Beaver women win exhibition opener

Beaver women win exhibition opener

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Alyssa Martin dropped in 16, Ali Gibson added 12 points and six assists and Patricia Bright swatted away five shots as the Oregon State women’s basketball team utilized a nearly flawless second half to dismantle Seattle Pacific, 80-55, in the Beavers’ lone exhibition on Sunday evening.

Oregon State, which led only 31-25 at intermission, outscored the Falcons 49-30 in the second half, and dominated in nearly every category to put the game to rest. OSU, only up eight, 44-36, with 14:11 to go in regulation knocked down a series of long range bombs on four out of five possessions to balloon their lead to 22 within a three-minute span.

Gibson started the onslaught with a triple from in front of the Beaver bench at 14:05 and was followed closely by corner treys from Martin (13:14), Khadidja Toure (12:28) and Deven Hunter (11:44). Toure’s steal and layup with 13:33 on the clock was the only two-point bucket in that span. Three of the five possessions in that group were started courtesy of an Oregon State theft on defense.

The Beavers, who shot 40.6 percent from the floor in the first half (13-for-32), but only 1-for-10 from three-point land couldn’t seem to miss in the second. OSU converted a blistering 19 of 30 field goal attempts (63.3%) in the final 20 minutes, including a gaudy 7-of-8 from behind the arc.

Oregon State coupled that proficiency from deep with suffocating defense down low. The Beavers enjoyed a distinct size advantage over a team that didn’t have a player over 6-foot-2, an edge they may benefit from in a number of games this season. Reigning Pac-12 blocks champ Patricia Bright rejected five shots, freshman Ruth Hamblin denied three, Martin a pair and ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley and Gibson each got one of their own. All in all OSU had 12 blocks to Seattle Pacific’s one.

OSU’s defense, something the team has thrived on the past two seasons, doesn’t seem to have missed a beat in year three. Along with the astounding blocks advantage, Oregon State had 14 steals to just five for its opponent and forced 16 total Falcon turnovers which turned into 20 points for the Beavers on the other end.

Offensively, Oregon State outscored SPU 42-14 in the paint and shared the rock beautifully, notching an assist on 25 of its 32 made field goals courtesy of 11 different players.

Perhaps most notably on the night was the play of the Beavers’ heralded recruiting class. Hamblin not only had three blocks, but was one of a trio of OSU players in double-figures (10) and Toure filled up the stat sheet with nine points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals, constantly hounding SPU’s guards with her defense. In one two-minute span in the second half Toure assisted on an Edwards-Teasley layup, stole the ball at half court and raced in for a breakaway layup, assisted a three-pointer by Martin and drilled a corner three of her own.

Corvallis native Katie Schrock put up six points on a pair of deep treys and Edwards-Teasley scored seven of her own on 2-of-4 shooting. 

Mechela Barnes’ game-opening layup was SPU’s only lead of the game and the Falcons didn’t get within 20 the last nine minutes of the contest.

The games count for Oregon State beginning on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. when the Beavers host Western Washington in Gill Coliseum.