SEATTLE — Oregon State had battled back and had a lead in the final four minutes of Friday night’s quarterfinal game against Arizona State at the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament.
The Beavers had held the Sun Devils scoreless for more than six minutes in the final period, and ASU has missed its first nine shots.
But then the Sun Devils found a spark and hit four straight shots for a 9-0 run that gave them the lead.
The No. 3-seeded Beavers couldn’t recover and bowed out of the tournament with a 57-51 loss to the Sun Devils.
The victory ended ASU's seven-game losing streak to the Beavers.
The Sun Devils (21-11) advance to take on No. 2 seed Stanford at 8:30 p.m. in the semifinals. No. 1 seed Oregon and No. 4 UCLA square off in the first semifinal at 6 p.m.
Oregon State (23-7) will now wait to see where they will be seeded in the NCAA tournament.
Mikayla Pivec and Katie McWilliams each had 14 points to lead the Beavers while Aleah Goodman added 12. Marie Gulich, who had a career-high 36 in last Sunday’s win over the Sun Devils, had just six and took only six shots.
The Beavers led 50-44 after a bucket by Pivec with 5:15 left. But OSU didn’t score another point until Pivec made one of two free throws with 30 seconds left to get OSU within 53-51.
ASU hit two free throws and the Beavers missed before the Sun Devils salted the win away at the line.
The Beavers had won the previous two meetings by a combined seven points — 57-54 at home on Jan. 12 and 64-60 last Sunday at ASU — and trailed at the half in both games.
Leading 26-21 at the half, the Sun Devils scored the first four points to cap a 12-0 run and build a 30-21 lead.
But the Beavers responded with a 10-2 run, bookended by 3s from Goodman and McWilliams to force an ASU timeout with 5:24 to play in the third.
The teams then traded 3s before Goodman gave the Beavers a 39-38 lead with 2:36 left in the period.
The lead continued to change hands with McWilliams draining a 3 at the third-quarter buzzer to put the Beavers up 46-44.
OSU was 10 for 14 from the floor, and 5 for 6 from 3 in the quarter while ASU was 7 for 14 and 2 for 3 from 3.
McWilliams (11) and Goodman (10) combined for 21 of OSU’s 25 third-quarter points.
The Sun Devils scored the first five points and led 12-4 at the media timeout with 3:10 left in the opening quarter.
The Beavers didn’t score the first 4:02 with Gulich hitting a jumper for OSU’s first points.
McWilliams’ 3 got OSU within 12-7 with 2:53 left in the quarter but neither team scored the rest of the way.
OSU was just 3 for 10 while ASU was 5 for 13 in the first quarter.
The Beavers opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run to go up 16-12 and the Sun Devils finally ended a 7:13 drought with a bucket that stopped a 12-0 OSU run.
The Beavers had a 21-18 lead on an old-fashion three-point play by Tudor but the Sun Devils closed on an 8-0 run to take a 26-21 lead into the half.
ASU controlled the glass in the first half, outrebounding Oregon State 20-13 with 11 coming on the offensive end to keep numerous possessions alive.
Pivec led the Beavers with nine points on 3-for-3 shooting and was aggressive taking the ball to the basket.
Gulich had just two shots in the first half and had only four points and one rebound.
Pivec and Gulich were 5 for 5 from the floor but the rest of the team was 3 for 16.