Jamie Weisner Earns Pac-12 Freshman Of The Week Honors
Jan. 14, 2013
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State women's basketball first-year guard Jamie Weisner was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for her performances in the Beavers' two games in Arizona over the weekend, the Pac-12 Conference office announced Monday.
The Clarkston, Wash. native helped OSU to its first conference win of the season against Arizona on Friday, notching her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Against the Sun Devils on Sunday, Weisner scored in double figures for the fourth straight game, and ninth time this season, when she put in 10, to go along with three assists and two steals.
In four conference games so far this year, the freshman is averaging 15.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. In the Pac-12 opener against USC on Jan. 4, Weisner scored 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting to go along with a career-high four steals. The offensive output was OSU's best in three years and the best ever for a Beaver freshman in their first Pac-12 game. No Oregon State freshman has had a higher scoring effort in nearly two decades since Anette Mollerstrom poured in 28 points against Arizona State on Feb. 27, 1993.
She followed that up with a career-high five assists against UCLA on Jan. 6 before her performance against the Wildcats on Friday. Weisner is the first Oregon State freshman to have multiple double-doubles in a season since 2009-10.
Weisner is Oregon State's top scorer (11.6 ppg), its second-best rebounder (5.7 rpg) and is the leader of the Beavers' heralded freshman class that has made an immediate impact on the court in 2012-13. Along with Weisner, OSU's four other freshmen - Ruth Hamblin, Deven Hunter, Samantha Siegner, Khadidja Toure - have contributed 46.7 percent of their team's points, scoring 443 of the Beavers' 949 total. That ratio is near the top in the country and easily the best in the Pac-12, more than 10 percentage points ahead of the next closest institution.
Weisner is also one of the most potent threats in the Pac-12 from deep. Her .400 three-point percentage (24-for-60) is second in the league and the tops for any freshman. Only four Beaver players have ever shot better than 40 percent from deep for an entire season, the most recent being Sage Indendi in 2010-11 (.410), and the freshman record is Talisa Rhea's .370 clip (67-of-181) in 2007-08. With 22 assists and 68 field goals, Weisner has played a part in 25 percent of her team's 357 buckets.
It is Weisner's first freshman weekly honor, an award which was instituted prior to this season.
Oregon State went 1-1 in its games against Arizona and Arizona State and is now 7-9 on the season and 1-3 in Pac-12 play. The Beavers are back in action tomorrow night in Eugene for a game against Oregon (2-14, 0-4) in the Civil War presented by PacificSource Health Plans, NW Ford Dealers, McDonald's and Wells Fargo. Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson providing play-by-play and Ann Schatz doing color.
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