1. Sydney Wiese (12/14/16 Vs UC Davis)
While it’s tempting to pick Wiese’s performance at Stanford (more on that later), but her gem against UC Davis where she completed just the fourth triple double in Oregon State history will get the top spot. She scored 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists, leading the Beavers to a 93-52 rout. Wiese did that while shooting 83% (10 of 12), including hitting 6 of her 7 shots from downtown. That back step three pointer will be missed.
2. Gabriella Hanson (1/1/17 Vs Washington)
Serving as the team’s defensive specialist, Hanson usually had the duty to keep the opposing team’s playmaker under wraps. While her offensive game was not clicking this particular day, it was not needed as she kept Washington’s Kelsey Plum (and the number one overall pick in this year’s WNBA draft) quiet for most of the game. Plum still finished the game with 22 points, but it was on 8 of 22 shooting with NINE turnovers. Hanson was credited for five steals to go along with eight rebounds in the thrilling contest that set up the Beavers nicely in the standings early in conference play.
3. Marie Gülich (12/30/16 Vs Washington State)
In the conference opener, Wazzu had no answer for Gülich as she went off for a career night with 27 points. Her game was efficient as she hit 12 of her 15 shots to go along with 13 rebounds on her way to her first double-double of the season. The Beaver defense stymied the Cougars’ offensive game, holding them to a 31.7 shooting percentage, thanks in large part to “Das Hammer’s” six blocks.
4. Katie McWilliams (11/11/16 Vs Lamar)
While McWilliams mostly experienced a sophomore slump this year, she began the year looking like she would be poised to take on a prime offensive role in the season opener against Lamar. She picked up right where she left off in her freshman campaign as a sharpshooter from beyond the arc, hitting 7 of her 8 three point attempts. She finished the game with 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in the 88-56 thrashing of the Cardinals.
5. Breanna Brown (2/5/17 At Arizona)
We continue the theme of career games from different players on the list. Brown notched hers in the desert against the Wildcats where she paced the Beavers (on 8 of 10 shooting) to a 65-57 win. While Brown was mostly known for her tenacious D, she led all Beavers in scoring (16), to go along with her team leading rebounds (13) and blocks (3).
Honorable Mention: Sydney Wiese (1/8/17 at Stanford)
In what was one of the most thrilling and historic games in Beaver WBB history, Wiese shined when it mattered most. She played 47 minutes, but most of her damage was done in the last 10 minutes where the Beavers had to play through two overtimes. In the extra periods, Wiese scored 13 of her 26 points to steal the win 72-69. I guess the lucky number was 30 for the Beavers because this was the first time that Oregon State has ever won at Maples Pavilion in 30 tries.