Women’s basketball defeats California Baptist University, moves to 2-0


Lily Middleton

Oregon State freshman guard Talia Von Oelhoffen shooting a three-point shot over a California Baptist University Lancer in Gil Coliseum on Nov. 18. Von Oelhoffen’s 18 points would help the Beavers defeat the Lancers by a score of 80-72.

Hope Green-Brooks, Sports Contributor

The No. 15 ranked Oregon State University women’s basketball team welcomed the California Baptist University Lancers last night in their second game in Gill Coliseum

Both the Beavers and the Lancers came into this game with an undefeated 1-0 record. After a rocky start to the game, the Beavers were the ones to leave with a perfect 2-0 record.

The Beavers opened up the game winning the tip and going down court for an and-one right off the bat. However, the Beavers initially had momentum, their lead quickly diminished. A mix of the Lancers shooting phenomenally at the three-point line and messy defense from the Beavers, the Lancers led ending the first quarter by a slim score of 24-25.

The Lancers are coming off of last season with a record of 26-1, being undefeated in their conference as well as ranked No.1 in their conference.

The second quarter did not go much better for the Beavers. The Lancers immediately extended their lead to begin the second quarter to as much as 27-36. The Lancers ended the first half shooting 47.4% (9-19) in three-pointers as well as 48.6% in field goals (18-37) compared to that of the Beavers 40% (6-15) in three pointers and 42.9% (15-35) in field goals. The Lancers led at half by a score of 39-45.

Coming into the third quarter the Beavers got back their initial momentum by securing a lead for the first time since the first quarter. The crowd was on their feet as their Beavers picked up a lead and continued to grow it. There was an apparent change in both offense and defense for the Beavers in the third quarter. The quarter ended with the Beavers leading 67-51.

The fourth quarter was fought hard on both sides. The Beavers were able to maintain their lead throughout the quarter with the Lancers getting as close to within 5 points in the final minutes. The Beavers eventually went on to win the game by a score of 80-72.

“They came out and gave us all kinds of trouble. You know we learned lessons in that first half, [it] felt like we were a step slow defensively, but you gotta give them credit for playing so quickly,” said head women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck. “I’m proud of the way we closed this thing out and it was no surprise they made a run on us in the fourth quarter.”

The Beavers were led by freshman guard Talia Von Oelhoffen with 18 points, followed by sophomore forward Taylor Jones with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Redshirt-junior forward, Taya Corosdale led the team overall in rebounds at 12 with 5 offensive and 7 defensive.

The Beavers will be back in Gill Coliseum this Saturday to face the California State University Bakersfield Roadrunners at 12 p.m. .

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