OSU women's basketball: Beavers can't keep pace with Cal in 60-38 loss

2013-02-01T23:45:00Z 2013-02-01T23:45:27Z OSU women's basketball: Beavers can't keep pace with Cal in 60-38 lossBy STEVE GRESS, Corvallis Gazette-Times Albany Democrat Herald
February 01, 2013 11:45 pm  • 

The two areas that concerned Oregon State women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck the most entering Friday night’s Pac-12 battle with No. 6 California were giving up offensive rebounds and turning over the ball.

The Bears entered the game averaging nearly 19 offensive boards a contest — best in the conference.

The Beavers were averaging 17.4 turnovers a game.

Cal got 17 offensive rebounds and the Beavers turned it over 15 times on Friday night.

Those numbers would have been OK had the Beavers been able to keep pace on the scoreboard.

The Beavers made just 16 of 59 attempts from the floor (27 percent), including just 1 for 14 from beyond the arc, and the Bears stayed tied atop the Pac-12 standings with a 60-38 win in front of a crowd of 987 in Gill Coliseum.

“Defensively they’re very physical, they’re quick, they cover ground so fast,” Rueck said. “They’re a veteran team so they execute their defensive schemes very well.

“So our windows to get shots off were smaller than they are against most teams and that kept us uncomfortable tonight.”

It won’t get any easier for the Beavers as they welcome No. 4 Stanford for a 2 p.m. game Sunday.

On Friday, the Beavers (9-12, 3-6) were just 6 for 28 in the first half and fell behind 27-14. It was their lowest output in the first half this season; the previous low was 15 against Michigan State in Las Vegas in December.

When the Beavers did have open looks, they rushed shots.

“They’re an aggressive team,” said sophomore guard Ali Gibson, who led the Beavers with 13 points. “I don’t think we’ve seen a team like that this year so far. Like coach said, they closed the window pretty quick on shots and I feel like we just didn’t knock down shots when we were open.

“Maybe we were just a little nervous, (but) we just need to knock them down though.”

Layshia Clarendon had 12 points, Gennifer Brandon and Afure Jemerigbe both had 11, and Brittany Boyd added 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Bears (18-2, 8-1).

Cal used runs of 9-0 and 6-0 in the first half to build the 13-point lead at the break.

An 18-6 burst over the first six minutes of the second half put the game out of reach.

During that stretch, the Bears had five offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive.

Cal held a 16-6 advantage in second-chance points and outrebounded OSU 50-40.

“They only outrebounded us by 10 but they made us pay for those offensive rebounds they got,” Rueck said. “This is a team, if we’re not on our game, they could have outrebounded us by 30. That’s the feel.

“I thought we competed like crazy. They’re just going to beat us to the ball every once in a while. They’re just different, athletically, than we are in a couple spots.”

But in the end it came down to making shots, and the Bears made eight more than the Beavers.

“Our shooting percentages were the obvious things on the stat sheet that were way different,” Rueck said. “We didn’t make them miss and they made us miss.”

(6) California 60, Oregon State 38

CALIFORNIA (18-2) — Brandon 5-7 1-4 11, Caldwell 2-6 3-4 7, Jemerigbe 4-7 1-3 11, Boyd 4-14 2-5 10, Clarendon 5-13 2-2 12, Pierre 3-4 0-0 7, Cohen 0-1 0-0 0, Lyles 0-1 0-0 0, Hartman 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 24-60 9-18 60.

OREGON STATE (9-12) — Edwards-Teasley 1-1 0-0 2, Hunter 0-4 2-2 2, Gibson 5-15 2-3 13, Weisner 3-12 0-0 6, Martin 1-4 0-0 2, Toure 0-2 1-4 1, Siegner 1-6 0-0 2, Fambro 0-2 0-2 0, Bright 2-6 0-0 4, Schwegler 1-3 0-0 2, Hamblin 2-4 0-2 4. Totals 16-59 5-13 38.

Halftime — California 27-14. 3-Point Goals — California 3-6 (Jemerigbe 2-3, Pierre 1-2, Boyd 0-1), Oregon St. 1-14 (Gibson 1-6, Toure 0-1, Schwegler 0-2, Martin 0-2, Weisner 0-3). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — California 50 (Boyd 11), Oregon St. 40 (Gibson, Weisner 6). Assists — California 13 (Boyd, Clarendon 4), Oregon St. 10 (Martin 3). Total Fouls — California 13, Oregon St. 16. A — 987.

Steve Gress is the sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He can be reached at steve.gress@lee.net.

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