Beavers tame the Wildcats

Brenden Slaughter, Senior Reporter

After missing eight games with a hand injury and coming off the bench Oregon State’s previous two games against Colorado and Utah, junior point guard Sydney Wiese didn’t show any rust against Arizona after rejoining the starting lineup.

The Oregon State Beavers (17-3, 8-1 Pac-12) defeated the Arizona Wildcats (11-10, 2-7 Pac-12) by a score of 71-43 Friday night at Gill Coliseum.

Wiese led the Beavers offensively, as she scored 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers while also grabbing 11 rebounds.

“We prepared really well for this game,” Wiese said. “I got a full week of practice in for this game, it it made me feel much more comfortable out there.”

The Beavers didn’t have senior guard Jamie Wiesner, as she was out with an illness but it didn’t matter as the Beavers cruised to their sixth straight victory against the Wildcats.

OSU was sloppy on offense early in the first quarter, committing five turnovers and struggled to build a sizeable lead on the Wildcats.

The Beavers cleaned things up in latter half of the first as OSU began to focus on their interior game.

Senior center Ruth Hamblin was put to work early, using her size advantage on the Wildcats heavily in the first quarter, scoring six points on 3-of-4 shooting.

OSU had the game under control early, jumping out to a 23-12 lead after the first quarter. The Beavers used a 10-0 run to end the quarter and take control headed to the second.

In the second stanza the Beavers used a 22-3 run over the final seven minutes of the second quarter to put the game away at halftime.

The run was both offense and defense at it’s finest, as OSU hit four 3-pointers to keep the Wildcats at bay. OSU’s defense was also up to the challenge as they held the Wildcats to only seven points in the second quarter.

Head coach Scott Rueck said the run in the second quarter was key to putting the game away.

“We knocked shots down and we had control defensively,” Rueck said. “Our spacing was really good and we were in attack mode. The ball was moving so quick, and the shots were falling and I thought that it was a great stretch of basketball for us.”

OSU picked up where they left off in the third quarter, as the Beavers extended their lead to 32 points on a deep two point shot by senior forward Deven Hunter.

Hunter continued her success from behind the arc, as she went 2-of-2 from behind the 3-point line.

“Our team does a very good job of driving to the basket and drawing help defense and it opens everyone outside,” Hunter said. “(A game like this) will definitely help against Arizona State cause we need to hit almost every possession.”

The Beavers were in rhythm from 3-point range all game long, and used that as a springboard to their big lead as they shot 9-of-18 from behind the 3-point arc.

The Wildcats never found a groove offensively, as only one Arizona player reached double figures.

Junior forward LaBrittney Jones led the Wildcats in scoring, as she tallied 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting.

The fourth quarter was a mere formality for the Beavers, as many bench players got extended minutes, giving the starters rest before OSU’s next game against No. 8 Arizona State.