Beavers Headed South to Face Arizona
THE GAMES: The Oregon State women's basketball team will return to action this week, as the Beavers head to the Grand Canyon State to face Arizona on Sunday.
FOLLOW ALONG: Sunday's game can be viewed live on Pac-12 Networks with Brian Webber and Joan Bonvicini 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: The Beavers will return home to face Washington and Washington State on Jan. 22 and 24, respectively.
THE OPPONENT: Oregon State is 38-32 all-time against Arizona, and 15-18 in Tucson. The two teams split the series last season, with each side winning on the others' home floor. Taylor Jones recorded a double-double in Tucson last season, going 5-for-11 from the floor to finish with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
- The Beavers fell out of the WBCA Coaches' poll on Dec. 22, marking the first time they have not been ranked in the poll since the 2013-14 postseason rankings. UConn, Baylor and Maryland are now the only teams to be ranked in every poll since that point.
- OSU also fell out of the AP Poll on Dec. 21, snapping a 76-week run in that poll, the seventh-longest in the nation at the time.
- Oregon State's last six games have been postponed indefinitely. Overall the Beavers will have had 29 days without a game heading into Sunday's contest.
- The Beavers have scored first in all six games this season
- Oregon State is 168-43 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 11th in the nation and first in the Pac-12 in blocked shots per game this season.
- Oregon State is also 18th nationally in assists per game, and 16th nationally in fewest fouls committed.
- OSU's 23 wins last season was tied for the eighth-best total in program history, despite the NCAA Tournament being cancelled.
- Oregon State 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.
- Oregon State signee Talia von Oelhoffen was named to the Naismith Midseason Player of the Year Watch List.
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 231-109 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 15.2 points per game this season, well above the 8.8 she averaged in 2019-20
- Has 14 steals this season, notching at least one in all six of Oregon State's games.
- Is fourth in the Pac-12 with 2.3 steals per game this season
- Is seventh in the Pac-12 with 4.2 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 43.0 percent.
- Is second among active Division I players in career 3-point percentage.
- Is shooting 55.0 percent from the floor this season, and is 17-for-27 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
- Notched her second double-double of the season in the Beavers' last game, going for 13 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks
- Has at least two blocks in five of the Beavers' six games this season.
- Is fourth in the Pac-12 with 2.3 blocks per game 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 on Dec. 7, 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.
- 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 six games, after missing almost all of the 2019-20 campaign due to injury.
- Has multiple steals in three of the Beavers' six 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 six games as a Beaver.
- Tallied eight points and eight rebounds vs. Washington State in the Beavers' last game.
- Is third on the team with 18 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 6.8 points and 3.5 rebounds through the first six games of the season, after posting 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest in 2019-20
- Is shooting 56.5 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 six games this season after missing all of 2019-20 due to injury.
- Scored a career-high 11 points vs. Oregon.
- Is third 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 six 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 vs. Oregon, her first collegiate double-figure scoring game.
- Blocked three shots 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 last summer, after attending the University of San Francisco in 2018-19 (did not play basketball)
- Has appeared three games this season, including 14 minutes of action 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 six 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 87-25 in Pac-12 play since the start of the 2014-15 season, and 95-26 in their last 121 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.