Oregon State Ranked 12th in Coaches’ Poll
CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State women’s basketball team is ranked 12th in the latest USA Today/WBCA Coaches’ Poll, which was released Tuesday morning. The ranking is comes one day after the Beavers were ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll, the highest ranking in school history.
The Beavers are coming off a three-win week that propelled them to 10-0 on the season, the best ever start in school history. Even more impressively, all 10 of Oregon State’s victories have come by double-figures, and the team is winning by an average margin of 26.8 points.
Oregon State is one of 10 remaining undefeated teams in the nation, six of which come from power conferences. The Beavers are also the highest ranked team in the Pac-12.
OSU’s outstanding season has been highlighted by a win over then No. 6/6 North Carolina last Tuesday, the highest-ranked opponent the Beavers have ever beaten on the road. Oregon State followed that up with wins over Southern Illinois and Nevada in New Orleans.
Oregon State is currently first in the nation in assists per game with 23.2 and second in assist/turnover ratio at 1.63. The Beavers are also holding opponents to just 31.8 percent shooting from the floor, the fourth-best field-goal percentage defense in the country.
Junior Ruth Hamblin is averaging a team-best 14.0 points and 8.9 rebounds per game this season. She recorded her seventh double-double of the year against North Carolina, and is shooting 68.9 percent from the floor this season. Hamblin sits just one block short of the Oregon State school record.
Sophomore Sydney Wiese is averaging 13.2 points per game this season, and is 13th in the nation with 60 assists. Junior Jamie Weisner is also averaging double-figures with 11.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
The Beavers will return to action Sunday, when they take on No. 8/11 Tennessee in Knoxville. The Lady Vols moved up three spots this week after recording a big win over Stanford.