No. 10 Oregon State falls short at No. 3 Notre Dame, 62-61

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Oregon State coach Scott Rueck calls junior guard Gabriella Hanson the ultimate utility player. Hanson has played a number of positions in her career, and she added point guard to that list Monday night.

Hanson scored 18 points and nearly helped No. 10 Oregon State pull off an upset, but the Beavers couldn’t hang on in a 62-61 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame.

For the second straight game, Oregon State (9-2) was missing junior point guard and three-year starter Sydney Wiese, who is out indefinitely after injuring her right (non-shooting) hand in a Dec. 19 loss at Tennessee.

Hanson played the point along with starter Katie McWilliams, and responded with a big game, leading a second-half comeback that wiped out a 13-point deficit.

“I have a lot of confidence right now,” Hanson said.

Notre Dame’s collapsing defense on 6-foot-6 center Ruth Hamblin gave Hanson more space to work offensively.

“Ruth demands attention because of her size,” Hanson said. “It’s a huge advantage for us.”.

Madison Cable scored 15 points and Lindsay Allen made two free throws with 6 seconds left for the Irish, who went almost exclusively with a four-guard rotation in the second half. As a result, they were outrebounded 46-33.

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“I’d rather get some more points down the other end and get outrebounded,” said Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw, who collected her 798th career victory. “I would rather go ahead and put in the people I want on offense if we’re not going to rebound.”.

Freshman Marina Mabrey added 13 points for the Irish (11-1). Notre Dame took a one-point lead on Brianna Turner’s free throw with 1:51 to play and the Irish twice had a chance to extend that advantage, but a steal by Hanson gave the Beavers the ball back with 32 seconds left.

Oregon State failed to get a shot to the rim on the other end and turned the ball back over to Notre Dame with 7 seconds left on a shot clock violation. Mabrey came up with a key block of Hanson in the waning seconds.

“We were trying to put (Hanson) in a position to make a play,” Rueck said. “They made a good play on her and challenged her shot.”.

Jamie Weisner finished with 15 points for the Beavers, and Hamblin added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Notre Dame used a 21-3 run between the second and third quarters and led by 13 just under 4 minutes into the third quarter, following Michaela Mabrey’s second 3-pointer of the half.

Oregon State answered with a 13-2 run to get back within two points after consecutive 3s by Hanson with 1:09 left in the third.

“We knew we were going to take a big punch from this team coming out of halftime,” Rueck said. “At that point (after the run), we felt like we had taken control of the game.”.

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A 14-3 burst in the fourth quarter put the Beavers ahead by three with 4:11 left.

Notre Dame finished the half with a 9-0 run, capped by Hannah Huffman’s buzzer-beating jumper to lead 30-26.


Oregon State: The Beavers lead the nation in defensive rebounding (35 per game) and finished with a 46-33 advantage on the boards.

Notre Dame: The Irish improved to 4-1 against currently ranked teams this season.


Oregon State is at Southern Cal on Jan. 2.

Notre Dame hosts Georgia Tech on Dec. 30.