Beavers can’t overcome slow start, fall to University of Washington at home


Jason May

Talia Von Oelhoffen drives to the basket against the University of Washington Huskies in Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Ore, on January 15. Von Oelhoffen led all scorers with 20 points, making 50% of her shots.

Ben Pahl, Sport's Writer

The Oregon State Women’s basketball team suffered their second straight loss when they were defeated by the Washington Huskies by a final score of 79-67 at Gil Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Trailing by 19 points entering the fourth quarter, Oregon State was able to go on a run and cut the deficit to just 8 with 1:08 remaining.

“We weren’t gonna give up, we just had to chip away at it,” said sophomore guard Talia Von Oelhoffen. “I thought our press was pretty good, we got some deflections and steals. But we didn’t quit, that group at the end, so I was proud of that.”

That was the closest the Beavers would come, however, and the Huskies held on for a 12-point road victory.

Washington came firing right out of the gate, going on a 42-25 run to start the contest. The Huskies shot a staggering 15-20 in the game’s first stretch and built their lead up to twenty points at halftime. In the third quarter, that lead would grow to as large as 24.

“Give Washington a ton of credit, my gosh, that was an amazing shooting display to start the game,” said Oregon State women’s basketball head coach Scott Rueck. “You wish you could’ve been more disruptful to them and made them more uncomfortable. However, even if you’re just in the gym by yourself it’s not easy to shoot at that percentage.”

A team that normally hangs its hat on the defensive end, the Beavers gave up 49 points in the first half before finally figuring things out in the fourth quarter. Being a team composed of so many newcomers to the program, Rueck thinks inexperience played into the defensive performance today.

“We need to communicate a little bit more,” Rueck said. “I think that could be an area of focus for this group as we continue to battle through being a relatively young team.”

As a team, Washington shot 7-13 from downtown. Freshman Hannah Stines put up a phenomenal performance for the Huskies, scoring 17 points and shooting 6-9 from the field. Junior guard Lauren Schwartz and sophomore forward Dalayah Daniels also scored in double figures for Washington.

For Oregon State, Talia Von Oelhoffen led the way with 20 points, shooting 8-16 from the field. Von Oelhoffen also added five rebounds and two assists. In just her second game of the season, freshman forward Timea Gardner finished in double figures with ten points.

With Sunday’s result, the Beavers fall to 2-5 in PAC 12 play and 10-8 overall on the season. The Beavers will be looking to bounce back this Friday when they take on rival Oregon at 8 PM in Gil Coliseum.

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