Oregon State women's basketball (4-5, 2-5) won its first game since pausing basketball activities last December in a dominating 98-68 victory over Washington (4-7, 1-7) at Gill Coliseum Tuesday evening.
The Beavers jumped out to an early lead after making 11 first-half three-pointers on 73.3% shooting from behind the arc to take a 54-31 lead. Sasha Goforth led the Beavers with 15 first-half points on five three-pointers without a miss.
In the end, Oregon State made 18 three-pointers, a program record for three-pointers at Gill Coliseum, and had a 144.1 offensive rating on the evening.
Here are the key takeaways.
Best game of the season, by far.
In what has been a disappointing season for Oregon State, the Beavers showed it should still be an NCAA Tournament team Tuesday despite doing it against another team near the bottom of the conference standings.
Oregon State has enough offensive firepower to defeat most teams in the conference and a strong finish to the season can have them still qualify for the NCAA Tournament, especially if the Beavs can find a way to earn a win over a ranked opponent.
Sasha Goforth went OFF
The five-star freshman had herself a night, shooting 80% from the floor and 6-7 from behind the arc, including five first-half three-pointers without a miss. Her development into a dependable threat from outside will determine how far the Beavers can go this season along with backcourt mates Aleah Goodman and Talia Von Oelhoffen.
Aleah Goodman got her teammates involved.
Last game Goodman had to do it all herself in a narrow defeat to Washington State. Tuesday, the opposite happened with her taking only three shots (made all three) but dishing out 10 assists, including this impressive find in the corner.
Too many turnovers.
A game after the Beavers allowed to be out-shot by 23 attempts, Oregon State still turned the ball over 19 times leading to 23 Huskies points. When playing better teams, Oregon State cannot afford to give up the ball so easily. Against an inferior team like Washington, Oregon State's hot shooting made it not matter.
Aleah Goodman beat the buzzer for one of her three field goals on the night.
Oregon State made 18 three-pointers on 66.7% shooting from that distance.
"I think this win was just what this group needed," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. "The team prepared hard and continued to grind. Washington makes you play a little bit differently, and if you aren't ready that can impact you. Our team played with grit and toughness.
"It was fun to see the ball move like it did and the team shoot the way it did. This team has a lot of ability and a lot of potential. I was really pleased with the effort and excited for the team."
The Next Game
Oregon State travels to Colorado to play the Buffaloes on Friday, January 29th at 5:00 p.m. PT.