CORVALLIS, Ore. – Following a record-setting season in which it won 24 games, including the program’s first in the NCAA Tournament since 1995, the Oregon State women’s basketball team was rewarded for its efforts on Wednesday morning as the Beavers worked their way into the national rankings for the first time in 18 years.
OSU, which moved to No. 25 in the final USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll with 57 points, had not been ranked by the nation’s coaches since checking in a No. 20 on March 11, 1996.
The 2013-14 campaign was one of the greatest in Oregon State history. OSU finished 24-11 overall, tying the school record for wins previously set in 1982-83. The team's 13-5 conference record was a new program best and the Beavers tied for second in the final Pac-12 standings, matching their highest finish as a conference member (1996).
Oregon State advanced to the program’s first Pac-12 Tournament Championship courtesy of a late-season 11-game win streak, the second-longest in school history. Each win during the dominant run was by at least 10 points and three came 20 or more. The Beavers’ average margin of victory was 16.1 points.
That unblemished five-week stretch catapulted OSU into its first NCAA Tournament since 1996. On March 23, the Beavers defeated then-No. 22 Middle Tennessee, 55-36, notching just the school’s third-ever win in the Big Dance and first since 1995.
Such a successful season earned Oregon State numerous accolades. Scott Rueck was named Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year and Pac-12 Coach of the Year by both the conference’s media and ESPN.
The Beavers placed a school-record five on Pac-12 All-Academic Teams, led by Ruth Hamblin, who was also named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team in late January. On the court, the sophomore set a school and Pac-12 single-season record with 141 blocks, tied for the 19th highest total in NCAA history. She also posted Oregon State’s first triple-double in 30 years against rival Oregon on Jan. 13. The 6-foot-6 center totaled 23 points, 12 rebounds and a school-record 10 blocks in the Beavers’ 84-70 win, their seventh straight in the series.
In a polling of the league’s coaches, Hamblin (All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention/Pac-12 All-Defensive) received postseason recognition along with teammates Sydney Wiese (All-Pac-12/Pac-12 All-Freshman), Jamie Weisner (All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention) and Gabriella Hanson (All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention).
Wiese, the first OSU freshman since Tanja Kostic in 1993 to receive a spot on the All-Pac-12 Team, obliterated the school record for 3-point makes, draining 112 this season, the most ever for a Pac-12 freshman and second overall in single-season conference history. That number is tied for 20th in NCAA single-season history and tied for fourth among NCAA freshmen all-time. Wiese also became the Beavers’ 19th 500-point scorer and first since Casey Bunn in 2006-07.
The Beavers finished fourth in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.346), fourth in blocks per game (6.3), 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (.369) and 19th in 3-point field goals per game (8.2). The team’s 221 blocks set a new Pac-12 record.
OSU, which posted the second-biggest turnaround in school history this season, returns strong nucleus in 2014-15 which accounted for 95 percent of its scoring and 96 percent of its rebounds.
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