UCLA 23-13 in the frame to go to the break in front 36-31. Goodman finished the first half with 11 points, while von Oelhoffen scored 10.
The third quarter featured more of the same. Oregon State was in front 45-42 mid-way through the period, before UCLA took a 52-51 advantage into the fourth.
Neither team was able to create much separation in the closing frame. The Beavers went in front by four with four minutes left to play, and extended the advantage to seven with a minute to go. OSU was able to maintain the advantage from there, taking the win by seven.
Oregon State's final scheduled game of the regular season will come on Sunday when the Beavers head to Eugene to take on No. 13 Oregon.
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