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Washington women lose at No. 11 Oregon State, their fifth straight defeat

Amber Melgoza led the Huskies with 20 points in their 78-67 loss in Corvallis.

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Sophomore Destiny Slocum scored a career-high 30 points, leading No. 11 Oregon State to a 78-67 women’s basketball victory over Washington on Sunday.

Amber Melgoza scored 20 points on 9-for-24 shooting for the Huskies (7-8 overall, 0-3 Pac-12), who have lost five in a row.

UW sophomore Alexis Griggsby scored 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting, giving her 41 points on 60 percent shooting (15 for 25) in the last two games — her only career starts.

Slocum made 11 of 17 shots and had seven rebounds and six assists.

Oregon State junior Mikayla Pivec, who is from Lynnwood, scored 17 points and teammate Taya Corosdale, a Bothell High graduate, had nine points and a career-high 14 rebounds.

Oregon State (12-2, 2-0) shot 44.8 percent and limited the Huskies to 34.7 percent.

“I loved our defense today for most of the game,” Beavers coach Scott Rueck said. “Washington is not an easy team to guard — you can’t ever relax and they are hard to predict. Overall, this was a really gutty win. Destiny set the tone early, coming out in attack mode. This was a good team win with some great performances.”

Oregon State led by as many as 15 points in the first half.

Washington used a 12-4 run, including back-to-back three-pointers by Griggsby, to trim its deficit to 42-38 midway through the third quarter.

But Corosdale answered with a three-pointer to spark a 10-0 Oregon State spurt.

The Beavers made 13 of 30 three-pointers (43.3 percent), compared with 8 of 24 (33.3 percent) for UW.

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