THE GAME: Oregon State looks to start the year 2-0 when it hosts Bakersfield on Monday, Nov. 11 at 6 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 KEJO 1240AM 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 defeated Corban on Friday to extend the program’s winning stream in season-openers to 16 ... Sydney Wiese led all scorers with 20 points, the third most for an OSU freshman in her first collegiate game ... The Beavers’ 94 points against Corban were their most since putting up 96 against Western Oregon in 2011 ... It was also the team’s third 90+ point effort under Scott Rueck ... Oregon State’s 52.1 percent shooting was its best mark since the 2012 WNIT ... It also tallied more assists (20) and steals (13) than it has in two seasons ... Alyssa Martin has 866 career points and is just 134 away from becoming Oregon State’s 17th career 1,000-point scorer ... 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 98 career makes from deep, seventh in OSU history.
VERSUS THE ROADRUNNERS: Oregon State is 4-1 all-time against Bakersfield and has won the last three in a row. OSU has won each of the teams’ three meetings in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers and Roadrunners have played every year of Scott Rueck’s tenure. Last season, Oregon State won 71-48 on Nov. 29. Jamie Weisner led all scorers with 17 points. Alyssa Martin set a career high with 10 rebounds and Deven Hunter grabbed 10 as well. OSU held Bakersfield to just 29 percent (18-of-62) shooting in that game in front of 2,597 fans in Gill.
LAST TIME OUT: Oregon State started off its season with a 94-49 win over Corban on Friday night. Sydney Wiese led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including converting three of her five attempts from 3-point range. Wiese also dished out five assists against only one turnover. Khadidja Toure tied a career high with 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench. OSU pulled down 52 rebounds and had seven players with at least five boards. All 11 Beaver players scored.
GRAND DEBUT: Sydney Wiese had one of the best freshman debuts in Oregon State history against Corban on Friday. Her 20-point barrage was the third-most for an Oregon State freshman in her first game, trailing only Alyssa Martin’s 24 from 2010 and Natalia Mattick’s 21 from 1990.
OFFENSIVE FIREWORKS: A week after scoring 100 in their exhibition, the Beavers put up 94 points on Corban. That total is the second-most for a Rueck-coached team at Oregon State. OSU scored 96 against Western Oregon in the first game of the 2011-12 season. It’s also the third 90+ point game for Oregon State under Rueck, as the Beavers also dropped in 90 against Southern Utah on Nov. 20, 2011.
SEASON-OPENING SUCCESS: With the win over the Warriors, Oregon State moved to 32-6 all-time in its first game of the season and has now won the last 16 in a row. The Beavers last fell in an opener to San Diego State on Nov. 16, 1997 (63-56).
PROFICIENT FROM THE FLOOR: Beyond scoring over 90 for the first time since 2011, the Beavers also shot 52.1 percent from the floor, their best mark since shooting 54 percent against UC Davis in the 2012 WNIT. Last season, OSU shot 50 percent on two occasions, against Saint Martin’s on Dec. 9 and Washington State on Jan. 27.
NEW YEAR, NEW MARKS: After only one game, Oregon State has already topped a number of highs from last season. In addition to the points and field-goal percentage marks, OSU handed out 20 assists against Corban, its most since it tallied 25 against the same Warrior team on Dec. 16, 2011. Its 13 steals were also a total last reached against Saint Mary’s on March 17, 2012. Last season, OSU’s highs in those categories were 19 assists against Oregon on Jan. 20 and 12 steals againt Western Washington on Nov. 10.
YOU CAN’T WIN IF YOU DON’T SCORE: Oregon State held Corban to 28.8 percent shooting on Friday. It was the 16th time the Beavers have held an opponent to under 30 percent shooting in 3+ years under Scott Rueck. Last season, OSU did it on five occasions.
MORE FOR MARTIN: With eight points in the season-opener, senior Alyssa Martin now has 866 in her career and is just 134 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 98 career makes from deep, seventh in OSU history. When Gibson makes two more, Oregon State will be the only Pac-12 school with two active players that have 100 or more makes from behind the arc.
CHALLENGING SLATE: OSU, which had the 50th toughest schedule in the nation last season, could see a significant 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. 15 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 seventh 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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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.