The Oregon State women's basketball team (20-8, 8-8 Pac-12) has fallen on hard times.
Since the loss of Kennedy Brown for the season with a torn left ACL, the Beavers have lost four of their last five games but finally got one in the win column against the lowly California Golden Bears.
After the Bay Area road trip, the Beavers are ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll for Week 17, falling from No. 15 last week. If this ranking would stand for the NCAA Tournament seeding, the Beavers will not be hosting the opening weekend of March Madness.
Other ranked Pac-12 teams include: No. 3 Oregon (25-2); No. 4 Stanford (24-3); No. 9 UCLA; No. 13 Arizona; and No. 24 Arizona State.
The top-10 for women's basketball is as follows.
- South Carolina (27-1)
- Baylor (25-1)
- Oregon (25-2)
- Stanford (24-3)
- Louisville (25-3)
- UCONN (23-3)
- Maryland (23-4)
- NC State (23-4)
- UCLA (23-4)
- Mississippi State (23-5)
Let's recap the Beavers' weekend.
@ No. 4 Stanford, LOSS 63-60
Close, but not enough.
The Beavers put up a valiant effort on the road against the No. 4 team in the country, but a brutal third quarter doomed their chances. Trailing by 14 with 7:06 remaining, the Beavers went on a run to close the deficit to three. Redshirt junior guard Destiny Slocum had an opportunity to tie the game with 15 seconds left but missed a contested three-pointer.
Senior guard Mikayla Pivec, Destiny Slocum,and freshman forward Taylor Jones scored 53 of the Beavers' 60 points.
@ California, WIN 76-63
Riding a four-game losing streak since Brown's torn ACL, the Beavers won their first game of the season with her out of the starting lineup by defeating Cal. Pivec led the way for the Beavs with 24 points, leading all scorers in the contest. She also grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, an impressive accomplishment for any player but especially a 5-foot-10 guard.
Once again, the Beavers relied on their big three of Slocum, Pivec, and Jones as they were the only three to score in the first half, but the team came together after the break to leave victorious.
UP NEXT: The No. 17 Oregon State Beavers will finish out the regular season at home against the Washington schools, starting with Washington at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 2/28 and then Washington State at noon on Sunday, 3/1.