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Stanford spoils OSU party

CORVALLIS — Stanford played an unusual role — at least for the Cardinal — against No. 7 Oregon State: Spoiler.

Lili Thompson had 13 points to lead five players in double figures as the No. 19 Cardinal snapped Oregon State's 21-game winning streak at Gill Coliseum with a 69-58 victory on Thursday night.

The loss kept the Beavers from clinching the Pac-12 regular-season title outright for the first time in school history.

Stanford isn't accustomed to this; the Cardinal had finished atop the Pac-12 regular-season standings for the previous 14 seasons.

"We knew that this was going to be a big game for them. But we know that we're Stanford. Stanford does big things. We call ourselves the party crashers," sophomore forward Erica McCall said.

McCall and Amber Orrange each added 12 points in Stanford's 29th consecutive win over the Beavers. The Cardinal (21-8, 13-4 Pac-12) wrap up the regular season at Oregon on Sunday.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Oregon State (25-3, 15-2), which has already won more games this season than any other team in school history.

Jamie Weisner and Deven Hunter each had 18 points for the Beavers, who had previously clinched at least a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title and the top seed in the conference tournament next week in Seattle. Oregon State hosts California on Saturday in the regular-season finale.

The Beavers can still claim the outright title with a victory against Cal — or if No. 10 Arizona State loses at home to Utah on Friday.

Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said there were a lot of "strange dynamics" going on with the team's first title on the line, the Gill winning streak and the fact that the Beavers hadn't faced Stanford this season.

"Perfect storm tonight. A little bit strange. Stanford played great," Rueck said, boiling the night down to four quick sentences. "Next game."

The Cardinal, who led by as many as 13 points, improved to 53-6 all-time against Oregon State.

Guard Brittany McPhee earned her first start for the Cardinal, which was coming off a 63-53 loss at home to Cal last weekend. McPhee had 24 points off the bench in that defeat — which took Stanford out of the running for its 15th straight regular-season championship.

While the Beavers had a distinct size advantage, Stanford played aggressive defense through the first 10 minutes to take a 20-13 lead. The Cardinal bench stood and cheered enthusiastically for each basket.

McCall's layup extended Stanford's lead to 26-17.

Oregon State closed to within three points at 28-25 on Weisner's 3-pointer with 6:16 left in the half, but couldn't get closer until the final basket of the half, a layup by Hunter, narrowed it to 34-33.

Stanford pulled ahead 46-39 on Bonnie Samuelson's 3-pointer with 5:19 left. The Cardinal stretched the lead to double digits when McCall's tip in made it 52-41.

"I think that some teams are tough matchups for other teams, and what our strength is, is what they don't like. And in some ways, it's the other way around: What their strength is we don't like to play against," coach Tara VanDerveer said. "It was a one-point game at halftime. We had to dig in. We made some big shots in the second half."

No. 24 CALIFORNIA 74, OREGON  59: At Eugene, Brittany Boyd had 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting and handed out six assists for California.

The Bears (21-7, 13-4 Pac-12) scored 17 straight to pull away to a 67-41 lead with 8:51 left and Oregon posed no threat from there.

Reshanda Gray and Mercedes Jefflo added 13 points each and Mikayla Cowling scored 10. California made a season-high 11 3-pointers and assisted on 24 of its 30 field goals.

Coach Lindsay Gottlieb earned her 100th victory with the Bears — her 156th overall.

Jillian Alleyne had her NCAA-best 26th double-double of the season, finishing with 33 points, 16 rebounds and five steals to lead Oregon (12-16, 5-12). Jordan Loera added 10 points.

The Ducks used an early 6-0 run to lead 12-8 and Cal went scoreless for over five minutes. The Bears ended the drought with a 10-0 run and never trailed from there.

Oregon State guard Sydney Wiese takes a moment during the second half of the No. 7 Beavers' 69-58 loss to No. 19 Stanford Thursday in Corvallis. AP PHOTO
Stanford guard Amber Orange, left, plays tight defense on Oregon State guard Jamie Weisner during the first half Thursday. AP PHOTO