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Feb. 19 updates: OSU routs USC, UCLA blasts Oregon; Beavers drop baseball opener.

COURTESY PHOTO: JOHN MCGILLEN - Oregon State's Aleah Goodman is defender by USC's Desiree Caldwell during the Beavers' Feb. 19 win in Los Angeles.College women's basketball — Oregon's struggles against elite competition continued, while Oregon State looked like a team finding its stride on Friday, Feb. 19.

Oregon State 77, USC 52 — A three-quarter shot by Aleah Goodman to end the first quarter was the highlight play of a strong all-around performance by the Beavers (7-6, 5-6 Pac-12) at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

Freshman Talia von Oelhoffen continued her strong play, hitting 7 of 9 shots and scoring 19 points. Goodman finished with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting. Goodman and von Oelhoffen each made 3 of 4 3-pointers and OSU was 9 for 14 from distance.

The Beavers' defense held the Trojans without a field goal for more than five minutes in the second quarter as OSU led by 14 at halftime. The OSU lead was 15 after three and grew to 29 points during the fourth quarter.

Ellie Mack scored 13 points and Taylor Jones grabbed 13 rebounds for the Beavers.

USC (10-9, 8-8) was held to 31.7% shooting, including just 2 of 17 in the second quarter.

"We've been waiting to put together a defensive performance like that," OSU coach Scott Rueck said. "Getting consecutive games as scheduled was important for us, and when we have had those opportunities this year, we have seen growth. I think today was a huge step forward for us. I couldn't be happier for this group."

The Beavers visit No. 8 UCLA for a 1 p.m. Sunday game (ESPN2).

UCLA 83, Oregon 56 — It's fair to question the confidence of the young Ducks, who were never in the game at Pauley Pavilion and lost their third in a row.

No. 8 UCLA was hot from the perimeter — hitting 6 of 11 3-pointers in the first quarter — and dominated the rebounding battle to hand No. 13 Oregon (12-6, 9-6 Pac-12) a 27-point beatdown. The Bruins (13-3, 11-3) led 28-11 after the first quarter and 46-22 at halftime.

UCLA turned 18 offensive rebounds into 23 second-chance points and scored 21 points off of 16 Oregon turnovers.

"We did not have the kind of intensity on the glass that we need to, and we'd better figure out a way to do it," Oregon coach Kelly Graves said. "The teams that really get into us are the ones that we struggle with. (The Bruins) just play harder, and you could tell it was more important to them."

The Ducks shot 36%, the Bruins 47% (including 10-of-22 3-point shooting).

Nyara Sabally led Oregon with 12 points, making 5 of 6 shots, including her only 3-pointer. Te-Hina Paopao made 3 of 5 3s and had 11 points.

Michaela Onyenwere led five Bruins in double figures with 17 points and Lauryn Miller scored 16.

"It's on all of us. It's never on just the players," Graves said. "But I want to give (the Bruins) credit. They were the aggressors all night long. And we've shown when teams are aggressive like that, we struggle."

After dropping consecutive games to No. 10 Arizona, No. 6 Stanford (by two points) and now UCLA, Oregon will try to regain some confidence on Sunday with a noon game scheduled at USC.

College baseball — Kansas State edged Oregon State 3-2 in the season opener at Surprise, Arizona.

A two-run home run in the eighth inning from Ryan Ober accounted for the Beavers' runs.

Kevin Abel, pitching for the first time since March 1, 2019, struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings but took the loss.

• Pilots postponed — Portland's opener against Seattle U has been pushed back to a noon Sunday doubleheader at Joe Etzel Field because of weather/field conditions.

College volleyball — Host Arizona swept Oregon State 3-0, taking a close third set 26-24. Mychael Vernon led the Beavers' attack with 14 kills.

San Francisco 3, Portland 2 — The Dons' took the decisive fifth set 15-11 to split two WCC matches at the Chiles Center this week. Freshman Mia Wesley had 23 kills for the Pilots (1-7).

College women's soccer — Zoe Hasenauer scored in a free kick in the 28th minute as Oregon (1-0-1) and Sacramento State played to a 1-1 draw. The Ducks thought they had the overtime winner, but the play was ruled offside.


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