Oregon State Beavers Women’s Basketball (15-1)
AP Poll: #10 | USA Today Coaches Poll: #10
⇛ Beavers Take Down #10 Stanford In Double Overtime
It took two extra periods to finish and a 26-point outing by the ever reliable Sydney Wiese but at the end of the day, the 2016-2017 version of the Beavers did something even their Final Four counterparts from a season ago couldn’t do. Oregon State went into one of the most daunting road environments in the whole Pac-12 in Stanford’s Maples Pavilion and snagged a victory on the road against the Cardinal for the first time in school history. Freshman Mikayla Pivec and junior Breanna Brown were the only other two Beavers in double-digits besides Wiese, chipping in 13 points a piece. Stanford’s Erica McCall led all scorers for the Cardinal with her own 25 point outing.
⇛ Oregon State Topples #20 Cal, Enters Top 10 In Polls
Previous to the Beavers’ wild road trip to Palo Alto, Oregon State had to take care of business against California, a scrappy team with a winning type of pedigree, who simply didn’t have enough in the tank to balance head coach Scott Rueck’s balanced depth chart. On this night, the Beavers will led by the aforementioned Pivec, who added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, in the ten-point win. The previously mentioned Brown scored 14 points of her own, while Wiese contributed 10 points on a less-than-stellar shooting performance. The duo of wins over California and then Stanford propelled the Beavers into the Top 10 nationally in both the AP and USA Today polls.
⇛ Oregon State Named NCAA.com “Team Of The Week”
If they continue to perform at a level like they have been, knocking off multiple ranked teams in the same week, the accolades will become a constant occurrence for the Beavers, who this week was named by NCAA.com as their “Team Of The Week”. The article, which chronicles Oregon State’s recent twelve-game winning streak, also gave a well-deserved nod to team leader, Sydney Wiese. Wiese, the heart and soul of the Beavers roster, is currently averaging 16.3 points per contest on the year, while shooting a prolific 48.3% from the field.
#17 UCLA (11-4) | Jan. 13th, 6:00 PM (AWAY)
Coming into this match-up on a two-game losing streak, the Bruins had a brutal trip to the Evergreen State, where in over the course of three days, UCLA dropped games by near identical margins to both Washington State and Washington. They’ll be anxious to return back to the City of Angels with the opportunity of a lifetime on their hands, a red-hot Oregon State team coming to town. The Bruins are led by three double-digits scorers, headlined by superstar guard Jodin Canada (17.7 PPG). Flanking Canada on Friday night will be junior forward Monique Billings (17.3 PPG) and sophomore guard Kennedy Burke (12.3 PPG), who spearhead a top-heavy Bruins attack. If the Beavers can contain UCLA’s talented trio, the extension of their winning streak and the realization that this Beavers group could be one of the country’s most talented teams is rapidly coming to fruition.