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Dam unstoppable: Weisner's 25 helps Beavers sink Arizona State

Not even the best defensive team can hold the Oregon State Beavers from dominating on the home court, beating their highest ranked opponent at home since 1992 with the force of Weisner and the return of Wiese.

Christine Dong - Swish Appeal

Corvallis, OR -- The Sun Devils took control of the court early in the game, showing a familiarly strong defense to prevent the Beavers from scoring as they went on a fast 6-0 run. Weisner was able to snag the first bucket for Oregon State with a three-pointer almost four minutes into play, and with help from Wiese the Beavers were able to cut the deficit down, and the two quickly brought it to a tie.

However Elisha Davis' speed was hard for the Beavers to keep up with, as the Sun Devils quickness on the court threw them for a loop, and things began to get a bit sloppy on the court. Oregon State was hesitant to take shots, and continuously threw the ball away as they failed to break past Arizona State's defense.

The Beavers allowed six turnovers in the quarter, but despite this advantage, the Sun Devils struggled to get the ball in, which resulted in a tie game going into the second.

"In the first quarter we ran the shot clock down, we made the extra passes, we made them work, and we probably were better offensively than we were defensively in the first quarter and then we just completely got away from that the rest of the game," said Arizona State Head Coach Charli Thorne.

Kelsey Moos picked things up for Arizona State making back-to-back shots; however, Oregon State really began to elevate their game. The Beavers started gaining momentum offensively, going on a 7-0 run in only 1.5 minutes, and with a huge block by Ruth Hamblin, Gill Coliseum was roaring.

Hawkins worked to bring it back down to a one-point game, but the Beavers defense continued to hold the Sun Devils on the other end of the court, bringing the team down to 44% shooting as they rose to 60%.

The half ended at a very close, 31-29.

The third quarter really belonged to the Beavers as they outscored the Sun Devils 18-6. Weisner dropped in a three only seven seconds in, followed by two Hamblin layups.

"I just started off being aggressive to the hoop and then that kinda opened up my three. I thought my teammates got me the ball where I needed it to be for my shot," said Weisner.

Within only the first few minutes the Beavers were ahead by 12 points, while Arizona State failed to perform at the other end of the floor, with subsequent clock violations.

The Beavers kept their run going 15-2, until Davis was finally able to grab a steal from Wiese and run it down to get the Sun Devils their first basket in six minutes.

Arizona State was able to put a few more points on the board but with McWilliams' giant three with only four seconds remaining, it was clear the Beavers' offensive onslaught was relentless.

"We've been a third quarter team we're good at evaluating and adjusting, and they came out, and they threw the first punch, and we didn't respond well," said Thorne.

Wiese, who exploded once she set foot on the court, made a huge statement being back on the floor, following a hand injury she suffered back in December against Tennessee. She dropped in her third three-pointer of the game (tallying eight for the team), and with a Weisner layup, the Beavers were 5-5.

The Sun Devils were run down to another shot clock violation, going on their fourth minute without a single point. Brunner was able to bring the Sun Devils out of their dry spell, but their deficit couldn't be saved as they fell 22 points behind. With the final seconds remaining the crowd rumbled on their feet as Oregon State made history, beating their highest ranked opponent in Gill Coliseum since 1992; 67-44.

"A great battle against two really good teams," said Oregon State Head Coach Scott Rueck. "Arizona State is a challenging team to play against in every way. Well coached, as tough as they come, and they demand your best. Otherwise, they're going to make you pay for the mistakes that you might make or any moment that you might be soft. And I thought our team rose to the challenge tonight.

"For this group to lock in defensively and to perform at that elite level for so long and then to put a great team away, it has to be our best performance to this point."

Weisner closed the night with an incredible 25 points, 5 rebounds followed by Wiese with 14 points, 9 rebounds and Hamblin with 12 points, 8 rebounds.

Brunner was the leading scorer for Arizona State with 13 points, 4 rebounds followed by Dornstauder with 8 points, 3 rebounds, and Moos with 5 points, 3 rebounds.

Note: After the game, there seems to be no love loss between the head coaches, as they barely shook hands.