PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Mikayla Pivec had 19 points and nine rebounds, and No. 9 Oregon State beat Washington State 52-35 on Sunday for its ninth win in 10 games.
Destiny Slocum scored nine points for Oregon State (17-3, 7-1 Pac-12), which has won its past 11 games against Washington State.
Chanelle Molina scored 12 for Washington State (7-13, 2-7), which lost its fourth straight.
The game was a defensive battle as both teams had off-days from the field. Oregon State shot 37 percent while the Cougars shot just 25 percent.
Oregon State scored the last four baskets to take a 16-7 lead after the first quarter. Washington State was scoreless for the final 4:22 of the period.
Oregon State led 23-15 at the half after holding Washington State without a field goal for the final 8:38 of the second quarter. Pivec had 13 points at halftime for the Beavers.
Oregon State was shooting just 20 percent (5 of 25) at halftime, compared with 30 percent for the Beavers.
Slocum scored eight points in the third as the Beavers took a 41-28 lead into the final quarter.
The Beavers came in averaging 81 points per game, while the Cougars were averaging 69.
Oregon State: The Beavers’ three losses are against No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 16 Arizona State. … The Beavers lead the nation in 3-point shooting at 42.6 percent. … They rank second in the nation in defensive rebounds at 33 per game.
Washington State: This was the Cougars’ third straight game against a Top-10 team. … Leading scorer Borislava Hristova, a junior, entered the game with 1,504 career points and is on track to become the team’s all-time scoring leader next season. She averages 21.7 points per game. … Alexys Swedlund holds the WSU record for career 3-point baskets with 208, but got none on Sunday. … Sisters Chanelle, Celena and Cherilyn Molina are all on the Cougars’ roster.
Oregon State plays at Colorado on Friday
Washington State travels to UCLA on Friday.
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