Oregon State Women’s Basketball loses to No. 19 Arizona State in double overtime

Jarred Bierbrauer, OMN Sports Chief

After winning seven games in a row, No. 10 Oregon State Women’s Basketball fell to the No. 19 Arizona State in a double overtime nail-biter this afternoon at Gill Coliseum with a final score of 79-76.

The Beavers now drop to 15-3 overall this season with a 5-1 record in the Pac-12. No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 Stanford and Utah now sit above OSU in the conference, while Arizona State trails with a 13-5 overall record.

OSU junior guard Mikayla Pivec took over the stats sheet in the game, scoring 19 points, nine total rebounds and seven assists to help the Beavers keep up with ASU.

“Arizona State is a very physical team, they play very hard,” Pivec said. “Today I think we came out well matching that mentality, but we gave them a little bit of the momentum in the second quarter.”

Sporting their all pink uniforms in support of the Dam Cancer program, Oregon State came into Gill looking to keep their hot streak going. However, OSU struggled to get points on the board on the first half, trailing 33-26 at halftime.

Things took a turn in the second half though, as the Beavers stormed back with a collection of three pointers from sophomore guard Aleah Goodman off the bench, who split playing time with sophomore Destiny Slocum. OSU Head Coach Scott Rueck said his decision to keep Goodman in longer during the second half was his gut instinct.

“I thought Aleah was executing,” Rueck said. “This was a half court game and they did a good job, Aleah has been a part of our offense longer. I just went back and forth between them.”

With six seconds left in the fourth quarter, ASU forward Kianna Ibis hit a jump shot from mid-court to give the Sun Devils a 60-58. Ibis, who lead the team in all of categories besides assists and steals, put up 28 points, 13 total rebounds and three blocks in the game. According to Rueck, Ibis would be difficult to guard even with two defenders on her.

“There’s not much you can do,” Rueck said. “Ibis created space for them, it honestly pulled us away from the basket a little bit which allowed their guards to make plays. I don’t what what else you’d do.”

With just the six seconds left on the clock, Pivec was able to dribble around some defenders and score on a lay up to force overtime. After another extra quarter was added, the Sun Devils took advantage of their free throws to go up 77-73. OSU senior guard Katie McWilliams, who put up 12 points and the only block for the Beavers in the game, hit a key three point shot to keep the score close.

“Throughout the whole game we got good shots, we were executing our offense but things just weren’t falling for us like they usually do,” McWilliams said. “I thought a lot of people stepped up in the end there. It was just one of those nights and we just played through it as much as we could, but not the result we wanted.”

Next week, Oregon State will be traveling to Washington to take on the Huskies on Friday, Jan. 25, then Washington State on Sunday, Jan. 27.

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