LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Beavers had three players score in double figures, led by Sydney Wiese and Deven Hunter with 11 apiece, but USC shot nearly 50 percent from the field and turned 30 OSU turnovers into 37 points to defeat the Oregon State women’s basketball team, 81-60, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles on Friday night.
The loss moves Oregon State’s record to 10-7 overall and 2-3 in Pac-12 play while USC goes to 12-6 and 5-1 in conference.
It was a difficult shooting night for the Beavers, coming off back-to-back games where they converted more than 47 percent of their attempts. OSU was 20-of-56 from the floor (36 percent), including 9-of-29 from behind the arc (31 percent).
The Beavers started the game hitting five of their first 10 shots and used an early 8-0 run to race out to an 11-4 lead when Jamie Weisner hit a three-pointer just 3:30 into the game. But following a Sydney Wiese layup with 12:46 left in the opening stanza that gave her team a 15-12 advantage, that’s when Oregon State went cold.
OSU finished making 15 of its final 46 shots (32.6 percent) while the Trojans converted on 47.5 percent of their attempts from the field (28-of-59) and hit at a 46.7 percent clip from deep (7-of-15).
A couple of extended runs in each half gave USC control of the action. After Wiese’s layup in the first, the Trojans went on a 22-6 spurt over the next 7:09 to take a 34-21 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the period. During the stretch, the Beavers only hit 2-of-9 from the floor and turned the ball over nine times.
Trailing 42-29 at intermission, Oregon State cut the deficit down to single digits on a couple of occasions in the second half. Weisner hit a three to pull OSU within nine, 46-37, with 16:02 to go and Hunter hit a corner shot from distance to bring the Beavers within seven, 49-42 with 15:05 left.
But after Hunter’s three-pointer, USC reeled off the game’s next 11 points over five minutes and led 60-42 when Kaneisha Horn made a jumper at the 10:20 mark. Oregon State couldn’t find the bottom of the net on any of its six tries during the run.
The Beavers out-rebounded USC, 42-28, but the Trojans had 30 takeaways and converted those OSU miscues into a 37-19 advantage in points off turnovers.
Weisner was OSU’s other player in double figures with 10 points. It was her 14th consecutive game putting up at least that many, the longest streak for a Beaver in four years.
USC also made a living at the line, doubling up Oregon State in attempts at the stripe. The Trojans were 18-of-30 on free throws, while the Beavers were 11-of-16.
Oregon State returns to the court on Monday when it takes on UCLA at noon in a game televised on the Pac-12 Networks.