CORVALLIS – The No. 16 Oregon State women's basketball team notched its third win over a ranked opponent this season, as the Beavers topped No. 25 California 68-48 Sunday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.
"I thought this was a great bounce-back for the team," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "Cal is a very talented team. I thought we defended really well and executed the gameplan. I thought Katie McWilliams really set the tone for us today, and she showed her leadership. This is a great win for our team."
Senior Marie Gulich went 9-for-13 from the floor to finish with 20 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Junior Katie McWilliams netted a season-high 19 points on 7-for-9 shooting, and added four assists.
Sophomore Mikayla Pivec led all players with 13 rebounds, helping the Beavers to a 46-28 advantage on the glass. Freshman Taya Corosdale nearly posted a double-double, ending the afternoon with eight points and nine rebounds. Fellow first-year Aleah Goodman hit a pair of 3-pointers to finish with eight points.
As a team the Beavers shot 44.4 percent from the floor, compared to 35.1 percent for Cal.
McWilliams exploded out of the gate, scoring 10 of Oregon State's first 12 points as the Beavers took a four-point lead into the first media timeout. OSU extended the advantage to double-figures from there, ending the opening frame up 20-10.
The Oregon State defense was stifling in the second quarter, as the Beavers limited Cal to 14.3 percent shooting to out-score the Golden Bears 16-7 in the period. OSU led by as many as 19 in the frame, before heading to the break up 36-17.
Oregon State wasted little time extending the lead in the second half, jumping in front by 25 at the third-quarter media break. Cal used an 8-0 run to head to the closing frame with the Beavers up 52-35.
The Beavers controlled the fourth quarter, maintaining their advantage to take the win by 20.
Sunday's game was the Beavers' #DamCancer game, as Oregon State partnered with the Corvallis Clinic to promote awareness for cancer research. Head coach Scott Rueck's daughter Kate cut her hair for donation in a special postgame ceremony.
Oregon State will hit the road next week for a pair of games in the Evergreen State, beginning Friday vs. Washington State in Pullman.
Courtesy: OSU Athletics