As we learned Friday night, it isn't a given that an Oregon St. team will beat a Division II team from a half hour up the road in Monmouth, from Western Oregon. But that was a decent Wolves team, and a historically bad Beavers team in total rebuild mode. Today, in basketball basketball exhibition take 2, it was another story.
Western Oregon's women are a struggling team, and Oregon St. is a top 20 program. It was over almost immediately, and it wasn't as close as the 60 point margin of the 98-38 final score suggests.
The Beavers roared out to a 12-0 lead, and buried 5 3 pointers in the first 6 minutes of the game, opening an 18-2 lead, and opening the door to substitution and combination experiments and practice that the exhibition was intended to provide.
Oregon St. led 54-21 at halftime, and continued to dominate after the break, even though the Beavers' nearly 70% first half shooting, and 64% from 3 point range, declined to under 50% from the field, and only 22% from long range, opening a largest lead of 62 points with 2 1/2 minutes left.
"We never relaxed," Oregon St. head coach Scott Rueck said. "I thought we put 40 great minutes together throughout, kept our intensity up. Early in the year that's what you're hoping to see. That's usually something we have to work toward."
Jamie Weisner was perfect, nailing 10 of 10 shots, including all 5 of her 3 pointers, and finished with a game high 25 points, even though she only played half the game.
Ruth Hamblin did what Ruth does, posting a double double, with a game high 10 rebounds and 13 points, as well as blocking 2 shots.
Ali Gibson was 5 of 6 from the field, and finished with 11 points and 4 assists, and Kolbie Orum and Marie Gulich led the bench, with 12 and 10 points, and both had 6 rebounds as well.
Dana Goularte led the Wolves, with 17 points and 5 rebounds, and was the only one with a double digit stat of any sort for Western Oregon.
Oregon St. could have had all 5 starters in double figures had they wanted, and hit the century mark, as Sydney Wiese was 1 point short, with 9, possibly because she was too busy in her 23 minutes of playing time dishing out 5 assists, and Devin Hunter had only 8 points.
But Hunter played the fewest minutes of any Beaver who played, on the floor for only 13 minutes. Hamblin had only 16 minutes as well, as Coach Rueck had no need to accumulate much mileage on his post player and power forward, who will be needed for plenty of minutes once Oregon St. encounters some of the real competition that awaits against multiple ranked opponents.
Indeed, Oregon St.'s 2 highest minute totals were for Samantha Siegner and Gabriella Hanson off the bench, and 4 reserves played at least half the game.
Oregon St. opens their counting campaign next Friday against Portland. It's an odd 4 PM start at Gill, the first half of a double header that will conclude with the men's regular season opener against Rice at 7 PM. It's a good idea to couple the games, but choosing to do so on a Friday, with the first game starting during the work day, and going up against high school football playoffs, seems destined to significantly decrease the attendance, and is another head scratching move by the athletic director's office.