Beavers Play Third-Straight Ranked Foe At #21 Colorado On Friday
Feb. 5, 2013
The Game: Oregon State (9-13, 3-7 Pac-12) concludes its stretch of three consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents when it travels to #21/25 Colorado (16-5, 5-5) for a televised game in Boulder at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT on Friday.
Tracking the Beavs: The game will air live on Pac-12 Networks with Anne Marie Anderson and Rosalyn Gold-Onwude on the call and be broadcast on KEJO 1240AM with Ron Callan at the mic. Live stats are also available via cubuffs.com and fans can follow @OregonStateWBB on Twitter for all game day information, including score updates, photos and observations.
The Rundown: The Beavers are in the midst of three straight against ranked opponents, something that hasn't happened since 2008 ... OSU is sixth in the nation in blocks, averaging 6.1 a game, and is the only team in the country that has seven different players with at least 10 ... Beaver freshmen are responsible for 46.9 percent of the team's scoring ... Only twice in the 36+ years of OSU women's basketball have freshmen been more responsible for the team's offense (1992-93; 1977-78) ... Jamie Weisner (12.2 ppg) and Deven Hunter (6.4 rpg) are aiming to produce only the third season in program history with freshmen leading in points and rebounds ... Jamie Weisner, sixth in the conference with a .352 three-point field goal percentage, is averaging 14.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals in her first 10 Pac-12 games ... Deven Hunter (141 rebounds) is looking to become just the second Oregon State freshman with more than 150 boards in a season in the last 20 years ... Patricia Bright is third in OSU history with 153 career blocks and needs just 21 to move onto the Pac-12's top-10 list ... The Beavers' .340 field goal percentage defense in second in the Pac-12 and 14th in the country ... Alyssa Martin has 120 career three-point makes, just one shy of third place all-time at OSU ... Ali Gibson, with 84 career threes, is tied for 10th.
Versus Colorado: Oregon State has only played Colorado four times previously, winning once. The teams split last year's affairs, with the Beavers coming out on top, 65-45, on Feb. 2 in Corvallis and the Buffaloes winning, 67-57, on March 3 in Boulder. The only other meetings came in 1987-88 and 1999-00, with Colorado winning both on its home floor.
Tough Sledding: With the game against Colorado, the Beavers conclude their tough stretch of three straight against nationally-ranked opponents after dropping contests to #6 Cal and #4 Stanford over the weekend. OSU hadn't hosted back-to-back games against ranked opponents since the same two schools came to Corvallis ranked sixth (California) and 11th (Stanford) in Jan. 2009. When the Beavers play the Buffaloes it will be OSU's first three-game stretch against ranked opponents since 2008 when they lost to #24 Arizona State, #7 Stanford and #9 Cal on Jan. 5, 10 and 12. The Beavers are 15-74 against ranked foes since 1990-91 and have not beaten a team in the polls since they defeated #19 Utah, 71-62, on Dec. 16, 2004.
No Chance: OSU, which paces the league again this year with 134, has led the Pac-12 in blocked shots the past two seasons and finished in the top 30 nationally both years. In 2011-12 the Beavers swatted a total of 183 shots after rejecting 143 the year before. Oregon State's 6.1 blocks per game average is sixth in the nation and opponents have taken 1,383 shots, meaning one in every 10 field goal attempts gets blocked by a Beaver. Oregon State has already had four games this year with 10 or more blocks (Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA and Oregon), something it did a team-record five times a season ago.
National Leaders (Thru 2/3/13)
Sharing The Swat: Oregon State is the only team in the nation that can boast seven different players with at least 10 blocks (Patricia Bright - 38; Ruth Hamblin - 26; Alyssa Martin - 17; Samantha Siegner - 16; ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley - 10; Ali Gibson - 10; Deven Hunter - 10). Arkansas-Little Rock and La Salle are the only schools featuring six players in double digits in rejections.
Young Guns: The Beavers' much-heralded freshman class, ranked as high as 17th in the nation coming into the season, is making an immediate impact on the court. The group - Jamie Weisner, Samantha Siegner, Ruth Hamblin, Deven Hunter, Khadidja Toure - has played 42.1 percent of the team's minutes (1,886-of-4,475) and is responsible for 46.9 percent of its scoring (601-of-1,282 points).
Pac-12 Freshmen Scoring (% of Team Total)
More Youth: One of the youngest teams in Oregon State history, this year's Beaver squad is getting some of the most production its ever had out of one of its most inexperienced groups. In the 36+ seasons of OSU women's basketball, only twice have freshmen been responsible for more of the team's offense. In 1992-93, four standout freshmen including Tanja Kostic, Anette Mollerstrom and A.J. Dionne accounted for 53.4 percent of Oregon State's scoring (998-of-1,869 points). In the second year of the program in 1977-78, when half of the 14 players on the roster were freshmen, they scored 736 of the Beavers' 1,157 points (63.6 percent). Statistics for the school's first season in 1976-77 are not available.
Weisner & Hunter: Freshmen Jamie Weisner (12.2 ppg) and Deven Hunter (6.4 rpg) are pacing the Beavers in points and rebounds, respectively. If the season ended with both leading Oregon State in those categories, it would only be the third time in the history of the program freshmen had done so. Tanja Kostic topped OSU with 18.2 ppg and 8.2 rpg in 1992-93 and Betty Collings (11.6 ppg) and Kathy Vanderstoel (10.3 rpg) split the honors in 1977-78. Hunter would be the seventh OSU freshman to lead her team in rebounding and first since Judie Lomax in 2006-07. Weisner would be only the fourth to do so in points, joining Alyssa Martin (2010-11), Kostic (1992-93) and Collings (1977-78).
Fab Frosh: Freshman Jamie Weisner has had a fantastic start in her first 10 Pac-12 games, averaging 14.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals. Her stellar conference start was highlighted by a Jan. 4 game against USC in which she scored 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting. The offensive output was OSU's best in three years and the best ever for a Beaver freshman in their first Pac-12 game. Talisa Rhea was the last player to tally more when she scored 30 against Oregon on Jan. 9, 2010. 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.
More Weisner: Jamie Weisner, averaging 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds through 22 games, is on pace to amasss totals of more than 350 points and 150 rebounds, which would make her only the fifth freshman in OSU history, and first since Tanja Kostic (473 points; 213 rebounds) in 1992-93, to reach those marks. Natalia Mattick (503 points; 224 rebounds) in 1990-91, Kari Parriott in 1987-88 (402 points; 232 rebounds) and Brenda Arbuckle (407 points; 298 rebounds) in 1983-84 are the only other Beaver freshmen to hit those point and rebound numbers. With 37 assists and 98 field goals, Weisner has played a part in 27.2 percent of the team's 497 buckets.
Weisner From Deep: Jamie Weisner is also one of the most potent threats in the Pac-12 from deep. Her .352 three-point percentage (32-for-91) is fifth in the Pac-12 and the best for any freshman. Oregon State's freshman record is Talisa Rhea's .370 clip (67-of-181) in 2007-08. She is fourth all-time among OSU freshmen in single-season three-point field goals.
Hunter On The Boards: Deven Hunter has 141 rebounds this season and is just four shy of moving into Oregon State's top-10 freshmen list. Just eight Beaver freshmen have had more than 150 rebounds in a season and only one in the last 20 years. Judie Lomax grabbed 215 boards in 2006-07.
Oregon State Career Leaders
Efficiency Is Key: In eight conference games, Patricia Bright is shooting a robust .525 from the floor (31-for-59), the third-best mark in the league. Overall, Bright is ninth in the Pac-12 with a .481 (63-of-131) field goal percentage. A career 54.0 percent shooter, Bright had the seventh-best percentage in OSU history last season when she converted at a 57.9 percent clip.
Bright Spot: In just 53 career games at Oregon State, senior center Patricia Bright has established herself as one of the premier shot blockers in the country. She had the eighth game of her career with six or more blocks against the Ducks on Jan. 15, has 38 this season and 153 in her 53 games at OSU, good for third place in school history. Her 1.9 blocks per game average is second in the league. Currently, Bright needs 21 more blocks to move onto the Pac-12's career top-10 list. Mind you, every person in that group played at least three seasons at their school, while "P" has done her work in just a season-and-a-half. She blocked a school-record 115 shots last season to finish sixth in the nation. That total is the second highest in Pac-12 history.
Oregon State Career Leaders
Drastic Defense: OSU is second in the league in field goal percentage defense (.340) and 14th the nation. Before playing Texas Tech on Dec. 21, OSU had not allowed its last 15 opponents to shoot over 40 percent, the longest such streak in team history. Fullerton's percentage from the field on Dec. 13 (19.1) was the lowest a Beaver defense has forced since it held WSU to only 17.4 percent (12-for-69) on Dec. 28, 2001. Since 2006-07, all but one of Scott Rueck's squads has finished in the top 25 in the nation in field goal percentage defense.
Stepping Up: The Beavers have steadily improved since the beginning of the season, with a number of Oregon State players stepping up their game in conference action. Jamie Weisner, Ali Gibson, Alyssa Martin, Patricia Bright and Samantha Siegner have all increased their scoring output in Pac-12 games compared to what they were averaging in the non-conference portion of OSU's schedule, collectively upping their average by 14.9 points per contest.
Jamie Weisner -- 10.4 ppg non-conference -- 14.3 ppg Pac-12
Stepping Up II: Both Ali Gibson and Alyssa Martin have sweetened their shooting stroke in conference play. Gibson, who averaged 7.3 ppg in 12 non-conference games on 31.4 percent shooting, including 20.8 percent from deep, is averaging 12.0 ppg in conference on 38.4 percent from the floor and 30.6 perfect from three. Martin shot just 29.2 percent overall and 20.0 percent from behind the arc in the non-conference, but has upped those numbers to 38.4 and 30.6 percent, respectively.
Controlling The Glass: Oregon State is fourth in the Pac-12 in rebounds, averaging 43.0 per game. No OSU team has averaged more than 40.0 total rebounds since the 1996-97 season (41.1). The Beavers' 61 rebounds against Sacramento State were their most since they grabbed 61 against Washington State on Dec. 28, 2001.
Missing Piece: Oregon State will be without an integral piece of the puzzle this season as senior guard Sage Indendi is out for the year after undergoing a surgical procedure on her ankle. Indendi, who won a national championship with Coach Rueck at George Fox, had started 63 straight games for the Beavers the last two seasons, averaging 9.5 points. A proficient long range shooter, Indendi set the OSU record for three-point field goals with 75 in 2010-11 and is third on the school's all-time list with 121 in her career.
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