Women's Basketball Hosts Monday Matchup With Mustangs
Nov. 11, 2012
Tracking the Beavs: The game will be streamed live for free on Oregon State's Pac-12.com channel and air on the radio on KEJO 1240AM with Ron Callan on the call. Live stats are also available via Gametracker and fans can follow @OregonStateWBB on Twitter for all game day information, including score updates, photos and observations.
Tickets: Tickets for the game are available by visiting beavertickets.com , calling 1-800-GOBEAVS or visiting the Oregon State Athletic Ticket Office located at Gill Coliseum, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Game: Oregon State, coming off a season-opening win against Western Washington, welcomes Cal Poly to Gill Coliseum on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
The Rundown: Oregon State defeated Western Washington on Saturday, 71-59, to extend the program's winning streak in season openers to 15 ... OSU pulled down 51 boards against the Vikings after eclipsing the 50-rebound total only three times last season ... The Beavers overcame a four-point halftime deficit to win on Saturday, something they did on four occasions in 2011-12 ... Alyssa Martin led Oregon State against WWU with 20 points, the fifth such effort of her career ... Ali Gibson tied a career high with six steals in the contest against the Vikings ... OSU's freshman class had a sterling debut in the season opener, scoring over 60 percent of the team's points (43-of-71) on more than 55 percent shooting (16-of-29) ... Khadidja Toure (13) and Jamie Weisner(11) became the first freshman duo to reach double figures in their debuts since 2006-07 ... Deven Hunter's 12 rebounds were the most for an Oregon State freshman in her first game since that same 2006-07 season ... Ruth Hamblin's three rejections in her first game is the highest total for an OSU freshman since Ericka Brosterhous swatted the same number in the first contest of the 1998-99 season against San Diego State on Oct. 17 (W, 71-67).
Mustangs Matchup: Oregon State is 3-1 all-time against Cal Poly with all three wins coming in Gill Coliseum. The Beavers have won the last two meetings, 73-64 on Nov. 10, 2007 and 71-61 on Nov. 13, 2009, in what were OSU's season openers those years. Cal Poly is coming off a 90-59 loss at the hands of Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla. on Friday night. Molly Schlemer led her squad with 21 points on 8-of-18 from the floor and had 12 rebounds.
Season-Opening Success: With its triumph over Western Washington, Oregon State is now 31-6 all-time in its first game of the season, winning the last 15 in a row. The Beavers last fell in an opener to San Diego State on Nov. 16, 1997 (63-56).
Controlling The Glass: The Beavers pulled down 51 rebounds against Western Washington, something they did just three times last season. Oregon State grabbed 52 boards in its season-opening win against Western Oregon last Nov. 11 and had a season-high 55 in a 83-63 win over Cal State Northridge on Nov. 17. The Beavers also tallied 50 rebounds in defeating Washington State, 51-39, on Feb. 9.
Controlling The Glass II: Deven Hunter's 12 rebounds were the highest total for an OSU freshman in a debut since Judie Lomax grabbed 14 against Southern Utah on Nov. 11, 2006.
No Lead, No Problem: The Beavers started off the season with a win despite trailing at halftime, 31-27. Oregon State trailed at the break 11 times in 2011-12, winning four of those games. OSU overcame deficits against Pepperdine (12/10), Arizona State (1/12), Washington State (2/9) and Oregon (2/25). The squad's seven-point deficit against the Ducks (29-22) was the largest they rebounded from to win in 2011-12.
Martin's Magic: Alyssa Martin sparked Oregon State offensively against WWU with her 20-point effort. It was the fifth 20+ point game of her career, her first since she scored 21 on Jan. 23, 2011 against Oregon and just four off her career high. Martin scored the first seven points coming out of halftime to help OSU grab the lead and never look back. Her lone three-point bucket moves her into a tie with A.J. Dionne (1993-96) for sixth on the school's all-time list (96).
Ali G: Sophomore guard Ali Gibson tied a career high with six steals against WWU, something she also did against Southern Utah on Nov. 20, 2011. Gibson, who now has 73 thefts in her career, swiped 67 balls a season ago, the third-highest total for a freshman in Oregon State history behind Brenda Arbuckle's 75 in 1983-84 and Lisa Channel's 70 in 1982-83.
Fab Freshmen: A number of new faces have made an immediate impact for Oregon State. In the team's first win, the group of Ruth Hamblin, Deven Hunter, Samantha Siegner, Khadidja Toure and Jamie Weisner scored over 60 percent of the team's points (43-of-71) on more than 55 percent shooting (16-of-29).
Dynamic Duo: Against Western Washington, Khadidja Toure and Jamie Weisner became the first pair of OSU freshmen to reach double digits in their debuts since 2006-07 when Judie Lomax scored 11 and Jasmine Smith put in 10 in the season opener against Southern Utah on Nov. 11 (W, 60-38).
Ruth Rejects: 6-foot-6 freshman center Ruth Hamblin put up nine points, four rebounds and three blocks against the Vikings on Saturday. Her three rejections are the most for an OSU freshman since Ericka Brosterhous swatted the same number in the first contest of the 1998-99 season against San Diego State on Oct. 17 (W, 71-67). The Oregon State freshman record for blocks in a season is owned by Brenda Arbuckle, who had 47 in 1983-84.
Nice Try: Patricia Bright's three blocks in the game against WWU give her 118 in her career, moving her into sixth place on Oregon State's all-time list. In 2011-12, she blocked a school-record 115 shots to finish sixth in the nation. That total is the second highest in Pac-12 history and comes just one year after former OSU center and current professional El Sara Greer swatted a then-school record 92 in 2010-11. Oregon's Stefanie Kasperski is the only other league player to ever reach triple digits (119 - 1988; 111 - 1989). Bright single-handedly had more blocks than five Pac-12 teams last year (UCLA - 103; Cal - 110; Colorado - 110; Washington State - 86; Arizona - 80).
You Can't Win If You Don't Score: Oregon State held the Vikings to only 34.9 percent shooting on Saturday. The Beavers notched all but two of their wins last season when holding opponents to less than 40 percent from the floor. OSU has led the Pac-12 in blocked shots the past two seasons and finished in the top 30 nationally both years. In 2011-12 the Beavers swatted a total of 183 shots after rejecting 143 the year before. Oregon State held its opponents to a miniscule 35 percent shooting last season, the 18th best mark in the country and third best in the Pac-12 (Stanford - 33.9; Arizona State - 34.2).
Proficient From Deep: The Beavers drained 182 three-point buckets last season, the fourth-highest mark in the Pac-12 and number two in Oregon State annals. OSU's 2010-11 team made 194 triples to set the school record. Leading that charge is a trio of sharpshooting guards: Ali Gibson, Sage Indendi and Alyssa Martin. Gibson's 56 treys last year are eighth-highest total in single-season history at OSU. Indendi holds the record with 75 bombs in 2010-11 and is currently third all-time at the school with 121 three-point field goals. Martin is tied for sixth in career made baskets from behind the arc with 96 in 64 games.
Pac-12 Prognosticators: Oregon State was picked fifth in the 2012 Pac-12 Preseason Coaches' poll. That preseason recognition is the highest the Beavers have ever been selected since the league began tallying coaches' votes before the 1998-99 season. Previously, OSU had been tabbed as high as seventh on three occasions, prior to the start of play for the 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2009-10 campaigns.
Proving Them Wrong: OSU, which was predicted to finish last in the conference in 2011-12, leaped over more than half of the league during the season. The Beavers ended up with a 9-9 mark in Pac-12 action to finish in a tie with UCLA for fifth. In ending the year seven spots above where they were picked at the beginning of the season, Oregon State made the largest jump between expected finish and actual result in conference history. No school had ever outperformed expectations by more than five places in the league's final standings. In 2000-01, Washington was predicted to finish tied for sixth and actually ended up in a three-way tie for first with Arizona State and Stanford. In 2004-05, USC was tabbed seventh in the preseason poll, but tied the Sun Devils for second place at the end of the year.
A Golden Opportunity: Oregon State will be aiming for its first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the early 1980's this year. The Beavers last reached that mark in consecutive seasons during a stretch of five straight 20-win campaigns under the legendary Aki Hill from 1979-80 to 1983-84.
Challenging Slate: OSU, which had the 60th toughest schedule in the nation last season, should see a significant uptick in that number in 2012-13. The Beavers will be playing in the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta in November, the team's first international trip since 2008 and only third ever. Depending on how the bracket plays out in Mexico, Oregon State could face three 2012 NCAA Tournament teams in the non-conference portion of its schedule for the first time since 2002-03 (UC Santa Barbara, Michigan State, Louisville or Gonzaga).
Stringing W's Together: Oregon State's six-game conference winning streak from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11 last season was the Beavers' longest such string of victories in conference since their 1995 squad reeled off seven in a row en route to an NCAA Tournament berth. That year they defeated Washington State, Arizona State, Arizona, California, Stanford, Oregon and No. 10 Washington from Jan. 21 to Feb. 17. In 2011-12, OSU trounced USC, Oregon, Colorado, Utah, Washington State and Washington consecutively.
Huge Improvement Under Rueck: After a 20-13 season, the 11-game improvement in the win column from Head Coach Scott Rueck's first year at the helm (2010-11; 9-21) was the greatest single-year leap in that category since Oregon State's 1990-91 squad went 17-11 after winning just five games the previous season. That leadership also earned Rueck Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors as voted on by the conference media last March.
Heralded Freshmen: OSU will have the opportunity to place someone on the Pac-12's All-Freshman Team for the fourth consecutive year as it welcomes in one of the nation's top recruiting classes, ranked as high as 17th in the country by ESPN HoopGurlz. The group includes two consensus top-100 players in Jamie Weisner (#41) and Samantha Siegner (#94) to go along with Ruth Hamblin, Deven Hunter and Khadidja Toure. Ali Gibson made the conference squad last year after averaging 11.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. In 2010-11, Alyssa Martin was a part of the prestigious group thanks to her 12.4 points per game and 60 three-pointers made.
Missing Marchbanks: Last year, All-Pac-12 performer Earlysia Marchbanks became the first player in Oregon State history to lead the team in points (12.5), rebounds (7.6) and assists (3.7). She also was the program's initial first team all-conference performer since 2007 (Casey Bunn).
Increased Exposure: With the advent of the Pac-12 Networks comes increased exposure, as the Beavers will have at least nine regular-season games televised in 2012-13, more than the program has had in the last five years combined and the fourth-highest total in the league this season.
Filling Gill: More people came through the doors of Gill Coliseum to watch the Beavers play last year (25,763) than had in any of the past 16 seasons. Oregon State's last NCAA Tournament team in 1995-96 drew an astounding 63,093 fans at 12 home games. The 1,431 average attendance in 2011-12 is the 10th most in OSU women's basketball history.
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