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No. 2 Notre Dame women have to work hard to beat Oregon State

Second-ranked Notre Dame trailed at halftime before pulling away for a 70-58 victory at Oregon State.

The Associated Press

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw didn’t think her unbeaten team had been tested until facing Oregon State on Sunday.

Kayla McBride scored 20 points, Natalie Achonwa added 16 points and eight rebounds, and the second-ranked Fighting Irish remained perfect with a 70-58 victory over the Beavers.

“It’s a huge win for us,” McGraw said. “It’s great to be behind and have a close game at the end and see how we respond.”

Notre Dame (11-0) scored the final five points of the first half to pull to 33-31 at halftime for its first deficit at the break this season. The Irish then got the first six points of the second half to take the lead for good before a crowd of 4,032.

Jamie Weisner, who is from Clarkston, scored 18 points to lead the Beavers (8-4). Ruth Hamblin added 12 points, eight rebounds and a school-record-tying nine blocks.

“We had a lot of turnovers down the stretch. We totally could have won that game,” Weisner said.

Beavers coach Scott Rueck felt his team got added confidence despite the loss.

“This team competed for 40 minutes, just laser focus,” Rueck said. “We know we can play with anybody.”

Other Pac-12 games

• Freshman Chrishae Rowe scored a game-high 28 points to help host Oregon race past Cal State Northridge 96-61.

The Ducks (9-2) have won seven in a row, their longest winning streak with Paul Westhead as coach and the most since the 2005-06 season. The Matadors fell to 4-9.

Arielle Roberson contributed 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 12 Colorado past visiting Southern Utah 75-59. Colorado (9-1) won despite missing 12 of its 13 three-point attempts.

Reshanda Gray had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead 23rd-ranked California to a 77-60 victory over visiting Lafayette.

Cal (8-3) led 30-27 at halftime and extended its advantage to 70-48 with 4:15 to go.

Keyahndra Cannon scored 14 points as host Arizona beat Arkansas -Pine Bluff 67-54.

Other games

Breanna Stewart had 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead No. 1 Connecticut to a 67-34 victory over visiting Cincinnati.

UConn improved to 13-0 despite being held 19 points below its season average.

Isabelle Harrison collected 26 points and 15 rebounds as No. 5 Tennessee routed visiting Lipscomb 110-42 to improve to 11-1.

• In the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams, Portland State beat host Eastern Washington 86-74.

Kate Lanz, who is from Vancouver, Wash., had a triple-double for Portland State (3-7) with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Junior guard Lexie Nelson scored a career-high 29 points for Eastern (4-6) and Hanford High graduate Laura Hughes added 16.

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