Brown, No. 5 Beavers rout Rainbow Wahine
By GARY HOROWITZ
The Associated Press
CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State prides itself on defense, and that attribute was on full display against the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team.
The No. 5 Beavers frustrated UH throughout and posted a 64-32 rout on Friday.
The Rainbow Wahine (4-5) struggled to get open looks against Oregon State’s man-to-man defense and shot just 23.2 percent from the field.
“Defense gets your offense going,” said Oregon State senior guard Mikayla Pivec, who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds. “Knowing we can stop teams defensively gives us more confidence on the offensive end. Defense is what it will take to win late in the season.”
With four consecutive trips to the Sweet 16, Oregon State (8-0) is well equipped to turn up the defense when it matters most.
Kennedy Brown paced the Beavers offensively with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range.
“I struggled the past couple games shooting from (3-point range) so just being able to hit a couple at the beginning and kind of get started, it was good,” said Brown, a 6-foot-6 freshman forward. “Hopefully it can continue.”
Taylor Jones added 12 points on 5-for-6 shooting for Oregon State. The Beavers shot 49.2 percent and had a 43-31 advantage on the boards.
Julissa Tago led Hawaii (4-5) with 12 points.
“They’re solid. I think they should probably be the No. 1 or 2 team in the country,” Hawaii coach Laura Beeman said. “They funnel everything into the paint and they use those 6-6 kids to deter some things.”
Oregon State closed the third quarter on a 12-0 run to take a commanding 48-20 lead into the final quarter. The lead grew to as many as 32 points.
The Beavers are off to an 8-0 start for the first time since the 2015-16 season. That team reached the Final Four.
“Overall I thought we took big strides forward tonight,” Oregon State associate head coach Jonas Chatterton said. “Defensively I thought it was probably one of our best games we’ve played so far this year.”
Hawaii next plays at Washington on Sunday. Oregon State plays Utah State on Dec. 14 before heading to the islands to host the Maui Jim Maui Classic, Dec. 18-19 at Lahaina Civic Center.