Four Beavers Earn Pac-12 Honors
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Sydney Wiese, Ruth Hamblin, Jamie Weisner and Gabriella Hanson each received recognition from the league’s coaches when the All-Pac-12, All-Defensive and All-Freshman teams were announced by the conference office on Tuesday morning.
Wiese was named to both the All-Pac-12 squad and the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. Hamblin and Weisner were selected All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention with the center also receiving a nod on the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Hanson earned her honor as Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention.
It’s the first time since the formation of the Pac-10/12 in 1986-87 that Oregon State has had four players recognized for postseason honors voted on by the conference’s coaches.
Freshman point guard Sydney Wiese headlines the class with her selection as both an All-Pac-12 and Pac-12 All-Freshman performer. The Phoenix, Ariz. product becomes the first OSU freshman since Tanja Kostic in 1993 to receive a spot on the All-Pac-12 Team and is one of just two first-year players to make the cut this season.
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 and those 94 makes are tied for fifth in the country. The freshman is also already in 10th on the school’s career 3-point list.
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 second among the league’s guards. She is just the fifth OSU freshman to tally 400 points in a season and first since Kostic put up 473 in 1992-93. Wiese averages 13.6 points and 4.0 assists in 33.5 minutes per game.
Wiese joins Earlysia Marchbanks (2012) as the other All-Pac-12 performer under Head Coach Scott Rueck. Each year of his tenure has also seen a Beaver on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team (Alyssa Martin, Ali Gibson, Jamie Weisner).
Sophomore center Ruth Hamblin was named to both All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. One of the most improved players in the country this season, the Canadian has developed into one of the game’s most feared paint protectors.
Hamblin’s single-game school-record 10 rejections against Oregon on Jan. 13 came just two weeks after she tied the previous mark with nine against No. 2 Notre Dame on Dec. 29. With those performances, she has two of the 10 best single-game blocking totals in the NCAA this year.
She has 115 total, which is second in the NCAA, and averages 3.83 per game, a rate which is fourth in the country. She has 147 career blocks to her name in just 58 games, already sixth all-time at Oregon State. Her 115 blocks are currently tied for both the OSU single-season record and second in Pac-12 history. She needs just five more rejections to break the conference record. Hamblin averages more blocks than 249 teams in the country.
Hamblin was also the most efficient Pac-12 player from the floor in conference games. She made 99-of-146 from the field in league contests, a 67.8 percent clip and a new school record in Pac-12 play. Hamblin is third in the Pac-12 from the field when including non-conference games, shooting 59.9 percent (130-of-217) overall this season.
She averages 10.1 points and 8.6 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game. Her 257 rebounds are the ninth most in Oregon State single-season history.
Earlier this season, Hamblin posted Oregon State’s first triple-double in 30 years against rival Oregon on Jan. 13. The 6-foot-6 sophomore totaled 23 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocks in the Beavers’ 84-70 win, their seventh straight in the series. Lisa Channel was the last Beaver to accomplish the feat when she scored 16 points, had 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists in an 84-62 Beaver win over Cal in Gill Coliseum on Feb. 11, 1984. Judy Spoelstra, also Oregon State’s coach from 1996-2005, was the first to do it when she had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists against Illinois State on Jan. 7, 1983, an 89-57 OSU win; a game that was also played in Gill as part of the Big ‘O’ Classic. Hamblin’s performance is one of 29 triple-doubles in the NCAA this season and one of only two by a Pac-12 player. It was the 17th triple-double in Pac-12 history and the first to be accomplished with blocks.
Jamie Weisner was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the second consecutive year. She started the season’s first 21 games before sitting out the past nine with a hand injury. The sophomore is Oregon State’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and also pulls down 5.6 rebounds per contest. Her 95 3-pointers are ninth all-time at OSU.
Gabriella Hanson earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention squad because of her superb work as Scott Rueck’s first off the bench this season. Initially inserted because of her defense, Hanson’s offensive game has developed into a well-versed part of OSU’s attack. The most eye-popping numbers come from behind the arc, where she is shooting 44.3 percent this season (31-of-70), the best clip in the Pac-12. Hanson is also the conference’s best from 3-point range in league games, making 26-of-54 (48.1 percent).
The freshman, who reached double-figures in scoring once in the season’s first 20 games, has now done it in eight of the last 10. She averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in Pac-12 contests after putting up 3.4 points per game and 2.4 rebounds per game in the non-conference.
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.