The Associated Press

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No. 8 Oregon St. vs. W. Kentucky

When: 8:30 p.m. Thursday

CORVALLIS, Ore. — For Oregon State, penetrating the paint opens up the 3-point shot.

“We attack to score, and then when people have to help on us,” point guard Destiny Slocum said.

Added guard Mikayla Pivec: “That’s when the 3s are even more open.”

Slocum made four 3-pointers and scored 22 points and No. 8 Oregon State built an early lead and cruised past Saint Mary’s 89-56 on Saturday night. Pivec added 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Aleah Goodman scored 12 points off the bench, including four 3-pointers, for the Beavers (3-0).

“When this team starts to roll, there’s so many weapons shooting the basketball,” Beavers coach Scott Rueck said.

Sam Simons had 16 points and Sydney Raggio added eight points and nine rebounds for the Gaels (2-1).

“They just rolled us at the beginning. … I don’t think we played the best that we could, but there’s room for improvement,” Saint Mary’s coach Paul Thomas said.

Oregon State shot 48.5 percent, including 15 for 29 on 3-pointers, and most of the Beavers’ attempts from beyond the arc were wide open. Saint Mary’s was held to 34 percent shooting and Oregon State out-rebounded the Gaels 50-31.

In the fourth quarter, Oregon State stretched the lead to as many as 36 points.