Corvallis, OR. — No. 7 Oregon State gave Team USA a game deep into the third quarter before the national women’s basketball team pulled away for a 81-58 win over the Beavers in an exhibition game Monday night.
Playing before 6,124 in Gill Coliseum, the Beavers were within six points when Team USA scored 12 of the final 13 points of the third quarter to put the game away.
"They looked for really atmospheres like you saw out there where it's going to be received and we can talk about this product and put it in celebration of what it's about,” said Team USA co-coach Dan Hughes. “I'll tell you, Oregon State, you did a great job of it today."
By playing in this exhibition game, the Beavers got an opportunity to go toe-to-toe with some of the best to ever lace up like Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird. It’s also a great litmus test to see where Oregon State is at and how their game compares to some of the world’s best. Prior to tonight’s game, the players got to meet the members of Team USA to pick their brains about basketball and life.
"[It was great] interacting with the best to ever do it, some of them in the twilight of their careers with so much experience, so much wisdom and then the most powerful authentic voice,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “It's not just somebody telling them what to do. It's somebody telling them what they did and what they experienced. That's life altering stuff right there."
"It's also a really good chance for them to play against people on the national team and see what that's like,” said two-time NCAA champion, three-time WNBA champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird. “Even for us to see what kind of players they are because they're going to be in the WNBA someday."
Oregon State officially begins its season Saturday night at 6:00 against UC Irvine.
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