VANCOUVER, British Columbia (WBKO) --- Continuing its difficult non-conference slate, Lady Topper basketball faced yet another ranked opponent as WKU fell to #9/9 Oregon State, 74-60, on the first day of the Vancouver Showcase. Raneem Elgedawy led the Red and White with 17 points while Dee Givens added 16. WKU limited the hot-shooting Pac 12 squad to just a 20-percent shooting clip from deep while hitting eight threes itself.
“I think Oregon State was cold from 3 because of our defense,” head coach Greg Collins opened of his team’s defense. “Our game plan was to take away the 3 pointer and make them beat us one-on-one to the basket. So consequently we gave up some drives to the basket…but that’s part of the learning process. We’ll take that game plan and keep working on it going forward.”
WKU worked hard on the boards against a much larger Oregon State squad, winning the offensive rebound battle 15-10. The Lady Toppers also grabbed six steals to OSU’s three as Givens had a trio herself.
First quarter action from the Vancouver Showcase saw the Lady Toppers go shot for shot with #9/9 Oregon State as the sides were even at 19-19 following 10 minutes of play. WKU and the Beavers traded leads throughout the quarter with the Red and White’s largest lead coming with 55 seconds left. Elgedawy dropped in her third layup for a one-point lead at 1:35 before the Lady Toppers stood tall on defense for a stop and Alexis Brewer found Elgedawy cutting to the basket to push the WKU lead to three with less than a minute to go.
Dee Givens knocked down a 3 pointer in the second quarter for a 24-23 WKU lead but Oregon State responded with back-to-back buckets and stops. Lady Topper Basketball trailed 32-26 at the media timeout before Oregon State pushed ahead to its first double-digit lead of 41-31 at the halftime break.
Out of the break, Oregon State connected on a pair of free throws before Givens answered with a 3 pointer to drop the WKU deficit back to single digits. At that point, the Beavers went on a 6-0 run for a 15-point lead and pushed that advantage to 17 points out of the media timeout. WKU worked back and capitalized on an Arame Niang steal followed by a Sidnee Bopp 3 pointer to cut the OSU advantage to 10.
With 10 minutes remaining, WKU trailed 58-47 and traded baskets with the Beavers to open the final quarter. At that point, Whitney Creech grabbed the rebound on a missed Oregon State shot and WKU moved the ball around before finding Bopp open for another trey to cut the deficit to just eight points. However, the Beavers responded again with a 7-0 run to push their lead back to double digits where it would stay to the final 74-60 decision.
Elgedawy’s 17-point outing marked her third-consecutive game with 17 or more points and brings her season average to 16.2 per game – second only to Givens’ average of 19. The second-year forward grabbed four boards in the loss.
Leading WKU in rebounds was Givens who notched seven, including three on the offensive end.
Overall, WKU shot 22-of-68 from the field for a 32.4-percent rate while holding the Beavers to a season-low 48.3 percent. The Lady Toppers also outshot Oregon State from deep by a 29.6 – 20.0 percent margin.