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After grabbing a key defensive rebound, Gulich hit one of two free throws.
Then Mikayla Pivec blocked a 3 point attempt by Courtney Ekmark and the Beavers earned a hard fought and much needed 57 54 Pac 12 win over the Sun Devils before a Gill Coliseum crowd of 3,954.
“It was a huge bucket for us,” Pivec said of Gulich’s eventual game winner. “I don’t know, I felt like she got bumped a few times but she just kept being strong and faked up again, faked up again and finished with the left hand. Sunday.
After Gulich hit one of two free throws with 16.9 seconds left, it was Pivec that sealed the win with her block of Ekmark’s long 3 point attempt.
The Beavers had a foul to give, and coach Scott Rueck gave the team the option whether to use it.
“I just didn’t want to foul her and then have her shoot it and get three shots so I took the cautious route,” Pivec explained.
Oregon State finished with 46 points in the paint, mostly off attacking the basket for layups.
“They were pressuring up top so we decided to attack the basket,” said Pivec,
who added 12 points. “I know early on we were missing, including myself, we were missing easy layups that we should have made.
“But in the second half I thought we finished better. They were giving up layups so that’s what we took.”
Arizona State led by as many as nine in the second quarter when the Beavers were missing some of those point blank shots.
Robbi Ryan, who finished with 19 points, was nearly unstoppable with her midrange shot in the second period, helping the Sun Devils keep the lead. She scored the final eight points of the half for ASU.
The Beavers did manage to stay close and finished the half on a 7 2 run, capped by Katie McWilliams’ corner 3 at the buzzer off a pass from Taylor Kalmer, who had eight points off the bench.
It was the Beavers’ first made 3 of the half on just their fourth attempt.
The Beavers switched to a zone defense in the third quarter and used that to help make the Sun Devils a bit more uncomfortable.
The Beavers tied the game twice in the third but could never get the lead. ASU kept the lead thanks in part to three 3 pointers.
“I thought giving them a different look was just pivotal and I thought we executed well,” Rueck said. “We gave up three 3s that I don’t think we should have in the third quarter.”
Maddie Washington coaxed her buzzer beater at the end of the third to fall through to get the Beavers within 46 45 going to the final 10 minutes.
McWilliams’ short jumper early in the fourth gave the Beavers their first lead (47 46) since being up 10 8 late in the first quarter.
ASU led by as many as three but the Beavers kept battling back before eventually pulling out the win.
“Coming out of this with a win, I’m super proud of the team the way we played,” Gulich said. “We stuck together,
we talked about being more together on the court as a team and I’m just super proud of that.”