No. 3 Beavers get a scare, but survive in the desert vs. Arizona to remain undefeated


No. 3 Beavers get a scare, but survive in the desert vs. Arizona to remain undefeated

The Oregon State Beavers went down to the wire with the Wildcats, but ultimately came out on top against No. 18 Arizona 63-61. 

With 11 seconds left and the game tied, Mikayla Pivec  drove into the paint and finished through contact with under two seconds left, scoring what was the game-winning basket with 1.4 seconds on the clock to lift No. 3 Oregon State in Tucson, Arizona Friday night. 

"We knew Arizona was going to come out with a great fight," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck via a team release. "That's why they have been able to do everything they have done this year. I thought we executed well, but they did a good job of making things tough for us. Mikayla has a knack for making big plays in big moments, and that's what she did today. She made a big time shot for us in a big moment. This was a great team win for us."

Oregon State’s 15-straight victories is the longest winning streak in program history. They join UCLA as the only remaining undefeated teams in the nation. Heading into Friday’s contest, Arizona had 13-straight wins on their home court.

The Wildcats' last two home losses have come to Oregon State.

Pivec finished with a double-double 17 points, 10 rebounds for the Beavs. Freshman Taylor Jones tallied one, too, scoring 12 points and adding 11 rebounds, while Destiny Slocum tallied 13 points and six assists. Kat Tudor  was one of four Beavers in double-figures with 10 points.

OSU dominated the boards, holding a 38-27 advantage over Arizona.

The Beavers will finish out their trip in Arizona in Tempe vs. Arizona State, who defeated the No. 2 Oregon Ducks earlier Friday evening. 

Oregon State Athletics Announces 16th Hall of Fame Class

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Oregon State Athletics Announces 16th Hall of Fame Class

Congratulations to these Beavs!

Oregon State University will induct its 16th Athletics Hall of Fame class on the weekend of Sept. 25-27, Beavers Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Monday.

The 16th Hall of Fame class includes: Dennis Erickson, football head coach (1999-2002); Aki Hill, women’s basketball head coach (1978-1995); Tarrah Beyster, All-American softball pitcher (1997-2000); Mark Radford, men’s basketball (1978-1981); Danny Mwanga, men’s soccer All-American (2008-2009); and Jodie Taylor, women’s soccer All-America and International Player of the Year.

In addition to those six individuals, the Beavers will enshrine the 2001 Fiesta Bowl team and the 1980 women’s rowing team.

DENNIS ERICKSON: Led OSU to three bowl games, including the famed 2001 Fiesta Bowl where OSU defeated Notre Dame. OSU was 31-17 during his coaching tenure. His overall collegiate record, which also includes head coaching tenures at Washington State, Arizona State, Idaho, Wyoming, and Miami, is 179-96-1. 

AKI HILL: Named head coach after being highly recommended by some of the sport’s most influential people during that era (John Wooden, Pete Newell and former Portland Trail Blazers’ executive Stu Inman). A 17-year OSU career with a school-record 274 victories and eight postseason tournament appearances. 

TARRAH BEYSTER: A four-time All-American and then All-Pac-10 softball student-athlete while at OSU. The Chula Vista, Calif., native earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week seven times and concluded her career on the mound with 91 victories. She also was an accomplished batter with a .382 batting average with 143 RBI and a then NCAA record 211 walks. The four-year letterwinner (1997-2000) was the 2000 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Oregon and led the Beavers to the NCAA Tournament twice. Her number “0” is retired by OSU.

MARK RADFORD: Led OSU to the No. 1 ranking during the 1980-81 season. The Portland native was a four-year letterman (1978-81) guard for the late head coach Ralph Miller and was part of two Pac-10 title teams. Radford scored 1,390 career points, dealt 401 assists, and had 184 steals – all are among the school’s top totals. Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics following his Beaver career, playing 97 games.

DANNY MWANGA: The Portland native was the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, an All-American First Team, and the 2008 league Freshman of the Year. Mwanga shares the OSU record for game-winning goals with five and overall had 18 goals. He was the first Beaver ever taken in the first round of the Major League Soccer Draft, being selected No. 1 by Philadelphia.

JODIE TAYLOR: An internationally acclaimed athlete from the United Kingdom who lettered at OSU from 2004-07. She earned Freshman All-American honors, was a four-time Pac-10 First Team honoree and made all-region three times. She is OSU’s career leader in six statistical categories, including points with 113 and goals with 47. A former member of the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League. She was named the 2017 International Player of the Year while a member of Arsenal.

Oregon State women's basketball falls in AP Poll again after loss to Stanford


Oregon State women's basketball falls in AP Poll again after loss to Stanford

The Oregon State women's basketball team (20-8, 8-8 Pac-12) has fallen on hard times.

Since the loss of Kennedy Brown for the season with a torn left ACL, the Beavers have lost four of their last five games but finally got one in the win column against the lowly California Golden Bears

After the Bay Area road trip, the Beavers are ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll for Week 17, falling from No. 15 last week. If this ranking would stand for the NCAA Tournament seeding, the Beavers will not be hosting the opening weekend of March Madness. 

Other ranked Pac-12 teams include: No. 3 Oregon (25-2); No. 4 Stanford (24-3); No. 9 UCLA; No. 13 Arizona; and No. 24 Arizona State. 

The top-10 for women's basketball is as follows.

  1. South Carolina (27-1)
  2. Baylor (25-1)
  3. Oregon (25-2)
  4. Stanford (24-3)
  5. Louisville (25-3)
  6. UCONN (23-3)
  7. Maryland (23-4)
  8. NC State (23-4)
  9. UCLA (23-4)
  10. Mississippi State (23-5)

Let's recap the Beavers' weekend.

@ No. 4 Stanford, LOSS 63-60

Close, but not enough.

The Beavers put up a valiant effort on the road against the No. 4 team in the country, but a brutal third quarter doomed their chances. Trailing by 14 with 7:06 remaining, the Beavers went on a run to close the deficit to three. Redshirt junior guard Destiny Slocum had an opportunity to tie the game with 15 seconds left but missed a contested three-pointer. 

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec, Destiny Slocum,and freshman forward Taylor Jones scored 53 of the Beavers' 60 points. 

@ California, WIN 76-63

Riding a four-game losing streak since Brown's torn ACL, the Beavers won their first game of the season with her out of the starting lineup by defeating Cal. Pivec led the way for the Beavs with 24 points, leading all scorers in the contest. She also grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, an impressive accomplishment for any player but especially a 5-foot-10 guard. 

Once again, the Beavers relied on their big three of Slocum, Pivec, and Jones as they were the only three to score in the first half, but the team came together after the break to leave victorious.

UP NEXT: The No. 17 Oregon State Beavers will finish out the regular season at home against the Washington schools, starting with Washington at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 2/28 and then Washington State at noon on Sunday, 3/1. 

Beavers WBB Mikayla Pivec grabs 1,000 career rebounds

Beavers WBB Mikayla Pivec grabs 1,000 career rebounds

Size doesn't matter...heart does.

Oregon State senior Mikayla Pivec has a ton of it, and it shows on her stat line. Never giving up on plays and consistently battling for rebounds. 

The 5-foot-10 guard from Lynwood, Washington now has her named etched in the history books. With her seventh rebound against Cal on Sunday afternoon in Berkeley, Pivec grabbed the 1,000th rebound of her four-year career with the Beavers.

Pivec is the conference's second-leading rebounder at 9.6 per game just behind Oregon's Ruthy Hebard.

The No. 15 Oregon State Beavers got back in the win column with a 76-63 over the Cal Golden Bears and have another opportunity coming up next weekend with one last series in conference play hosting the Washington schools. The Beavs need Pivec to continue her hot streak to finish this season on a strong note and with momentum heading into the Pac-12 Tournament in a few weeks.

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State back on track with a much needed win at Cal

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State back on track with a much needed win at Cal

The No. 15 Oregon State Beavers (20-8, 8-8 Pac-12) were riding a four-game losing streak and had an opportunity to break it on Sunday afternoon against the last place Cal Golden Bears (10-17, 2-14 Pac-12).

They did just that.

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec led the way for the Beavs with 24 points, leading all scorers en route to a 76-63 much-needed win in Berkeley. It was a game Oregon State couldn’t afford to lose, and the Beavs got it done.

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 76, Cal 63

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:


Sounds like a law firm. Senior guard Mikayla Pivec, redshirt junior guard Destiny Slocum and freshman forward Taylor Jones have carried this Beavs squad offensively since freshman Kennedy Brown went down with a season-ending knee injury. 

Against Cal, these three were the only Oregon State players to score in the first half, however, the Beavs did hold a 25-24 lead at half: Pivec leading the way with 12 points; Slocum with nine points; and Jones with 4 points.


You knew this was coming. The Pac-12 conference’s second-leading rebounder at 9.6 per game, Mikayla Pivec, etched her name into Oregon State basketball history. On her seventh rebound, Pivec now has 1,000 career rebounds.

This is impressive, but even more so because she is a 5-foot-10 guard in a challenging Pac-12 conference.

Pivec finished with 24 points off 10-for-17 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the FT line.


The 6-foot-1 forward scored eight of Oregon State’s first 10 points coming out of halftime. She has been getting the start replacing Brown in the lineup.

This spark helped a 27-point quarter for the Beavs and a 52-43 lead after three quarters. As a team, Oregon State hit 13-for-17 field goals in that third quarter.

Washington finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Beavs have another opportunity to finish Pac-12 conference play on a high note with hosting the Washington schools, starting with the Washington Huskies (13-14, 5-11 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. (PT) at Gill Coliseum.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State inches away from upsetting Arizona State in Tempe


Instant Analysis: Oregon State inches away from upsetting Arizona State in Tempe

It was the Tinkle and Thompson show down in the desert. Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson combined for 45 of Oregon State’s 73 points. This one came down to the wire with Oregon State having the ball, down one point and one opportunity to pull off what would be an incredible upset. 

The ball found freshman Jarod Lucas in the corner for a three-point shot, but it was barely off target.

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 73, Arizona State 74

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:


Early in the game, head coach Wayne Tinkle made a change to go more small ball, and it paid off. Down by eight early, the Beavs bounced back the rest of the first half with a smaller lineup on the court to counter the speed of Arizona State. Tinkle gave more minutes to freshman Gianni Hunt and sophomore Antoine Vernon.

Junior Zach Reichle and freshman Jarod Lucas each picked up two quick fouls early in the game.

By going small, that made room for Tres Tinkle at the four spot and taking advantage of a smaller opponent on him. Tinkle finished with 25 points going 8-for-16 from the field, most of his damage coming on the interior or on the free throw line.

Turnovers continue to be an issue for the Beavs on the road, committing 10 in the first 14 minutes and finishing with 15 as a team.


The Beavs finished the first half with back-to-back steals on back-to-back possessions, forced ASU deep in the shot clock for a bad shot, Tres Tinkle hitting four free throws, a 9-0 run over two minutes and a 40-37 lead going into halftime. 

The question was could the Beavs keep this momentum into the second half? (See #3).


Oregon State was down 72-67 with just over two minutes left in the game. How would Wayne Tinkle and his squad respond to the situation and hostile environment?

Jarod Lucas hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to bring this to a one point game, 74-73 ASU lead. Gianni Hunt played excellent defense on ASU’s Alonzo Verge Jr., and the Beavers got the ball back with 21.7 seconds left and down one point. Thompson worked the ball to Tinkle at the top of the key, he drove left drawing in two defenders and found Lucas across court. Lucas barely missed the shot and the clock expired.

A valiant effort that needs to carry over for the remaining three conference games left on the schedule.

UP NEXT: It’s Civil War chapter two, this time in Eugene, Oregon vs. the Ducks (20-7, 9-5) on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. (PT) in Matthew Knight Arena.

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State’s comeback falls just short in loss to No. 4 Stanford

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State’s comeback falls just short in loss to No. 4 Stanford

The Oregon State Beavers were down by 14 points with 7:06 left in the game. The Beavs came clawing back thanks to Destiny Slocum, Mikayla Pivec and Taylor Jones. The sharp-shooter Kat Tudor drilled a three-pointer to bring the game within three late.

With 15 seconds left, OSU stole the ball and had a chance to tie the game and send the game into overtime. 

Unfortunately, Slocum missed the contested three-pointer and the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers (19-8, 7-8 Pac-12) lose their fourth straight in a tough battle against No. 4 Stanford (24-3, 13-2 Pac-12).

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 60, Stanford 63

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. THE BIG 3

Oregon State’s “big 3” came to play. It was the Destiny Slocum, Mikayla Pivec and Taylor Jones show all night. The three combined for 53 of OSU’s 60 total points. 

The rest of the team combined for seven points.

These three need help.


Since losing freshman forward Kennedy Brown, the Beavers have struggled to find depth in the interior. Freshman Taylor Jones has carried the load down low, but if she gets into foul trouble, the Beavs are left with limited offensive options. Senior Madison Washington has seen more minutes and so had sophomore Patricia Morris, however the production level is not as present.


It is difficult to defeat the Stanford Cardinal, but it is even more difficult to do so when they are playing at home. The Cardinal committed just four turnovers (three in the fourth quarter) vs. Oregon State. It’s hard to beat a team with that kind of efficiency. 

On the other hand, the Beavs committed 11 turnovers.

UP NEXT: The Beavs wrap up this Bay Area road trip with Cal (10-16, 2-13 Pac-12) on Sunday at 2 p.m. (PT) in Berkeley, Calif.

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Mikayla Pivec still believes with Pac-12 tournament looming

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Mikayla Pivec still believes with Pac-12 tournament looming

It is crunch time for the Oregon State women's basketball team.

The No. 15 Beavers (19-7, 7-7 Pac-12) are currently on a three-game losing streak and have four conference games remaining on their schedule: a road trip to the Bay Area starting with No. 4 Stanford (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12) on Friday night; Cal on Sunday; and then a home series hosting the Washington schools before heading to the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada March 5-8 at T-Mobile Arena.

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec joined host Nigel Burton on the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast.

Despite the three-game losing streak, Pivec still believes in what the Beavers can accomplish this season as well as be a dangerous team that no one wants to see in the postseason.

Continuing to get better offensive... We've shown potential. We have not shown a consistency that's demanded to beat the best teams. If we can figure out a way, and continue to believe in each other, we'll be a tough team to beat in Vegas. -- Mikayla Pivec

Pivec is having an outstanding senior campaign, averaging 14.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

You can listen to the full podcast below:

Join Talkin' Beavers every Wednesday for Oregon State Beavers news, game breakdowns, and analysis. Plus conversations with the most important names in Oregon State Sports.

Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus


Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

One was earned; one was questionable.

Oregon State senior Tres Tinkle received two technical fouls at Arizona on Thursday night, which resulted in an immediate ejection from the game.

The first technical foul was a warning on both players.

After a tough basket under the hoop, Tinkle turned to run up court and accidentally made contact with Christian Koloko, who seemed to think that contact was purposeful. Koloko swung back at Tinkle which prompted Tres to get the refs involved, and rightfully so. The call was a double technical on Tinkle and Koloko.

The second was more obvious.

On a drive to the hoop with his left hand, Tinkle raised his right elbow above the shoulders on Arizona’s Jemarl Baker Jr.

Here is the play:

It was called a technical foul, Tinkle’s second of the game, and resulted in an immediate ejection.

Here is what Arizona head coach Sean Miller had to say about the call.

It’s unfortunate that he had to exit the game on that play. I don’t look at that as a cheap shot in any way shape or form. It is what it is. He may have connected above the shoulders. But I know he is a great kid, high-character guy. — Arizona head coach Sean Miller

Miller has great respect for Tinkle and what he has accomplished in his four+ years in Corvallis, Oregon.

Whether or not you agree with Miller, Tinkle was ejected at the 13:15 minute mark of the second half and without him on the court, the Beavers struggled to find their offense. Oregon State fell to Arizona 89-63 in Tucson, Arizona and into ninth place in the Pac-12 conference standings.

Oregon State needs Tinkle on the court. 

The Beavers have now lost two in a row and have a date with the Sun Devils next up in Tempe, where they just beat the No. 14 Oregon Ducks 77-72, before returning home for one last home series hosting the Washington schools.

At this points, it’s all about fighting for seeding in the Pac-12 Tournament (March 11-14) and the Beavers need every win they can get, and it starts with Tinkle.

Instant Analysis: Tres Tinkle ejected in Oregon State’s loss at Arizona

Instant Analysis: Tres Tinkle ejected in Oregon State’s loss at Arizona

In their first meeting in Corvallis, Oregon back on January 12, the Oregon State Beavers took care of business in dominant fashion for the upset win over No. 24 Arizona, 82-65, where all five starters finished in double figures.

It was a different story on Thursday when these two teams met up once again, this time in the desert. Oregon State's slow start on the offensive end, number of turnovers and losing one of their top players Tres Tinkle early in the second half resulted in a hole the Beavers couldn't dig themselves out of.

Oregon State (15-11, 5-9 Pac-12) drops its second game in a row with a loss at the Arizona Wildcats (19-7, 9-4 Pac-12).

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 63, Arizona 89

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:


The Beavers commited 13 first half turnovers, few of which were careless: dribbling the ball off the opponents foot, bad outlet passes, etc. Head coach Wayne Tinkle was visibly frustrated and told his team to calm down during a media timeout.

The good news for Oregon State is Arizona capitalized on only 15 points off these turnovers. The Beavers were down by 10 at halftime, but it could have been a bigger deficit.

Oregon State finished with 21 turnovers in the game.


Tres Tinkle received a second technical foul with 13:17 remaining in the second and was ejected from the game. His first technical was inadvertent and more of a warning on both players. After a tough bucket inside, Tinkle turned to run up court and accidentally bumped into an Arizona player. It was a double technical “warning” on both players.

The second came on a drive from Tinkle, and catching the Arizona defender in the chin with his elbow.

Tinkle was ejected and finished with 10 points (kept his double-digit scoring trend alive) and three rebounds.

Oregon State was without Tinkle for the final 13+ minutes in this contest.


One of the bright spots on Oregon State's offense was Jarod Lucas.

The 6-foot-3 freshman guard from Hacienda Heights, California, found his groove from 3-PT range, as Beaver fans know what he can do, and finished with 18 points hitting 4-for-12 from three-point range. He lead all OSU scores and provided a spark off the bench.

UP NEXT: The Beavs wrap up the road trip at Arizona State on Saturday, Feb, 22, tip-off set for 5 p.m. (PT) in Tempe, Arizona.