Women's Hoops Prepares for Gene Hackerman Invitational
Nov. 30, 2011
LOOKING AHEAD — Oregon State (5-0) heads back out on the road to the Gene Hackerman Invitational, hosted by Rice University. The Beavers, the designated home team, will take on the North Texas Mean Green (4-2) first on Friday at 3:00 p.m. PT in Tudor Fieldhouse.
TRACKING THE BEAVS — Full results from Friday’s game can be found through osubeavers.com. Gametracker is available, and all but one home game (Jan. 28 - Oregon) will also be streamed live for free through osubeavers.com. And as always, for in-game updates, follow OregonStateWBB on Twitter.
GAME 6: NORTH TEXAS — Friday, Dec. 2 (3:00 p.m. PT): Oregon State and North Texas will meet for the first time on Friday.
North Texas has gotten off to a 4-2 start to open 2011-12, falling only to Oral Roberts (60-70) and Arizona (62-69). Senior guard Tamara Torru leads the Mean Green offense with a 16.5 points per game average, shooting 57.1 percent, with junior forward Jasmine Godbolt also averaging in double figures at 13.2 points per game and connecting 42.6 percent of the time, while adding a team-high 9.3 rebounds per game. Senior guard Brittney Hudson paces North Texas in steals (3.2 spg), while sophomore guard Laura McCoy is the team’s assists leader (2.3 apg). Karen Aston is in her first season leading the Mean Green after spending the last four seasons as head coach at Charlotte. And Friday’s game marks the first game at a neutral site for the team.
THINGS TO WATCH FOR — Oregon State hasn’t started 6-0 since 2000-01 ... The Beavers have had at least three players score in double figures in each of its first five games ... Junior Sage Indendi has 77 career three-pointers, which ranks 10th all-time. She needs one more to move to ninth ... The team leads the Pac-12 in steals, averaging 14.8 per game, while freshman Ali Gibson has the lead with 3.8 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 a 2.8 mark ... Junior Patricia Bright leads not only the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, but also the nation as the Beavers as a team are ranked second ... Bright is also averaging 3.4 blocks per game this season, which easily could lead to a top 10 ranking for a single season and challenging the record set last season by El Sara Greer.
LOOKING BACK AT TUESDAY — The Beavers continued their unbeaten streak at Eastern Washington, defeating the Eagles 74-60. Freshman Ali Gibson led the team with 21 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the field, while junior Thais Pinto had a career-high 13 points. Oregon State led the entire game despite small runs by Eastern Washington, shooting 50.9 percent from the field and outrebounding the Eagles 42-35.
GARNERING NATIONAL ATTENTION — Oregon State ranks in the top 25 in 12 categories as a team, while two individual players are ranked in four categories as of the first NCAA rankings on November 28. The Beavers are tied for first for win-loss percentage (1.000), second in the nation for field goal percentage (50.2), fifth for scoring margin (35.6), eighth for blocked shots (6.8), ninth for scoring offense (85.2), 10th for assists (19.0), 11th for assist/turnover ratio (1.22), 12th for field goal percentage defense (31.0) and rebound margin (13.0), 14th for scoring defense (49.6) and steals (14.8) and 24th for turnover margin (7.4). Junior Patricia Bright leads the nation in field goal percentage (73.5), also adding 11th for blocked shots (3.4). Freshman Ali Gibson is 20th for steals (3.8) and 24th for assist/turnover ratio (2.83).
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 85.2 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. The team’s scoring margin of +35.6 currently leads the Pac-12 and is fifth in the country, as well as the Beavers are the only team to be shooting above .500 in field goal percentage (.502).
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 (59.2 percent) and leading the team in total points per game (15.0). Gibson plays with the poise of a veteran guard, and currently boasts the third-most minutes (27.0) 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 5-0 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) 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.
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 December 20, January 31 and Tuesday, March 6, prior to the start of the Pacific Life Pac-12 Tournament. Head coach Scott Rueck is scheduled for 10:13 a.m. for all three conference calls. 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 will compete in one final game in the Gene Hackerman Invitational on Saturday. If Oregon State wins, it will take on the winner of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi/Rice game at 5:00 p.m. Otherwise, if the team loses, it will take on the loser of the same matchup at 3:00 p.m.
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