Women's Basketball Set to Face USC on Saturday
Jan. 20, 2012
LOOKING AHEAD — Oregon State (11-7, 2-5 Pac-12) completes the Southern California swing against the USC Trojans (10-6, 5-1 Pac-12) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Galen Center.
TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from Saturday’s game can be found through osubeavers.com. Gametracker is available, and all but one home game (Jan. 28 - Oregon) will also be streamed live through osubeavers.com.
Live video will be available for Saturday’s contest. The game will be broadcast in the Corvallis area on 990 KTHH-AM.
SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES — Follow Oregon State women’s basketball on Twitter (@oregonstatewbb) and Facebook (Oregon State Women’s Basketball) for in-game updates, pictures, videos and other inside information in Beaver women’s basketball.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS — The Beavers return home to Gill Coliseum to host Oregon for the first installment of the Civil War Series, presented by PacificSource Health Plans and Northwest Ford Dealers, on a FSN nationally televised game set to tip at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
GAME 19: USC — Saturday, Jan. 21 (2:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 18-37 all-time against USC. The Trojans have won the last four meetings.
USC is holding down the second place spot in the conference standings with a 5-1 record, falling only to top-seeded Stanford to open conference play. The Trojans received a vote in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 for the first time since Pac-12 play has started. Senior guard Ashley Corral leads the Trojans in Pac-12 play with a 13.8 points per game average. Junior forward Christina Marinacci, sophomore forward Cassie Harberts and senior guard Briana Gilbreath round out the group averaging above 10.0 points per game, while Gilbreath is the team’s leading rebounder with an 8.8 average. Head coach Michael Cooper is in his third season with a 58-31 record at USC so far. The Trojans are 4-1 at home this season in the Galen Center, 2-1 in conference play.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR — The Beavers will face USC only once this season during the regular season ... The Trojans’ guard Jackie Gemelos, the team’s leading three-point percentage leader from 2010-11, is out with another ACL injury for the season, her fourth; she averaged 12.4 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game last season; Gemelos attended the same high school as current Beaver freshman Ali Gibson and is currently enrolled at USC as a graduate student ... Oregon State is 9-1 when it holds its opponents to under 60 points ... Junior Sage Indendi has 99 career three-pointers, which is fifth all-time. She needs six more to move to fourth ... Junior Patricia Bright is leading the Pac-12, fourth in the country, averaging 3.6 blocks per game this season with 65 total, which is the sixth-most in a single season and it challenges the record set last season by El Sara Greer. She needs to average 2.4 blocks per game to break Greer’s record.
LOOKING BACK AT THURSDAY — Freshman Ali Gibson led Oregon State with 16 points and four steals, but the Beavers fell 69-60 on Thursday in the John Wooden Center. Junior Sage Indendi added 13 points, while senior Earlysia Marchbanks had 11. Junior ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley pulled down nine rebounds. After tying the game at 31 with just under the two minutes remaining in the first half, the Beavers were unable to get closer than eight points through the second half.
GARNERING NATIONAL ATTENTION — Oregon State ranks in the top 25 in one category as a team, while one player is ranked in a category as of the NCAA rankings released on January 20. The Beavers are eighth for blocked shots per game (6.3). Junior Patricia Bright is currently ranked fourth for blocked shots (3.6).
ODDS & ENDS — Oregon State boasts the tallest player in school history in 6-7 center Thais Pinto. She also is the tallest on any Pac-12 roster with the second-shortest being 6-5.
Two Oregon State players boast fathers that played at Pac-12 schools. Alyssa Martin’s father, Earl, Martin played at Oregon State from 1986-90, while ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley’s father, James Edward played at Washington from 1974-77. Both fathers are still in top 10 lists at their respective institutions.
With the addition of Colorado and Utah in the inaugural season of the Pac-12, the Beavers hold a 0-2 record all-time against the Buffaloes and a 6-5 edge over the Utes prior to the teams’ meetings this season.
Oregon State’s 5-0 start is the best start for the program since 2000-01, when the Beavers went on a 6-0 run.
The Beavers are now 6-20 all-time in Pac-10/12 openers, winning the conference-opening game twice in the past three seasons.
While the Beavers have never won at Stanford, the Cardinal’s seven-point margin of victory over the Beavers on January 7 in Maples is the second-lowest in school history, second only to the March 7, 1987 contest when Oregon State lost 58-56.
The Beavers’ win over Arizona State snapped an 18-game series winning streak that dated back to 2003. With the win, the team ties its number of conference wins from last season.
BRIGHT IN THE RECORD BOOKS — Junior Patricia Bright etched her name in the Oregon State record books at Pepperdine on Dec. 10. Bright blocked nine shots, resetting the record that Brina Chaney and Sissel Pierce set in 2003 and 2000 of eight blocked shots. The single-game record is only the fourth in the overall single-game records that occurred away from Gill Coliseum.
BRIGHT GETS RECOGNITION — Junior Patricia Bright was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after her play at Pepperdine by both the conference office and by College Sports Madness. Bright nearly earned a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a school-record nine blocked shots.
FAMBRO TABBED A GAME CHANGER — Junior Quortni Fambro was named the Winimation.com Win Stat Rally Award recipient in her inspired effort against Pepperdine. The Win Stat Rally Award is given to a player or players that came on the court with their team trailing, and leave the court with their team ahead or with momentum on their team’s side.
TOP TURNAROUND PROGRAM — The Oregon State women’s basketball team is currently boasting the top turnaround in NCAA Division I women’s basketball as of Dec. 14. The Beavers finished 9-21 (.300) last season, while posting a 6-1 record (.889) so far this season, marking a 57.5 percent change.
RECORDS KEEP BEING SCRATCHED — Oregon State has broken a pair of records already this season. The Beavers’ 96-32 win over Western Oregon marks the largest margin of victory in school history, resetting the record of 60 (114-54) set on February 7, 1980 over Alaska-Anchorage. And against Cal State Northridge, Oregon State reset the Gill Coliseum record for most rebounds with 55. The previous record was 53, set on March 11, 1995 against USC.
SWINGING OVER — Freshman Arica Nassar joins the women’s basketball team after a successful season with the Oregon State volleyball team. Nassar netted All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team accolades, while also being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week twice.
OVER .500 — Oregon State’s win over Western Oregon tied up the all-time record with the 500th win in the program’s history. Currently the Beavers are two wins over the .500 mark.
SCORING SURPRISE — The Beavers currently average 68.4 points per game, a big jump from last year, when they only posted a 53.9 average. The team’s 96 points against Western Oregon ties for the 19th highest scoring game by Oregon State in school history.
300 REACHED — Head coach Scott Rueck earned his 300th career win over Cal State Northridge on November 17. He achieved his first 288 at George Fox in his 14 seasons as head coach.
SEASON OPENERS — Oregon State is now 30-6 record in season openers.. The Beavers have won the last 14 straight season openers, last seven home openers.
TAKING IT TO THE ROAD — Oregon State is 18-18 all-time on its first outing on the road after defeating Eastern Washington on November 22. The Beavers dropped the first away game the past two seasons.
FRESHMAN TALENT — Freshman Ali Gibson has quickly solidified herself in the starting lineup, posting the best field goal percentage of the guards (45.5 percent) and is the leading scorer on the team with 12.3 points per game, while averaging 12.4 points per game in conference play. Gibson plays with the poise of a veteran guard, and currently boasts the most minutes (30.9) on the floor.
INDENDI REVAMPS HER GAME — Junior guard Sage Indendi finished her inaugural season at Oregon State with a school record - the most three pointers in a single season (75). This season, Indendi is looking play a more complete game, while sharing point guard duties and setting up scoring opportunities for her teammates.
CHASING RECORDS — With her 75 three-pointers last season, junior guard Sage Indendi has snuck on the top 10 list for career three-pointers. Based on her opening season as a Beaver, she’s on track to break the record of 178 set by Felicia Ragland from 1999-02. And don’t count sophomore Alyssa Martin out either. She counted 60 three-pointers last season.
PINK OUT WEEKEND — The Beavers host California for its annual Pink Zone game on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. Part of the proceeds go to the Kay Yow Fund. Last year, volleyball’s Spike Out Cancer, Pink Zone and gymnastics’ Pink Out raised over $12,000 for breast cancer organizations.
Also, in conjunction with the gymnastics team’s Pink Out, a Pink Out breakfast was held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Reser Club. A silent auction was also held with all of the proceeds going to the Corvallis Clinic’s Project H.E.R.
FAMILIAR FACES — The Beavers welcome back six from the 2010-11 roster, including four starters in senior guard/forward Earlysia Marchbanks, junior guard Sage Indendi and sophomore guards Alexis Bostick and Alyssa Martin. The roster boasts the two top scorers from last season in Indendi and Martin, but lost its top rebounder and shot blocker in Greer.
HALF NEWCOMERS — Oregon State doubles its squad returning from the 2010-11 season with five junior college transfers and a true freshman. The Beavers welcome the tallest player to ever don an Oregon State women’s basketball jersey in 6-7 center, Thais Pinto, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. With a father and uncle with NBA experience and championship rings, it was only fitting for forward ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley to follow in their footsteps on the hardwood. Guard Mollee Schwegler lettered in five sports at Rainier High School, including football, while being a two-sport athlete at Lower Columbia College in basketball and softball Forward/center Patricia Bright and guard Quortni Fambro round out the junior college transfers, while freshman guard Ali Gibson led her prep team to three California state championships and a national title.
BEAVERS INK FIVE — The Oregon State women’s basketball team will add five freshmen to its 2012-13 roster. Joining the squad will be Jamie Weisner, a 5-9 guard from Clarkston, Wash., Samantha Siegner, a 6-3 guard from Albany, Ore., Khadidja Toure, a 5--8 guard from Kamiakan, Wash., Deven Hunter, a 6-2 forward from Salem, Ore., and Ruth Hamblin, a 6-6 center from Houston, British Columbia, Canada.
REWIND TO LAST SEASON — The Beavers finished the 2010-11 season with a 9-21 record, but they were competitive in every game, falling by 10 points or less in 15 of those losses. El Sara Greer and Sage Indendi were named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention with Greer adding Pac-10 All-Defensive Team honors. Alyssa Martin was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. And Indendi set a school record for most three-pointers made in a single season with 75, while Greer reset the blocked shots record with 92.
RUECK’S ASSISTANT COACHES — Head coach Scott Rueck welcomes back 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. Joining the staff this season is Megan Dickerson, who served as assistant coach under Rueck from 2006-10 at George Fox.
ATTENDANCE AVERAGE — Last season, the Beavers averaged 1,500 fans per game, ranking the sixth highest in school history. The 1995-96 season still sits at top, where Oregon State averaged 5,264 per game.
WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCES — Head coach Scott Rueck is available to meet the media once Pac-12 play begins every Tuesday (with the exception of the week of the Pac-12 Tournament) at 9:30 a.m. in the Gill Media Room (Room 15), beginning Tuesday, Dec. 27. Each press conference is also streamed online live at osubeavers.com.
COACHES TELECONFERENCE — Pac-12 head women’s basketball coaches will be available on three media teleconference calls during the 2011-12 season. The calls will be scheduled for December 20, January 31 and Tuesday, March 6, prior to the start of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament. Head coach Scott Rueck is scheduled for 10:13 a.m. for all three conference calls. Media members may call the Pac-12 office to receive the number for both the live teleconference and taped replay. Please contact Natalia Ciccone or Allison Yee for the call-in number.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT — The 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference Tournament will be held March 7-10 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-12 Tournament, visit www.pac-12.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 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 third season as the voice of the Beavers.
For the fourth straight season, select games will be available for fans in the Portland area on KKOV 1550-AM. This year, the Beavers will be on 10 times in Portland, the same as the last three seasons. KKOV is the sister station of KPAM 860, which broadcasts Oregon State football, men’s basketball and baseball, among other Beavers’ information.
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 Gill Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. will broadcast nationally on FSN. Additionally, on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Pac-12 has reserved that date as a wild card selection, and each of the scheduled Pac-12 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 on five occasions at 101 next to Big River Restaurant in downtown Corvallis on Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb 13 and Mar. 5.
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.
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