Seattle, WA – Oregon State women’s basketball team made a bold statement in why they should be a #1 seed in the upcoming march madness. They dominated the PAC-12 Championship game over the UCLA Bruins with a 69-57. Oregon State Ruth Hamblin held the paint down on both side of court with 23 points, 20 rebounds & 5 blocks.
Who knows why UCLA was so off their mark when the lights were bright. They shot only 24% from the field 17 points in first half way. For the PAC-12 leading scoring team that averages 75 points a game was really out of sink.
The most dominate player on the court was Hamblin with or without the ball. UCLA help defensive in the paint was so slow due to not wanting to come off Hamblin. So no help lead to easy points and when they did come to double Hamblin made them pay. Teammate Sydney Wiese also played a great game scoring 21 points with 5 coming from three’s. Wiese in on fire in first half scoring 16 points as Oregon State held 27 point lead at half.
The Bruins had one last 16-2 run late in the game fueled by Jordin Canada who was their top scorer with 17 points. The lead was down to 9 after Canada stole an inbounds and scored. Then a 5 point play came after a foul and two shot technical foul on Oregon State 63-54 2:11 on clock. But that was as close as UCLA would come before finally losing the PAC-12 Championship.
Now its time for the big dance for the PAC-12 women’s team who should host four home games for the first round. The conference has highest RPI in the land. So Oregon State, UCLA, Stanford, Arizona State and Washington will be at their home building to start.