CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Mikayla Pivec scored 21 points, Destiny Slocum added 20 and No. 7 Oregon State had little trouble on the way to beating No. 19 Miami 75-53 on Friday in the opening game of the Miami Thanksgiving Classic.
Aleah Goodman had nine points and seven assists for the Beavers (6-0), who were playing their first road game of the season. Oregon State tied a season high with 12 3-pointers on 33 attempts.
Beatrice Mompremier scored 13 for Miami (4-2), which fell to 23-2 all-time in its Thanksgiving tournament. Endia Banks added 12 for the Hurricanes.
The 22-point margin was Miami’s second-biggest home loss in the last decade — topped only by a 28-point defeat to Louisville on Feb. 25, 2016.
Miami made six consecutive shots over a four-minute stretch of the second quarter. Problem was, the Hurricanes made only six of their other 23 shots in the game’s first 22 minutes.
They kept it close, until the Oregon State 3-point barrage started in the third quarter. Kennedy Brown opened the half with a 3 for the Beavers, Slocum followed with back-to-back 3s, and an eight-point halftime lead was up to 45-28 in less than 90 seconds. The outcome wasn’t in doubt again.
Oregon State: The win was the 499th in the career of Beavers coach Scott Rueck — he’s 211-97 at Oregon State and went 288-88 in 14 seasons at Division III George Fox, where he won a national title. … Pivec had six rebounds and six assists.
Miami: It was the first meeting between Miami and Oregon State. The Hurricanes are scheduled to go Corvallis next season to complete the home-and-home. … Mompremier had seven rebounds, giving her exactly 900 for her college career at Miami and Baylor.
Oregon State has never been ranked higher than No. 6, reached in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. Miami fell from No. 16 to No. 19 this week after a loss to DePaul — so the Hurricanes shouldn’t fall too far by losing to the nation’s No. 7 team.
Oregon State’s schedule over the next few weeks will see the Beavers rack up some miles.
The Beavers flew 4,500 miles, connecting through Minneapolis, to get to Miami for their first road games of the season. They play a home game against Hawaii on Dec. 6 and will host games in Hawaii — the fourth straight year they’ve done that — on Dec. 18 and 19, in Lahaina for the Oregon State Maui Classic.
All told, they’ll be flying roughly 15,000 miles in a span of three weeks. That’s enough to fly from Oregon to Paris, back to Oregon, and then back to Paris again.
Oregon State: Faces Liberty on Saturday.
Miami: Hosts Miami of Ohio on Saturday.
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