CloseMechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, girls’s school basketball, and different school sports activities for espnW. Voepel started masking girls’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996.
CORVALLIS, Oregon — For the third time in 5 days, a projected No. 1 seed in girls’s school basketball was upset. No. 12 Oregon State avenged Friday’s loss at Matthew Knight Enviornment in Eugene by knocking off No. 2 Oregon 67-62 at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis on Monday.
The colleges are about 50 miles aside and meet yearly within the “Civil Conflict,” a decades-old rivalry that began between the Oregon and Oregon State soccer groups in 1894. The ladies’s basketball sequence is not that outdated, however it has became a phenomenon within the state, with 12,364 followers at Friday’s sport and 9,301 Monday. Each have been sellouts of their respective buildings.
“We’re each actually good groups, and I believe we handled our followers to 2 excellent video games,” stated Oregon coach Kelly Graves, who’s simply 2-Eight in opposition to Oregon State with the Geese. “Possibly one among as of late I am going to get these guys right here.”
No. 12 Oregon State held on to beat second-ranked Oregon at dwelling, avenging Friday evening’s highway loss within the “Civil Conflict.” Amanda Loman/AP Photograph
Oregon State coach Scott Rueck started his superb salvage job in 2010-11, when the Beavers appeared mild years away from being aggressive. However he has remodeled the ladies’s hoops program at his alma mater.
Up to now this season, he has led the Beavers to a 21-5 total document (11-Three within the Pac-12) after dropping publish participant Marie Gulich to commencement after final season (she’s now with the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury) and junior guard Kat Tudor to a knee damage on Jan. four within the Beavers’ Pac-12 opener in opposition to Washington State.
“It was the battle that you’d count on it to be,” stated Rueck, who earned his 200th victory at Oregon State. “Unbelievable environment. I am so happy with this group taking strides ahead. They’re rising to every problem that is in entrance of them.”
The Geese are winless in Corvallis since 2010; Graves took over within the 2014-15 season. But for as a lot because the loss stung, Graves was extra frightened concerning the lack of junior ahead Ruthy Hebard, the Geese’ main rebounder and third-leading scorer.
Hebard went down exhausting after getting an offensive rebound with 6:44 left within the second quarter. She appeared to injure her proper knee and didn’t return to the sport.
“Do not know; does not look good,” Graves stated after the sport when requested about her standing. “I do not know the severity.”
Oregon’s Ruthy Hebard, high, wanted to depart Monday’s gave in opposition to Oregon State within the second quarter as a consequence of an damage. AP Photograph/Amanda Loman
Oregon had gained 17 straight video games since dropping to Michigan State on Dec. 9, however even with out Hebard, the Geese took the sport all the way down to the wire.
They trailed by as many as eight within the third quarter, however sophomore Satou Sabally stepped up, scoring 9 factors within the third quarter to shut the hole. Oregon State held on to the lead, 50-48, heading into the fourth quarter.
With 6:19 left, Sabrina Ionescu’s jumper put the Geese up 52-50. However with 5:09 left, Ionescu missed a breakaway layup, which ended up being expensive.
Oregon State took a 54-52 lead on Future Slocum’s bounce shot within the lane, adopted by her Three-pointer that put the Beavers up 57-52.
That prompted an Oregon timeout, organising a frantic ultimate 1:50 of the sport, during which the Beavers sealed the victory by going Eight-for-Eight from the foul line. Ionescu, who led Oregon with 21 factors, made some huge performs together with a step-through layup with 11 seconds left, and three free throws after being fouled behind the arc by Oregon State’s Aleah Goodman.
The third-ranked Geese gained their 17th consecutive sport and improved to 13-Zero within the Pac-12 with a 77-68 victory over No. 9 Oregon State on Friday.
The Miami Hurricanes knocked off their second top-5 group in 10 days with a win over No. 2 Louisville, and Emese Hof is an enormous purpose why.
Baylor was awarded the highest total seed within the NCAA girls’s basketball choice committee’s first reveal of the highest 16 total seeds for the event. The Girl Bears are joined by fellow No. 1 seeds Louisville, Oregon and Mississippi State.
However Goodman got here up with a defensive gem after that. Slocum made two free throws to present Oregon State a 65-62 lead with 6 seconds left, and Oregon may have tied it with a Three-pointer. However the Geese by no means bought the prospect; Goodman pressured Ionescu and compelled a touring name earlier than she’d even gotten the ball out of the backcourt.
“I knew we had one foul to present,” stated Goodman, who led Oregon State with 22 factors. “So I knew if I ran up on her, both a foul can be known as – which was fantastic – or a journey can be known as.”
That is the form of good defensive execution that the Beavers have change into identified for beneath Rueck, who led them to the 2016 girls’s Last 4. Oregon State misplaced to UConn by 29 factors within the nationwide semifinals that yr, a end result Rueck acknowledged felt “inevitable” in opposition to a Huskies group led by Breanna Stewart that proved invincible.
This season, although, no group appears unbeatable. The NCAA choice committee launched its projected high 16 seeds on Feb. 11. Every week later, three of them — Mississippi State, Louisville and Oregon — have misplaced.
“There are such a lot of nice groups, well-coached groups,” Rueck stated. “Connecticut getting beat (on the Last 4) the final couple of years, that is given lots of people hope. You need to consider that you’ve an opportunity. Not solely does that affect the gamers, it impacts the coaches, too. There’s hope. Everyone seems like they’ve an opportunity.”