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No. 8 Oregon State Pulls Away for 79-54 Win Against Visiting Cal Poly

No. 8 Oregon State Pulls Away for 79-54 Win Against Visiting Cal Poly

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Taking on the country's No. 8-ranked team in the Preseason AP Top 25 Poll, the Cal Poly women's basketball team pulled within single digits of Oregon State multiple times during the third quarter Friday night, but the Beavers stretched their lead to 16 heading to the fourth, on the way to picking up a 79-54 season-opening win at Gill Coliseum.

Senior center Devin Stanback scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Mustangs, shooting 11-for-21 on the evening, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range. Stanback, who eclipsed her previous career high of 19 points from a year ago, ranked eighth in the Big West in offensive rebounds per game (2.2) in 2017-18, along with 12th in the conference in field-goal percentage (.465) as a junior.

Cal Poly didn't attempt any free throws in the game, while Oregon State went 5-for-11 at the line.

Stanback hit a jumper on the Mustangs' first possession for a 2-0 lead, and Alicia Roufosse sank a jump shot with 4:19 remaining in the opening period to cut Oregon State's lead to 15-12. The Beavers, however, closed the initial quarter on a 3-pointer from Aleah Goodman to cap an 8-0 run.

Senior point guard Dye Stahley drove for a basket at the 5:58 mark of the second quarter to bring the gap back to a nine-point margin, trailing 29-20, but OSU, on a quest to return to the Elite Eight, quickly answered with five straight points to push the advantage back to 14.

The Beavers, who went 15-2 in Corvallis a year ago, led 36-24 at halftime.

A minute-and-15-seconds after the two returned to the floor following intermission, All-Pac-12 honorable mention junior guard Kat Tudor knocked down a 3 to provide a 42-26 lead. Cal Poly responded with a 7-0 run, though, consisting of a 3 by Stanback and then back-to-back buckets from Katie Nunnelley, making it 42-33 with 7:16 to play in the third.

Cal Poly (1-1) moved within a nine-point deficit on four more occasions from there: trailing 45-36, 47-38, 49-40 and 51-42.

Then with 2:06 left in the quarter, however, a Maddie Washington jumper re-established the double-digit lead, before layups by Goodman and Katie McWilliams, followed by a Taya Corosdale free throw, ballooned the lead to 58-42 to finish the third.

Oregon State steadily pulled away in the fourth, with the largest lead established at 78-51 on a Destiny Slocum 3 with 3:17 remaining, en route to improving to 5-2 against the Mustangs all-time. Slocum, 2017's WBCA National Freshman of the Year recently selected to the Wooden Award Preseason Watch List, tied for the team high with 15 points, while Tudor, who played for the U.S. at FISU America Games in July, scored 14.

Roufosse added a 3-for-6 performance for six points in addition to a team-high seven rebounds along with three steals.

Cal Poly's four-game road trip will continue at Sacramento State, tipping off at 2 p.m. Sunday.