The state of Oregon loves its Women's basketball! A sellout crowd jammed into Matthew S Knight to witness an impressive Civil War duel between the #3 Ducks and number 9 Oregon State. This game wasn't decided until the final minutes when Oregon held off their rival at home. Its just the second win over the Beavers for the Ducks in the last 16 matchups. But make no mistake Oregon is one heck of a basketball team led by Sabrina Ionescu. Her 29 points were the difference in the 77-68 contest. Oregon State had four players in double figures but a lack of success from long distance shooting 6 of 21 three pointers hurt Oregon State.
Now the rivalry moves to Corvallis Monday night. The has been selected as the "Big Monday night" matchup on ESPN 2. The state of Oregon will show off its love to Women's hoops to the nation.
Here is the official game wrap from OSU Athletics:
The No. 9 Oregon State women's basketball team battled No. 3 Oregon for the full 40 minutes, but came up just short Friday evening, as the Ducks took a 77-68 win in Eugene, Ore.
"I loved our effort," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "Knowing what this environment was going to be like tonight in a rivalry game, I thought we were composed and I thought we played great basketball. There were a lot of positives to take away. Oregon is such a good team, and they made us pay for every mistake. Now for Monday, we have to be better."
The Civil War Series is presented by PacificSource Health Plans, Spirit Mountain Casino, Safeway-Albertsons, Your Local Toyota Dealers and First Interstate Bank.
Redshirt-sophomore Destiny Slocum finished with 19 points, three rebounds and three assists. Senior Katie McWilliams put up 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting, while fellow senior Joanna Grymek went 6-for-7 from the floor to finish with 12 points.
Sophomore Aleah Goodman tallied 12 points, including 10 in the first half. Junior Mikayla Pivec scored six points and pulled down seven rebounds, as she became the 22ndplayer in Oregon State history to score 1,000 career points.
Oregon State shot 50 percent from the floor, compared to 45.3 percent for Oregon.
The teams went back and forth early on, as they headed to the media break level at 11. Oregon ended the first quarter up 18-13.
The teams continued to trade punches in the second frame, with the Beavers getting within two at the mid-way point of the period. Oregon State took the lead with four minutes left in the half, but the Ducks responded with a 10-0 run to go in front by seven. The Beavers would battle back from there to head to the break behind 39-35.
Goodman led Oregon State with 10 first-half points, while McWilliams had eight.
The Beavers got within three early in the third, but the Ducks were able to bring the edge to 10 going into the fourth.
Oregon State fought back in the closing frame, chipping away at the deficit to get back within four, but could not take the lead as Oregon took the win.
The Beavers will return home Monday for the second round of the Civil War. That game is slated to tip off at 6 p.m. and will air on ESPN2 as part of ESPN's Big Monday. The contest in sold out, but student tickets are still available.