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Beavers Set to Host Cougars

Jan 21, 2021

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THE GAMES: The Oregon State women's basketball team will return home to take on Washington State Sunday at 2 p.m.

FOLLOW ALONG: Sunday's game can be viewed live via live stream at The game will air live on KEJO 1240 in Corvallis with Ron Callan on the call, and live stats will be available at Live updates for all Oregon State women's basketball games can be found on twitter @BeaverWBB.

WHAT'S UP NEXT: The Beavers will hit the road next week for matchups with Colorado and Utah. Oregon State will return home Feb. 5 for the first of four consecutive home contests.

THE OPPONENT: Oregon State is 59-28 all-time against Washington State, and had won the 13-straight meetings prior to the Cougars win on Dec. 19. Aleah Goodman and Sasha Goforth finished with 14 points apiece when the teams met earlier this season, while Taylor Jones notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

- Sunday's game will mark Oregon State's first home game in 42 days
- The Beavers returned to action last Sunday at Arizona after missing six-straight contests due to postponement. It was OSU's first game in 29 days.
- The Beavers have scored first in all seven games this season
- Oregon State is 168-44 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 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 21st in the nation and second in the Pac-12 in blocked shots per game this season.
- Oregon State is also 28th nationally in defensive rebounds per game, and 18th 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.
- On Jan. 15, Oregon State announced that freshman Talia von Oelhoffen had graduated high school early and would join the team for a portion of the 2020-21 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 231-110 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 14.1 points per game this season, well above the 8.8 she averaged in 2019-20
- Leads the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage at 47.4 percent.
- Has 16 steals this season, notching at least one in all seven of Oregon State's games. 
- Is fourth in the Pac-12 with 2.3 steals per game this season
- Is sixth in the Pac-12 with 4.3 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 48.6 percent from the floor this season, and is 17-for-34 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.
- 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
- Has at least two blocks in six of the Beavers' seven games this season.
- Is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 55.6 percent and blocks per game with 2.2 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.
- 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.
- Three-time All-Texas honoree
- Tallied a double-double in all 25 games her senior year of high school

I TALIA YOU WHAT: Talia von Oelhoffen Quick Hitters
- Joined the Beavers in January after graduating high school early and signing a National Letter of Intent in November.
- Naismith High School Player of the Year Midseason Top-25
- Three-time Adidas All-American
- Scored 2,392 points in three season of high school basketball, placing her on pace to become the leading scorer in Washington history had she been able to play a senior season.