OSU Rolls Into Seattle On 9-Game Win Streak

Photo By: Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics   03-05-2014

THE GAME: Oregon State (21-9, 13-5) will look to win 10 straight for the first time since 1982-83 when it begins the Pac-12 Tournament on Friday, March 7, against either Washington (17-12, 10-8) or Utah (11-18, 4-14) at 8:30 p.m.

TRACKING THE BEAVS: The game will air live on the Pac-12 Networks with Krista Blunk and Mary Murphy on the call and be broadcast on KLOO 1340AM with Ron Callan at the mic. Live audio and 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.

THE RUNDOWN: No Pac-12 school with 13 league victories has ever been left out of the NCAA Tournament field ... Oregon State posted a school-record 13-5 mark in conference play and has won 21 games overall for the sixth time in program history ... The Beavers have won nine straight games for the first time since 1995-96 and each victory has been by double digits ... OSU, which hasn’t been ranked since 1996, is receiving votes in both the AP (t28th) and USA TODAY Coaches’ Polls (26th) ... The Beavers are projected as a 11-seed in University Park, Pa. in the latest ESPN Bracketology ... Oregon State has not been outrebounded in 16 straight games, its longest streak in 34 years ... Sydney Wiese broke the school single-season record for 3-point makes against USC on Feb. 16 and now has 94, third in Pac-12 single-season history ... Ruth Hamblin is second in the NCAA with 115 blocks and averages 3.83 per game ... She is currently tied for second in single-season blocks in Pac-12 history ... Hamblin also led the conference in field goal percentage in league games (.678) and is second when including non-conference contests (.599) ... The Beavers are 11th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.377) ... Freshmen and sophomores are responsible for 82.3 percent of the team’s points and 88.8 percent of its rebounds ... Oregon State, which hasn’t averaged more than 70.0 ppg since 1995-96, scores 72.0 this season.

PAC-12 TOURNAMENT NOTES: Oregon State’s third seed in the conference tournament is its highest in the 13 years of the event.
  • Before this season, OSU’s best seed came in 2002 and 2009 when it was fifth.
  • Oregon State is 5-12 all-time in Pac-12 Tournament games with its last win coming on March 11, 2010 when the 10th-seeded Beavers beat Washington, 52-42, in the first round at the Galen Center in Los Angeles.
  • OSU is 1-1 all-time against the Huskies in the Pac-12 Tournament, winning the aforementioned game in 2010 and dropping  a first-round contest to UW at HP Pavilion on March 4, 2005, 81-68.
  • The Beavers and Utah have never met in the Pac-12 Tournament.
  • Oregon State has never played the tournament’s No. 6 seed and lost its only previous matchup to No. 11, 65-56, to Washington State on March 7, 2012 in Los Angeles.
  • The No. 3 seed is 16-10 all-time in the Pac-12 Tournament. It’s 8-3 against the No. 6 seed and 0-1 against the No. 11 seed.
HISTORICAL SEASON: The Beavers’ had one of the most successful seasons in program history in 2013-14.
  • Oregon State won 13 Pac-12 games for the first time and tied the school record for league wins. The Beavs went 13-2 as an NWBL member in 1979-80.
  • OSU finished tied with Cal for second in the Pac-12 standings, tying the program’s best finish as a conference member. Judy Spoelstra’s 1995-96 squad also finished second in the Pac-10 with an 11-7 league record.
  • The Beavers finished their Pac-12 slate by winning nine consecutive games, their longest since the formation of the conference in 1986-87. It’s the second-best overall conference win streak in program history behind the 11 straight victories Aki Hill’s 1979-80 team strung together in the NWBL.
  • Oregon State won 20 games for only the ninth time and 21 for just the sixth time.
  • OSU last won 21 games in 1995-96. It hasn’t been victorious in 22+ since going 24-6 in 1982-83, which earned the school its first ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
TOURNAMENT RESUME: Oregon State is making a strong case for inclusion into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996. Here are some stats to back up their resume.
  • No Pac-12 conference member with 13 league victories has ever been left out of the field.
  • Every 20-win Pac-12 school with 12 league victories has been invited to the NCAA Tournament.
  • Five Pac-12 teams have gotten to 12 conference wins and not received an invite, but none won 20 total games.
  • As of the most recent release of the official NCAA RPI ratings (March 3), the Beavers sit in 34th, thanks in large part to playing the nation’s 40th-toughest schedule (WarrenNolan.com).
  • Of Oregon State’s nine losses, five came to teams in the Associated Press Top-25 (No. 2 Notre Dame; No. 4 Stanford; No. 13 Penn St.; No. 15 Arizona St.; No. 23 Cal).
  • The latest Bracketology from ESPN projects Oregon State as an 11-seed in University Park, Pa. playing Syracuse. “The Beavers soundly beat Arizona State on Sunday to finish the regular season on a nine-game winning streak. They should be a much safer bet for an NCAA tournament berth, their first since 1996.”
NATIONAL RECOGNITION: The Beavers have begun to turn some heads around the country with their inspired play.
  • Oregon State is tied for 28th in the AP Top 25 with Bowling Green, receiving 30 points. The Beavers haven’t been ranked in that poll since finishing the 1995-96 season 22nd in the nation.  Since then, the program had only received votes three weeks early in the 2008-09 season following a 9-1 start, capped off with 11 votes in the Dec. 29, 2008 poll.
  • The Beavers are also 26th in the USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll. Their 40 points are just 13 behind No. 25 DePaul. OSU has not been ranked by the nation’s coaches since checking in a No. 20 on March 11, 1996.
THE STREAK: OSU is riding a nine-game win streak into the Pac-12 Tournament.
  • Nine wins in a row ties the third-longest stretch in program history, which was last accomplished during the 1995-96 season. That also happens to be the last time the Beavers earned an NCAA Tournament berth.
  • Oregon State won a school-record 14 consecutive games in 1982-83 and 11 straight in 1979-80.
  • The Beavers have gone on this run by employing a balanced attack. During the last nine games, Sydney Wiese (14.8), Ruth Hamblin (12.3) and Gabriella Hanson (11.9) are all averaging in double-figures scoring and Deven Hunter (9.8) and Ali Gibson (9.8) are close behind.
  • OSU is shooting 47.7 percent and scoring 68.3 ppg in its last nine while holding its opponents to 33.6 percent from the floor and 51.4 ppg.
  • Each win during the run has been by at least 10 points and the last three have come by 20+.
OREGON STATE QUICK HITTERS: Some miscellaneous notes on the Oregon State women’s basketball team through the conclusion of the regular season.
  • Oregon State finds itself on the right side of many important percentage markers. The Beavers are second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage (.445) and field goal percentage defense (.354), trailing only Stanford in both. OSU also tops the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.377) 3-point field goal percentage defense (.280).
  • The team’s field goal percentage is currently its highest since it was successful on 48.7 percent of its attempts from the floor during the 1994-95 season.
  • The Beavers’ 66-43 win over No. 20 Arizona State on March 2 was their first over a ranked team since they defeated No. 19 Utah, 71-62, on Dec. 16, 2003. OSU had been winless in its last 50 against nationally ranked opponents.
  • It was the Beavers’ largest margin of victory against an AP Top 25 foe since downing No. 23 USC, 92-59, on March 11, 1996.
  • Oregon State shot 55.1 percent (27-of-49) from the floor against Arizona on Feb. 28, its best in a Pac-12 game since converting 55.8 percent (29-of-52) against the Wildcats on Feb. 11, 2006.
  • Each win during OSU’s perfect stretch has come by double digits, but none greater than the 30-point margin of victory that it hung on Arizona on Feb. 28. It was the Beavers’ biggest win in conference play since beating Cal 68-37 on Jan. 11, 2003.
  • OSU features a young roster in terms of NCAA experience. Of its 11 players, nine are underclassmen, and the team collectively has 10 varsity letters (0.9 average). Ali Gibson (junior) and Alyssa Martin (senior) are the only players with more than one year under their belts.
  • Freshmen and sophomores are responsible for 82.3 percent of Oregon State’s scoring (1,778 of 2,160 points), 79.1 percent of its minutes played (4,748 of 6,000 minutes) and 88.8 percent of its rebounds (1,161 of 1,307).
  • Scott Rueck went undefeated and won the NCAA Division III title at George Fox in 2009 despite returning no starters and bringing in 10 freshmen.
  • The Beavers are the only school with three of the league’s top 10 performers in field goal percentage: Ruth Hamblin (.599); Deven Hunter (.460) and Sydney Wiese (.459).
  • Jamie Weisner, who has missed the last nine games with a hand injury sustained on Jan. 31, was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention for the second consecutive season on Tuesday.
DRASTIC DEFENSE: Known as a great defensive coach, this season has been no different for Scott Rueck’s Oregon State squad.
  • OSU has held five opponents this season to less than 30 percent shooting and seven to under 50 points.
  • In the 3+ years Scott Rueck has been the head coach, the Beavers are 21-2 when forcing their opponents to shoot less than 30 percent and 27-3 when holding them to under 50 points.
  • OSU’s .354 field goal percentage defense is second in the Pac-12 and 14th in the country.
  • Since 2006-07, all but one of his squads has finished in the top 25 in the nation in that category.
  • Its .346 field goal percentage defense was a school record last year and 16th best in the country.
  • The top blocking team in the Pac-12 two of the last three years, OSU is again leading the conference and is eighth in the nation in blocks per game (6.0). 
OFFENSIVE ONSLAUGHT: You can’t win if you don’t score and the Beavers have done just that in 2013-14.
  • OSU is 19th in the nation in 3-point field goals made per game (8.3) and 11th in 3-point field goal percentage (.377).
  • Oregon State has made 249 3-pointers this season, beating the previous school record of 194 (2010-11).
  • Prior to this year, Oregon State had only connected on 12 3-pointers in a game just three times in program history, a feat it has already accomplished five times this season.
  • OSU has scored 80 or more points six times this season, something it hasn’t done that often since 1995-96 when it broke that mark nine times.
  • The Beavers have scored 2,160 total points and average 72.0 per game. That 1995-96 season was the last time OSU scored more than 70 points per outing (72.8).
  • Four active players are among Oregon State’s top 10 in 3-point makes. Alyssa Martin is third (148), Ali Gibson is fourth (131), Jamie Weisner is ninth (95) and Sydney Wiese is 10th (94).
ON THE GLASS: Improvement in rebounding was a main focus during the Beavers’ offseason workouts and a concerted effort on the glass has paid dividends.
  • OSU is second in the conference and tied for 30th in the nation, pulling down 7.4 more rebounds per game than its opponents.
  • The Beavers are averaging 43.6 rebounds per game this year after eclipsing the 40.0 rpg mark last season for the first time since 1996-97. The school record for rebounding average is 44.5, set during 1990-91.
  • Oregon State has not been outrebounded since playing at Stanford on Jan. 5., a streak of 16 straight, the second-longest in school history and best in the last 34 years.
  • The Beavers were even or better on the glass a school-record 17 consecutive games in 1980. OSU accomplished the feat through the final 16 contests of the 1979-80 season and the first game of the 1980-81 campaign.
HOME COOKING: Oregon State posted a school-record 14-1 mark in home games this season, with the only loss coming to No. 2 Notre Dame on Dec. 29.
  • Oregon State’s 14 home wins set a new school record, surpassing the 13 from 1994-95, 2002-03 and 2008-09.
  • Thirteen of the Beavers’ 14 wins in Gill came by double digits.
  • OSU went a perfect 9-0 in home Pac-12 games for the first time. The school’s only other undefeated home conference records came in 1983 (7-0) and 1984 (5-0) when it was a NorPac member.
  • Oregon State’s previous best Pac-10/12 home record was 8-1, achieved in both 1995 and 1996.
  • In true road games, Sydney Wiese (15.1 ppg) and Jamie Weisner (12.6 ppg) were responsible for 35.2 percent of OSU’s scoring offense while the production was more equitable for the Beavers at home.
  • In 15 games in Gill, Wiese (14.1 ppg), Weisner (12.3 ppg) and Ruth Hamblin (11.9 ppg) all averaged double figures and Deven Hunter (9.9 ppg) and Ali Gibson (9.3 ppg) were not far behind. OSU put up 76.0 points at home compared to 68.9 in away contests. 
SYDNEY WIESE QUICK HITTERS: Sydney Wiese was named both All-Pac-12 and to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team on Tuesday.
  • She 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.
  • Over 70 percent of Wiese’s field goals this year have come from 3-point range (94-of-133).
  • She is fourth in the Pac-12 and tops all conference freshmen, averaging 4.0 assists per game, and through games played as of March 3 is also 11th among first-year players across the country in assists.
  • Her 121 assists through the season’s first 30 games are the most for an OSU player since Mercedes Fox-Griffin had 125 after the first 30 contests of the 2008-09 campaign. Wiese is currently second among OSU freshmen in single-season assists all-time. Leilani Estavan handed out 139 during her first year in Corvallis (2000-01).
‘THE CANADIAN HAMMER’ QUICK HITTERS: Ruth Hamblin was named both All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team on Tuesday.
  • She was affectionately dubbed “The Canadian Hammer” by former Oregon State men’s basketball standout Joe Burton during her freshman season
  • 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. Hamblin averages more blocks than 249 teams 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 was also the most efficient Pac-12 player from the floor in conference games, making 99-of-146 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.
  • 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.
  • Hamblin’s sophomore season has put her in the conversation among some of the nation’s most improved players. Last year, she averaged just 13.0 minutes, 4.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. This season she has arguably been Oregon State’s most important presence on the court and is averaging 26.4 minutes, 10.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game.
  • She is third in the conference in field goal percentage, eighth in rebounds and first in blocks.
  • Hamblin’s numbers in the non-conference were 6.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 3.3 bpg compared to 12.7 ppg, 9.4 rpg and 4.2 bpg in league games.
GABBY HANSON QUICK HITTERS: Gabby Hanson was named Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention on Tuesday.
  • Hanson is shooting 45.5 percent from behind the arc this season (30-of-66), the best clip in the Pac-12 and is second the conference from 3-point range in league games, making 25-of-50 (50 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.
  • Hanson averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in Pac-12 contests after putting up 3.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg in the non-conference.