Beavers got back on track as they defeated the USC Trojans 57-49 Saturday Night at the Galen Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Getting back to their winning ways after dropping two of their previous games against Tennessee and Notre Dame.
Senior center Ruth Hamblin carried OSU in all aspects of the game as she led the Beavers in points with 16 and rebounds with 14.
Hamblin helped OSU forget about the absence of junior starting point guard Sydney Wiese, as she is still recovering from a wrist injury.
That continues to be the top storyline for OSU as they have now played three consecutive games without Wiese.
The Beavers got off to a strong start, using an 8-0 run to jump out to an early 10-3 lead.
OSU would not slow down in the second quarter, clamping down defensively from there to take a 29-19 advantage into the intermission.
Hamblin came out strong in the second half scoring the Beavers first six points of the third quarter including the layup that netted her 1,000th career point.
The two sides traded baskets early in the fourth quarter as USC hit key free throws late in the game to make the game single digits, but couldn’t get over the hump as OSU countered with clutch free throws of their own from Hamblin and senior guard Jamie Weisner.
OSU led by as many as 15 in the game, and used a 12-0 run late in the fourth quarter to finish off The Women of Troy. The Beavers only trailed once in the contest, falling behind by a single point in the first minute of the game.
The Beavers aggressive defense was once again on full display as they held USC to a season low 29.3 percent shooting from the floor.
Sophomore guard Sadie Edwards paced the Trojans in the game, scoring a career high 20 points. Edwards was 6-for-13 from the floor while also shooting 2-of-3 from three point range and going 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
The Trojans lost their second straight Pac-12 game after winning all 12 nonconference games.
The Beavers will head across town Monday for a matchup with No. 21 UCLA at Pauley Pavilion.