Beavers to Host Wildcats on Friday
THE GAME: The Oregon State women's basketball team returns home this week to host the first of four consecutive home games. The Beavers will face No. 9 Arizona on Friday at 4 p.m.
FOLLOW ALONG: Friday's game can be viewed live on Pac-12 Networks with Ann Schatz and Eldridge Recasner 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 host Arizona State on Sunday, and will face Stanford and California the following week, also at Gill Coliseum.
THE OPPONENT: Oregon State is 38-33 all-time against Arizona, and 22-11 in Corvallis. The Wildcat took the last meeting, which took place earlier this season in Tucson. Taylor Jones scored 11 points and pulled down seven rebounds in that game, while Savannah Samuel also tallied 11 points.
- Oregon State has scored first in nine of its 11 games this season.
- Over its last three games, Oregon State has shot 55.3 percent from the floor, while holding its opponents to 36.8 percent shooting.
- The Beavers are shooting a blistering 56.3 percent from beyond the arc over their last three games.
- Oregon State is 171-45 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.
- Oregon State is fifth in the nation and first in the Pac-12 in 3-point percentage.
- The Beavers are 18th in the nation and second in the Pac-12 in blocked shots per game this season.
- Oregon State is also 20th nationally in defensive rebounds per game, and 12th nationally in assists per game.
- 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.
- Oregon State alum Sydney Wiese has been selected to join USA Basketball for February camp in South Carolina.
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 234-111 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
- Has scored 21 points in back-to-back games, as she moved up to 22nd on Oregon State's careeer scoring list.
- Is averaging 21.0 points per game and shot 59.1 percent from 3-point range over her last four games.
- Is averaging 16.6 points per game this season, well above the 8.8 she averaged in 2019-20
- Leads the Pac-12 and is fifth in the nation in 3-point percentage at 51.7 percent.
- Has 21 steals this season, notching at least one in 10 of Oregon State's 11 games.
- Is sixth in the Pac-12 with 1.9 steals per game this season
- Is second in the Pac-12 with 5.1 assists per game.
- Has made 17-straight free throws.
- 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 43.7 percent.
- Is second among active Division I players in career 3-point percentage.
- 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
- 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 seven of the Beavers' 11 games this season.
- Scored 15 points on Sunday at Utah, despite playing only 13 minutes due to foul trouble.
- Is second in the Pac-12 in field goal percentage at 57.8 percent and third in blocks per game with 1.8 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.
- 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
GOFORTH AND CONQUER: Sasha Goforth Quick Hitters
- Earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors this week, her second of the season. She joins Jamie Weisner, Sydney Wiese, Mikalya Pivec and Taylor Jones as Beavers to win that award multiple times 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.
- Notched her first career double-double on Sunday at Utah, doing so on her 19th birthday.
- Went 7-for-12 from beyond the arc over her last three games
- 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
I TALIA YOU WHAT: Talia von Oelhoffen Quick Hitters
- Has scored in double-figures in three-straight
- Is shooting 46.4 percent from the floor through her first four games as a Beaver
- 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.
SAY TAY KID: Taya Corosdale Quick Hitters
- Scored a career-high 16 points last Tuesday vs. Washington.
- Has converted eight of her last 13 shot attempts.
- Returned to the starting lineup for the first eight games, after missing almost all of the 2019-20 campaign due to injury.
- 37 of her 53 shots this season have come from beyond the arc.
- 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 37-10 in games where Corosdale hits a 3-pointer, and 20-4 when she hits two or more.
- 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
- Has made seven of her last 11 3-point attempts
- Set a season-high with 15 points last Friday at Colorado.
- Started her first 11 games as a Beaver.
- 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' seven games.
- Is averaging 4.6 points and 3.1 rebounds through the first 11 games of the season, after posting 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds per contest in 2019-20
- Played a career-high 32 minutes vs. Washington State lon Jan. 24.
- Is shooting 55.2 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 nine games this season after missing all of 2019-20 due to injury.
- Is averaging 18.6 minutes per game over the Beavers' last three contests, up nearly five minutes for her season average.
- Went 4-for-4 from the floor vs. Colorado last Friday.
- Is third on the team with eight 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 two of the Beavers' last three games.
- 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
- Has scored in double-figures twice in her last seven games.
- 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 five games this season.
- Scored her first points of the season vs. Arizona on Jan. 17
- 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.
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 90-27 in Pac-12 play since the start of the 2014-15 season, and 98-28 in their last 126 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 95-14 since the start of the 2014-15 season.
- The Beavers are 41-9 in their last 50 Pac-12 home games, and 57-10 in their last 67.
- 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.
- DOBO Olivia Murphy graduated from Oregon State, and is in her first year with the OSU staff
- Associate Athletic Trainer Jason Lieuw (code name Bun) is the longest serving member of the Oregon State staff, currently in his 111th year with the team
- Voice of the Beavers Ron Callan has called 412 Oregon State women's basketball games since joining the program in the 2007-08 season, holding a record of 259-153 during that span.