The No. 15 Oregon State (19-7, 7-7 Pac-12) were looking to get back on track after suffering two losses in a row. Unfortunately, it was another top team in the conference that stood in their way of doing so in No. 8 UCLA (22-3, 11-3 Pac-12). It was a back-and-forth battle all night long, and needed overtime to determine a winner, but in the end it was all UCLA, outscoring Oregon State 16-7 in the OT period.
FINAL SCORE (OT): Oregon State 74, UCLA 83
Here are three takeaways from the game:
1. WONDER WOMAN DESTINY SLOCUM
The physical and mental toughness of Destiny Slocum was on full display tonight in Los Angeles.
The 5-foot-7 redshirt point guard rolled her ankle, which looked like a considerable injury, early in the second quarter. She was then carried off by two teammates putting no weight on her right ankle to then check back into the game in the final minutes of the second quarter.
Slocum finished with 19 points, hitting 3-for-4 from three-point range, four assists and two rebounds.
2. TURNOVER BATTLE
The Oregon State Beavers are averaging 15 turnovers a game this season. UCLA’s stifling defense forced the Beavs into 14 in the first half alone, however, the Bruins only capitalized with 11 points off those turnovers and Oregon State still held a 5-point lead at halftime, 31-26.
This could have been a different story at the half if not for UCLA only shooing 27% (10-for-37) in the first half.
UCLA had the advantage on the offensive rebounds, 17-11 over Oregon State, and it turned into 14 second chance points.
3. OVERTIME IN L.A.
A 9-1 Bruin run in overtime would seal the deal. 6-foot-4 sensational freshman forward Taylor Jones fouled out in the going minutes of overtime, leaving 6-foot-1 Madison Washington as the tallest on the court for Oregon State. Jones finished with her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Senior guard Mikayla Pivec also fouled out in the overtime period. Pivec finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.
Without Jones and Pivec, UCLA was too much for the Beavs to handle.
UP NEXT: The Beavers remain on the road for their next trip to the Bay Area, starting with at No. 4 Stanford on Friday night, tip-off set for 8 p.m. (PT) in Palo Alto, California.