The Oregon Ducks (17-3, 6-1) fell to the Oregon State Beavers (14-4, 5-2) in an overtime thriller, 85-79. Over 8,000 rambunctious fans filled Gill Coliseum in one of the Civil War's most anticipated basketball match-ups in its long history. The Ducks were determined to prevent a 14th straight loss to the Beavers, who were coming off an impressive two-game home-stand against the Arizona schools.
Maite Cazorla opened the scoring with 2-points, followed by a Taya Corosdale triple. Ruthy Hebard responded with a quick basket from the low post, then Oregon State's Marie Gülich did the same. Sabrina Ionescu hit a jumper and once again Gülich followed suit. From then on the Beavers would build on a lead that would last for roughly 32 minutes.
Oregon State came into the contest with the PAC-12's best 3-point percentage and would continue their clinical performance throughout the game, shooting a perfect 7 of 7 in the first quarter. Four out of the Beavers five starters drained at least one triple in the first ten minutes. Sophomore Kat Tudor was especially impressive- scoring 21 of her 34 points beyond the arc and leading her team to a 28 - 17 lead.
Ionescu and Hebard began their two-woman show after an off start, scoring 16 of Oregon's 19 total second quarter points. Unfortunately, Oregon State had their own dynamic duo. Gülich remained a constant threat under the rim, which lead to even more open shots for Tudor. Despite the Ducks beginning to heat up, the Beavers held on and entered the half leading 42-36.
At the start of the game Duck fans were saddened to hear that Lexi Bando, the leading active career three-point shooter in Women's Basketball, was out with a leg injury. Her absence was greatly felt. The Ducks were 3 of 6 from three going into the third while the Beavers were 9 of 11.
Luckily, Oregon State's hot streak began to cool, allowing Oregon to slowly chip away at the score. Sophomore Mallory McGwire had an excellent third quarter (8 points) and her defense against Gülich helped the Ducks enter the fourth on a 10-4 run.
The Ionescu to Hebard connection stayed strong and eventually gave the Ducks their second lead of the game with 5 minutes remaining in regulation. However, Tudor and Gülich remained hot as well, and with less than ten seconds in regulation the Beavers had the win in reach at 75-72.
Cue Sabrina Ionescu. In the waning moments of regulation, Ionescu did a nasty crossover and drained the game tying bucket. Mikayla Pivec had the opportunity to win the game but came up short as the clock struck zero.
In overtime, Lexi Bando could only watch from the sideline as her team seemingly abandoned the three and tried to win it in the paint. Over and over again Ionescu drove to the basket only to get stuffed by the Beavers' large defenders. Back and forth the ball went until Junior Katie McWilliams (who had an overall quiet night) drew the foul and hit a contested three to seal the game, 85-79.
Ionescu (35pts, 6 Ast, 4 Reb), Hebard (24 Pts, 3 Stl, 7 Reb), and Mallory McGwire (10 pts, 9 Reb, 2 Blk) kept the Ducks in the race, but ultimately the hot shooting of Kat Tudor (34 pts) and Marie Gülich (28 pts) gave the Beavers their 14th straight over the Ducks.
Next week Oregon will have their chance at revenge when Oregon State visits Eugene on Sunday at 5pm.