BOULDER, Colo. — After giving up the final eight points of the first half to fall behind by a point, the Oregon State women’s basketball team needed to regroup.
After spotting Colorado the first two points of the third period, the Beavers took control and rolled to an 86-71 Pac-12 win on Sunday.
The Beavers outscored the Buffaloes 49-33 in the second half, hitting 8 of 13 3s in that span to pick up a road sweep; Oregon State beat Utah 69-58 on Friday.
“This a really tough road trip,” Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said in his postgame radio interview. “For this group to come over here and get two tough road wins, I’m really proud. It took a team effort.”
Oregon State (16-5, 6-3) is home against Stanford at 6 p.m. Friday. Colorado (11-10, 2-8) faces Utah twice this week.
Kat Tudor had another solid scoring game, leading the Beavers with 23 points. Katie McWilliams had a big game, hitting five 3s and finishing with 15 points.
Marie Gulich had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Taylor Kalmer chipped in 11 points for OSU.
The Beavers got 25 points off the bench with Kalmer leading the way.
“She was ready to play,” Rueck said of Kalmer. “She’s been sick all week, too. I thought she played well both games and really was a spark for us in both games. (Sunday), created off the dribble and knocked down the perimeter shot.”
Mya Hollingshed led the Buffaloes with 22 points, hitting 6 of 10 3s. Kennedy Leonard added 19 and Alexis Robinson 10 for Colorado.
The Beavers led just 48-47 after a Hollingshed 3 midway through the third, but McWilliams canned back-to-back 3s to ignite a 16-4 run that pushed the advantage to 64-51. Tudor had four points and Kalmer and Aleah Goodman each had 3s in the run.
Oregon State pushed the lead to 66-53 late in the period but a questionable flagrant foul call on Joanna Grymek that was reviewed led to four straight points for Colorado as the Beavers took a 66-57 lead into the final 10 minutes.
The Beavers were 12 for 19 from the floor in the period, including a 5-for-9 performance from 3, in outscoring Colorado 29-19 in the quarter.
McWilliams opened the fourth with a 3 to change the momentum and the Beavers were able to extend the lead to as many as 20 on the fifth 3 of the game by McWilliams.
Rueck said he challenged McWilliams at the half and the junior guard from South Salem High delivered.
“She’s been lights out lately,” Rueck said. “It’s been inspiring in practice. If she’s open, that thing's gone down and (Sunday) we saw the same thing.”
Said McWilliams: "I don’t have a lot of legs right now so I thought shoot the 3 because I don’t have to have a lot of lift on that shot. I was just feeling it tonight and I have to give credit to my teammates for finding me for open shots.”
The Beavers finished the second half 17 for 32 from the floor and 8 for 13 from 3. Colorado finished the game 25 for 71 and had just four offensive rebounds in the second half after collecting nine in the first half.
The game see-sawed in the first quarter. Colorado took a 9-6 lead before the Beavers answered with seven straight. But Oregon State went the final 3:09 scoreless and Colorado closed the quarter on a 7-0 run for a 21-18 lead.
Hollingshed was 4 for 5 from 3 and scored 12 of the Buffaloes’ 21 points in the period.
Colorado was 8 for 17 from the floor while Oregon State was 7 for 16.
The Beavers built a 37-30 lead in the second quarter after trailing by three entering the period.
But after hitting just 1 of 12 shots during one stretch, the Buffaloes rallied by scoring the final eight points of the half, including two old-fashioned three-point plays by Robinson.
“We kind of let down every once in a while and so they definitely had some runs,” McWilliams said. “I’m happy with what we were able to do to withstand that and get a pretty good win.”