“Defensively we need to do a much better job, but the telling statistic in tonight’s game is that we shot five free throws in the entire game,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said. “We need to improve on defense. Right now it is not fun to lose, and everyone is sick of it. Our margin of error is not very high right now. Our players are disappointed, but as much as we are disappointed we need to take it out on our opponents.”
Both teams got out to slow starts, as a layup by Hollingsworth tied the game at 4-4 at the 14:02 mark. The Wildcats started the game out shooting 2-of-13 from the field with five turnovers. The Beavers then used an 11-2 scoring run in the next 2:59 to take a 15-6 lead at the 11:03 mark.
OSU extended its lead to 23-14 on a trey by Nash with 4:28 left to play in the first. Nash hit a jumper in the paint with eight seconds on the clock to put OSU up 31-21, but
The Wildcats trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but used three-straight baskets cut the lead to 59-54 with 5:10 left. Nash then converted on a three-point play to give OSU a 62-54 advantage. A three by Neabors at the 1:10 mark cut the Beaver lead to 64-59 with 1:10 left to play. After two free throws by OSU’s Judie Lomax,