CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Ruth Hamblin scored a career-high 31 points, tied a career best with 16 rebounds and added seven blocks and No. 9 Oregon State overcame a 16-point, second-half deficit to beat Washington State 73-70 on Friday night.
Jamie Weisner added 25 points and seven rebounds for the Beavers (15-1, 5-0 Pac-12).
Lia Galdeira scored 21 points and Tia Presley added 17 for the Cougars (10-6, 1-4).
Oregon State took 10-2 lead, but the Cougars bounced back with gritty defense, feasting on turnovers.
Galdeira’s 3-pointer gave Washington State its first lead at 16-15 with 12:56 left in the half.
Washington State led by as many as 12, and went to the break ahead 39-30. Oregon State had 15 turnovers in the half, three more than it was averaging entering the game.
Galdeira’s steal and fast-break layup put the Cougars up by 16 at 50-34 with 16:53 left. The Beavers responded with a 14-2 run. The Cougars committed their seventh team foul with 12:22 left. During the last 8 minutes, the game turned into a back-and-forth battle with neither team leading by more than three points.
With Washington State trailing 71-69 and 24 seconds remaining, Galdeira was fouled on a layup attempt. She sank one of two free throws, and Hamblin grabbed the rebound and was fouled. She made both free throws. Galdeira missed three 3-pointers on the Cougars’ next two possessions.
Washington State: The Cougars 10-5 start was their best since 1995-96. They have beaten two ranked teams this season, Notre Dame and Maryland.
Oregon State: The Beavers’ No. 9 ranking is the highest in school history and the 5-1 start is their best ever. The Beavers only loss this season came on the road at No. 6 Tennessee.
Washington State: Visits Oregon on Sunday.
Oregon State: Hosts Washington on Monday.
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