Beavers Best Bears, Advance to Pac-12 Quarters
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The Oregon State women's basketball team notched its seventh win in its last eight games Wednesday afternoon, beating California 71-63 in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
"Really pleased with the win today," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "Impressed with Cal, and what Charmin and her staff have done with a lot of young people - we can certainly relate. At one point I looked out and we had six freshmen on the floor between the two teams, and two of them are high schoolers. Pretty amazing. For both of our teams to be playing their best basketball this time of the year has been a credit to both groups. I was proud of our team for making the plays down the stretch. It didn't feel like we shot the way we capable of. Certainly that will need to change going forward. But we survived it, defended well enough, got the stops we needed down the stretch, made some big shots."
Talia von Oelhoffen set a career-high with 20 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the floor. The freshman added four assists, as she scored in double-figures for the seventh time in her nine games as a Beaver.
Taylor Jones recorded her sixth double-double of the season, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Aleah Goodman went for 12 points and five assists, while Sasha Goforth rounded out four Beavers in double-figures with 11 points.
As a team, the Beavers shot 51 percent from the floor, while holding California to 40 percent shooting.
The two teams traded punches for most of the first quarter, before Oregon State ended the period on a 7-0 run to head to the second up 17-13.
The Beavers scored the first seven points of the second quarter to extend its run to 14-0, bringing the advantage to double-figures. Oregon State headed to the locker room in front 39-27. Von Oelhoffen had 13 points at the intermission.
Cal battled back to cut the edge to three early in the third, but Oregon State exploded with a 13-2 run to extend the advantage back to 14 at the period's media timeout. The Beavers headed to the closing frame up 56-47.
The Golden Bears continued to fight in the fourth, pulling within four mid-way through the period. The Beavers were able to lock down the win, taking the victory by eight.
With the win, the Beavers will advance to the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament. Oregon State will face No. 19 Oregon for the second time in three games on Thursday at 11 a.m.
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