Women's Basketball Opens WNIT Play against UC Davis on Thursday
March 13, 2012
LOOKING AHEAD -- Oregon State (18-12) and UC Davis (17-12) will face for the second time ever in the first round of the 2012 Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Gill Coliseum.
TICKET INFO -- Tickets to the WNIT will be available beginning Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. by visiting the ticket office in Gill Coliseum or by calling 1-800-GOBEAVS only.
Season ticket holders are able to purchase their own seats beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Season ticket holders can only purchase their regular season seats by visiting the ticket office or calling 1-800-GOBEAVS. They can not be purchased online. Season ticket locations not purchased by Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. will be made available to the public on Tuesday, beginning at 6:00 p.m. online, and all other tickets are available online then as well.
Reserved tickets are $11, and adult general admission seats are $8. Senior/youth tickets are $6 while Oregon State students can get tickets to the game for $4 with a student ID card (limit one ticket per student). Additional charges may apply for phone and internet orders.
PARKING INFO -- Since it's a postseason game, parking will $10 for Thursday's game in lots around the athletic facilities.
TRACKING THE BEAVS -- Full results from Thursday's game can be found through osubeavers.com. Gametracker is available, as well as free live video through osubeavers.com. The game will be broadcast in the Corvallis area on 1340 KLOO-AM in the Corvallis area.
SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATES -- Follow Oregon State women's basketball on Twitter (@oregonstatewbb) and Facebook (Oregon State Women's Basketball) for in-game updates, pictures, videos and other inside information in Beaver women's basketball.
WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS -- If the Beavers win, they will face the winner of the Saint Mary's and UNLV in the second round.
GAME 31: UC DAVIS -- Thursday, Mar. 15 (7:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 1-0 all-time against UC Davis. The Beavers defeated the Aggies 66-56 in Gill Coliseum on November 26, 2006.
UC Davis is on a two-game skid heading into Thursday's contest, falling 60-56 against UC Santa Barbara in the Big West regular season finale before coming up short against Pacific in the Big West Tournament quarterfinals, 59-51. Overall, the Aggies finished 17-12 on the season. Senior guard Samantha Meggison started all 29 games for UC Davis, averaging a team-high 11.1 points per game, while pulling down 5.1 rebounds. This trip to the WNIT, marks the third time in school history for the Aggies, and marks the third overall NCAA Division I postseason appearance after reaching the NCAA First Round last season. Head coach Jennifer Gross is in her eighth season, and the Aggies are 7-7 on the road this season, 3-3 in non-conference play.
WNIT OUTINGS -- Oregon State is 12-6 all-time in its WNIT outings, winning two national titles in 1980 and 1982. The Beavers have won their tournament opener seven of their eight trips with the last trip being the 2009 season.
TOURNAMENT TIDBITS --
Oregon State has qualified for the WNIT eight seasons, six of those times from 2001-10.
The Beavers have made either the NCAA Tournament or WNIT 13 times since 1980.
UC Davis has never won a first round game since it became NCAA Division I. The Aggies lost at Gonzaga, 81-60, in 2008 and at California, 74-69, in 2010.
The Pac-12 tied for the most qualifiers for a conference with the Colonial Athletic Association and Atlantic 10 with five. Joining Oregon State are USC, Washington, Arizona State and Colorado.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR -- Oregon State is 15-2 when it holds its opponents to 60 points or fewer ... The Beavers are 15-4 when they score at least 60 points in a game, 8-0 when they score at least 70 ... Junior Sage Indendi has 116 career three-pointers, which is third all-time. She needs 59 more to move to second ... Sophomore Alyssa Martin is tied for eighth all-time for career three-pointers with 93, she needs three more to move to seventh ... Freshman Ali Gibson is ninth all-time for most three-pointers made in a season with 54. She needs one more to move to eighth ... Junior Patricia Bright is leading the Pac-12, sixth in the country, averaging 3.4 blocks per game this season with 102 total, which is a new school record, resetting the record El Sara Greer set last year of 92. Bright's 102 blocked shots is the third most in a single season in Pac-12 history. She needs nine to move to second.
MEDIA RECOGNITION -- Head coach Scott Rueck was tabbed the 2012 Pac-12 Media Coach of the Year, while senior Earlysia Marchbanks was named to the All-Pac-12 Team, junior Patricia Bright All-Defensive Team and freshman Ali Gibson All-Freshman Team, announced Monday. The honors mark the first for all four recipients.
RACKING UP MORE AWARDS -- Senior Earlysia Marchbanks was named All-Pac-12 by the conference coaches, while freshman Ali Gibson was All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and All-Freshman Team. Junior Patricia Bright earned All-Defensive Team honors, announced March 6.
College Sports Madness tabbed head coach Scott Rueck the Pac-12 Coach of the Year, while Marchbanks was third team and Bright was fourth team.
And junior Thais Pinto was named the netscoutsbasketball.com Pac-12 International Player of the Year.
LOOKING BACK AT WEDNESDAY -- Freshman Ali Gibson scored 19 points, and senior Earlysia Marchbanks counted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Beavers couldn't overcome a 15-point deficit, falling to Washington State, 65-56, in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament.
GARNERING NATIONAL ATTENTION -- Oregon State ranks in the top 25 in one category as a team, while one player is ranked in a category as of the NCAA rankings released on March 12. The Beavers are 14th for blocked shots per game (5.5). Junior Patricia Bright is currently ranked sixth for blocked shots (3.4).
CURRENT RPI RANKINGS -- Oregon State is currently 83rd in the NCAA RPI Rankings, released on March 11. Five Pac-12 schools rank higher than the Beavers in No. 2 Stanford, No. 29 California, No. 38 USC, No. 65 Arizona State and No. 71 UCLA.
ODDS & ENDS -- Oregon State boasts the tallest player in school history in 6-7 center Thais Pinto. She also is the tallest on any Pac-12 roster with the second-tallest being 6-5.
Two Oregon State players boast fathers that played at Pac-12 schools. Alyssa Martin's father, Earl, Martin played at Oregon State from 1986-90, while ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley's father, James Edward played at Washington from 1974-77. Both fathers are still in top 10 lists at their respective institutions.
With the addition of Colorado and Utah in the inaugural season of the Pac-12, the Beavers hold a 0-2 record all-time against the Buffaloes and a 6-5 edge over the Utes prior to the teams' meetings this season.
Oregon State's 5-0 start is the best start for the program since 2000-01, when the Beavers went on a 6-0 run.
The Beavers are now 6-20 all-time in Pac-10/12 openers, winning the conference-opening game twice in the past three seasons.
While the Beavers have never won at Stanford, the Cardinal's seven-point margin of victory over the Beavers on January 7 in Maples is the second-lowest in school history, second only to the March 7, 1987 contest when Oregon State lost 58-56.
The Beavers' win over Arizona State snapped an 18-game series winning streak that dated back to 2003. With the win, the team ties its number of conference wins from last season.
Oregon State's win at USC is the first time the Beavers have won in the Galen Center since January 29, 2004. The team handed the Trojans their second conference loss at home this season, second to No. 4 Stanford.
The team's nine conference wins is the most in a season since 2008-09, when the Beavers finished 9-9 in Pac-10 play, finishing in a three-way tie for fourth place.
Oregon State's three overtime contests mark the most in a single season since the 2006-07 season when the Beavers went 1-2.
The last time Oregon State earned six straight conference wins was 1994-95, and the last time the Beavers defeated the Ducks in three consecutive meetings was with a sweep in 1992-93 and the first meeting in the 1993-94 season.
The Beavers' 10 wins in Gill Coliseum are the most since the 2008-09 season, when that squad won 13.
The last time Oregon State swept the Washington schools in a weekend was 2008-09, and the last time it swept them on the road was 2001-02. The Beavers haven't taken the season sweep over Washington since 2008-09 as well.
Oregon State's tie for fifth place in the regular season finish is the best finish since 2008-09, when the Beavers finished tied for fourth with the same record in conference play.
BRIGHT IN THE RECORD BOOKS -- Junior Patricia Bright etched her name in the Oregon State record books at Pepperdine on Dec. 10. Bright blocked nine shots, resetting the record that Brina Chaney and Sissel Pierce set in 2003 and 2000 of eight blocked shots. The single-game record is only the fourth in the overall single-game records that occurred away from Gill Coliseum.
Bright added another record on February 25, blocking five shots in the second Civil War meeting to record 95 at that point in the season - the most ever in a single season in school history.
BRIGHT GETS RECOGNITION -- Junior Patricia Bright was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week after her play at Pepperdine by both the conference office and by College Sports Madness. Bright nearly earned a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a school-record nine blocked shots.
FAMBRO TABBED A GAME CHANGER -- Junior Quortni Fambro was named the Winimation.com Win Stat Rally Award recipient in her inspired effort against Pepperdine. The Win Stat Rally Award is given to a player or players that came on the court with their team trailing, and leave the court with their team ahead or with momentum on their team's side.
TOP TURNAROUND PROGRAM -- The Oregon State women's basketball team is currently boasting the top turnaround in NCAA Division I women's basketball as of Dec. 14. The Beavers finished 9-21 (.300) last season, while posting a 6-1 record (.889) so far this season, marking a 57.5 percent change.
RECORDS KEEP BEING SCRATCHED -- Oregon State has broken a pair of records already this season. The Beavers' 96-32 win over Western Oregon marks the largest margin of victory in school history, resetting the record of 60 (114-54) set on February 7, 1980 over Alaska-Anchorage. And against Cal State Northridge, Oregon State reset the Gill Coliseum record for most rebounds with 55. The previous record was 53, set on March 11, 1995 against USC.
SWINGING OVER -- Freshman Arica Nassar joins the women's basketball team after a successful season with the Oregon State volleyball team. Nassar netted All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team accolades, while also being named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week twice.
OVER .500 -- Oregon State's win over Western Oregon tied up the all-time record with the 500th win in the program's history.
SCORING SURPRISE -- The Beavers currently average 65.7 points per game, a big jump from last year, when they only posted a 53.9 average. The team's 96 points against Western Oregon ties for the 19th highest scoring game by Oregon State in school history.
300 REACHED -- Head coach Scott Rueck earned his 300th career win over Cal State Northridge on November 17. He achieved his first 288 at George Fox in his 14 seasons as head coach.
SEASON OPENERS -- Oregon State is now 30-6 record in season openers.. The Beavers have won the last 14 straight season openers, last seven home openers.
TAKING IT TO THE ROAD -- Oregon State is 18-18 all-time on its first outing on the road after defeating Eastern Washington on November 22. The Beavers dropped the first away game the past two seasons.
FRESHMAN TALENT -- Freshman Ali Gibson has quickly solidified herself in the starting lineup, posting the best field goal percentage of the guards (43.2 percent) and is the leading scorer on the team with 12.3 points per game, while leading the team in conference play averaging 11.9 points per game. Gibson plays with the poise of a veteran guard, and currently boasts the most minutes (32.9) on the floor.
INDENDI REVAMPS HER GAME -- Junior guard Sage Indendi finished her inaugural season at Oregon State with a school record - the most three pointers in a single season (75). This season, Indendi is looking play a more complete game, while sharing point guard duties and setting up scoring opportunities for her teammates.
CHASING RECORDS -- With her 75 three-pointers last season, junior guard Sage Indendi has snuck on the top 10 list for career three-pointers. Based on her opening season as a Beaver, she's on track to break the record of 178 set by Felicia Ragland from 1999-02. And don't count sophomore Alyssa Martin out either. She counted 60 three-pointers last season.
PINK OUT WEEKEND -- The Beavers hosted California for its annual Pink Out game on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. Part of the proceeds went to the Kay Yow Fund and the Corvallis Clinic's Project H.E.R. Last year, volleyball's Spike Out Cancer, Pink Zone and gymnastics' Pink Out raised over $12,000 for breast cancer organizations.
Also, in conjunction with the gymnastics team's Pink Out, a Pink Out breakfast was held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Reser Club. A silent auction was also held with all of the proceeds going to the Corvallis Clinic's Project H.E.R., raising over $9,300.
FAMILIAR FACES -- The Beavers welcome back six from the 2010-11 roster, including four starters in senior guard/forward Earlysia Marchbanks, junior guard Sage Indendi and sophomore guards Alexis Bostick and Alyssa Martin. The roster boasts the two top scorers from last season in Indendi and Martin, but lost its top rebounder and shot blocker in Greer.
HALF NEWCOMERS -- Oregon State doubles its squad returning from the 2010-11 season with five junior college transfers and a true freshman. The Beavers welcome the tallest player to ever don an Oregon State women's basketball jersey in 6-7 center, Thais Pinto, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. With a father and uncle with NBA experience and championship rings, it was only fitting for forward ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley to follow in their footsteps on the hardwood. Guard Mollee Schwegler lettered in five sports at Rainier High School, including football, while being a two-sport athlete at Lower Columbia College in basketball and softball Forward/center Patricia Bright and guard Quortni Fambro round out the junior college transfers, while freshman guard Ali Gibson led her prep team to three California state championships and a national title.
BEAVERS INK FIVE -- The Oregon State women's basketball team will add five freshmen to its 2012-13 roster. Joining the squad will be Jamie Weisner, a 5-9 guard from Clarkston, Wash., Samantha Siegner, a 6-3 guard from Albany, Ore., Khadidja Toure, a 5--8 guard from Kamiakan, Wash., Deven Hunter, a 6-2 forward from Salem, Ore., and Ruth Hamblin, a 6-6 center from Houston, British Columbia, Canada.
REWIND TO LAST SEASON -- The Beavers finished the 2010-11 season with a 9-21 record, but they were competitive in every game, falling by 10 points or less in 15 of those losses. El Sara Greer and Sage Indendi were named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention with Greer adding Pac-10 All-Defensive Team honors. Alyssa Martin was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. And Indendi set a school record for most three-pointers made in a single season with 75, while Greer reset the blocked shots record with 92.
RUECK'S ASSISTANT COACHES -- Head coach Scott Rueck welcomes back a pair of assistant coaches this season in Mark Campbell and Eric Ely. Campbell became the winningest two-year guard in Hawai'i basketball history at guard. Ely brings over 12 years of Division I coaching experience splitting time at Oral Roberts and Missouri. He played professionally in France and Brazil after his collegiate career closed. Joining the staff this season is Megan Dickerson, who served as assistant coach under Rueck from 2006-10 at George Fox.
ATTENDANCE AVERAGE -- Last season, the Beavers averaged 1,500 fans per game, ranking the seventh highest in school history. The 1995-96 season still sits at top, where Oregon State averaged 5,264 per game.
Oregon State averaged 1,526 this season over 10 games, marking the sixth most in school history, and the Civil War attendance of 3,719 is the most in Gill Coliseum since 2006-07.
WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCES -- Head coach Scott Rueck is available to meet the media once Pac-12 play begins every Tuesday (with the exception of the week of the Pac-12 Tournament) at 9:30 a.m. in the Gill Media Room (Room 15), beginning Tuesday, Dec. 27. Each press conference is also streamed online live at osubeavers.com.
CATCH EVERY GAME ON THE RADIO -- Every Oregon State women's basketball game this season will be on the airwaves, either on the AM dial or online at osubeavers.com. Fans can catch games on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area. Every game will also be available through Beaver Nation Online, the audio/visual service of osubeavers.com.
Ron Callan of KPAM 860 begins his third season as the voice of the Beavers.
For the fourth straight season, select games will be available for fans in the Portland area on KKOV 1550-AM. This year, the Beavers will be on 10 times in Portland, the same as the last three seasons. KKOV is the sister station of KPAM 860, which broadcasts Oregon State football, men's basketball and baseball, among other Beavers' information.
SEE THE BEAVS ON TV -- Oregon State is scheduled to appear on television twice this season.
The Civil War contest in Gill Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. was broadcast nationally on FSN, and the second installment of the Civil War Series in Eugene aired on CSNNW.
BEAVERS ALL-ACCESS -- ROOT SPORTS will air the popular 30-minute "Beavers All-Access" show beginning in January on Wednesday afternoons. Head coach Scott Rueck will sit down with host Mike Parker in taping for the show on five occasions at 101 next to Big River Restaurant in downtown Corvallis on Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb 13 and Mar. 5.
BEAVER SPORTS TALK -- Most of the Oregon State radio networks will carry Beaver Sports Talk, which airs every Tuesday during basketball season beginning at 7:00 p.m. The show originates from McMenamins on Monroe and will feature Oregon State basketball coaches Scott Rueck and Craig Robinson as well as selected players.
ONLINE HOME OF BEAVER ATHLETICS -- The Internet home of Oregon State athletics, osubeavers.com, has a full slate of information on the Oregon State women's basketball team. Game notes, photo galleries, roster and full schedule are available by visiting the website.
BEAVER NATION ONLINE -- The subscription-based site within osubeavers.com offers exclusive interviews, highlights, webcasts and special features from Oregon State coaches and players throughout the year. Live events, game replays, weekly and post-game press conferences, special features, highlights and classic games are constantly shown on the site.
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