Women's Basketball to Open Pac-10 Tournament Play against Arizona State
March 7, 2011
LOOKING AHEAD -- The 10th-seeded Oregon State Beavers (9-20, 2-16 Pac-10) will face the third-seeded Arizona State Sun Devils (19-9, 11-7 Pac-10) for the second time in five days in the first round of the Pacific Life Pac-10 Tournament at the Galen Center For full tournament information, visit www.pac-10.org.
TRACKING THE BEAVS -- Full results from Wednesday's game can be found through osubeavers.com. Live stats are available, and the game will be streamed at www.youtube.com/pac10conference. And as always, for in-game updates, follow OregonStateWBB on Twitter.
GAME 30: ARIZONA STATE -- Wednesday, Mar. 9 (12:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 19-34 all-time against Arizona State. The Sun Devils have won the last 17 meetings including a close 49-46 contest in Tempe on New Years Eve and last Saturday's 59-54 win in legendary Gill Coliseum.
Arizona State pulled out a 59-54 win on Saturday in its final regular season game at Oregon State, led by junior Kimberly Brandon's 15 points. The Sun Devils shot 45.8 percent (22-48) and 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14). Held only to three points in Saturday's contest and getting into foul trouble early, redshirt senior guard Dymond Simon continues to lead the Arizona State offense with a 12.8 point average in Pac-10 play, while Brandon is close behind averaging 11.3 points per game, while also leading the rebounding game with a 6.7 average in conference play only. The Sun Devils have only played two games at neutral sites this season, finishing at .500, losing to Florida State and defeating Providence College.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR THIS WEEK -- Oregon State has faced Arizona State twice this season, losing for a total of eight points over the two contests ... Senior El Sara Greer has 238 rebounds on the season, which ranks 10th all-time for a single season.
REWIND TO THE LAST GAME -- Three Oregon State players reached double-digits for points with senior El Sara Greer and freshman Alyssa Martin leading the way with 13 each, but the Beavers fell 59-54 to Arizona State on Saturday afternoon. Greer broke the school record for most blocked shots in a single season with three in the game, 88 total on the season, and redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi tacked on a pair more three-point field goals to increase her school record to 74 made.
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.
GREER BLOCKS IN THE BOOKS -- Senior forward El Sara Greer broke the school record for the most blocks in a single season on March 5 against Arizona State, bypassing names such as Carol Menken, Tiffany Ducker and Sissel Pierce. Greer has 88 total so far on the season and reset the school record 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 110 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 60 so far on the season, good for sixth. Redshirt sophomore guard Sage Indendi has 74, which is the school record. Indendi broke the school record against Arizona on March 3, resetting Felicia Ragland's 2001-02 record of 69.
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.
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 11th for personal fouls per game (13.6), 30th for blocked shots per game (4.8) and 47th for three-point field goals per game (6.7), as of March 4. Individually, senior El Sara Greer ranks in the top 50 in one category -- ninth for blocked shots per game (3.0), while redshirt sophomore Sage Indendi is 22nd for three-point field goal percentage (41.9).
LEADING THE PAC -- The Beavers lead the conference in blocked shots (4.8 bpg). Senior El Sara Greer leads the blocked shots race (3.0 bpg) and offensive boards (4.2) of her 8.4 average per game, while freshman Alyssa Martin tops the minutes played list (38.1).