CORVALLIS, Ore. – Patricia Bright had 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks and Alyssa Martin added 16 points of her own, but Cal Poly used a stellar defensive effort to hand the Oregon State women’s basketball team its first loss of the season, 72-62, on Monday night in Gill Coliseum.
Bright’s offensive effort produced the 14th game of 10 or more points in her career. Her nine boards gave her that many for the fourth time ever and most since she corralled 12 against Oregon on Jan. 28 last season.
Martin led Oregon State in points for the second consecutive game and is now averaging 18.0 per contest. She was 4-for-9 from behind the arc on the night and her last triple gave her 100 for her career. She’s now alone in sixth place for three-point makes in OSU history.
The Beavers jumped out to an early six-point lead thanks to some of that proficient shooting from deep. Martin opened up the scoring with a three-pointer, hit another roughly two minutes later and was followed with a triple from Mollee Schwegler. A Patricia Bright layup sandwiched in the middle of that barrage gave OSU an early 11-7 edge.
That slim advantage was extended when, immediately after converting her three-point basket, Schwegler stayed in the backcourt, stole the inbounds pass from Cal Poly’s Ariana Elegado and laid in another bucket to extended Oregon State’s largest lead of the game.
The contest remained close for the remainder of the opening half. The Mustangs put together a 13-2 run midway through the period that gave them a seven-point lead with 7:02 until intermission, 22-15, but the Beavers battled back and cut that deficit to one on a couple of occasions before entering the break down three, 29-26.
OSU, which overcame a four-point halftime deficit to win its season opener against Western Washington on Saturday, was unable to do the same on Monday.
Down five, 35-30, early in the second half, OSU seemed to be finding its stride until the Mustangs’ Elegado discovered her stroke and started making shots at a torrid pace. The sophomore scored the next 10 points for Cal Poly and ended up with a game-high 27, including 21 after halftime.
Oregon State cut a 15-point deficit to single digits on two occasions late in the game, but Elegado baskets put the Beavers in a 10+ point hole again in both instances.
ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley and Deven Hunter both had eight boards to help OSU handle Cal Poly on the glass, 49-47, and for the most part stats were fairly even. Oregon State led 32-24 in the paint and 11-9 in fast-break points, but 19 Beaver turnovers gave the Mustangs the ball control they needed to put the game away.
Oregon State has a respite before hitting the court again next Tuesday, Nov. 20, when it opens play against UC Santa Barbara in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.