It was a double overtime thriller at Gill Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
In the first home game for the Oregon State Beavers since hosting Oregon on December 13th, Oregon State (3-5, 1-5) put up a great fight against a solid Washington State (8-4, 6-4) team but could not get the job done falling 77-75.
It was the first double overtime game for Oregon State women's basketball since defeating Arizona in Tucson on March 3rd, 2019, 65-60.
With the win, the Cougars swept the season series after winning 61-55 in Pullman, WA back on December 19th.
Here are the key takeaways.
The Beavers were on fire to begin the game making their first five shots to take a 13-2 lead. Aleah Goodman scored a three-pointer, an and-one, and a jump-shot during the run.
Great defense to end regulation.
Oregon State trailed 53-48 with 5:53 remaining in the game but then the Beavers turned up the defensive intensity allowing just one field goal (1-4) the rest of the game, allowing the Beavers to comeback and force overtime at 58-all.
The most impressive possession came to end regulation where the Cougars inbounded the ball with 5 seconds remaining and did not even get a shot off.
Aleah Goodman is the team's best player and it's not close.
The senior guard has been making the most of her opportunity to start and led the Beavers from the point guard position. Goodman led the Beavers with 33 points on 9-of-23 from the field including four three-pointers and multiple three-point plays the hard way.
During overtime, the Beavers were running all offensive action through Goodman who created off the dribble and that was the right call by head coach Scott Rueck. She delivered by scoring seven points in the first overtime and assisting on a Taya Corosdale three-pointer.
Extra possessions favored the Cougars.
The Beavers did themselves no favors keeping control of the ball, turning the ball over 20 times while only forced seven Washington State turnovers. Oregon State was also out-rebounded on the offensive glass 19-10 allowing the Cougars to take 23 more shots than the Beavers.
That's simply unacceptable.
In the end, the differential was too much to overcome.
Five-star freshman Talia Von Oelhoffen scored her first of many career baskets during the first quarter. Expect to see her playing time increase as the season goes on.
Washington State took 23 more shots than the Beavers.
Quotes will be added after the post-game press conference
The Next Game
Oregon State hosts Washington on Tuesday, January 26th at 4:00 p.m. PT.