Beaver Comeback Bid Falls Just Short vs. Irish
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – An impressive Beaver comeback came up just short, as the No. 16 Oregon State women's basketball team nearly overcame a 22-point deficit before falling to Notre Dame 64-62 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
"I was super proud – this is a young team and it takes a while for teams to gel," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "There are a lot of new faces on this roster. I wish we were playing like a March team right now, but we aren't there quite yet. I know how much talent is on this roster and the character of these competitors. Every team needs to find its identity, and we are in the process of doing that."
The Beavers had a chance to tie or take the lead in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, but were unable to convert.
Talia von Oelhoffen scored 23 of her 25 points in the second half to power the comeback bid. She went 4-for-5 from long range in the final two quarters. Taylor Jones put up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with three blocks.
Kennedy Brown had 14 rebounds and four blocks.
Oregon State shot 53.3 percent in the third quarter and 53.8 percent in the fourth.
The Beavers fell behind early, as the Fighting Irish scored the first eight points of the game. Oregon State cut the edge to two at 14-12, before Notre Dame ended the opening frame up 19-12.
The Fighting Irish went to the break in front 30-18.
Notre Dame headed into the closing frame in front 56-36. Oregon State scored seven-straight point to get back within 11.
The Beavers continued to cut into the Irish lead, as von Oelhoffen powered the Oregon State offense down the stretch. OSU had a chance to level the score in the closing seconds, but could not convert on the opportunity, as the Irish took the win by two.
The Beavers will be back in Gill on Wednesday for an 11 a.m. tip vs. Pacific, as OSU hosts its annual Beavers Beyond the Classroom game.
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