However, the Beavers (12-4, 3-2 Pac-12) have now notched their sixth consecutive win over the Sun Devils. We've had four really hard days coming off of the Colorado game, and sometimes that's what you need, an opportunity to learn, and there's better learning opportunity than when you fail.
"We felt like we should have had a little more of a lead", Tinkle said, "then they did what they did".
Leading by up to 13 points in the first half, Arizona missed nine of its final 10 field goals to carry only a 41-38 lead into halftime.
Allonzo Trier had a team-high 25 points.
Gülich made one of her two free throws, giving the Sun Devils an opportunity to send the game into overtime. "If you've always been in the winner's circle and believe in yourself and think about being the best down the stretch - everybody wants to be that team - the players that were out there did a really good job".
"They doubled the guy on the pick and roll, and I tried to read the guy's eyes, and I just read 'em", Alkins said. "Seriously, 12 of 36 and I don't think we took a bad 3 all night". "We know it and see all the potential".
After trailing early by seven points, OR rode a 14-2 run to lead 19-14 after one quarter.
The Beavers made 11 of 26 3-point attempts and finished at 44.6 percent from the floor. OR only had a 1-point cushion heading into halftime, 27-26.
"I thought he had some decent looks in the first half and wasn't able to connect", Hurley said. "A win's a win".
"It's exciting to see that we're winning when we're not playing to the best of our abilities".
It began with the plane ride home from Los Angeles after losing back-to-back games for the first time in almost four seasons.
It took quite a while for Arizona to figure out how to get anything against Oregon State's match-up zone defense.
Oregon State is in Tempe, Arizona, looking for its first true road win against a ranked team since 1985.
OR has five players scoring in double figures this season, but only six Ducks scored against Arizona. Bliznyuk was held scoreless for more than 32 minutes. No bench player scored for Arizona. Brown later hit all three free throws he took after Rawle Alkins fouled him behind the 3-point line to give OR its biggest lead of the second half, 75-51, with 5:40 left.
"You just can't underestimate that", Miller said of the importance. Afterward, the senior spent 20 minutes popping rapid-fire 3s in the empty arena with two student managers rebounding for her.
OR: is 3-2 against ranked teams and faces its first one at home against No. 18 Arizona State on Sunday.