THE GAME: Oregon State opens its 2013-14 schedule when it hosts Corban on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.
TRACKING THE BEAVS: The game will be streamed live for free via Oregon State’s Pac-12 portal and air on the radio on KTHH 990AM with Ron Callan on the call. Live stats are also available on osubeavers.com and fans can follow @OregonStateWBB on Twitter for all game day information, including score updates, photos and observations.
LISTEN ON TUNEIN: This season, every women's basketball game will also have free live audio coverage through a partnership with TuneIn. Fans can click 'Audio/Video' on the top right of osubeavers.com or 'Live Audio' under 'Fan Zone' and 'Digital Media' to access the feed. The free live audio can also be heard on mobile devices by downloading the TuneIn Radio app. Search 'Oregon State Beaver Sports' to access our channel.
THE RUNDOWN: Oregon State returns 75 percent of its scoring in the form of seven letterwinners in 2013-14, including its top three individual offensive performers from a season ago in sophomore Jamie Weisner (12.5 ppg), junior Ali Gibson (9.1 ppg) and senior Alyssa Martin (7.2 ppg) ... OSU finished 11th in the nation in blocks in 2012-13, averaging 5.5 a game, and was the only team in the country that had seven different players with at least 10 ... The Beavers’ .346 field goal percentage defense was second in the Pac-12, 16th in the country and a new school record ... Beaver freshmen were responsible for 46 percent of the team’s scoring, the third-highest ratio in program history ... Jamie Weisner (12.5 ppg) and Deven Hunter (6.1 rpg) produced only the third season in program history with freshmen leading in points and rebounds ... Weisner was second in the conference with a .372 3-point field goal percentage ... She was also only the fifth Beaver freshman, and first in 20 years, to reach totals of 350 points and 150 rebounds in a season and was one of only three freshmen in the top-20 in the Pac-12 in scoring and rebounding ... Deven Hunter (189) and Weisner (184) were just the second and third Oregon State freshmen with more than 150 boards in a season in the last 20 years ... Alyssa Martin is second in the Pac-12 among active players and third all-time at OSU with 127 career three-point makes and Ali Gibson is tied for seventh with 96 ... Oregon State played eight games against ranked opponents last season, a new school record.
VERSUS THE WARRIORS: Oregon State is 1-0 all-time against Corban, winning the only other meeting between the two schools on Dec. 16, 2011 in Gill Coliseum. Alyssa Martin and Ali Gibson are the two OSU players still on the roster from that game. Martin had nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, while the freshman Gibson added four points, four rebounds and five assists in a game-high 28 minutes. Corban’s leading scorer and rebounder, Tara Vanweerdhuizen, was a freshman as well for that 2011 contest and contributed two points, seven rebounds and three blocks. Corban has already played two regular-season games, losing to Great Falls (91-71) and MSU-Northern (66-48).
ONE AND NOT THE OTHER: While it’s a regular-season game for Oregon State, Friday’s contest will be an exhibition for Corban. Under NCAA/NAIA rules a Division II institution may count as an exhibition game a contest against a non-Division II four-year collegiate institution played between the first permissible date for practice and the first permissible contest date. That same contest may be counted as an official countable game for the Division I or III institution that the Division II school played.
SEASON-OPENING SUCCESS: Oregon State has a 31-6 all-time record in its first game of the season, winning the last 15 in a row. The Beavers last fell in an opener to San Diego State on Nov. 16, 1997 (63-56).
NOW IT COUNTS: Last Saturday, Jamie Weisner scored 19 points in the game’s first eight minutes to lead the Oregon State women’s basketball team to a 100-39 exhibition win over Saint Martin’s. She started a perfect 8-of-8 from the floor, including 5-of-5 from deep. Her first shot off the mark came six minutes into the second half. Weisner finished with a game-high 21 points and led a group of four Oregon State players in double-figures. Alyssa Martin added 12 and Deven Hunter and Samantha Siegner chipped in 11 each.
CHALLENGING SLATE: OSU, which had the 50th toughest schedule in the nation last season, could see an uptick in that number in 2013-14. The Beavers will be playing in the Junkanoo Jam on Grand Bahama Island in November, the team’s second consecutive international trip and fourth ever. At that tournament, OSU opens with preseason No. 13 Penn State. Oregon State will also play Creighton, a 2013 NCAA Tournament participant, at the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas in December, before hosting its marquee non-conference game against Notre Dame in Gill Coliseum on Dec. 29. The Irish are currently ranked sixth in the country, have made three straight Final Four appearances and will be the first ACC women’s basketball team to ever come to Gill Coliseum. It is also believed to be the first time Notre Dame will come to Corvallis to play Oregon State in any sport. In facing Penn State, Creighton and Notre Dame, the Beavers will play three tournament teams from the previous season in the non-conference portion of its schedule for the second consecutive year. Before last season, that had not happened since 2002-03.
THE GAUNTLET: Oregon State played eight games last season against nationally-ranked opponents, a new school record. The Beavers previously played seven teams in the polls during the 1981-82, 1984-85, 1989-90 and 1993-94 campaigns.
HERALDED FRESHMEN: A year after landing a recruiting class ranked as high as 17th in the nation, Rueck and his staff brought in another highly-regarded group to Corvallis in Breanna Brown, Gabriella Hanson, Kolbie Orum and Sydney Wiese. Brown and Wiese are the third and fourth top-100 recruits to choose the Beavers in the last two seasons, joining Jamie Weisner and Samantha Siegner. Brown won back-to-back state titles at Bishop O’Dowd HS in Oakland, Calif.; Hanson has spent the past three summers playing for Swedish National Teams; Orum is the fifth all-time leading scorer in British Columbia prep history; and Wiese, who scored over 2,000 points in high school, is the reigning Arizona Player of the Year.
YOUTH IS SERVED: The Beavers are one of the youngest teams in the nation in terms of collegiate experience in 2013-14 with nine underclassmen, one junior and one senior. With 10 combined letters earned among its 11-person roster, Oregon State’s players each average less than one year of Division I playing experience (0.9).
MORE FOR MARTIN: Senior Alyssa Martin enters her final campaign with 858 career points and is just 142 away from becoming Oregon State’s 17th career 1,000-point scorer. She has scored more than 220 points in each of her previous three seasons.
A LOOK AT THE LONG BALL: Alyssa Martin is also second in the Pac-12 among active players in 3-point field goals with 127, which is also third all-time at Oregon State. Ali Gibson isn’t far behind, with 96 career makes from deep, tied for seventh in OSU history.
SO INTERNATIONAL: Oregon State had four student-athletes suit up for national squads at various age levels this summer. Playing for Canada, Jamie Weisner dominated competition at the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in Lithuania in July, averaging 17.0 points on 54.5 percent shooting, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists en route to making the All-Tournament Team. Ruth Hamblin was promoted to Canada’s Senior Women’s National Team for exhibition tournaments in Europe (2.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg) and China (1.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg). Gabriella Hanson led Sweden to an eighth-place finish at the FIBA U18 European Championships for Women in Croatia in August, leading her squad in rebounds (7.2), assists (2.4) and steals (2.4) per game. Ali Gibson made her international debut with the Puerto Rican National Team at an exhibition tournament in São Paulo, Brazil in mid-August.
WELCOME BACK: A couple of changes were made to Scott Rueck’s staff in the offseason, beginning with the hiring of Oregon State alumna Mandy Close as an assistant coach. Close, a four-year letterwinner from 2003-06 who led her squad to three postseason appearances, had spent the past five seasons on the coaching staff at Montana State, where the Bobcats finished with a .500 record or better each year.
CAMPBELL PROMOTED: Another coaching move was made last May in the form of Mark Campbell’s promotion to the position of associate head coach. Campbell has played an integral role in the development of the Beaver program under Rueck and has been the point person in helping Oregon State land a pair of top-notch recruiting classes the past two seasons, including four nationally-ranked, top-100 student-athletes. He arrived in Corvallis by way of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif. where he served as an assistant coach for Randy Bennett and the men’s basketball program during the 2009-10 campaign, helping the Gaels reach the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history as well as tie a school record for wins in a season (28-6).
2012-13 YOUNG GUNS: The Beavers’ freshman class in 2012-13, collectively ranked as high as 17th in the nation coming into the season, made an immediate impact on the court. The group - Jamie Weisner, Samantha Siegner, Ruth Hamblin, Deven Hunter, Khadidja Toure - played 42 percent of the team’s minutes and was responsible for 46 percent of its scoring.
MORE YOUTH: One of the youngest teams in Oregon State history, last year’s Beaver squad received some of the most production its ever had out of one of its most inexperienced groups. In the 37 seasons of OSU women’s basketball, only twice had freshmen been responsible for more of the team’s offense. In 1992-93, four standout freshmen including Tanja Kostic, Anette Mollerstrom and A.J. Dionne accounted for 53.4 percent of Oregon State’s scoring (998-of-1,869 points). In the second year of the program in 1977-78, when half of the 14 players on the roster were freshmen, they scored 736 of the Beavers’ 1,157 points (63.6 percent). Each of those classes matured to lead the Beavers to winning percentages above .600 during their sophomore campaigns. Statistics for the school’s first season in 1976-77 are not available.
WEISNER & HUNTER: Jamie Weisner (12.5 ppg) and Deven Hunter (6.1 rpg) paced the Beavers in points and rebounds, respectively, a year ago. It was only the third time in the history of the program freshmen had done so. Tanja Kostic topped OSU with 18.2 ppg and 8.2 rpg in 1992-93 and Betty Collings (11.6 ppg) and Kathy Vanderstoel (10.3 rpg) split the honors in 1977-78. Hunter was the seventh freshman to lead her team in rebounding and first since 2006-07. Weisner was the fourth to do so in points, joining Alyssa Martin (2010-11), Kostic (1992-93) and Collings (1977-78).
HUNTER & WEISNER ON THE BOARDS: Deven Hunter had 189 rebounds last season, the seventh-highest total for a freshman in OSU history, while Jamie Weisner’s 184 rebounds were the ninth most. Before 2012-13, just eight Beaver freshmen had more than 150 in a season and only one in the last 20 years. Judie Lomax grabbed 215 boards in 2006-07. Hunter’s 6.1 rebounds per game finished 17th in the Pac-12 and Weisner’s 5.9 were 20th.
FAB FROSH: Jamie Weisner had a fantastic start to her Pac-12 career, averaging 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in league games in 2012-13. Her conference start was highlighted by a Jan. 4 game against USC in which she scored 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting. The offensive output was OSU’s best in three years and the best ever for a Beaver freshman in their first Pac-12 game. Talisa Rhea was the last player to tally more when she scored 30 against Oregon on Jan. 9, 2010. No OSU freshman has had a higher scoring effort in nearly two decades since Anette Mollerstrom poured in 28 points against Arizona St. on Feb. 27, 1993. All five of Weisner’s 20+ point efforts came in conference.
PAC-12 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAMS: Last season, Jamie Weisner was selected a member of the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team by both the conference’s coaches and its media. She was also named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention by the league’s coaches.
SEEING DOUBLE: Jamie Weisner led last year’s team with four double-doubles and 21 games in double-figures scoring, including five games of more than 20 points. Along with Cal’s Brittany Boyd and Colorado’s Chucky Jeffery, Weisner was the only other pure guard in the conference to have at least four double-doubles last season.
MORE WEISNER: Jamie Weisner, averaged 12.5 points (389 total) and 5.9 rebounds (184 total) in 31 games last season, becoming just the fifth freshman in OSU history, and first since Tanja Kostic (473 points; 213 rebounds) in 1992-93, to amass totals of 350 points and 150 rebounds in a season. Natalia Mattick (503 points; 224 rebounds) in 1990-91, Kari Parriott in 1987-88 (402 points; 232 rebounds) and Brenda Arbuckle (407 points; 298 rebounds) in 1983-84 are the only other Beaver freshmen to hit those point and rebound numbers. Kostic and Parriott were named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for their efforts, Mattick was beat out for the award by Lisa Leslie and Arbuckle wasn’t eligible because Pac-10 women’s basketball didn’t start until 1986-87.
AND STILL MORE WEISNER: Jamie Weisner, along with Washington’s Talia Walton and Oregon’s Jillian Alleyne, were the only freshmen in the top 20 in both scoring and rebounding in the Pac-12. Weisner’s 12.5 points per game were 14th and her 5.9 rebounds were 20th. With 54 assists and 141 field goals, Weisner played a part in 29 percent of the team’s 670 buckets.
WEISNER FROM DEEP: Jamie Weisner was one of the most potent threats in the Pac-12 from deep. Her .372 3-point percentage (48-for-129) was second in the Pac-12 and a new Oregon State freshman record, besting Talisa Rhea’s .370 clip (67-of-181) in 2007-08. She finished fourth all-time among OSU freshmen in single-season 3-point field goals.
FREEBIES: In addition to everything else, Jamie Weisner converted her free throws at an 80.8 percent clip (59-for-73). In league games that ratio improved to 84.8 percent (39-for-46), good for third place in the conference.
NO CHANCE: OSU, which paced the league again last year with 172, has led the Pac-12 in blocked shots the past three seasons and finished in the top 30 nationally each year. Oregon State’s 5.5 blocks per game average was 11th in the nation and opponents took 1,881 shots, meaning one in every 11 field goal attempts was blocked by a Beaver. OSU had four games last year with 10 or more blocks (Cal Poly, Fullerton, UCLA & Oregon), something it did a team-record five times in 2011-12.
SHARING THE SWAT: OSU was the only team in the nation that boasted seven different players with at least 10 blocks in 2012-13 (Patricia Bright - 51; Ruth Hamblin - 32; Alyssa Martin - 21; Samantha Siegner - 20; Deven Hunter - 13; ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley - 11; Ali Gibson - 11). Arkansas-Little Rock and La Salle were the only schools featuring six players in double digits in rejections.
DRASTIC DEFENSE: OSU finished second in the league in field goal percentage defense (.346) and 16th the nation. Before playing Texas Tech on Dec. 21, OSU had not allowed its previous 15 opponents to shoot over 40 percent, the longest such streak in team history. Fullerton’s percentage from the field on Dec. 13 (19.1) was the lowest a Beaver defense has forced since it held WSU to only 17.4 percent (12-for-69) on Dec. 28, 2001. Since 2006-07, all but one of Scott Rueck’s squads has finished in the top 25 in the nation in field goal percentage defense.
DRASTIC DEFENSE II: A great defensive coach, Scott Rueck’s 2012-13 Beavers were one of the school’s best ever at that end of the floor. Their .346 field goal percentage defense was a new OSU record, besting 2011-12’s .350, which was that year’s 18th best mark in the country
CONTROLLING THE GLASS: Oregon State averaged 41.1 boards per game last season. No OSU team had averaged more than 40.0 total rebounds since the 1996-97 season (41.1). The Beavers’ 61 rebounds against Sacramento State last Dec. 1 were their most since they grabbed 61 against WSU on Dec. 28, 2001.
OH SO CLOSE: Last season, Oregon State suffered eight conference losses by five points or less. The Beavers fell to USC on a last-second bucket on Jan. 4, lost by four to then #16 UCLA on Jan. 6 and fell in overtime on the road at Washington (81-77) and Washington State (76-73) on Jan. 25 and 27. OSU dropped another two-point heartbreaker to the Cougars on Feb. 15, 51-49, lost by five to Washington on Feb. 18, 49-44, and nearly upset #6 California in Berkeley on Feb. 24 (L, 58-56), before pushing No. 19 Colorado to overtime on March 3 (L, 66-63). Those eight losses, more than half of OSU’s total in Pac-12 play, were by an average of 3.0 points.