Friday night at the Huntsman Center. The biggest game of the season for the Oregon State Women's basketball team. Yes last Friday they beat their rival for a 14th straight time. I posted the Pac-12 recap on this page to give you their interpretation of what happened. It was epic.....but it was another home win. The Beavers have struggled on the road. Check out these stats home vs away
POINTS SCORED 76.8 POINTS ALLOWED 58.1
POINTS SCORED 67.0 POINTS ALLOWED 68.0
Quite a difference. The Beavers lost a heartbreaker at Duke and then in conference play a subpar performance at UCLA. They had a 17-point lead at USC in the third quarter and lost by four and then the end of the 14 game winning streak last Sunday in Eugene.
Friday night (5:pm tip Pacific Time) The Beavers get a chance to get well on the road but are facing a much improved Utah team. The Beavers have beaten the Utes eight straight times but Utah is 14-5 and 5-3 in the Pac-12. Identical record as the Beavs. Check out the article below from the Salt Lake Tribune. Good info on the Utes.
This is a huge contest for Oregon State because road wins have been few and far between and they can't afford another loss in the race to win a fourth straight Pac-12 title
Last Friday’s win at ASU came as part of the Utes’ weekend sweep of the Arizona schools, the second conference road sweep of the season. The Utes already have equaled their conference win total (five) from all last season.
“The fact that we have gotten two road sweeps, I am really proud of that,” said Roberts, now in her third season with the Utes. “It just speaks to the fact that we are making progress, but I am not naive. This league is tough, and it doesn’t get any tougher than what we are going to get this weekend. We have to be confident in who we are and what we have done. We are a legitimately good team when we do the things we are good at.”
The Utes have the third-highest scoring offense in the Pac-12 behind Oregon (first) and Oregon State (second). Oregon ranks ninth in NCAA Division I in scoring (84.2 ppg), while Oregon sophomore Sabrina Ionescu leads the conference in individual scoring (19.8 ppg).
The Utes enter the weekend with three players averaging more than 10 points per game, led by redshirt junior forward Megan Huff (13.7 ppg). Junior wing Daneesha Provo (13.3 ppg) and senior forward Emily Potter (11.8 ppg) have provided scoring balance.
Freshman guard Tori Williams averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists last week on her way to earning the conference’s freshman of the week honor. Williams has averaged 9.1 points per game.
Despite the Utes’ offensive efficiency this season, defense has been a defining characteristic for the Utes. Utah has gone 25-2 under Roberts when opponents score 60 points or less. It has held its past three opponents below that benchmark, including ASU. The Utes scored just 25 points in the first half against ASU but rallied to score 26 in the fourth quarter alone.
“I just thought we had a great fourth quarter, but I’m most proud of our team in that game for not buckling,” Roberts said. “It is really hard when you are playing a team that no one has circled you to beat. They were ‘suppose’ to beat us, especially at their place. It was their kids day, so there were thousands of screaming kids there and it was a tough environment. So the fact that we just didn’t buckle is what I am most proud of, and I think it shows maturity, growth and progress as a program.”