Few teams in the country are hotter than Oregon State.
The fifth-seeded Oregon State Beavers defeated the fourth-seeded and defending conference champion Oregon Ducks in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament, 71-64.
Freshman Talia Von Oelhoffen had another excellent outing, scoring inside and outside, finishing with 19 points on 7-16 from the floor. In the third quarter, she made 3-4 shots for eight points including an and-one where she screamed in the direction of Oregon guard Jaz Shelley.
The Beavers advanced to 7-2 with her in the lineup, including two wins over Oregon and a road victory over UCLA. After the game, Aleah Goodman said she was "special" in her postgame interview with Pac-12 Network.
Meanwhile, Oregon will enter the NCAA Tournament losing five of their last six games.
Oregon was held to a season-low 19 points in the first half.
Oregon State scored a Pac-12 Tournament 31 points in the third quarter after scoring just five in the first quarter.
Oregon entered the fourth quarter trailing by 15 points, but used full-court pressure to get within four points late, causing six fourth-quarter turnovers from Oregon State.
Taylor Mikesell had one of her best games of the season scoring 24 points, including 11 points on 4-5 shooting in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough for the transfer from Maryland.
With Te-Hina Paopao out for the Pac-12 Tournament with a right foot injury, freshman Maddie Scherr got her first career start and went scoreless on 0-3 from the field. Jas Shelley started in place of Te-Hina Paopao in the regular-season finale and also failed to score a point, so the last starting point guard to score for Oregon was Paopao despite her missing the last two games.
Oregon State will take on the winner of Stanford and USC on Friday, March 5th at 5:00 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network.