Beavers Wrap Up Play in the Desert at Arizona
Jan. 1, 2011
LOOKING AHEAD — Oregon State (7-5, 0-1 Pac-10) completes play in the desert at Arizona (10-2, 1-0 Pac-10) on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. PT.
TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from Sunday’s game can be found through osubeavers.com. Gametracker is available, and all but three home games (Jan. 8 - Washington State; Jan. 27 - California; Jan. 29 - Stanford) will also be streamed live for free through osubeavers.com for free. And as always, for in-game updates, follow OregonStateWBB on Twitter.
GAME 13: ARIZONA — Sunday, Jan. 2 (12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 25-29 all-time against Arizona. The Wildcats have taken the last two meetings, winning in Tucson, 62-53, and in Corvallis, 60-55.
Arizona is currently on a five-game winning streak heading into Sunday’s contest, including a 109-94 victory over Oregon in each team’s Pac-10 opener on Friday. Both of the Wildcats’ losses have been single-digit margins. Senior forward Ify Ibekwe paces the Arizona offense, averaging 15.5 points per game on 52.6 percent shooting. She has 29 assists, 20 blocks and 22 steals, additionally, on the season. And she is the lone Wildcat to average in double-digits for rebounds (10.4 rpg). Two other players average double-digit numbers for points in senior forward Soana Lucet (13.4 ppg) and sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte (15.1 ppg). Junior guard Shanita Arnold leads the team and Pac-10 in assists with 74 (6.2 apg). In her third season, Arizona women’s basketball is led by head coach Niya Butts with a 26-36 (.419) overall record. The Wildcats are a perfect 6-0 at home at McKale Center this season.
LAST TIME AROUND (FEB. 13, 2010) — Oregon State fell to Arizona in its Pink Zone game last season at home, 55-60. El Sara Greer had her first career double-double, while Talisa Rhea and Haiden Palmer both posted double figures. Rhea had 16 points, while Greer had 15 rebounds and 14 points.
REWIND TO THE LAST GAME — Redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi and freshman Alyssa Martin combined for 36 of the team’s total 46 points. But the Beavers were unable to hit a shot to tie the game at the buzzer with Arizona State squeaking by with a 49-46 victory. Indendi shot perfect from beyond the arc on four attempts, shooting 8-for-10 overall, while Martin scored the Beavers’ last nine points.
SEEKING 300 — Head coach Scott Rueck is just five wins away from earning his 300th career. He achieved his first 288 at George Fox in his 14 seasons as head coach.
STREAKING AT THE LINE — Freshman Alyssa Martin is currently riding a made free throw streak, hitting her last 21 straight. Her 82.9 percent from the charity stripe is the second best in the conference. Overall, she is 29 of 35 from the free throw line.
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED — The Oregon State women’s basketball team is ranked 14th in the nation for its scoring defense, as of Dec. 20. The Beavers also rank 18th for personal fouls per game (14.1), 30th for field goal percentage defense (35.0) and 33rd for blocked shots per game (5.0). Individually, senior El Sara Greer ranks in the top 50 in one category — 16th for blocked shots per game (2.7).
LEADING THE PAC — The Beavers have the stats in scoring defense (51.8 ppg) and blocked shots (5.2 bpg). Senior El Sara Greer leads the blocked shots race (2.9 bpg), while freshman Alyssa Martin tops the minutes played list (38.2).
SWINGING OVER — Redshirt freshman Tami Brown joins the Beavers, making her debut on Friday, Dec. 3 against Pepperdine. Brown also competes for the Oregon State volleyball team at middle blocker. The 6-2 forward from Eugene, Ore. (Sheldon HS) was a McDonalds High School All-America candidate as a senior and a three-sport letterwinner as a freshman (volleyball and softball).
Additionally redshirt junior Courtney Wetzel joins the women’s basketball team after finishing her eligibility with the top 25 women’s soccer team. Wetzel started every game for the Beavers, being named to the NSCAA All-Pacific Region Second Team and earning All-Pac-10 Second Team accolades at the conclusion of the 2010 season.
OFFENSE SELLS TICKETS, DEFENSE WINS GAMES — The Oregon State women’s basketball team has one of the nation and conference’s best defenses so far this season, holding opponents to only 51.8 points per game. The Beavers are first in the conference in blocked shots per game (5.2 bpg) with senior El Sara Greer pacing the conference in the same category, averaging 2.9 per game. Overall on the season, the Beavers have forced 222 turnovers.
SEASON TICKETS — Purchase your 2010-11 Oregon State women’s basketball tickets today for the team’s 13 home games. Season ticket packages are only $72 for reserved seats for adults, $48 for general admission.
PAC-10 PACKS — With only one non-conference game left in legendary Gill Coliseum against Eastern Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 21, it’s time to purchase your Pac-10 Pack. Pac-10 Packs are available with adult reserved seats available for $54 and general admission $36.
ODDS & ENDS — The Pac-10 Conference is celebrating its 25th year of women’s basketball. The conference expanded to include women’s competition in 1986-87 in 10 sports. The Pac-10 now sponsors both 11 men’s and women’s sports.
The 3-0 start to the season is the second time the team has opened that successfully in the last three seasons. Last season, the Beavers won in their season opener but then fell on the road.
Oregon State is now 2-0 on the season against Big West teams, defeating Long Beach State, 71-39, and Cal State Northridge, 49-32. And the Beavers are 2-0 against Big Sky teams, defeating Weber State, 62-55, and Eastern Washington, 64-60.
Freshman Alexis Bostick earned the Beavers’ only All-Tournament honors, leading the team to the Jack in the Box Rainbow Wahine Classic title.
TWO RETURNERS — Forwards senior El Sara Greer and sophomore Angela Misa are the two returnees this season. Greer started in all 31 games last season for the Beavers after transferring from Kirkwood Community College in Iowa, while Misa had limited playing time in her rookie season.
SEVEN NEWCOMERS — Seven new faces join the Beaver women’s basketball program this season — one senior, one junior, one sophomore and five freshmen. Freshman legacy Alyssa Martin begins her career 20 years after her father, Earl, had a successful career for the men’s team. Freshmen Alexis Bostick and Classye James both join Oregon State after having successful prep careers, while junior Earlysia Marchbanks not only found success at the high school level but also at the junior college pace. Redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi was named the Division III Rookie of the Year at George Fox under head coach Scott Rueck but transferred her sophomore season and took the year off from competitive basketball. Redshirt freshman Jenna Dixon and freshman Katie Schrock will get a change to test their skill level at the Divison I level.
MARTIN VS. MARTIN — Freshman Alyssa Martin outplayed her father, Earl, in her career opener. Alyssa scored 24 points to Earl’s eight, three assists to one and 36 minutes to 15.
24’S — Freshman Alyssa Martin wears No. 24. Her father, Earl Martin, wore No. 24. Alyssa scored 24 points in her Oregon State debut. And it’s been 24 years since her father started his career at Oregon State.
RUECK’S ASSISTANT COACHES — Head coach Scott Rueck welcomes a pair of assistant coaches this season in Mark Campbell and Eric Ely. Campbell became the winningest two-year guard in Hawai’i basketball history at guard. Ely brings over 12 years of Division I coaching experience splitting time at Oral Roberts and Missouri. He played professionally in France and Brazil after his collegiate career closed.
COACHES TELECONFERENCE — Pac-10 head women’s basketball coaches will be available on three media teleconference calls during the 2010-11 season. The calls will be scheduled for December 15, prior to the start of conference action; early January, at the start of Conference play; and Tuesday, Mar. 8, prior to the start of the Pac-10 Tournament. Media members may call the Pac-10 office to receive the number for both the live teleconference and taped replay. Contact Natalia Ciccone or Rachel Caton for the call-in number. Coach Scott Rueck’s set time on those three conference calls is 10:05 a.m.
PAC-10 TOURNAMENT — The 2010-11 Pacific-10 Conference Tournament will be held March 9-12 in Los Angeles at the Galen Center, home to USC men’s and women’s basketball and Staples Center. The first round and quarterfinals will be held at the Galen Center, while the semifinals and championship game will take place at Staples Center. For more on the Pac-10 Tournament, visit www.pac-10.org.
CATCH EVERY GAME ON THE RADIO — Every Oregon State women’s basketball game this season will be on the airwaves, either on the AM dial or online at osubeavers.com. Fans can catch games on KLOO 1340-AM, KTHH 990-AM, KJOE 1240-AM in the Corvallis area. Every game will also be available through Beaver Nation Online, the audio/visual service of osubeavers.com.
Ron Callan of KPAM 860 begins his second season as the voice of the Beavers.
For the fourth straight season, select games will be available for fans in the Portland area on KKAD 1550-AM. This year, the Beavers will be on 10 times in Portland, the same as the last three seasons. KKAD is the sister station of KPAM 860, which broadcasts Oregon State football, men’s basketball and baseball, among other Beavers’ information.
Date Opponent Game Time (PT)
11/26 UNLV 7:30 p.m.
11/30 Cal State Bakersfield 7:00 p.m.
12/03 Pepperdine 7:00 p.m.
12/17 Southern Utah 6:00 p.m.
12/21 Eastern Washington 7:00 p.m.
12/31 Arizona State 5:30 p.m.
01/15 USC 2:00 p.m.
01/29 Stanford 2:00 p.m.
02/19 Oregon 5:00 p.m.
02/26 California 7:30 p.m.
SEE THE BEAVS ON TV — Oregon State is scheduled to appear on television once this season with the option of a second game being televised late in the season.
The Civil War contest in Eugene on Sunday, Jan. 23 at 12:00 p.m. will broadcast nationally on FSN. Additionally, on Saturday, Feb. 26, the Pac-10 has reserved that date as a wild card selection, and each of the scheduled Pac-10 games could be televised with the announcement TBA.
BEAVERS ALL-ACCESS — FSN Northwest will air the popular 30-minute “Beavers All-Access” show beginning in January on Wednesday afternoons. Head coach Scott Rueck will sit down with host Mike Parker in taping for the show.
BEAVER SPORTS TALK — Most of the Oregon State radio networks will carry Beaver Sports Talk, which airs every Tuesday during basketball season beginning at 7:00 p.m. The show originates from McMenamins on Monroe and will feature Oregon State basketball coaches Scott Rueck and Craig Robinson as well as selected players.
ONLINE HOME OF BEAVER ATHLETICS — The Internet home of Oregon State athletics, osubeavers.com, has a full slate of information on the Oregon State women’s basketball team. Game notes, photo galleries, roster and full schedule are available by visiting the website.
BEAVER NATION ONLINE — The subscription-based site within osubeavers.com offers exclusive interviews, highlights, webcasts and special features from Oregon State coaches and players throughout the year. Live events, game replays, weekly and post-game press conferences, special features, highlights and classic games are constantly shown on the site.
SEASON OPENERS — The game against Long Beach State was the 35th all-time opener. Oregon State has a 29-6 record in season openers after the victory. The Beavers have won the last 13 straight season openers, last six home openers.
LEGENDARY GILL — Gill Coliseum has been the home to Oregon State women’s basketball since the program’s inception in the 1978-79 season. The Beavers have gone 257-148 (.635) in games played in legendary Gill prior to the 2010-11 season. The coliseum seats 10, 400.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS — Oregon State hosts Washington in its Pac-10 home opener on Thursday, Jan. 6. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum.
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