CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State women’s basketball first-year point guard Sydney Wiese was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for her performances in the Beavers’ sweep of Arizona and No. 20 Arizona State over the weekend, the Pac-12 Conference office announced Monday.
Wiese received the award for the second time this season, also earning the honor on Jan. 13. She averaged 14.5 points in OSU’s big wins over the Wildcats (78-48) and Sun Devils (66-43), going 10-for-21 from the field (.476) and 9-for-17 from long range (.529).
Those crucial victories secured the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament for Oregon State, the program’s highest-ever seed in the 13 years of the event. Tied for second place in the final conference standings, it is the team’s best showing since finishing in second place in 1995-96. Wiese scored 15 points in the win over ASU, going 5-for-10 from the floor with all of her attempts coming from behind the arc.
Already the school single-season record holder, Wiese has netted 94 threes, the third-most in a season in Pac-12 history and the highest-ever total for a conference freshman. Her 3-point field goal percentage (.441) is ninth in the nation.
Wiese has also poured in 408 points this season on just 290 attempts from the field and is shooting 45.9 percent from the floor. That clip is 10th overall in the Pac-12 and just second among the league’s guards behind Stanford junior Amber Orrange (48.1 percent). Wiese is just the fifth OSU freshman to tally 400 points in a season and first since Tanja Kostic put up 473 in 1992-93.
Oregon State has won its last nine games, tied for the third-longest streak in school history. The Beavers’ 13 conference wins are also a new program best. OSU was 14-1 at home this season, including a perfect 9-0 mark in Pac-12 contests.
The Beavers, who enjoy a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament, will next be in action on Friday at 8:30 p.m. from KeyArena in Seattle when they match up with the winner of Washington and Utah. That game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.