Beavers Head to Eastern Washington for Pre-Thanksgiving Tilt
Nov. 21, 2011
LOOKING AHEAD — Oregon State (4-0) heads to Eastern Washington (2-1) for a pre-Thanksgiving tilt on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from Tuesday’s game can be found through osubeavers.com. Gametracker is available, and all but two home games (Jan. 28 - Oregon; Feb. 2 - Colorado) will also be streamed live for free through osubeavers.com. And as always, for in-game updates, follow OregonStateWBB on Twitter.
GAME 5: EASTERN WASHINGTON — Tuesday, Nov. 22 (6:00 p.m.): Oregon State is 6-3 all-time against Eastern Washington. The Beavers hold a four-game series winning streak after edging the Eagles, 64-60, last season on December 21 in Gill Coliseum.
Eastern Washington is off to a 2-1 start to the 2011-12 season, picking up a season opening win over Corban (89-54) before dropping a contest against Hofstra (69-90). The Eagles rebounded with a 68-57 win over San Diego last Thursday. All three contests have been played on the team’s home court - Reese Court. Two Eastern Washington players are averaging in double-figures, led by senior Brianne Ryan, who is averaging 17.7 points per game with sophomore Aubrey Ashenfelter close behind with a 12.0 point average. On the boards, freshman Melissa Williams has posted a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game. Head coach Wendy Schuller is in her 11th season with a 128-167 record at Eastern Washington.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR — Oregon State hasn’t started 5-0 since 2000-01 ... With a win on Tuesday, the all-time record for opening road contests will sit at .500 with an 18-18 record all-time ... The Beavers have had at least three players score in double figures in each of its first four games ... Junior Sage Indendi has 76 career three-pointers, which ranks 10th all-time. She needs two more to move to ninth ... The team leads the Pac-12 in steals, averaging 16.8 per game, while freshman Ali Gibson has the lead with 4.5 steals per game ... Oregon State also leads the conference in assist/turnover ratio (1.2) with Gibson easily jumping out in front individually in that category with 14 assists and only two turnovers.
REMEMBER THE LAST MEETING? — Oregon State defeated Eastern Washington 64-60 last season on December 21 in Gill Coliseum. Earlysia Marchbanks and Sage Indendi both scored 16 points, while El Sara Greer had 13 rebounds and three blocked shots to lead the Beavers defensively.
TAKING IT TO THE ROAD — Oregon State is 17-18 all-time on its first outing on the road. The Beavers have dropped the first away game the past two seasons.
LOOKING BACK AT SUNDAY — The Beavers jumped out to a quick 12-0 lead and never looked back, easily cruising to a 90-40 win over Southern Utah. The Beaver defense forced 34 Thunderbird turnovers with Oregon State scoring 38 points off those turnovers, while blocking a season-high 12 balls and collecting 22 steals. Junior Patricia Bright tallied seven of those 12 blocks, while junior ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley had a career and game-high 12 rebounds. Senior Earlysia Marchbanks led all scorers with 13 points.
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.
OVER .500 — Oregon State’s win over Western Oregon tied up the all-time record with the 500th win in the program’s history. Currently the Beavers are two wins over the .500 mark.
SCORING SURPRISE — The Beavers currently average 88.0 points per game, a big jump from last year, when they only posted a 53.9 average. The team’s 96 points ties for the 19th highest scoring game by Oregon State in school history. The team’s scoring margin of +41.0 currently leads the Pac-12, as well as the Beavers are the only team to be .500-plus in field goal percentage (.500).
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.
FRESHMAN TALENT — Freshman Ali Gibson has quickly solidified herself in the starting lineup, posting the best field goal percentage of the guards (56.8 percent) and ranking second on the team in total points per game (13.5). Gibson plays with the poise of a veteran guard, and currently boasts the third-most minutes (25.3) 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 host California for its annual Pink Zone game on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2:00 p.m. Part of the proceeds go to the Kay Yow Fund. 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.
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-shortest 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 4-0 start is the best start for the program since 2000-01, when the Beavers went on a 6-0 run.
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.
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 sixth highest in school history. The 1995-96 season still sits at top, where Oregon State averaged 5,264 per game.
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) with a TBA as conference play approaches in the Gill Media Room (Room 15). Each press conference is also streamed online live at osubeavers.com.
COACHES TELECONFERENCE — Pac-12 head women’s basketball coaches will be available on three media teleconference calls during the 2011-12 season. The calls will be scheduled for mid-December, prior to the start of conference action; early January, at the start of Conference play; and Tuesday, March 6, prior to the start of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament. Media members may call the Pac-12 office to receive the number for both the live teleconference and taped replay. Please contact Natalia Ciccone or Allison Yee for the call-in number. Dates of the first two calls and coaches schedule will be released at a later date.
PAC-12 TOURNAMENT — The 2011-12 Pac-12 Conference Tournament will be held March 7-10 in Los Angeles at the Galen Center, home to USC men’s and women’s basketball and Staples Center. The first round and quarterfinals will be held at the Galen Center, while the semifinals and championship game will take place at Staples Center. For more on the Pac-12 Tournament, visit www.pac-12.org.
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 once this season with the option of a second game being televised late in the season.
The Civil War contest in Gill Coliseum on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. will broadcast nationally on FSN. Additionally, on Saturday, Feb. 11, the Pac-12 has reserved that date as a wild card selection, and each of the scheduled Pac-12 games could be televised with the announcement TBA.
BEAVERS ALL-ACCESS — FSN Northwest 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.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE BEAVERS — The Beavers take a week off before heading to the Gene Hackerman Invitational, hosted by Rice University. Oregon State will face North Texas first on Friday, Dec. 2 at 3:00 p.m.
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