Despite a season-best 17 points out of Chanelle Molina, the Cougars (7-7, 0-2 Pac-12) could not keep a hot start going on the road as No. 17/17 Oregon State (11-2, 2-0 Pac-12) pulled away for a 71-53 victory Sunday afternoon at Gill Coliseum. For the Cougs, the game was a tale of two halves as an ice-cold second half ended any chance of an upset after taking a two-point lead into the halftime locker room.
Trailing by just one midway through the third quarter, WSU went nearly nine minutes of game time without a field goal before Alexys Swedlund, who posted 13 points in the loss, hit a three from the left wing with 5:25 to play in the game. With the Cougs' shots not falling, the Beavers went on a 16-4 run, including 11 points from Marie Gulich, that put Washington State down 57-43 in the waning minutes of the contest. From there, the two sides trade baskets while Oregon State hit its free throws to finish off the contest.Things You Need To Know
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The Beavers posted a 56-to-26 rebounding advantage including 21 offensive rebounds that led to 18 second-chance points. The 56 rebounds were the most given up by WSU since Georgia Tech grabbed 50 in the semifinals of the WNIT on Mar. 29, 2017.
- The win for the Beavers was their eighth-straight over the Cougars.
- WSU held the Beavers to just nine first quarter points, the lowest first quarter total for any Pac-12 opponent against the Cougs.
- Chanelle Molina led the Cougs with a season-best 17 points, her fifth double-digit scoring game of the season and first since posting 11 points against Saint Louise on Dec. 4. Alexys Swedlund added 13 points with a trio of threes while Nike McClure tied her season-best with nine points.
- The Beavers put three in double-figures led by Kat Tudor's game-best 27 points including a 7-of-14 showing from deep. Marie Gulich added 22 points and 14 rebounds while Mikayla Piven chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.
- As a team, Oregon State ended the game shooting 38.5% (25-of-65) despite shooting just 17.6% (3-of-17) in the first half. The Beavers finished 9-of-25 from deep while the Cougs hit just 5-of-20 three-point attempts.
- The Cougs were without their leading scorer, Borislava Hristova, for the second-straight game due to injury.
- WSU returns home to Beasley Coliseum for the first time in Pac-12 play and the first time in the new year when the Cougs take on Colorado Friday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. Last season, the Cougs and the Buffs met three times with WSU taking 2-of-3 including a 79-78 win in the opening round of the Pac-12 tournament.