CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State women’s basketball first-year point guard Sydney Wiese was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for her performance in the Beavers’ 88-80 win over Oregon on Saturday, the Pac-12 Conference office announced Monday.
Wiese lived up to her billing as one of the nation’s top shooters in the first installment of the Civil War in Eugene, scoring a career-high 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting. All of her attempts from the floor came from behind the arc and until she made three free throws in the game’s final minute, all of her points had come from three-point range.
The seven made three-pointers tied for third most in OSU single-game history. Talisa Rhea was the last to do it when she hit that many against Oregon on Jan. 9, 2010. The Phoenix product also set a career high with nine assists, the highest individual total for Oregon State in the last five years, and pulled down a career-high seven rebounds.
Wiese is eighth in the nation, making 3.27 three-pointers per contest. With 31 guaranteed games, she is on pace to finish with 101 made 3-pointers, which would place second all-time in Pac-12 history. She is also 14th in the country, converting 45.8 percent of her attempts from deep.
The freshman’s 4.2 assists per game are sixth in the conference and also rank ninth among all NCAA first-year players. Her 63 assists through the season’s first 15 games are the most for an OSU player since Mercedes Fox-Griffin had 64 after the first 15 contests of the 2008-09 campaign. Wiese’s nine assists against Oregon were the highest individual total for Oregon State since Fox-Griffin had that many against UNLV on Dec. 15, 2008.
Wiese, who is second on the team averaging 13.5 points per game, is a key piece of Oregon State’s extremely young roster, which features nine underclassmen. Freshmen and sophomore are responsible for 81 percent of Oregon State’s scoring (919 of 1,129 points), 80 percent of its minutes played (2,407 of 3,000 minutes) and 90 percent of its rebounds (623 of 693).
After a quick national survey, it is believed that the Beavers have one of the five youngest starting lineups in the nation, featuring four underclassmen (three sophomores, one freshman) and one junior. UMBC, New Mexico State and Boise State all start five underclassmen and Abilene Christian pencils three freshmen, one sophomore and one senior into its starting lineup.
Wiese is averaging 15.9 points and 3.6 assists over the last nine games, has made four or more three-pointers six times during that span and scored in double figures eight times, including a career-high six straight.
It is Wiese’s first freshman weekly honor, an award which was instituted prior to the 2012-13 season. Current sophomore Jamie Weisner won the award twice last January.
Oregon State (9-6, 1-2), which was won six in a row against the Ducks, hosts Oregon (9-5, 0-3) tonight at 7 p.m. in Gill Coliseum. The game will be televised on Pac-12 Oregon with Ann Schatz and Mary Murphy calling the action.