Beavers' defense stymies Ducks, 60-33
CORVALLIS — Oregon State’s dominance over Oregon in the women’s basketball Civil War continued Friday night.
Thanks to a stifling defense and balanced offense, the Beavers frustrated the Ducks all game long and pushed their Civil War win streak to 10 with a 60-33 Pac-12 victory before a Gill Coliseum crowd of 4,462.
Only three of those games have been closer than eight points and the last three games were all by at least 27 points — OSU won 70-37 and 77-48 last year.
The No. 11 Beavers (11-3, 2-1) will look to make it 11 straight on Sunday when they travel to Eugene for a noon tip against the Ducks (11-3, 0-3).
The Beavers bounced back nicely from a 71-51 loss at No. 15 UCLA on Monday.
“I felt like we would have a great effort tonight,” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. “I think anytime you lose it shakes your confidence a bit and makes you rethink things and I think we got through that on our day off on Tuesday and through the first part of practice in our discussion on Wednesday.
“That’s who this group is. They’re very resilient and they’re high-level competitors. So then you put them at home in our comfort zone against a rival … you get back into a similar rhythm that you had before and you tend to forget what was last and you just go back into what it demands tonight. I thought this team did that. Defensively they were ready to go right from the beginning with that same fight. If anything the game the other day just focused us even more.”
The Beavers were sensational on defense Friday. Rueck said he thought they made very few mistakes, challenged shots and did a nice job rebounding.
The Ducks had a dismal 14-for-65 shooting performance from the floor (21.5 percent) and no player had more than four field goals.
Leading scorers Jillian Alleyne and Lexi Peterson were a combined 5 for 26 and scored just 12 points.
“You’re not going to beat anybody shooting like that, let alone one of the best teams in the country,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “It’s just disappointing. I didn’t think we offensively could struggle like we did. But again, great defense. They played position defense, every shot was challenged and they’re physical.”
Jamie Weisner and Ruth Hamblin both said knowing Oregon’s tendencies helped, and that they worked well together as a team.
“I know I was tasked with shutting Jillian down so just trying to keep my gap and play angles and then helping others,” Hamblin said. “I thought the guards did a great job of chasing shooters off screens and the perimeter defense was very strong.”
The Beavers also ended Alleyne’s Pac-12 record of 29 consecutive double-doubles. She was forced to leave the game with just over two minutes left in the third quarter with an apparent left leg injury before returning early in the fourth, but was unable to get enough rebounds to keep the streak alive.
Alleyne finished with 10 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, the Beavers were getting production offensively up and down the lineup, even with starting point guard Sydney Wiese missing her fifth straight game. Hamblin finished with 15 points, Gabby Hanson 11 and Weisner 10,but all eight players who saw significant time contributed at times.
“(It’s) great just to have weapons at every position so they can’t cheat so you keep the defense honest,” Hamblin said. “It’s just strong to pick up the slack that Syd used to provide very evenly. It doesn’t have to be just one person but it’s everyone doing little things to accumulate to that.”
The Beavers broke the game open at the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second.
Katie McWilliams’ 3-pointer capped a 13-0 run to give the Beavers a 22-7 lead with 8:33 left in the half. Weisner had the first five points on a 3 and two free throws and Deven Hunter also had a 3 in the run.
The lead was as many as 17 on a rebound bucket by Hamblin to make it 28-11 with 3:52 left in the half. But Oregon closed on a 7-4 run to get within 14 at the break.
After opening the season 11-0 in nonconference play, the Ducks have dropped three straight Pac-12 games on the road.