Women's Basketball Faces No. 9 UCLA in Annual Pink Zone Game
Feb. 11, 2011
LOOKING AHEAD — Oregon State (8-15, 1-11 Pac-10) hosts No. 9 UCLA (20-2, 10-1 Pac-10) in the annual Pink Zone game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Fans that purchase a $12 Pink Zone hat from Beaver Authentics will receive free admission into the game. Part of the proceeds from the hat sales will benefit the Kay Yow Foundation, sponsored by the Corvallis Clinic’s Project H.E.R. and Heresco Chiropractic.
TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from Saturday’s game can be found through osubeavers.com. Gametracker is available, and all but two home games (Jan. 8 - Washington State; Jan. 27 - California) will also be streamed live for free through osubeavers.com. And as always, for in-game updates, follow OregonStateWBB on Twitter.
GAME 24: NO. 9 UCLA — Saturday, Feb. 12 (2:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 17-40 all-time against the Bruins. UCLA has won the last five straight meetings.
UCLA took a 75-48 victory over Oregon on Thursday, led by redshirt sophomore forward Atonye Nyingifa’s 12 points. Senior guard Darxia Morris leads the team in conference play, averaging 13.7 points in an average 29.7 minutes played per game, while junior forward Jasmine Dixon is close behind, averaging 13.4 points per game and shooting 60.8 percent. Dixon also is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.3 boards per game, while tallying a team-high 27 steals. The Bruins have suffered their only Pac-10 loss at Stanford on January 20, and they post the best scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 54.8 points per game.
LAST TIME AROUND (JAN. 13, 2011) — Redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi scored a team-high 13 points with freshman Alyssa Martin adding 10 in the Beavers’ 58-46 loss to No. 10 UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on Thursday. Senior El Sara Greer led rebounding efforts with five, adding five blocks.
REWIND TO THE LAST GAME — Freshman Alyssa Martin scored a career-best six three-pointers with a total of 18 points, but the Oregon State women’s basketball team fell to USC, 70-51, on Thursday. Junior Earlysia Marchbanks added a double-figure points performance with 10, tallying a team-high six rebounds along with senior El Sara Greer.
SEEKING 300 — Head coach Scott Rueck is just four wins away from earning his 300th career. He achieved his first 288 at George Fox in his 14 seasons as head coach.
GREER BLOCKS IN THE BOOKS — Senior forward El Sara Greer is already second all-time for the most blocks in a single season, bypassing names such as Carol Menken, Tiffany Ducker and Sissel Pierce. Greer has 77 total so far on the season and is on pace to break the school record of 85 set by Sissel Pierce during the 1999-00 season. Currently, Greer leads the Pac-10 in blocked shots, while being ranked eighth nationally. Overall Greer has 99 career blocked shots in two seasons with the Beavers which ranks eighth all-time.
MARTIN AND INDENDI MAKE THEIR MARK FROM BEYOND THE ARC — Freshman guard Alyssa Martin broke into the single season top 10 for most made three-pointers at USC on Jan. 15. Martin has 56 so far on the season, good for seventh. Redshirt sophomore guard Sage Indendi has 60, which takes the fifth place mark.
YOUTH IN THE TEAM — The Oregon State women’s basketball team is one of the nation’s youngest teams, boasting an average age of 19.4 in the 11 player roster. Senior El Sara Greer and redshirt junior Courtney Wetzel are the oldest at 21, while freshman Classye James is 18.
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED — The Oregon State women’s basketball team is ranked seventh for personal fouls per game (13.4), 20th for blocked shots per game (5.1) and 29th for three-point field goals per game (7.2), as of February 11. Individually, senior El Sara Greer ranks in the top 50 in one category — eighth for blocked shots per game (3.3), while redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi is 18th for three-point field goal percentage (42.6) and 40th for three-point field goals made per game (2.6).
LEADING THE PAC — The Beavers lead the conference in blocked shots (5.1 bpg). Senior El Sara Greer leads the blocked shots race (3.3 bpg), while freshman Alyssa Martin tops the minutes played list (38.4).
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. The Beavers are first in the conference in blocked shots per game (5.1 bpg) with senior El Sara Greer pacing the conference in the same category, averaging 3.3 per game. Overall on the season, the Beavers have forced 395 turnovers.
PINK ZONE — The Oregon State women’s basketball team is proud to announce its annual Pink Zone game. The Beavers will host UCLA on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 2:00 p.m. in legendary Gill Coliseum. Fans that purchase a pink hat will receive free admission to the game.
Also, in conjunction with the gymnastics team’s Pink Out, a Pink Out breakfast will be held on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 9:30 a.m. in the Reser Club. Cost is $20 per couple, $12 per adult and $8 per child. A silent auction will also be held with all of the proceeds going to the Corvallis Clinic’s Project H.E.R.
PAC-10 PACKS — With the Pac-10 season underway, 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.