No. 12 Oregon State holds off No. 2 Oregon 67-62
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The outcome of that first game against the Ducks didn’t sit so well with the Beavers.
Following a loss to Oregon in Eugene on Friday night, Aleah Goodman had 22 points and No. 12 Oregon State snapped the No. 2 Ducks’ 17-game winning streak with a 67-62 victory before a sellout crowd at home on Monday night.
“We were right there in Friday night’s game, and we knew we didn’t play our best game,” Goodman said. “So that was definitely a huge motivation factor for us, and then obviously playing in front of our family — this is all extended family to us.”
It was just the second loss of the season for the Ducks, who defeated the Beavers 77-68 on Friday in the first of the Civil War rivalry series. Oregon (24-2, 13-1 Pac-12) was hampered by the loss of starter Ruthy Hebard in the first half with what appeared to be a right knee injury.
Destiny Slocum finished with 20 points and the Beavers (21-5, 11-3) preserved their nine-game winning streak over the Ducks at Gill Coliseum. Oregon hasn’t won in Corvallis since 2010.
Sabrina Ionescu had 21 points for the Ducks, who moved up a spot to No. 2 in the AP rankings earlier in the day — Oregon’s best poll position in school history. The Beavers dropped from No. 9 following the loss in Eugene on Friday, the opening game of the Civil War rivalry series between the two teams.
“Give them credit they made plays down the stretch, made stops when they needed to, a couple of big baskets and they made their free throws,” Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. “That’s what a good team does. We’re both really good teams. I think we treated our fans to two outstanding games. Maybe one of these days I’ll get these guys here at Gill.”
It was a tense final period. Ionescu’s layup tied the game at 50 early in the fourth quarter, and her jumper pulled the Ducks in front with 6:23 left in the game as the Beavers went on an inopportune scoring drought.
But Mikayla Pivec’s layup for the Beavers tied it again with 4:25 to go and Slocum’s jumper gave them back the lead. Maite Cazorla’s basket pulled Oregon within 59-57 with 35 seconds left.
Katie McWilliams made a pair of free throws for Oregon State with 17 seconds left but Ionescu’s layup kept the Ducks within two points with just over 10 seconds to go. Goodman made free throws before Ionescu missed on a 3-pointer but was fouled and made all three free throws to get within 63-62.
Slocum made two free throws and then Ionescu traveled sealing the win for Oregon State.
Hebard appeared to injure her right knee coming down on a rebound about halfway through the second quarter. She went to the bench and stretched it gingerly before a trainer wrapped it with ice.
Hebard, who averages 16.8 points and 9.1 rebounds for the Ducks, headed to the locker room before the first half was over. She warmed up with the team after the break but did not play again.
Graves said afterward he did not know the severity of the injury.
“She didn’t look all that good, when she’s not walking healthy,” he said.
Slocum’s 3-pointer put the Beavers up 29-19 in the first half and they went on to lead 33-27 at the break. Goodman led all scorers with 15. Ionescu had just six points, all in the first quarter.
The Ducks rallied in the third quarter, pulling within 43-41 on Satou Sabally’s 3-pointer. Ionescu’s jumper tied it at 45 but Goodman answered with a 3-pointer.
“Coming off Friday’s game, these last two days we really worked hard and made a few adjustments,” Goodman said. “We were excited to get back out there.”
Both teams wore pink on the annual Play4Kay day for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, named after legendary North Carolina State basketball coach Kay Yow, who died of breast cancer in 2009.
Oregon: The Ducks held a 61-40 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams split the two games last season. ... The Ducks’ previous loss this season came at Michigan State on Dec. 9.
Oregon State: The game was a sellout at Gill Coliseum, which seats 9,301. The teams also played before a sellout at Matthew Knight Arena on Friday. ... Oregon State is in the midst of a run with four Top 25 teams in five games: Then No 17 Utah, then No. 11 Stanford and the two games against the Ducks. ... Oregon State junior forward Janessa Thropay sang the national anthem. ... It was coach Scott Rueck’s 200th win at Oregon State.
SCALPERS?: There were reports that ticket sellers outside were scalpers selling general admission tickets for $25. Those seats normally go for $12. It was just the second sellout in school history.
Oregon hosts UCLA on Friday.
Oregon State hosts USC on Friday.