Oregon State Women’s Basketball defeats ASU 59-54, advances to the second round of the Pac-12 Tournament

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Oregon State guard Talia von Oelhoffen attempts to score a pull up jumpshot against the defender. Talia ended the game with a total of 13 points.

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Despite the late surge from the Arizona State Sun Devils in the fourth quarter, the Oregon State Women’s Basketball Team stifled the Sun Devils comeback winning 59-54 advancing to the second round of the PAC-12 Tournament.

The Beavers never trailed against the Sun Devils in the first half after quickly hitting their first five shots to start the game. Oregon State led 24-16 at halftime as troubles shooting the ball affected the Sun Devils offensive momentum, as the Sun Devils only shot 5 of 34 from the field in the half. The Beavers at one point led by as many as 11 points during the opening half.

The Sun Devils would score the first points of the third quarter coming out of half-time to try and gain some offensive momentum, but the Beavers answered back with a couple of three-pointers from Ellie Mack, taking a 37-22 lead to end the quarter. Talia Von Oelhoffen knocked down a three-pointer increasing the Beavers lead to 47-30 midway through the fourth quarter.

Arizona State would mount a comeback to try and keep the game within reach, scoring three points on four consecutive Sun Devil possessions to cut the lead 49-42 with 3:30 remaining in the game. The Sun Devils would find the offensive momentum that they were missing in the first half, cutting the Beavers lead 52-50 on a Taya Hanson three-pointer with 1:15 left to play.

However, Oregon State flipped the momentum that was gained by the Sun Devils back in its favor when Talia Von Oelhoffen found Greta Kampschroeder for an easy layup making the score 55-51. The Beavers closed out the game at the free-throw line with Von Oelhoffen hitting four free throws to seal the win for Oregon State.

Senior forward Ellie Mack led all scorers for the Beavers coming off the bench finishing 14-points, while freshman guard Talia Von Oelhoffen finished 13-points, freshman guard Greta Kampschroeder and sophomore forward Kennedy Brown each finished 7-points.

Senior guard Taya Hanson led all scorers for the Sun Devils finishing with 18 points, while graduate student forward Mael Gilles finished with 14-points. Senior guard Jade Loville, who scored 33-points against Oregon State last meeting, only had 9-points, shooting 3 of 20 from the field.

The win over the Sun Devils keeps Oregon State’s NCAA Tournament hopes still alive as they advance to the PAC-12 Tournament Quarterfinals, where the Beavers (14-12) will face top-seeded and defending National Champions Stanford (25-3) tomorrow at 2:30 pm. Oregon State will get a third chance to try and beat the #2 ranked Stanford Cardinal. The Cardinal won the last two matchups between the Beavers in the regular season winning by margins of 23 and 24 points this season.