CORVALLIS, Ore. – Cold shooting from the St. Bonaventure University women's basketball team and an overpowering third quarter from host Oregon State sent the second-seeded Beavers to a 69-40 victory in the NCAA Tournament Second Round Sunday at a raucous Gill Coliseum on Sunday night.
The Pac 12 champion Beavers improve to 30-4 overall and earn a spot in next week's Sweet 16 in Dallas while the Bonnies' season comes to a close at 24-8.
Miranda Drummond paced the No. 10 seed Bonnies with 12 points including three treys, adding four assists. Katie Healy finished with eight points and six rebounds along with a pair of blocks. Matea Britvar and Gabby Richmond each tallied six points apiece off the bench.
Pac 12 Player of the Year Jamie Weisner netted a game-high 23 points while 6-foot-6 Ruth Hamblin hauled in 16 rebounds as the Beavers held a 48-33 advantage on the boards.
"We fought like crazy, but it didn't go our way," Bonnies head coach Jim Crowley said.
Despite the score, the Bonnies often displayed why they reached the round of 32 by playing mostly steady defense against the high-powered Beavers, and also creating many good looks offensively. Unfortunately for St. Bonaventure, though, not nearly enough of those shots would fall as Bona shot just 25.5 percent for the night (15-of-55).
Oregon State, ranked sixth in the national Top 25 polls, opened the game on a 9-2 run, but a trey from Drummond and a beautiful move underneath from Richmond brought the Bonnies within one at the 3:32 mark.
The size advantage of the Beavers, who boast seven players 6-foot-3 or taller, was on full display, though, as the Bonnies went just 3-of-16 from the floor during the first quarter.
The Beavers held just a 13-8 edge after the opening 10 minutes, but began to establish control after Healy was forced to the bench with her second foul at the 2:05 mark of the first quarter.
Britvar gave the Bonnies a spark with back-to-back jumpers for a 14-12 score with 7:29 to play in the half, but Britvar was soon whistled for her second foul as well.
With Britvar and Healy both out with foul trouble, the Beavers embarked on a 9-0 run to push ahead 23-12 just two minutes after Bona had cut within a point.
The margin remained around 10 for the remainder of the half as OSU took a 31-21 lead into intermission despite shooting only 37 percent (11-for-29) against the Bonnies defense.
St. Bonaventure's fight during the first half kept the crowd of 6,074 in check for the most part.
"We did a good job of giving ourselves a chance in the first half, but they took that away," Crowley said.
Oregon State would overpower the Bonnies in the third quarter to seize complete control.
The Beavers won the third by a 21-4 margin, pushing ahead by a 52-25 score after 30 minutes. Nothing would fall for the Bonnies during the quarter as the Brown and White saw just two of 18 field goal attempts drop.
Healy scored on a layup with 7:58 left in the game for a 52-27 tally, but the Bonnies would not get closer.
"I'm most proud of getting to this point," graduate student Emily Michael said. "We don't have any regrets."
The Bonnies, picked to finish ninth in the Atlantic 10 Preseason Coaches' Poll, enjoyed a turnaround season after finishing 15-15 a year ago.
"We didn't like where we were headed last year, but our culture is back now," Crowley said. "These kids understand that things don't always go your way, but they find a way to get through it. I'm so glad our team had this experience."
Sunday closes the Bona careers of four seniors – Healy, Michael, Nyla Rueter and Kelcie Rombach. Healy completes her time in Brown and White as the program's all-time blocks leader (155), fourth in scoring (1,708 points) and third in rebounds (833). Rueter stands sixth in three-pointers (188) and 15th in scoring (1,146 points).
GAME NOTES: Oregon State is 44-4 in its last 48 games inside Gill Coliseum … all 12 Bonnies saw playing time including a late three-pointer from freshman Keely Fresh … Bona's four points in the third were the lowest output of any quarter this season … St. Bonaventure's 24 victories tie the second-most in program history, matching the 2013-14 squad. Only the 2011-12 Sweet 16 team won more games (31-4). This year's winning percentage of .750 is second only to the 2011-12 squad … Mariah Ruff recorded a team-high nine rebounds Sunday … Ruff's 120 assists this year rank 10th in Bonnies single season history … Rueter's 72 three-pointers rank 11th in Bona single season history.