CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Destiny Slocum made four 3-pointers and scored 22 points as No. 8 Oregon State built an early lead and cruised past Saint Mary’s 89-56 on Saturday night.
Mikayla Pivec added 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Aleah Goodman scored 12 points off the bench, including four 3-pointers, for the Beavers (3-0).
Sam Simons had 16 points and Sydney Raggio added eight points and nine rebounds for the Gaels (2-1).
Oregon State shot 48.5 percent, including 15 for 29 on 3-pointers, and most of the Beavers’ attempts from beyond the arc were wide open. St. Mary’s was held to 34 percent shooting and Oregon State out-rebounded the Gaels 50-31.
The Beavers shot 7 for 9 on 3-pointers early, including a first-quarter buzzer-beater by Pivec, to take a 30-12 lead. Saint Mary’s was held scoreless for four minutes in the quarter.
The Beavers went to the break ahead 48-26.
In the fourth quarter, Oregon State stretched the lead to as many as 36 points.
Saint Mary’s: The Gaels returned 12 players and four starters off a team that finished second in the West Coast Conference and made the WNIT last season. … Raggio averaged a team-leading 16.5 points in Saint Mary’s first two games.
Oregon State: Janessa Thropay, fresh off an eight-steal game, started at center in place of 6-foot-8 Joanna Grymek. Thropay stands 6-foot-2. She finished with two points and five rebounds, while Grymek had seven points and seven rebounds.