Corvallis, OR — In a raucous Gill Coliseum on a dreary winter day, two talented teams set the court ablaze with intense play and hard fought competition. In a matchup between No. 8 Stanford Cardinal and No. 10 Oregon State Beavers, all 40 minutes mattered as the Beavers edged out the Cardinal. With the win, Oregon State was able to clinch the No.1 seed in the upcoming PAC-12 Tournament and at-least a share of the PAC-12 regular season title.
Oregon State's star guard Sydney Wiese hit five three-pointers en route to a game best 22 points. Two clutch free throws with 0:06 on the clock in the fourth quarter from Marie Gulich iced the victory for the Beavers.
“I was so pumped up still from the put back that I didn't even think. I was just like yea I'm not going to miss them right now. It felt easy. I was so pumped up,” stated Gulich to the media after the game.
Friday night's attendance record at Gill (9,604) saw a tough defensive match up requiring crisp half court offense down the stretch. The Beavers elected to utilize Wiese with off ball action often throughout the game, and that called for a NBA style screen heavy set to get her open shots.
“Uh Syd, I'm curious if you've you ever had to run off more screens in your life?” Wiese was asked after the game.
“I mean credit to Stanford. We talked about it all week at practice, that they (Stanford) chase just as hard as we do defensively, and so I mean our game plan was to try to get people free as often as we could,” responded Wiese.
The pass heavy game plan from Oregon State aimed to neutralize a pressure and trap eccentric Cardinal defense, which seemed to follow the hot hand for the Beavers. Tonight, Wiese’s stellar game guided Oregon State to a third consecutive PAC-12 season title.
Next up for the Beavers is a fairly inconsequential game Sunday against the California Bears followed by preparation for the upcoming PAC-12 Tournament.
For the Cardinal, they travel 45 minuets south of Corvallis to Eugene Oregon to face the Ducks on Sunday.