Beavers Head to Palouse to Face Cougars
THE GAMES: The No. 21 Oregon State women's basketball team will hit the road for the first time this season over the weekend, as the Beavers face Washington State Saturday in Pullman.
FOLLOW ALONG: Saturday's game can be viewed live on Pac-12 Networks with Greg Heister and Alyssa Charlston on the call. The game will air live on KEJO 1240 in Corvallis with Ron Callan on the call, and live stats will be available at OSUBeavers.com. Live updates for all Oregon State women's basketball games can be found on twitter @BeaverWBB.
WHAT'S UP NEXT: Oregon State will head across the state for a matchup with Washington on Monday. That will be followed by a 10-day break, before taking on UCLA at Gill Coliseum on New Year's Day.
THE OPPONENTS: Oregon State is 59-28 all-time against Washington State, and has won the last 13 games in the series. The two sides met in back-to-back games last year to end the regular season and start the Pac-12 Tournament. Aleah Goodman scored 15 points in the first meeting of 2019-20.
- The Beavers have been ranked in every USA Today/WBCA Coaches' poll, dating back to the 2013-14 postseason rankings. Oregon State is one of four teams in the nation to be ranked every week over that period, joining UConn, Baylor, and Maryland.
- OSU fell to No. 21 in this week's AP poll.
- The Beavers have scored first in all five games this season
- Saturday will mark the Beavers' first road game of the year.
- Oregon State is 168-42 since the start of the 2014-15 season, the ninth-best record in the nation over that span, trailing only UConn, Notre Dame, Baylor, Maryland, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Stanford and Louisville.
- The Beavers were poised to make their seventh-straight NCAA Tournament last season, prior to the event's cancellation. Oregon State was also slated as a likely host school for the first and second-rounds.
- Oregon State was picked to finish fifth in both of the Pac-12 preseason polls. The last time the Beavers were picked fifth, they won the conference (2016-17).
- The Beavers are one of eight teams in the nation to make each of the last four Sweet 16's, joining UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Baylor, Stanford, UCLA and Mississippi State.
- The Beavers are 20th in the nation and second in the Pac-12 in total assists with 93 this season
- Oregon State is also 21st nationally and second in the conference with 21 total blocks.
- OSU's 23 wins last season was tied for the eighth-best total in program history, despite the NCAA Tournament being cancelled.
- Oregon State has notched the 15th 20-win season in program history last season, and its seventh-straight 20-victory campaign. The Beavers have reached the 20-win mark eight times in Scott Rueck's 10 seasons as head coach.
- The Beavers' five highest win totals have all come over the last six seasons (27 in 2014-15, 32 in 2015-16, 31 in 2016-17, 26 in 2017-18, 26 in 2018-19).
- The Beavers have earned 10 wins over top-10 opponents since the start of 2014-15.
- Oregon State has been selected to host an NCAA Regional at Moda Center in Portland in 2024. The Beavers also hosted a 2019 Regional, and were slated to host another in 2020 prior to the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament.
- With the re-worked NCAA timeline for this season, Oregon State will play 22 Pac-12 games this season.
GREAT SCOTT: Scott Rueck Quick Hitters
- Was chosen as a semifinalist for Naismith Coach of the Year last season.
- Inked a contract extension last offseason that runs through the 2027-28 season.
- 2017 John R. Wooden Pac-12 Coach of the Year, becoming one of five coaches in conference history to win the honor multiple times.
- Record at Oregon State is 231-108 making him the second-winningest coach in Oregon State history. Aki Hill holds the Oregon State wins record with 274.
- Rueck engineered an accelerated turnaround at Oregon State, bringing the program into national prominence during his eight seasons as head coach.
- Prior to joining Oregon State, Rueck served as head coach at George Fox in Newberg, Ore., where he built the program into a Division III national power, winning an NCAA title in 2009.
- Rueck's teams have consistently been known for outstanding defense. The Beavers have allowed 57.1 points per game over the course of his tenure. George Fox allowed just 48.3 points per contest in 2009-10, Rueck's final year there, and set a school record with 45.4 points allowed under Rueck in 2007-08.
- Graduated from Oregon State in 1991.
#AL3AH: Aleah Goodman Quick Hitters
- Preseason All-Pac-12 Selection
- Pac-12 Defensive Honorable Mention last season
- Is averaging 15.4 points per game this season, well above the 8.8 she averaged in 2019-20
- Has 12 steals this season, notching one in all five of Oregon State's games.
- Is third in the Pac-12 with 2.4 steals per game this season
- Is fifth in the Pac-12 with 4.4 assists per game.
- 2018-19 Pac-12 Sixth Player of the Year, the first one in conference history.
- Is currently first on Oregon State's career 3-point percentage list at 42.9 percent.
- Is fourth among active Division I players in career 3-point percentage.
- Is shooting 57.4 percent from the floor this season, and is 13-for-17 from inside the 3-point arc.
- Represented the USA Basketball 3x3 team at numerous tour stops in the summer of 2019, including tournaments in China, Russia, Italy, France and Canada.
- Recorded her first career double-double on Nov. 9, 2019, going for 12 points and 10 assists
- It was the 24th point-assist double-double in Oregon State history
- ESPNW National Player of the Week on Feb. 25, 2019
- Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention in 2017
- Father played baseball at George Fox under former Oregon State head coach Pat Casey
- Played the final game of her high school career at Gill Coliseum, leading La Salle to a state title.
- Two-time Oregon state 5A champion.
- Three-time Oregon 5A Player of the Year
TAYLOR MADE: Taylor Jones Quick Hitters
- Scored 14 points on Sunday, after scoring nine points combined over the prior two games.
- Has two blocks in four of the Beavers' five games this season.
- McClain Award Watch List, honoring the top power forwards in the nation.
- Preseason All-Pac-12 selection
- Named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, and was Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 and All-Pac-12 Defensive last season
- Earned three Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors last season, making her the only player in OSU history to take the honor three times. Jamie Weisner, Sydney Wiese and Mikayla Pivec as the only other Oregon State players to take the honor twice.
- Also named U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Week on Jan. 7.
- Made an impressive mark in her collegiate debut, recording a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, the third-most points by an Oregon State freshman in their debut, matching Sydney Wiese.
- Made a mark in her first career rivalry game, going for 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting against Oregon last season.
- Led the Pac-12 in blocks with 60 in 2019-20
- Holds the OSU freshman record for blocks and is second on the Beavers' freshman rebounds list.
- Rated as a five-star recruit and the No. 15 rated player in her class by Prospects Nation
- Three-time All-Texas honoree
- Tallied a double-double in all 25 games her senior year of high school
- Hopes to become an Athletic Director someday
GOFORTH AND CONQUER: Sasha Goforth Quick Hitters
- Earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors last week, joining Jamie Weisner, Sydney Wiese, Mikalya Pivec and Taylor Jones as Beavers to win that award since it was instated (2012-13)
- Scored in double-figures in each of her first four collegiate games, the first freshman in the Scott Rueck era to accomplish that feat.
- Is averaging 14.2 points per game this season, which places her on the highest scoring pace for an Oregon State freshman since Sydney Wiese averaged 14.3 per game in 2013-14.
- Has attempted 35 free throws this season, the second-highest total in the Pac-12.
- McDonald's All-American
- Invited to Jordan Brand Classic
- Five-star recruit and the No. 7 rated player in the nation according to Blue Star Basketball at time of signing.
- Naismith Trophy High School Watch List.
- Four-time All-Arkansas honoree
- Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year in 2019
SAY TAY KID: Taya Corosdale Quick Hitters
- Returned to the starting lineup for the first five games, after missing almost all of the 2019-20 campaign due to injury.
- Has exactly seven rebounds in three-straight games.
- Has at least three assists in every game this season.
- Has multiple steals in three of the Beavers' five games this season.
- Pac-12 Academic Honorable Mention last season
- Started 33 of Oregon State's last 34 games in 2018-19.
- Averaged 7.8 rebounds per game during Pac-12 play as sophomore
- Had 70 rebounds over her final seven games of 2018-19.
- Played all 125 minutes in the Beavers' 2019 NCAA Tournament run.
- The Beavers are 35-9 in games where Corosdale hits a 3-pointer, and 19-4 when she hits two or more.
- Started the final 25 games of her freshman season
- Jordan Brand Classic All-American in high school.
- Two-time King County League MVP
- Earned a five-star rating from ESPN, and was ranked the No. 6 forward in her signing class.
- Two-time All-State selection in Washington.
MACK ATTACK: Ellie Mack Quick Hitters
- Comes to the Beavers as a graduate transfer from Bucknell and will be eligible to play immediately
- Started her first five games as a Beaver.
- Is fourth on the team with 15 assists.
- Dished out seven assists vs. San Francisco
- Was the Patriot League Player of the Year in 2019-20
Two-time All-Patriot League selection
- Averaged 15.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season
- Shot 43.2 percent from 3-point range last season, good for second in the Patriot League
- Shot 50.7 percent from the floor last season, good for fifth in the conference
- Is a career 40.2 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE: Jasmine Simmons Quick Hitters
- Started the season with back-to-back double-figure scoring games, and has scored at least eight points in four of the Beavers' five games.
- Is averaging 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds through the first five games of the season, after posting 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest in 2019-20
- Is shooting 60.0 percent from the floor this season.
- Helped Australia win the World University Games in 2019
- Led Australia to a FIBA U-17 World Championship, serving as team captain. She made the All-Star Starting Five at the event.
- Earned a silver medal representing Australia at the 3x3 Championships.
- Was the No. 7 rated international recruit in her signing class.
- Enjoys playing guitar.
SERBIAN SURGE: Jelena Mitrovic Quick Hitters
- Has appeared in all five games this season after missing all of 2019-20 due to injury.
- Scored a career-high 11 points Sunday vs. Oregon.
- Is second on the team with four blocks.
- No. 3 rated European prospect in her age group
- Top Scorer and Team MVP of the U18 national champions in Serbia
- Averaged 11.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game at the 2018 European Championships
- Brother Luka is a professional basketball player.
YO JO: Jovana Subasic Quick Hitters
- Joined the Beavers as a graduate transfer from Washington State is immediately eligible to play
- Has seen action in all five games this season, scoring in four of them.
- Played in 31 games for the Cougars last season, making eight starts over the final 10 games of the season.
- Led WSU in blocks (30) and 3-point field goal percentage (40.0%)
- Scored 12 points on 6-for-10 shooting in her one game at Gill Coliseum last season.
- Competed for Serbia in the European Championships at the U-20, U-18 and U-16 levels, as well as the U-19 World Championships.
24-SAVANNAH: Savannah Samuel Quick Hitters
- Scored 10 points Sunday vs. Oregon, her first collegiate double-figure scoring game.
- Blocked three shots Sunday vs. Oregon.
- Helped lead FBC United to a Prime Event 17U National Championship and a Girls Under Armour 17U National title
- Was 6A Regional Player of the Year her sophomore year of high school
- First Team Atlanta Tip Off her junior season
- Led her team to state final four appearances in her freshman and junior seasons
- Made the honor roll in each of her high school years.
SHE'S THE MANNEN: Noelle Mannen Quick Hitters
- Walked on at Oregon State this summer, after attending the University of San Francisco in 2018-19 (did not play basketball)
- Has appeared two games this season, including 14 minutes of action Sunday vs. Oregon.
- Scored 10 points on 3-for-4 shooting vs. Southern Utah last season.
- First Team All-Oregon her senior season at Valley Catholic High School
- Hold's Valley Catholic's career records for points, rebounds, assists and steals.
- Also earned All-League honors in soccer and softball, and finished as high as fifth in the state in javelin.
HARD AND FAUSTINO: Ana Teresa Faustino Quick Hitters
- Appeared in four of the Beavers' first five games.
- Competed for the club GDESSA in Portugal, playing with the senior team during the 2019-20 season
- Was named Rookie of the Week twice last season,
- Tabbed to the National Starting Five of the Week once
- 2019-20 campaign was highlighted by a 28-point performance
- Helped GDESSA's U-19 squad win the national title in 2018-19, while earning MVP honors for putting up 23 points and seven assists in the final
- Made the All-Star Five in 2018-19 with an average of 17.7 points and 4.3 assists per game
UPSIDE BROWN: Kennedy Brown Quick Hitters
- Preseason All-Pac-12 selection
- Missed the last part of the 2019-20 season due to an ACL injury suffered Feb. 7 vs. Arizona State.
- At the time of her injury, she was second in the Pac-12 in blocks.
- Is tied for fifth on Oregon State's freshman blocks list.
- 2019 McDonalds All-American
- Played in the Jordan Brand Classic
- Two-time Kansas Player of the Year
- Enjoys photography
IN THE PAC:
- The Beavers are 87-24 in Pac-12 play since the start of the 2014-15 season, and 95-25 in their last 120 conference games.
- Beaver players have earned 13 All-Pac-12 First-Team nods over the last six seasons.
- Head coach Scott Rueck is one of five coaches in Pac-12 history to win the John R. Wooden Coach of the Year Award multiple times.
- Oregon State has a home record of 94-13 since the start of the 2014-15 season.
- The Beavers are 40-8 in their last 48 Pac-12 home games, and 56-9 in their last 65.
- Opponents are shooting 33.8 percent at Gill Coliseum since the start of the 2013-14 season.
- Oregon State set it record for total attendance last season.
- Seven of the top-10 crowds in Oregon State history have come over the last four seasons, including a record-setting attendance of 9,604 vs. Stanford, two sell out crowds of 9,301 vs. Oregon and a capacity Beavers Beyond the Classroom crowd this season.
STILL AnDREa: Andrea Aquino Quick Hitters
- Has yet to see action for the Beavers.
- Joined Oregon State as the No. 7 rated recruit in the nation, the highest rated signee in program history.
- Averaged 17.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and 7.0 blocks per game during her 2016-17 high school season
- Didn't start playing basketball until the age of 15.
THE STAFF: Oregon State Assistant Coaches and Support Staff Quick Hitters
- Associate Head Coach Jonas Chatterton enters his seventh season with the Beavers after spending four seasons at Colorado.
- Associate Head Coach Brian Holsinger served as an assistant coach on the Washington State staff for eight seasons.
- Assistant Coach Katie Faulkner was an All-Big Sky honoree at Montana
- Assistant to the Head Coach Kendall Knotz served as a manager for Oregon State for four seasons before taking on her new role three years ago.
- Olivia Murphy graduated from Oregon State, and is in her first year with the OSU staff
- Associate Athletic Trainer Jason Lieuw (code name J-Bubble) is the longest serving member of the Oregon State staff, currently in his 11th year with the team
- Voice of the Beavers Ron Callan has called 406 Oregon State women's basketball games since joining the program in the 2007-08 season, holding a record of 256-150 during that span.