No. 12 Oregon State Women’s Basketball upsets No. 2 Oregon

OSU sophomore guard Aleah Goodman receives support from her teammates after the Beavers earned their upset win over the Ducks, 67-62. Goodman led Oregon State in points on the night, tallying 22 to help her team take the win.

Lillian Nomie, Sports Reporter

Oregon State Women’s Basketball earned an upset win over No. 2 Oregon during Civil War weekend on Monday night in Gill Coliseum. The final score of the game was 67-62.

This win gave Head Coach Scott Rueck his 200th career win at Oregon State, also putting the Beavers’ overall record at 21-3 and Pac-12 record at 11-3.

The game started off with UO winning the jump ball and getting the first basket. Beaver  senior center Joanna Grymek immediately matched the shot the following play, tying up the score.

Throughout the first quarter, the teams were head-to-head, but the Beavers pulled ahead 20-15 at the end of the quarter.

“Tonight I thought our defense was on point from the beginning and we had fewer mistakes,” Rueck said.

Coming into the second quarter, OSU sophomore guard Aleah Goodman put up the first shot in the initial thirty seconds, keeping the Beavers ahead 22-15. Goodman tallied the most points for the Beavers, scoring 22 on the night.

“After Friday’s game, execution was a big thing for us on both ends. Executing our defense plan, and on offense we knew we needed to score against them,” Goodman said.

At the end of the second quarter the Beavers’ remained ahead, 33-27. OSU redshirt sophomore guard Destiny Slocum came out into the third quarter and scored a shot within the first 20 seconds. Slocum tallied 20 points throughout the game, the second-highest amount from the team.

“I think we did a good job being patient and waiting for our shots to come. We are a great shooting team and we know we’re going to hit,” Slocum said.

Towards the end of the third quarter, the score was tied 45-45. Goodman broke the tie with a 3-pointer and two free throws. Making the score at the end of the quarter 50-48.  

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Ducks tied up the game and eventually took the lead. With 2:28 left in the game, Slocum pulled the Beavers ahead 54-52.

OSU remained ahead for the rest of the fourth quarter, resulting in a win and a final score of 67-62. After the game, Rueck grabbed the microphone and thanked the fans in Gill for contributing to his 200 wins.  

“I can’t thank you enough not only for what you’ve done tonight but for the last nine years. You’ve been there since day one and I can’t tell you how unbelievable this is. I couldn’t be more proud of you and I couldn’t be more proud of this team.”

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