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#7 Oregon State Handles Idaho 69-44

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The Vandals shot a season low 20.3 percent (13-of-64) from the field. Saturday marked the first time an Idaho team was unable to hit at least 15 field goals since playing No. 1 UConn in the 2013 NCAA Tournament (14 FGs made). The Vandals shot a season low 20.3 percent (13-of-64) from the field. Saturday marked the first time an Idaho team was unable to hit at least 15 field goals since playing No. 1 UConn in the 2013 NCAA Tournament (14 FGs made).

CORVALLIS, Ore.— Oregon State showed why they are ranked No. 7 in the nation on Saturday. The Beavers controlled the game from start to finish, beating Idaho for the second year in a row at Gill Coliseum, 69-44.

The Vandals shot a season low 20.3 percent (13-of-64) from the field. Saturday marked the first time an Idaho team was unable to hit at least 15 field goals since playing No. 1 UConn in the 2013 NCAA Tournament (14 FGs made). 

“Defensively, we did exactly what we wanted to do,” head coach Jon Newlee commented. “I thought we were able to take out their weapons. They had a kid come off the bench and score 10, but their All-Americans were not a major factor. We did what we wanted to do on defense. Offensively, we were just bad.”

Oregon State (7-0) opened won the opening tip and immediately got out to a 9-0 lead. The Vandals were held off the scoreboard for the game’s first 4:47. Senior Connie Ballestero hit Idaho’s first field goal at the 5:13 mark, cutting the lead to 9-2. Ballestero hit both of Idaho’s baskets in the quarter. Oregon State shot 37 percent from the field to start, posting a 20-4 lead.

Idaho (7-3) bounced back in the second quarter, shooting 37.5 percent (6-16). Idaho outscored the Beavers 20-13 in the period. The team opened the second on a 9-2 run, pressuring Oregon State into a timeout with 6:32 to play in the half. Freshman Mikayla Ferenz hit a long 3-pointer to cap a 5-0 run for the Vandals, slimming OSU’s lead to six at 27-21. Breanna Brown beat the buzzer at the half to put OSU up by nine, 33-24, at the break.

The Silver and Gold’s offensive struggles returned in third quarter. Idaho recorded just one field goal, a Karlee Wilson layup, in the first two minutes out of the half. Idaho finished the period 1-for-18, being outscored 20-5. Oregon State turned its nine-point lead at the half into a 24-point advantage, putting the contest out of reach for the Vandals.

The Vandals cut the Beaver lead to 18 off a Taylor Pierce 3 with 6:38 to play. Oregon State would gain its largest lead of the game, 63-36, with 2:33 left on the clock.

Pierce led the Vandals with 12 points, shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. Geraldine McCorkell closed with eight points and five boards. Ali Forde snagged a team-high nine rebounds. The Vandal bench outscored Oregon State, 25-24.

OSU’s Sydney Wiese led the game with 16 points, surpassing 1,000 points for her career. She added 10 rebounds for the double-double. Gabriella Hanson and Taylor Kalmer each scored 10 points apiece. 

Idaho returns home on Dec. 20 to take on Abilene Christian. 

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