Beavers’ earn second consecutive win against Seattle in four-game home stand

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Oregon State University women’s basketball player AJ Marotte attempting to keep the ball away from Seattle University women’s basketball players Peyton Howard and Lisa Michaelsen on November 10, 2022, at Gill Coliseum. The final score of the game was OSU 89 and SU 53.

Sydni Zidarevich, Sports Contributor

The Beavers faced the Seattle University Redhawks for the first time since 2009 Thursday night, and like Monday’s game, it was a fight to the finish.

In the second game of Oregon State’s four-game home stand, the Beavers were without senior guard Bendu Yeaney and forward Timea Gardiner, however, that did not stop the forward momentum that the Beavers are currently on.

The Beavers defeated the Redhawks with a score of 89-53.

Although the final score was a 36-point difference, the Redhawks and the Beavers played strong out of the gates. Starting center Jelena Mitrovic scored Oregon State their first two points of the night, thirty seconds into the first quarter. 

Seattle University did not let up, as sophomore guard Taliyah Clark came in right behind with a pullup, evening the score in the first forty-five seconds of the game.

This consistency from both OSU and SU was consistent through the first half of the game, as the score was never more than a seven-point difference. Heading into the second half of the game, the score was a close 38-33, Oregon State.

As the second half of the game began, Oregon State picked up the pace as they gained a 15-point advantage going into the final quarter.

In just ten minutes, the Beavers scored 29 points, with the final points being scored in the last 27 seconds of the final quarter, with a layup in the paint on the fast break from freshman forward Raegan Beers, assisted by freshman guard Martha Pietsch, and made the free throw, bringing the score to 89-50. 

With three seconds left on the clock, Erin Tarasow made a three point jumper, making the final score 89-53.

In their first game of the season, the Beavers had three players finish in double-digit scoring. Thursday, the Beavers had four; Beers leading with 22 points, guard Talia Von Oelhoffen following closely behind with 20 points, guard AJ Marotte with 18, and finally, Mitrovic with 14 points in this game.

“I loved the game tonight,” head coach Scott Rueck said. “This group has a lot to learn. New faces, new roles. I was hoping to take a step forward from last week and I think we made a huge jump forward.”

The Beavers, now 2-0 in their season, will meet Eastern Washington on Nov. 17, at Gill Coliseum at 6 p.m.