CORVALLIS, Ore. – Jamie Weisner scored a game-high 22 points, surpassing the 20-point plateau for the fourth time this season, and Deven Hunter grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds, but a back-and-forth battle down the stretch saw the Oregon State women’s basketball team drop another close contest to Washington on Monday night, 49-44.
“They [Washington] won because they took care of the basketball, are used to winning and made the plays,” Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck said. “I thought our defense was phenomenal tonight. I thought we made them work for everything, but we just didn’t score enough.”
The Beavers took a 22-18 lead into the break after their defense shackled UW in the opening frame. The Huskies, who scored 97 points in their game on Friday, including a Pac-12 record with 18 made three-pointers, went just 6-for-31 (19.4%) from the floor in the first half and just 2-for-11 (18.2%) from three.
Washington (19-6, 11-3 Pac-12) didn’t score until nearly six minutes had gone by in the game, but was able to stay within arm’s length of Oregon State (9-17, 3-11). Weisner’s first three-pointer on the night gave OSU a 19-12 lead with 3:50 left until intermission. The Huskies Kristi Kingma, who set a conference record with 11 three-pointers her last time out, answered with a triple of her own, but the Beaver freshman made another long-range bomb to grow her team’s advantage again, 22-15, with 1:17 until the half.
Coming out of the break, a Samantha Siegner jumper staked the Beavers to their largest edge, 29-21, with 15:49 to go, but Washington responded with a 14-5 run over the next seven minutes to grab its first lead of the evening, 35-34, on a Jazmine Davis three at the 8:52 mark.
From that point forward, the score see-sawed back-and-forth and featured seven lead changes. The Beavers enjoyed their last advantage, 44-43, when Weisner drained her fourth three-pointer with 1:56 to play, but Washington held OSU scoreless over the final stretch, scoring the game’s last six points to claim the 49-44 victory.
Washington turned 22 Oregon State turnovers into 17 points at the other end, while the Beavers scored nine points off of 11 Husky miscues.
“We are young,” Rueck said. “Turnovers have been something that have hurt us all season long, but that will come with experience and time. Unfortunately, we wish it were now instead of later. [They] were probably the difference in this game.”
The loss was the Beavers’ sixth by five points or less in its 14 Pac-12 games.
Weisner’s 22 points marked the fourth time she has surpassed 20 this season, all in Pac-12 play, and the guard also had seven rebounds. She sits just 21 points and four rebounds shy from becoming only the fifth Beaver freshman, and first in 20 years, to reach totals of 350 points and 150 rebounds in a season.
“I approach every game with the same mindset and don’t worry about the last one,” Weisner said of her performance. “[But] it’s still disappointing. I would have given back 22 of those points for a ‘W’.”
Deven Hunter’s 11 rebounds were just one off her career-high and the fourth time she has nabbed 10 or more in a game this year.
Overall, Oregon State shot 28 percent (14-for-50) to Washington’s 23.3 percent (14-for-60). The Beavers also held Kingma and Talia Walton, two of UW’s top three scorers, to shoot a combined 3-for-23 from the floor. Jazmine Davis led the Huskies with 20 points on 7-for-21 shooting.