Oregon State found magic again with a big second half, as the Beavers erased a 12-point deficit to beat San Francisco 89-80 Thursday afternoon at Gill Coliseum.
In what appears to be OSU’s final nonconference women’s basketball game this season, Sasha Goforth led the way with 24 points. The freshman guard hit 7 of 11 shots during a 20-minute performance.
As it did in the opener against Montana Western, Oregon State erupted during the third quarter, outscoring the Dons 28-17 to take control.
Oregon State (2-0) heads into Pac-12 play Sunday when the Beavers play host to Colorado at 5 p.m.
Goforth was one of four Beavers to score in double figures. Taylor Jones had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Aleah Goodman scored 14 points, and Jasmine Simmons 10.
San Francisco’s Ioanna Krimili hit 7 of 10 from three-point range and led the Dons with 27 points.
Oregon State trailed San Francisco (0-2) by as many as 12 points during the first half, and 43-35 at halftime.
The Beavers opened the third quarter by scoring the first eight points to tie the game at 43-43. Goforth had seven points and Jones six during the quarter as OSU took a 63-60 lead into the fourth.
Oregon State never looked back. The Beavers led by as many as 15 points, taking an 83-68 lead on a putback by Savannah Samuel. USF got as close as six points during the final two minutes, but the Beavers held on.
Shooting was the difference in the second half. OSU shot 55% from the floor (16 of 29), while the Dons made just 10 of 31 shots.