Beavers to Face California on Saturday
Feb. 25, 2011
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Live Audio
LOOKING AHEAD -- Oregon State (9-17, 2-13 Pac-10) heads to Haas Pavilion to face the California Golden Bears (14-13, 6-10 Pac-10) on Saturday evening for a 7:30 p.m. tip. The contest will mark Senior Day for the Golden Bears.
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 27: CALIFORNIA -- Saturday, Feb. 26 (7:30 p.m.): Oregon State is 28-32 all-time against the Golden Bears. California has won the last nine straight meetings, including the last one this season on Jan. 27.
California is on a six-game skid heading into Saturday's contest. The Golden Bears last win was at Arizona on Feb. 3, handing the Wildcats a 73-63 decision. Two Cal players average in double-digits in conference play, led by sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth with a 13.4 points per game average, adding a 6.4 average on the boards. Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon is posting 12.0 points per game and 5.5 rebounds. Sophomore center Talia Caldwell paces the Golden Bear rebounding efforts with an average of 7.8 per game in Pac-10 play. Caldwell earned the team's only double-double on Thursday against Oregon with a career-best 20 rebounds, adding 10 points. California is 9-5 in Haas Pavilion this season, suffering all five losses against conference play with a 3-5 Pac-10 home record.
LAST TIME AROUND (JAN. 27, 2011) -- Senior El Sara Greer moved to fourth all-time for blocked shots in the single season record books with seven in the game, 68 total, but the Oregon State women's basketball team fell to California, 60-47. Junior Earlysia Marchbanks led the Beavers with 13 points with freshman Alyssa Martin adding 10. Three players, Greer, Marchbanks and sophomore Angela Misa, led the rebounding efforts with five each.
REWIND TO THE LAST GAME -- Redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi had a team-high 12 points, but the Oregon State women's basketball team fell to No. 2 Stanford, 73-37, in Maples Pavilion. Senior El Sara Greer added a team-best seven rebounds and four steals.
SEEKING 300 -- Head coach Scott Rueck is just three wins away from earning his 300th career. He achieved his first 288 at George Fox in his 14 seasons as head coach.
BEAVERS MAKE HISTORY -- Oregon State's come-from-behind victory over Oregon on Feb. 19 marks what is believed to be the biggest halftime deficit overcome in Oregon State women's basketball history. The Beavers trailed 36-16 at the half, scoring 45 points en route to a 61-59 victory.
GREER GARNERS PAC-10 HONOR -- Senior El Sara Greer was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for Feb. 14-20. The forward earned her seventh double-double, sixth on the season, with 21 points and 13 rebounds against Oregon to lead the Beavers to a 61-59 victory after trailing 36-16 at halftime. The honor is the first for Greer, and the first for and Oregon State women's basketball player since December 2008.
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 81 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 10th nationally. Overall Greer has 103 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 58 so far on the season, good for tied for sixth. Redshirt sophomore guard Sage Indendi has 64, which ties the third most in a single season, matching Talisa Rhea's number from 2008-09. Indendi is on pace to break the single season school record of 69 three-pointers made by Felicia Ragland during the 2001-02 season.
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 (13.3), 26th for blocked shots per game (4.8) and 45th for three-point field goals per game (6.8), as of February 25. Individually, senior El Sara Greer ranks in the top 50 in one category -- 10th for blocked shots per game (3.1), while redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi is 31st for three-point field goal percentage (40.8).
LEADING THE PAC -- The Beavers lead the conference in blocked shots (4.8 bpg). Senior El Sara Greer leads the blocked shots race (3.1 bpg) and offensive boards (4.2) of her 8.5 average per game, 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. The Beavers are first in the conference in blocked shots per game (4.8 bpg) with senior El Sara Greer pacing the conference in the same category, averaging 3.1 per game. Overall on the season, the Beavers have forced 449 turnovers.