The Oregon State Women’s Basketball Team takes on the Arkansas Pine-Bluff Golden Lions in the second game of the 2018-19 season. This will be Oregon State’s annual Beavers Beyond the Classroom game where Gill Coliseum will host thousands of school-aged kids (bring your earplugs!). Tip-off is slated for 11 AM PST on Wednesday. These teams last met back on December 27th, 2016, in Corvallis where the Beavers won, 73-40. Check out the team’s schedule or Twitter page for updates on how to follow along live. Let’s take a closer look at the Golden Lions.
Arkansas Pine-Bluff (not ranked, 0-1 overall, 0-0 conference)
Last season: 8-21 overall, 6-12 in SWAC (T-7th), no postseason
Arkansas Pine-Bluff opened their season at Wichita State on Thursday where they dropped the contest 76-39. The Golden Lions were slow out the gate, just scoring four points in the first frame. They were out rebounded by the Shockers, 42-17, which highlights their lack of height.
Interestingly, their mascot is the aforementioned Golden Lions. Their logo represents a rather ferocious looking feline, but when Googling “what is a golden lion,” a picture of a cute monkey comes up. These primates have a distinctive mane that give the creature its name.
Who to watch
#35 - Shawntayla Harris, C
Shawntayla Harris is the Golden Lions leading returning scorer and rebounder. Coming into this season she was selected to the preseason All-SWAC second team. Last year she recorded 49 blocks, which is impressive considering she stands just at 6 feet tall, a bit short for a center. Harris scored 10 points on 5-11 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three blocks. Don’t expect her to stretch the floor like Cal Poly’s Devin Stanback; she did not attempt a three point in their first game.
The threat level is low in this one. With the height advantage, we should see the Oregon State centers have a better game. The Beavers will give the youngsters in the crowd a show and win big.
PS - Seriously, Arkansas Pine-Bluff should drop the feline mascot and embrace the golden lion tamarin as their new one.