Wailuku, Hawaii – Sophomore Taylor Kalmer
set a career-high with 15 points as the No. 18/24 Oregon State women's basketball team recorded a 65-56 win over BYU Saturday evening at the War Memorial Gymnasium in Wailuku, Maui. With the win, the Beavers won the inaugural Maui Classic, which was hosted by Oregon State.
"This is a great win," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck
. "I loved everything about it – I loved the way we prepared, I love the way we withstood their challenges. Both of the teams we played here in Maui are used to a lot of success, and present a real challenge. They made some plays to knock us off balance a little bit, but I loved the way we responded to separate and then put them away."
Kalmer shot 6-for-8 from the floor and 2-for-3 from 3-point range. She also added three rebounds and two assists. Senior Sydney Wiese
scored 15 points, including some big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. The guard from Phoenix, Ariz. also tallied seven assists.
Junior Marie Gulich ended the evening with nine points and 10 rebounds. Senior Gabriella Hanson
tallied nine points and seven boards.
As a team, Oregon State shot 43.6 percent (24-for-55), compared to 34.4 percent (21-for-61) for BYU.
The defenses dominated the early going, as the teams entered the first media timeout level at four apiece. The Beavers would take a 13-10 lead headed in to the second quarter. Oregon State exploded in the second frame, shooting 69.2 percent (9-for-13) in the period to score 20 points and take a 33-20 advantage into the intermission.
BYU cut into the edge to start the second half, bringing the game within seven less than four minutes into the third period. The teams traded buckets from there, and Oregon State took a 38-33 lead into the third-quarter media timeout. BYU would cut the edge to one late in the frame, but Wiese hit a triple at the buzzer to put Oregon State up 41-37 entering the final period.
The game remained close for the first part of the fourth quarter, before Oregon State used a 3-point barrage to extend the advantage to double-figures with under just four minutes to play. The Beavers would knock down their free-throws down the stretch to secure the nine-point victory.
OSU will return home on Dec. 10 for a matchup with Southern Utah. Tickets for all Oregon State games can be purchased at BeaverTickets.com.
OREGON STATE ATHLETICS' EVERYDAY CHAMPIONS CULTURE
Through the power of sport, we help people discover and pursue their passions, talents and purpose in order to live a life of balance and positive contribution.