Oregon may not be known as "The Beaver State" for much longer in terms of women's college basketball.
The No. 8 Oregon Ducks thoroughly dominated the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers (3-2, 1-2) at Gill Colisuem Sunday afternoon to leave Corvallis with a 79-59 victory. It's the second consecutive loss for Scott Rueck's team and one that will almost assuredly have the Beavs out of the AP Top 25 on Monday.
Here's a quick look at Sunday's contest.
Taylor Jones Turned It Around
After an awful shooting performance in the loss to Utah in which Jones shot 1-10 from the field, the Beavers sophomore faired much better in Sunday's rivalry game scoring 14 points. For the Beavers to be competitive this season, Jones needs to play like one of the best players on the floor every night which she is capable of doing.
Jelena Mitrovic Looked Impressive at Times
The 6'7" redshirt freshman was matched up with Sedona Prince for sections of the game and seemed to hold her own. Her offensive game looked more fluid than previous games this season and she showed flashes of being a starting caliber player in the Pac-12, finishing with 11 points and four rebounds.
Her development will be crucial for the Beavers' future.
Oregon State was outmatched at nearly every position
It's not a stretch to say that Oregon's 11th woman would still see significant minutes for Oregon State. Kelly Graves has recruited at an unreal level in Eugene and the talent disparity was clear as day Sunday afternoon. The Beavers got off to a good start, making shots inside the paint and from beyond the arc but still trailed by ten points after the first quarter.
Oregon remains one of the most talented teams in the nation and Oregon State doesn't look like it can hang with them for long stretches without the benefit of hot shooting.
The Beavers defense needs to be better
After Oregon State allowed 85 points to an unranked Utah team, the Beavers defense was already called into question. It didn't look much better against Oregon with the Ducks posting an offensive rating of 117.9 points. Yes Oregon has all sorts of shooting at nearly every position but the Beavers will not win many games allowing that sort of offensive production. Once the Ducks figured out the 2-3 zone, the game was over.
Aleah Goodman hit an early three-pointer to tie the game in the first quarter.
Oregon dominated on both ends of the floor, posting a 31.1 net rating Sunday.
"We knew this was going to be a battle, and Oregon executed well like we knew they would," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "They shot the ball extremely well, and you have to give them a lot of credit. I was pleased with the way that we battled. We are a young team, and that was evident at times, but that is part of this journey. We're figuring out our strengths and our weaknesses. As the game went on, I'm really proud of the way we competed. I'm excited about the potential of this group."
The Next Game
Next, Oregon State (3-2, 1-2) travels to Pullman, WA to play Washington State (1-0, 1-0) at 12:00 p.m. (PT) on December 19th.