Ruth Hamblin

School-Record Five Earn Academic Honors

Photo By: Dave Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics   03-26-2014

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CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Beavers’ record-setting season continued on Wednesday when five Oregon State women’s basketball student-athletes were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic Teams, announced by Commissioner Larry Scott. It’s the first time OSU has had that many recognized by the conference for academic excellence.

Ruth Hamblin led the way with her selection to the Pac-12 All-Academic First Team and Samantha Siegner represented Oregon State on the All-Academic Second Team, while Deven Hunter, Alyssa Martin and Jamie Weisner earned honorable mention nods. Those five topped the previous school-record of four conference academic honorees from 2004.

To be eligible for selection, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and be either a starter or significant contributor. Freshmen are not eligible for Pac-12 All-Academic Teams.

The sophomore Hamblin, the only underclassman on the first team, is OSU’s first member of the top squad since 2010. A mechanical engineering major with a 3.98 GPA, she was named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team in late January.

In her second season at Oregon State, Hamblin averaged 9.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. A member of the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team, she set a new conference record with 141 blocks this season, a number which is tied for the best in the nation and is the 18th-highest total in NCAA single-season history.

Siegner also collected her first Pac-12 academic honor after posting a 3.66 GPA while majoring in Digital Communication Arts. The sophomore appeared in 34 games this season, averaging 3.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per outing. In OSU’s NCAA Tournament victory on Sunday, Siegner played 21 minutes and helped keep Conference USA Player of the Year Ebony Rowe in check, leading the Beavers to the landmark 55-36 victory.

Deven Hunter, an Apparel Design major, collected Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades following a season in which she started all 35 games and averaged 8.8 points and 7.5 rebounds. The sophomore from Keizer, Ore. played her best ball late in the year, scoring a career-high 19 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in the Pac-12 Tournament Championship on March 9 and setting a career-high with six assists in the NCAA Tournament win over Middle Tennessee.

Alyssa Martin was the lone repeat recipient of conference academic honors among OSU’s awardees, earning Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades for the third consecutive year. She is the Beavers’ first three-time winner of such recognition since current assistant coach Mandy Close and Karen Vickery accomplished the same from 2004-06.

A Civil Engineering major, the senior started 108 games in her four-year career and ended as the third-best 3-point shooter in Oregon State history, making 150.

Jamie Weisner rounded out the quintet of OSU’s academic honorees, collecting Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention accolades as well. The sophomore played in 26 games, starting 21, and averaged 12.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. An All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention selection, Weisner returned from injury to help the Beavers to the Pac-12 Tournament Championship on March 9. The Exercise and Sport Science major capped her season with a 21-point, seven-rebound performance against South Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night.

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