CORVALLIS, OR - The story was going to write itself. Destiny Slocum records career-high night in Oregon State’s upset win over Stanford. The Cardinal can’t catch up after a Beavers’ 13-2 run to open the game. Huge momentum swinger with a date with the Oregon Ducks in Civil War weekend up next.
But it was a different story in the second half.
Oregon State was held to six points in the third quarter, committed six turnovers in the fourth quarter alone and did not make a field goal with under 3:46 left to play.
It was an odd second half.
And very unlike this team.
In the end, No. 8 Oregon State (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12) falls to No. 3 Stanford (16-2, 5-1 Pac-12) in a nail-biter, 61-58 at Gill Coliseum.
That's the game from Gill.— Oregon State WBB (@BeaverWBB) January 19, 2020
Final score: Stanford 61, Oregon State 58
The third quarter is where it began, shooting 3-of-14 from the field and scoring only six points.
What was going right was Destiny Slocum, who finished with a season-high 21 points in the first half and was on track for quite the stat line, but was held to five points in the second half.
When asked about the second half and what defensive adjustments Stanford made on her, the redshirt junior responded:
No, I don’t think they did much. I just think seeing the floor faster, finding the open person more could have been an opportunity for me to find some open teammates. So, just take better shots. — Slocum
On the other side, Oregon State switched up its defensive look from person to zone which gave Stanford’s offense some trouble holding them to 10 points in the third. But an opportunity lost as Oregon State shot 3-for-14 from the field in the third.
Oregon State Coach Scott Rueck was at a loss for words trying to describe the second half following the game.
I don’t know. I’m going to have to watch film. Honestly. I thought we executed better. I thought we were on the same page a little better than we were in the second quarter. — Scott Rueck
But I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. It was a confusing half. It was just an interesting half. I have a hard time putting words to it. I have to watch it to see honestly what just happened. — Scott Rueck
It was a half that the Beavers need to study, learn from and then throw away. Oregon State’s daunting schedule ahead starts with a date with the Oregon Ducks, another top-10 opponent and in-state rival for this upcoming Civil War weekend, and then a road trip to the mountains to face Colorado and Utah.
Until the loss at Arizona State, Oregon State’s 15-straight victories is the longest winning streak in program history and now the Beavers have lost two Pac-12 games in one week.
Time to refocus and get back on track.