Beavers keep postseason hopes alive

OSU's women beat Oregon at Pac-12 Basketball Tourney to reach semis
Staff Report
Senior Aleah Goodman had 13 points.
Courtesy OSU Athletics.

A slow start didn't stop the Oregon State women's basketball team from playing its way into the semifinals of the Pac-12 Conference women's basketball team with a 71-64 win over rival Oregon in Las Vegas Thursday afternoon.

OSU outscored the Ducks 50-30 in the middle two quarters and withstood a late rally to win its fifth straight game and second at the tournament, improving to 11-6 in the process.

Oregon, ranked No. 19, fell behind by as many as 15 in the third quarter before rallying to within 66-62 with 57 seconds remaining. The Ducks, who have been in the Top 10, dropped to 13-8, but are still a solid pick for the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman guard Talia Van Oelhoffen had 19 points off the bench, and senior Aleah Goodman scored 13 points and had seven assists to lead the Beavers, who beat Cal Wednesdat night to advance to the game with Oregon.

Van Oelhoffen, who scored 20 against the Bears Wednesday, hit seven of 16 shots in 31 minutes, and also grabbed six rebounds. She connected on a free throw with the score 66-62 and 34 seconds left. Oregon missed two three-point shots on the ensuing possession and Goodman connected on four consecutive free throws to close the game out.

Taylor Mikesell had 24 points to lead the Ducks, who also got 16 points from Nyara Sabally.

Oregon, which lost to OSU Sunday, has lost five of its last six games, although four of those games are to Top-12 teams.

Oregon State has won eight of its last nine games - around a series of cancellations.