Corvallis, Ore. -- Despite 15 three pointers from the San Francisco Dons, Oregon State women's basketball found a way in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers, powered by another double-double performance from forward Taylor Jones and a 24 point game from freshman guard Sasha Goforth, outlasted USF 89-80.
Like their other games this season, the Beavers opened up the first quarter slowly, trailing the Dons by 7 points heading into the second period. USF finished the half shooting 9 of 18 from 3 point range while holding OSU to under 40 percent shooting from the field and 27 percent from three.
"It was definitely the game plan to take away the three point line, it might not have looked like it at times," joked guard Aleah Goodman. "We knew coming in they were hot shooters. It's hard to go through game situations during practice. Communication is really important. Making sure we know where shooters are at all times."
Out of the break, the Beavers committed to keeping Jones on the floor in longer stretches while pairing Goodman and Sasha Goforth in the backcourt. Goforth, a true freshman and five star recruit in the 2020 class, took over the game showing a combination of speed off the dribble and good shooting from range. Her 18 second half points were a team high, propelling Oregon State to a 54-37 second half.
"I think they play very well," head coach Scott Rueck said of Goodman and Goforth. "Sasha's a little bit longer, Aleah's got a little more experience. So they're a good complement. They're both cerebral defenders. That's gonna be fun for everyone to watch this year is these two play off each other so well."
"I've never had a leader that wants it so bad," said Goforth of her backourt mate Goodman. "She literally has a killer mindset and whenever she is thinking like that, everyone else feeds off it. I really can't tell you how big of a difference it makes to have someone older than you and she has helped me immensely personally. My nerves and then if I'm doing bad and just teaching me, she's done a lot."
Oregon State hosts Colorado on Sunday, December 6th at 5:00 p.m.