No. 8 OSU holds off Washington in semifinal
SEATTLE — Pac-12 player of the year Jamie Weisner scored 20 points, Sydney Wiese added 16 and No. 8 Oregon State survived a late rally to beat Washington 57-55 on Saturday night in the conference tournament semifinals.
The Beavers (27-4) will play No. 12 UCLA in the tournament title game today. It's the second appearance in the tournament final for Oregon State after losing to USC in the 2014 championship game.
Weisner was the only one that could hit shots in the second half after a dynamic first half for both teams. Weisner hit 4 of 6 shots in the second half and Oregon State held on despite going scoreless the final 6:15 of the game.
Chantel Osahor led Washington (22-10) with 18 points. Kelsey Plum, the Pac-12 scoring leader, was held to a season-low 14 points and missed a runner in the lane at the buzzer that could have forced overtime.
Oregon State put the responsibility of slowing down Plum on Gabriella Hanson with a lot of help from others. Plum was strong early as the Huskies hit seven of their first eight 3-point attempts, but the No. 3 scorer in the country struggled in the second half. Plum finished 4-of-19 shooting and was 1 of 13 in the second half.
Meanwhile, Weisner and Wiese were able to find space on the perimeter against Washington's zone defense. And the Beavers got key baskets from others at important moments. Hanson knocked down an open 3 with 6:15 left after Washington had pulled within 54-50 on Plum's first field goal of the second half.
The 3-pointer from Hanson proved vital as it was Oregon State's final points. The Huskies pulled within 57-52 on Osahor's driving layup with 1:51 remaining. Oregon State missed open 3s on consecutive possessions and Osahor hit her fourth 3-pointer — and first since the first quarter — with 36 seconds left to pull Washington within 57-55.
The Huskies chose to play defense rather than foul and forced a turnover when Wiese lost the ball and the shot clock expired with 5.5 seconds left. But Plum's right-handed runner at the buzzer banked too hard off the backboard and caromed off the rim.
Ruth Hamblin added 10 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Beavers. Talia Walton had 15 points for Washington.
Washington: The Huskies led 37-35 at halftime. In the only regular season meeting with Oregon State, the Huskies trailed 31-17 at the break. ... Washington was 6-of-32 shooting in the second half
Oregon State: The Beavers trailed at halftime for the ninth time this season. They are now 5-4. ... Oregon State's 10 3-pointers matched a season high.
Washington: The Huskies will wait for their NCAA Tournament assignment to be announced March 14.
Oregon State: The Beavers face UCLA in Sunday's title game.