SEATTLE — Sydney Wiese scored 18 of her 21 points in the first half while No. 8 Oregon State built a 27-point lead and Ruth Hamblin added 23 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in a 69-57 win over No. 12 UCLA on Sunday night that gave the Beavers their first Pac-12 Conference tournament title.
After winning at least a share of two straight regular-season conference titles, the Beavers (28-4) capped off their first conference tourney title and earned the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a dominant performance that will only help solidify their place as a high seed when the NCAA field is announced on March 14.
Wiese was the instigator, hitting four 3-pointers in the first half as Oregon State raced to a 44-17 halftime lead. Hamblin dominated the inside, making 10 of 14 shots and nearly outrebounded UCLA as a team.
Jordin Canada led UCLA (24-8) with 17 points.
Pac-12 player of the year Jamie Weisner added 19 points and Oregon State became the fifth different school to win the Pac-12 tournament title, although Stanford remains the only school to win more than one. Oregon State is also the first No. 1 seed other than Stanford to win the tourney title.