EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon State claimed the first Civil War of the season on Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena, as Oregon fell 88-80 to the Beavers. The two rivals meet again on Monday night at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore.
“I thought Jillian did a terrific job inside,” said head coach Paul Westhead. “She made a gigantic step forward; she was poised and very efficient.”
Ruth Hamblin led the Beavers (9-6, 1-2 Pac-12) with a career-high 27 points on 13-of-18 shooting as well as a career-high 16 rebounds. Sydney Wiese also had a career-high, firing in 21 of her 24 total points on 7-of-14 shooting behind the arc, six of those threes coming in the second half.
“They nailed us a few times with shots from the outside and we weren’t able to answer back with a faster pace,” Westhead said.
“I don’t think there was a point where it got away, I think there were points where we didn’t identify the shooter and they were knocking down their shots,” said Alleyne.
With the Ducks (9-5, 0-3 Pac-12) up 64-63, Oregon State mounted a 16-4 run to go up 79-68, and never looked back despite Oregon’s lopsided 24-9 advantage on points off turnovers.
Oregon cut the OSU lead to 79-74 with 2:37 left in the game after Thomas connected on a layup, but the Beavers finished the game on a 9-6 run to win, 88-80.
The Beavers opened the second half with a quick 8-2 run to go up 49-44 with 18:14 on the clock, but Rowe made quick history of that scoring 10-straight points to give Oregon the 52-49 lead at the 15:26 mark.
Alleyne and Rowe combined for all 16 of Oregon’s points in the first 10:16 of the second half before Liz Brenner knocked down both of her free throws.
To start the game, the Ducks led for the first 10 minutes and by as many as 12 at the 13:07 mark before the Beavers battled back, forcing eight lead changes and four ties. The Beavers shot just 20 percent from the floor before getting hot and finished the first half shooting 41.5 percent from the field.
“I liked the pace in the first half,” Westhead said. “I think the pace slowed down and the defense slowed down. A faster pace is a must for us.”
Oregon State erased a 12 point deficit coming out of the second media timeout and knocked down 6-of-8 shots from the floor to take a 23-22 lead at the 8:23 mark.
Oregon regained the lead, 35-31, with 3:47 remaining in the half but OSU went on another 10 point spurt before Alleyne and Thomas scored two-straight buckets for the 42-41 lead heading into halftime.
As a team, Oregon shot 37.7 percent (29-of-77) from the floor and finished just 3-of-17 from downtown. The Ducks were outrebounded by the Beavers 51-to-41 but held a 23-16 edge in second chance points.
“You have off nights,” said Rowe when asked about the Ducks’ shooting performance. “I think when the shots are off, you need to crash the boards, I’m pretty sure we were way below our average in that area.”
Oregon State shot a scorching 56.3 percent from the field (18-of-32) in the second half, and finished with a 47.9 shooting percentage (35-of-73).
The Ducks have Sunday off before heading to Gill Coliseum on Monday for the 92nd edition of the Civil War series against Oregon State.
“We’re going to come back and come out even harder,” said Rowe. “We know what we did wrong and we know we don’t play that way, so tomorrow we’re going to fix what we didn’t do and try to get the W on Monday.”
Oregon State Postgame Notes – Oregon State won for the sixth straight time in the Civil War series…The Duck were previously undefeated (3-0) against OSU under Paul Westhead when scoring 61-or-more points…Jillian Alleyne posted her 24th career double-double, 12th this season and 10th straight with 26 points and 12 rebounds…Oregon continues to struggle when shooting less than 40 percent…The Ducks are 2-5 this year when shooting less than 40 percent but are 7-0 when shooting better than 40 percent…The teams traded runs all game…Oregon put together the first, going 10-0 from 18:38 to 15:50…After the Ducks went up 19-7 with 11:31 left, Oregon State put together at 16-3 run to take a 23-22 lead with 8:29 left before halftime…The game was tied at 27-27, when the Ducks posted an 8-0 run to take a 35-27 lead with 5:36 left in the first…Oregon State ended the half on a 14-7 run as the Ducks took a 42-41 lead into the break...The Beavers opened up the second half on a 8-2 run to lead 49-44 with 17:45 on the clock…Chrishae Rowe (10) and Jillian Alleyne (6) combined to score the first 16 points for the Ducks in the second half.