Corvallis, OR -- With Gill Coliseum packed full of Beaver Nation fans, the intensity of this game was already set with the atmosphere.
"The crowd was unbelievable, and we rode that energy; they stuck with us," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck.
Both teams were going after it in the first quarter, running up and down the court matching baskets and keeping the game close. Things were beginning to shift in the second quarter, however, with Stanford's team working collectively to grab the points as Deven Hunter worked to keep the Beavers afloat.
The Beavers were struggling to hold onto the ball, allowing Stanford to collect seven points off turnovers in the half. Samantha Siegner was charged with three consecutive fouls, which gave Stanford multiple opportunities at the line.
With these opportunities, the Cardinals were able to inch ahead of the Beavers, shooting 80% from the line and with the work of Erica McCall and Kailee Johnson, their advantages got them a lead of 14 points. Hunter continued to impress for the Beavers; however, her efforts alone weren't enough to keep up with Stanford's dynamic offense.
With only a couple seconds left on the clock, Jamie Weisner ran and scored to get the Beavers back up, but they stayed in the Cardinal's rear view mirror at the half 30-21.
Coming into the third Oregon State worked to hold Stanford from shooting, running them down on the shot clock to avoid more points on the board. But Stanford was still able to get through, as the Beavers were struggling to bring themselves up only collecting four points in the first 5 minutes of the quarter.
Stanford was back ahead by 15, but with a slight awakening from Weisner and a vital three by Katie McWillliams, the Beavers closed it down to a ten point difference at the end of the quarter.
And once quarter four hit, it was a whole ‘nother ball game. Within four minutes Oregon State scored four points in the first minute, and the comeback kids came with all they had. It was 46-35 with 7:07 remaining, and what came next was simply unbelievable.
The Beavers went on a 13-0 run, and with a huge three by Hunter, the Beavers made a comeback putting themselves ahead of Stanford for the first time since the start of the ball game.
The buckets just kept coming and coming as they went on a 23-4 run, and the noise of the crowd shook the entire Coliseum. Their field goal percentage spiked from 34.8% in the first half to 54.5% in the second, while Stanford's slumped from 37.5% to 24%.
Weisner and Hunter were nothing but CLUTCH sinking them in -- and then Weisner hit a huge three with 57 seconds remaining just about sealed the deal. In the final moments, OSU had Stanford by six points.
With the last possession in their hands and a pair of free throws by Gabby Hanson, the Beavers amazed everyone with an insane comeback, ending their 29-game losing streak to the Stanford, coming out on top 58-50.
Hunter was incredible for Oregon State tonight, collecting a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Weisner ended the night with 18 points; 12 of them from the fourth quarter alone.
"Hard to put this one into words," said Rueck. "For thirty minutes it was a depressing scene out there. We were off our game, it's not fun, it's just a struggle, everything was, and then you're off your game it just feels miserable. And then ... things changed. The last 12-13 minutes of this game was an absolute blur."
On her massive three, Weisner said - "On that three I was just open, and I didn't really think about it just let it go, and it went in. And I felt the whole crowd erupt and that was awesome to just have Beaver Nation behind us. They were so loud, and that feeling is incredible, and you don't get that many times in your life."
"You want special moments," said Rueck. "That's what this is about. This is about doing something that's so unique."