Young leaders stepping up for Oregon State women's hoops

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SAN FRANCISCO – There are lessons to be learned for Oregon State women's basketball, but with lessons learned comes more experience, and the Beavers have definitely grown up.

With emerging talent coming from returning players and new faces in the freshman class, Oregon State may be young, but it does not have a shortage of leaders that are willing to step up.

“We preach interior leadership on this team,” said coach Scott Rueck, who enters his ninth season at Oregon State and was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year by the media in 2012 after leading OSU to its eighth 20-win season in program history.

The Beavers are returning one senior in Alyssa Martin who started all 31 games, led the team in assists and finished third in scoring (7.2 points) for the team during the 2012-13 season. Martin will be the most experienced player returning in Corvallis, and with nine freshmen and sophomores on the roster, younger players will be expected to make an immediate impact as leaders on the court.

A self-proclaimed “gym rat,” sophomore guard Jamie Weisner returns as the Beavers’ leading scorer with an average of 12.5 points per game. Weisner was also named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team in addition to receiving Pac-12 honorable mention honors.

“We know what to work on to achieve more wins this year,” Weisner said.

Rueck also mentioned sophomore Ruth Hamblin, who is returning after a stint with the Canadian National Team this past summer.

"She is somebody that you have to pay attention to," the coach said.

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In addition to the young returning players, Oregon State will enjoy an influx of talented freshmen, including notable first-years Sydney Wiese and Breanna Brown. Both are expected to make an immediate impact on the court.

As Oregon State heads into the 2013-14 season, the Beavers will rely on interior leadership from every player to improve upon their performance of 4-14 in conference play last season. 

“Everybody who came in is determined to turn OSU into a winner,” Rueck said.