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Feb. 21 updates: Big win for Beavers, Ducks bounce back; Pilots split baseball twinbill, Beavers win.

COURTESY PHOTO: CAREN NICDAO - Oregon State freshman Talia von Oelhoffen (22) had 13 points to help the Beavers upset No. 8 UCLA  on Feb. 21 at Pauley Pavilion.College women's basketball — The Oregon State Beavers will carry plenty of momentum into the final game of the regular season, a 3 p.m. visit to Oregon on Feb. 28.

The Beavers' defense limited No. 8-ranked UCLA to 27.6% shooting in a statement 71-64 win Sunday, Feb. 21, at Pauley Pavilion.

"This weekend — and especially today — was a culmination of such a grind for this group," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. "We've known all along that this is a good team, and it feels like every possession we get a little bit better. These 80 minutes this weekend (including a win at USC) it felt like it really came together.

"UCLA is a great team and very well coached. To hold them to the percentages we did shows how we are embracing the defensive end of the floor," Rueck said. "That will allow us to be successful the rest of the way and into the postseason."

Aleah Goodman scored 20 points and hit a 3-pointer to put the Beavers ahead 66-61 with 1:32 left in the game.

Taylor Jones had 16 points and 11 rebounds. She was 7 of 9 from the field, including a basket with 52 seconds left that put OSU up seven.

Freshman Talia von Oelhoffen finished with 13 points and six rebounds. She hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 5:42 on the clock.

Oregon State never trailed in the fourth quarter, but didn't expand the gap beyond five points until the final minute.

Oregon 72, USC 48 — The Ducks responded to being challenged by their coaches following a disappointing Friday loss at UCLA.

Oregon (13-6, 10-6 Pac-12) matched a season high for made 3-pointers (12 for 28) and held an opponent to fewer than 50 points for the fourth time. Its largest lead was 26 points.

The Ducks opened the game with three made 3s and established a double-digit lead with a 10-0 run in a 18-9 second quarter.

Sydney Parrish led Oregon with 17 points off the bench, hitting 4 of 6 3-pointers. The freshman had four steals and three assists.

USC (10-10, 8-9) was limited to 32.7% shooting.

She Believes Cup soccer — Former Portland Pilot Megan Rapinoe scored the second goal from 25 yards out as the United States beat Brazil to improve to 2-0 at the tournament in Orlando, Florida.

Christen Press scored early for the USA. Thorns in the game were midfielder Lindsey Horan, left back Crystal Dunn, center back Becky Sauerbrunn and forward Sophia Smith (65th minute sub).

The USA (2-0) plays Argentina at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

College baseball — The Portland Pilots opened their season by splitting a doubleheader with visiting Seattle U at renovated Joe Etzel Field.

The Redhawks won the opener 5-4 and the Pilots took the second game 7-0.

Hunter Montgomery hit two home runs for Portland in the opener. Jake Holcroft hit a grand slam in the second game.

Christian Peters (0-1) took the loss despite allowing only four hits and striking out five over six innings in the opener. In the second game, Brett Gillis (1-0) pitched five hitless innings with nine strikeouts.

Oregon State 20, Gonzaga 4 — At Surprise, Arizona, Joe Casey hit a three-run home run and had five RBIs and Preston Jones reached base seven times for the Beavers (2-1). Oregon State led 7-4, then scored 13 runs in the sixth inning.

College softball — Oregon (7-0) won 2-1 at Fresno State. Each team was limited to three hits, but the Ducks got solo home runs from Terra McGowan and Alyssa Brito. A diving catch from Haley Cruse preserved the win with the tying run at second base in the bottom of the seventh.

College volleyball — Arizona (4-6) beat visiting Oregon State 3-1, the Beavers (3-7) winning the third set 27-25. Freshmen led OSU statistically. Mychael Vernon had 12 kills, Kateryna Tkachenko 11 kills and Izzi Szulczewski 36 digs.

Southern Utah 3, Portland State 1 — The visiting Vikings had a strong third set but fell to 0-7 in Big Sky play. Megan Sester had 11 kills and Ally Wada 35 assists for PSU.

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