BOULDER, Colo. – Jamie Weisner eclipsed the 20-point mark for the third time this season, but Colorado cashed in on a myriad of free throw attempts as the Oregon State women’s basketball team lost a 61-47 contest to the #21 Buffaloes at the Coors Event Center in Boulder on Friday night.
The Beaver freshman scored her team-high 22 on 7-for-13 shooting. She went 2-for-3 from behind the arc and tied fellow freshman Deven Hunter for the team lead with seven rebounds. Weisner made all six of her free throws, and every shot from the stripe for the Beavers, and has converted on her last 16 attempts from the line.
Oregon State (9-14, 3-8 Pac-12) outshot Colorado, 32.1 percent (17-for-53) to 31.9 percent (15-for-47) and had its best performance from three-point land this year, hitting on 7-for-13 (53.8 percent) from deep, but the Beavers were outscored by 22 points at the free throw line. Colorado (17-5, 6-5) turned 26 OSU fouls into a 28-for-39 effort from the stripe while the Beavers were just 6-for-7 on their free throws.
The 39 free throw attempts for CU are the most for a Beaver opponent since Florida had the same number in a game in Gainesville on Dec. 12, 2004. The last time a team has had more was on Nov. 26, 2002 when Portland made 25 of its 40 free throws in a game at the Chiles Center. California’s 28 free-throw makes on Jan. 23, 2010 is the only other time in the past 13 seasons an OSU opponent has successfully converted that many.
The Beavers were down 14 when Colorado’s Chucky Jeffery hit a three pointer to make the score 50-36 with 9:24 remaining in the game. From that point forward, the Buffaloes did not hit a field goal the rest of the game, going 0-for-10 from the floor. However, CU went 11-for-15 on free throws over that span to put the game away.
Colorado grew its largest lead to 15 on a Jeffery free throw with 8:21 to go, 51-36, but the Beavers didn’t go away. Oregon State went on an 11-3 run over the next 6:30 to pull to within seven, 54-47, on a Weisner three-point play with 1:45 on the clock. OSU’s guard boarded an Arielle Roberson miss and went coast-to-coast, taking contact from Brittany Wilson while banking one off the glass and through the net for her third old-fashioned three-point play of the game. Her free throw to complete the series was OSU’s last point on the night.
Oregon State was down early after the Buffaloes started out of the gate on a 9-0 run and trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but the Beavers battled to within five at the break, 28-23. With the clock winding down and Patricia Bright holding the ball at the top of the key, the senior center found freshman Khadidja Toure leaking out to her left, delivered the ball and Toure’s shot went right through the net as the buzzer sounded.
Alyssa Martin hit a pair of three-pointers to move into third place all-time at Oregon State with 122. Next up is Talisa Rhea who connected on 175. Hunter’s seven rebounds give her 148 this season, the 10th-most for a freshman in OSU history. Kitsy Hall (1977-78) is in ninth with 149.
The Beavers return to the court on Sunday at noon PT against Utah, in another game which will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.