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.
Oregon State plays Western Kentucky in the Vancouver Showcase in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Thursday.
Saint Mary’s faces Milwaukee in the Saint Mary’s Thanksgiving Classic on Friday.
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