Corvallis, OR. -- Round one of the Civil War went to Oregon. But the Oregon State Beavers took round two in front of a sold out home crowd.
Oregon’s perfect run in Pac-12 play came to an end Monday night against No.12 Oregon State, as the Ducks’ 17 game winning streak was snapped with a 67-62 loss in Corvallis.
The game was a back-and-forth battle throughout, and was tied with less than three minutes to play before red-shirt sophomore Destiny Slocum nailed a couple clutch shots to help OSU seal the victory.
“Civil War games are always fun,” said senior guard Katie McWilliams. “Tonight was just amazing with the crowd and big performances we had.”
To make things even sweeter, Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck won his 200th career game. And there is no better way to reach that milestone than with a victory over the Ducks.
“I couldn’t be happier for this team,” said Rueck. “Our defense was on point from the beginning of the game, we hit big shots, and our will to win was eilite.”
The Ducks, meanwhile, fought through a cold shooting night and an injured Ruthy Hebard. Hebard, the reigning national power forward of the year, suffered a knee injury early in the second quarter and did not return to the game. The Ducks, who moved up to the No. 2 spot in the AP rankings, now have to move on to the next challenge ahead.
“We have a short week and it will be a quick turnaround,” said Oregon head coach Kelly Graves. “In three days, we got UCLA and they’ve won six of the last seven.”
Both Oregon and Oregon State will travel to Southern California to play USC and UCLA this weekend.
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