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Oregon State defeats Te-Hina Paopao-less No. 14 Oregon Ducks in road upset

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What a way to close out the regular season.

The Oregon State Beavers (9-6, 7-6) upset heated rival No. 14 Oregon (13-7, 10-7) 88-77 at Matthew Knight Arena Sunday to head into the Pac-12 Tournament riding back-to-back wins over ranked opponents. Aleah Goodman led Oregon State with 20 points including a dagger three-pointer with 1:37 remaining.

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Meanwhile, Oregon, who had previously clinched a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament, will finish the regular season without a win over a ranked opponent unless the Beavers get back into the AP Top 25. The Ducks went 0-6 against No. 4 Stanford, No. 9 Arizona and No. 10 UCLA. 

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Oregon will enter the Pac-12 Tournament as the four-seed and Oregon State has earned the five-seed. If the Beavers defeat last-seeded California on Wednesday, March 3rd, it will set up a rematch in the quarterfinals between the schools. 

Oregon's starting point guard Te-Hina PaoPao did not suit up as she sat on the sidelines with a boot on her right foot. More information will be added surrounding her apparent injury when available. Heading into the weekend, the freshman guard was the only Duck to have started every game this season and the offense looked clearly out-of-sorts with her unavailable. 

With Paopao out, the Ducks started a three-guard lineup of Taylor Chavez, Jaz Shelley and Taylor Mikesell. Chavez and Shelley both went scoreless missing a combined five field goal attempts while Mikesell shot 7-16 from the field. Interestingly, Kelly Graves only played Shelley 10 minutes despite her being the backup point guard for the team last season. 

 

In the first half, Oregon center Sedona Prince scored 18 points, a career-high for a game, to keep the Ducks in it but only notched four points in the second half as the Beavers pulled away. 

Opposite Prince for Oregon State, Taylor Jones showed why she's the team's second-most impactful player finishing with 11 points (4-6 from the field), 9 rebounds and two blocks while dealing with foul trouble. Much of Oregon's first-half damage occurred with Jones on the bench and Ellie Mack guarding Prince despite a seven-inch height disadvantage. 

When Jones was able to stay on the floor, the Beavers looked clearly like the superior team that afternoon. 

Aleah Goodman and five-star freshman Talia Von Oelhoffen ran the offense well as their teammates made crisp off-ball cuts to get either an open jumper, a layin or foul shots. Oregon State finished the contest with 24 free-throw attempts, making all but one. 

The Beavers were not only on fire from the free-throw line but from anywhere on the floor: Oregon State shot 50% from the field and 55% (11-20) from the three-point line, led by Taya Corosdale who made four of five three-point attempts. Entering Sunday, she had shot just 35.7% from three-point range and upped her percenatge to 40.4% for the season after the win against Oregon. 

Two weeks ago, the Beavers appeared to be on the outside looking in for the NCAA Tournament but after wins over UCLA and Oregon, now they are a scary team for any highly-ranked school to play in the second round of the tournament.