12/15 02:51 CST Goodman, Slocum key No. 8 Oregon St. rout over E. Washington
Goodman, Slocum key No. 8 Oregon St. rout over E. Washington
By ROBERT COLLIAS
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) --- Oregon State has made itself right at home in Maui.
Aleah Goodman scored 22 points and Destiny Slocum added 17 to lead the
eighth-ranked Beavers to a 93-45 win over Eastern Washington on Friday night in
the Maui Jim Maui Classic. Oregon State improved to 5-0 in the third-year
tournament it hosts.
"It was a good night for us, we got to grow a lot," Beavers coach Scott Rueck
said. "Tomorrow we play against a team that's used to winning a lot of games,
with a lot of talent."
Oregon State will play Texas A&M on Saturday night.
"It will have a conference game feel," Rueck said, "which we're really excited
about. A&M is a great program and so it's going to take a great effort for us
to get that 'W.'"
Mikayla Pivec had 14 points and Kat Tudor 12 for the Beavers (6-1). Oregon
State shot 58 percent from the field, including 14 for 27 on 3-pointers.
Grace Kirscher scored 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting for Eastern Washington
(1-7). The rest of the team shot 11 for 45 from the floor. The much-taller
Beavers dominated on the boards, outrebounding the Eagles 40-23.
The score was tied 13-all after one quarter before Slocum scored nine points in
Oregon State's 23-4 run over the first 8:46 of the second. Alissa Sealby had a
three-point play and Krischer hit a 3-pointer to pull Eastern Washington within
13 at halftime.
"We hung tough for a quarter, you know, they weren't making 3s the way they're
capable of making 3s," Easterm Washington coach Wendy Schuller said. "I thought
our kids came out and really tried to stick to what the game plan was early,
but in the second quarter Oregon State got going on some 3.
"That's why they're a great team. They're one of the best teams in the country.
They're long and they can guard, but they also are so potent offensively."
Slocum then scored five during the Beavers' 14-4 run that pushed their lead to
24 with 3:48 left in the third. A 12-4 spurt pushed the advantage to 29 heading
to the fourth, and Oregon State outscored the Eagles 26-7 over the final 10
"I was impressed by Eastern tonight --- their game plan was good," Rueck said.
"It was real competitive early and then we got into our rhythm. When that ball
started moving, shots started falling. I liked the way our defense impacted
them all night tonight."The third-year tournament is played at the Lahaina
Civic Center, the same floor where the Maui Invitational men's tournament is
Oregon State: The Beavers won their sixth game of the season by at least 25
points. They beat South Carolina by two points and Western Kentucky by 14,
while losing to Notre Dame by 10. OSU is now 5-0 all-time in the three-year-old
Maui Jim Maui Classic tournament it hosts.
Eastern Washington: The Eagles' win came over Eastern Oregon of the NAIA. All
of EWU's losses have been by double digits.
The Beavers led 18-17 with just over 7 minutes left in the in the second
quarter when Kat Tudor made a layup to spark an 18-0 run that blew the game
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Oregon State shot 19 for 26 (73.1 percent) in the second half, including 7 for
10 from 3-point range.
Oregon State: The competition ramps up significantly Saturday on the final day
of the tournament when the Beavers play Texas A&M.
Eastern Washington: Plays UC Riverside Saturday in the third-place game.