Gibson helps Oregon State women down Oregon

CORVALLIS — Ali Gibson had a career-high 23 points to lead Oregon State to a 67-60 win against rival Oregon on Saturday at Gill Coliseum.

Oregon State (13-7, 4-5 Pac-12) scored nine straight points on a trio of 3-pointers in the final 4 minutes to take control in what had been a back-and-forth game.

Amanda Johnson had 16 points and eight rebounds for Oregon (11-10, 3-6).

Oregon State held Oregon to just three points in the last 3:48.

Oregon State made 44 percent of its shots from the floor while Oregon connected on 35 percent.

Oregon State scored five straight points early in the second half to equal its biggest lead to that point at 36-31. Oregon answered with an 11-2 run, taking the lead 42-38 on Nia Jackson's lay-in with 11:08 remaining.

The Ducks later scored nine straight, the last six by Jackson, to go ahead 53-45. The Beavers, however, came back with eight in a row, tying it on Alyssa Martin's lob to Gibson at the basket.

Jackson, who had 12 points — all in the second half — scored on consecutive possessions to put Oregon back ahead 57-53. But Oregon State came back with its three 3-pointers, by Sage Indendi, Martin and Gibson, to go ahead 62-57. Gibson, a freshman guard, made five 3-pointers in all.

Oregon ended its late scoring drought went Jordan Loera's 3-pointer with 27 seconds left cut the Ducks' deficit to 64-60.

Oregon State, which got 14 points from Indendi and 11 apiece from Martin and Patricia Bright, closed out the game at the free-throw line. Bright added 12 rebounds.

The game included 11 ties and 15 lead changes.

Johnson, a 6-foot-2 senior forward, was playing in her first game since fracturing her left thumb in Oregon's Dec. 11 loss at Denver. She missed 11 games, including the Ducks' first eight Pac-12 games, after averaging 20 points and nearly 11 rebounds in Oregon's first nine contests.

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