oregon state women's basketball

Lady Beavers score huge win

OSU's upset of Tenneesee on the road is a bracket-buster
Staff report

Maybe the national rankings had it right.

Cast aside as a mere sixth seed despite being ranked 13th in nation polls at the end of the season, the Oregon State women’s basketball team beat third-seeded Tennessee - ranked just 12th - in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Oregon State women’s basketball team booked its third-straight trip to the Sweet 16 on Sunday, with a 66-59 win over the Lady Vols.
Senior Marie Gulich had 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, and sophomore Mikayla Pivec led the Beavers with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Junior Katie McWilliams finished with 15 points and six assists, while freshman Taya Corosdale had seven points and nine rebounds.
Oregon State shot 45.7 percent in the contest, while holding Tennessee to 33.8 percent shooting. The Beavers also knocked down 19 of their 23 free-throw attempts.
The outcome marked Tennessee’s first-ever defeat in a home NCAA Tournament game, as they entered the game with a home postseason record of 57-0.

“I couldn’t be happier or more proud of this group,” Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck told reporters afterward. “The journey they have been on this year prepared us for this game. We knew we were going to have to deal with some adversity today, coming into a historic venue against an incredible team. All of our effort, all of our courage and all of our belief was on show today. This is a very special win not only for our team but for our program.”
The Sweet 16 appearance will be the fourth in Oregon State history. The Beavers will head to Lexington to continue their postseason run on Friday against second-seeded, and second-ranked, Baylor.
In a tight game, the Beaver offense exploded to end the third quarter, scoring the final nine points to open a 44-39 lead entering the fourth quarter.
Oregon State started off the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and extended the lead to 12 with 3:30 left to play. Oregon State maintained control from there.
The Beavers will look to continue their program success, which includes a trip to the Final Four in 2016.

Overall, the Pac-12 went 2-0 on Sunday with Oregon beating Minnesota in Eugene. UCLA, Stanford and Arizona State play today.

Ducks, Beavers await tournament pairings

4CAST: NCAA women, Oregon men, Blazers, Thorns
Staff report

The Oregon and Oregon State women's basketball programs will get their official NCAA Tournament placements tonight, giving their fans and end to more than a week of waiting.

The Ducks won the Pac-12 Tournament title last weekend for the first time, a day after Oregon State's regular season ended. The Ducks are likely to receive their highest tournament seed in the program's history.

Oregon, 30-4, enters the tournament ranked No. 6 nationally, and with a nine-game win streak. The Ducks were a 10 seed last year, but played into the Elite Eight before losing to Connecticut 90-52.

Oregon State, 23-7, is ranked 13th. The Beavers were a No. 2 seed last year, but got knocked out by Florida State in the Sweet 16.

The women's tournament begins on Thursday.


The Oregon men's basketball team missed out on the NCAA Tournament - Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State received spots - but did get into the NIT and will play host to Rider on Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon reached the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals and is 22-11 overall. Rider, 22-9, won the regular-season title in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, but missed out on the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by not winning the MAAC tournament. It's the first-ever meeting between the schools. Rider is located in Lawrenceville, N.J.


Portland, in third place in the Western Conference, will put its nine-game win streak up against Miami, the No. 7 team from the Eastern Conference.

The Blazers are 40-26 and two games ahead of fourth-place New Orleans, Minnesota and Oklahoma City.

Miami is 36-31 and has a two-game win streak.


The Portland Thorns lost their first of three preseason games Sunday, 1-0, to the Chicago Red Stars at Merlo Field. The team plays again Wednesday and Saturday Merlo Field in preparation for the start of the season, March 24. Wednesday's game is against the U.S. National Under-23 squad.


The Portland Winterhawks rebounded from Saturday's loss with a 2-0 victory over Everett at the Moda Center, and have three games remaining in the regular season. The Hawks play again Friday against Seattle at the Moda Center.



Ducks, Beavs get playoffs moving

Oregon, Oregon State open Pac-12 Tournament
Staff report

Touted as the "Wonder Women" all season by its athletic staff, the University of Oregon women's basketball team has played up to that level by winning the Pac-12 Conference title for the first time in nearly 20 years.

But, that was the regular season. Crunch time begins today with a quarterfinal game in the conference tournament in Las Vegas.

Oregon plays Colorado at 11:30 a.m.

In-state rival Oregon State plays Arizona State at 8:30 p.m.

The Ducks reached the semifinals of the tournament last season before losing to Stanford.

Oregon State, which won the regular season title last year, reached the tournament final before losing to Stanford.

Stanford has won the conference tournament 12 times in its 16 years, including twice in the past three years when OSU won or tied for the regular-season crown. OSU won two seasons ago.

Oregon has yet to win the tournament.

The Ducks feature the season's Player of the Year in sophomore Sabrina Ionescu, and forward Ruthie Hebard, who set an NCAA record for consecutive made field-goal attempts at 33 late in the season. Both were named as candidates for national Player of the Year as point guard and forward, respectively.



Ducks finally score a "W"

Oregon ends seven-year losing streak to Oregon State
Staff report

The national rankings don't say it, but in what could easily be described as an upset, the Oregon women's basketball team beat Oregon State 75-63 Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena, ending a 14-game losing streak to its in-state rival.

The Ducks, ranked No. 7, lost Friday in overtime to the 18-ranked Beavers, but rolled to a win before a home crowd of 7,249 fans and back into sole possession of first place in the Pacific 12 Conference.

"I’m really happy for the Ducks today," Oregon coach Kelly Graves told media members after the game. "Great crowd, great atmosphere for women’s basketball.”

Oregon, which led by as many as 27 points, improved to 18-3 overall, and 7-1 in conference games. The Ducks held OSU to seven points in the first quarter and led 40-18 at halftime. Oregon's last win in the series came in 2011.

Oregon State dropped to 14-5, 5-3.

Satou Sabally led Oregon with 21 points. She tallied just three in the loss Friday.

Sabrina Ionescu added 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while playing all 40 minutes. She played all 45 minutes Friday.

Kat Tudor led the Beavers with 17 points, while Marie Gulich added 16 points and 10 rebounds.



Beavers finally beat Stanford

OSU women end streak of 29 straight losses to Cardinal
Jan. 17, 2016

Corvallis - Senior guard Deven Hunter had 19 points and 12 rebounds and No. 12 Oregon State stunned No. 11 Stanford 58-50 Sunday night.

Spurred on by a roaring Gill Coliseum crowd of 4,314, the Beavers (14-3, 5-1 Pac-12) ended the game on a 23-4 run to erase a decade of frustration against Stanford (14-4, 4-2). It was OSU’s first win over the Cardinal since Jan. 11, 2001, ending a streak of 29 consecutive losses in the series.

“It’s hard to put this one into words,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “This was a great basketball game tonight. You know you’re going to get Stanford’s absolute A game, especially in a game like this one. For 30 minutes it was a struggle, and then things changed.

“The last 12-13 minutes of this game were a blur, and that’s a stretch of basketball no one here will ever forget. This is only one game, but it’s a significant one for us, and I’m so proud of the we we competed today.”

Hunter rained home a career-high five 3-point baskets in seven attempts and was 7 of 12 from the field overall in recording the ninth double-double of her career. She had eight points in the fourth quarter, when OSU outscored Stanford 28-10 to erase a 40-30 deficit.

Senior guard Jamie Weisner added 18 points, six assists and four steals and helped spark the comeback with 12 fourth-quarter points. Her 3-pointer from the right wing with 57 seconds to play was the dagger in the heart, as it gave the Beavers an insurmountable 55-48 advantage and sent the crowd into a frenzy.

The Beavers trailed 46-35 with 7:07 to play when the game turned 180-degrees on its axis going on a 17-0 run. Hunter scored a layup with 6:45 to play, then hit a 3-pointer off a Weisner assist with 6:14 to play to draw OSU within 46-40.

OSU readied for UT rematch

The Beavers get another shot at beating a top-tier program
Dec. 18, 2015 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

A year after nearly scoring a huge win, the Oregon State women's basketball team has another chance to assert it's place amongst the nation's top programs.

Saturday, the seventh-ranked Beavers play host to the 14th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers at Gill Coliseum.

Tennessee earned a 74-63 win over the visiting Beavers last year, ending OSU's 10-game win streak that opened the season. The third-ranked Vols were aided by a 34-9 edge in free throws on their home court.

This year's Beavers have an eight-game win streak heading into the 6 p.m. contest, and are coming off a 75-51 win over CSU-Bakersfield Tuesday, a game played before 7,824 fans at Gill.

OSU, which won the Pac-12 Conference title for the first time last season, leads the Pac-12 in attendance with an average of 4,004 fans per game.

The No. 7 ranking is the program's highest in its history. The Beavers play at No. 3 Notre Dame, Dec. 28.



Beavers handle Civil War meeting again

Oregon State sweeps Oregon in impressive style with 77-48 win Sunday
Jan. 11, 2015

EUGENE - The No. 11 Oregon State women’s basketball team completed a season sweep over Oregon and recorded its ninth-straight win over the Ducks with a 77-48 victory Sunday evening in Eugene.

Junior Ruth Hamblin led the way for the Beavers, scoring 23 points on 11-for-17 shooting from the field, as she recorded her second 20+ point game this season and the fourth of her career. Hamblin led five Beavers in double-figures, the fifth time this season Oregon State (14-1, 4-0 Pac-12) has had at least five players with 10 or more points.

“It was a great effort tonight,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “I think we played 80 minutes of great basketball this weekend, and I’m really proud of what our team brought to the table. I think both teams tried to impose their will early, and Oregon brought a great effort out in the second half, but I thought we did well to withstand that. Overall, we just executed well at both ends of the floor, and I’m really proud of how we played this weekend.”

With the win, Rueck is now 9-1 in the Civil War, including a 70-37 win Friday night before 7,652 fans in Corvallis.

Junior Deven Hunter made her mark at the forward position, scoring 10 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Freshman Marie Gulich also recorded 10 points in the contest, six of which came on impressive back-to-back three-point plays in the second half. Sophomore Sydney Wiese and senior Ali Gibson also finished with 10 points apiece.

Junior Jamie Weisner led the Beavers with 10 rebounds, helping Oregon State to a 42-39 advantage on the glass. As a team, the Beavers shot 44.6 percent in the contest (29-for-65), compared to 31.8 percent for the Ducks (21-for-66). Oregon State also shot 85.7 percent from the free throw line, their highest percentage of the season.

The teams battled back and forth in the early going, but for the second consecutive game the OSU defense stymied Oregon for an extended stretch midway through the first half. Oregon State held the Ducks off the scoreboard for over seven minutes, parlaying the defensive stand into an 11-0 run as the Beavers took the lead by double-figures. The Beavers would continue to press on from there, taking a 33-16 lead into the intermission.

Hamblin was a force inside in the first 20 minutes, scoring 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

The Beavers would keep things rolling in the second half, stretching the lead to 25 eight minutes into the closing frame. Oregon State would cruise from there, going up by as many as 32 before taking the win by 29 points.

The Beavers return to action on on Friday when they face Washington State at Gill Coliseum.


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