SEATTLE, Wash. – Three Beavers scored in double-figures, but the No. 10 ranked Oregon State women's basketball team fell to Arizona State 57-51 Friday evening in the Pac-12 Tournament in Seattle, Wash.
"Arizona State played a really good game tonight," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "I'm proud of our team for battling back. We came up a little bit short against an NCAA Tournament team that we've had three really good battles with this season. I'm proud of our group and I'm proud of Beaver Nation for traveling with our group and supporting us so well."
Sophomore Mikayla Pivec finished with 14 points and seven rebounds, going 5-for-10 from the floor. Junior Katie McWilliams shot 5-for-9 in the contest to finish with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Freshman Aleah Goodman scored 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting.
As a team, Oregon State shot 40 percent in the contest, compared to 37.5 percent for Arizona State.
Arizona State jumped out to a 10-2 lead to start the game, as the Oregon State offense got off to a slow start. The Beavers used a McWilliams triple to cut into the lead, as the Sun Devils headed to the second quarter up 12-7.
The Beavers wasted little time in the second period, tying the score just over a minute into the frame. OSU would extend its run to nine unanswered points to start the quarter, as it took a 16-12 advantage. ASU battled back to level the score, before heading into the locker room up 26-21.
Arizona State quickly extended the lead to nine points early in the second half, but the Beavers surged back to get within one halfway through the third quarter. Oregon State took the lead with under three minutes left in the third, and the teams traded the edge from there until McWilliams knocked down a triple at the buzzer to put OSU up 46-44 headed to the closing frame.
The Oregon State defense clamped down in the fourth quarter, as the Beavers held Arizona State scoreless for the first six minutes of the period. Arizona State scored seven unanswered points to take the lead with less than two minutes left, and never surrendered the edge from there to take the win by six.
The Beavers will now await the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, which will air on ESPN at 4 p.m. PT on Monday, March 12.
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