Women's Hoops Looks to Fill Gill for Thursday's Game against Arizona
March 1, 2011
LOOKING AHEAD -- Oregon State (9-18, 2-14 Pac-10) hosts the Arizona Wildcats (17-10, 8-8 Pac-10) at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday to open the final regular season weekend of the 2010-11 season. Thursday's contest is also Fill Gill night, where admission is only $1.
TRACKING THE BEAVS -- Full results from Thursday'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 28: ARIZONA -- Thursday, Mar. 3 (7:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 25-30 all-time against Arizona. The Wildcats have won the last three meetings, including squeaking out a 67-65 win at home in the McKale Center.
The Wildcats are coming off of a 84-74 win over USC and have won four of their last five contests with the only loss being to No. 9 UCLA, 74-70, at home on Feb. 24. Junior forward Ify Ibekwe leads Arizona offensively and defensively in Pac-10 play, averaging 15.9 points per game and a conference-leading 9.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Davellyn Whyte is close behind with a 15.4 points per game average. The Wildcats are only 2-5 away from McKale Center this season in conference play with both wins coming from the Washington trip.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK -- Redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi only needs one three-point field goal to set the single-season record - the current record is 69 ... Senior El Sara Greer is only three blocked shots away from resetting the single-season record of 85 ... Oregon State could finish the season tied for ninth place if it sweeps the Arizona schools this weekend and Oregon falls to both.
LAST TIME AROUND (JAN. 2, 2011) -- Four Oregon State players reached double-digits for points to erase a 15-point deficit, but the Beavers came up just short again, falling 65-67. Redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi led the way with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting, 5 of 8 from three-point range. Freshman Alyssa Martin added 14, while senior El Sara Greer had 12 points and junior Earlysia Marchbanks contributed 10. Greer posted a solid defensive game as well with eight rebounds and five blocks.
REWIND TO THE LAST GAME -- Redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi tied the school record for most three-pointers in a season, hitting her 69th with five, but the Beavers lost 58-49 at California on Saturday. Junior Earlysia Marchbanks added her first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while senior El Sara Greer also hit double-figures for points with 10.
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 83 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 ninth nationally. Overall Greer has 105 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 59 so far on the season, good for sixth. Redshirt sophomore guard Sage Indendi has 69, which ties the most in a single season, matching Felicia Ragland's number from 2001-02.
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 (4.1) of her 8.3 average per game, while freshman Alyssa Martin tops the minutes played list (38.1).