OSU Women’s Basketball: Beavers welcome the Pacific ahead of December road trips | Basketball


The 23rd-ranked Oregon state women’s basketball team didn’t have the success it was looking for on its Thanksgiving weekend in Florida.

In the neutral site losses to Michigan (61-52) and Notre Dame (64-62), the Beavers made too many mistakes and turnovers, and didn’t shoot well enough to overcome those mistakes.

“Each team has to find its identity at some point and that is what we are in the process of doing,” Rueck said in his post-game interview on Saturday. “They were two great, difficult, but excellent lessons for this group in the future.”

Although the results were disappointing, Rueck was proud of his team’s competitiveness and attitude during both games. These are the times when leadership begins to emerge and it sees this process take shape.

“The reality is that we have growth to do. We need to keep improving, learning and sticking, staying positive and staying together. This team has shown it, ”said Rueck.

The Beavers will host Pacific (2-4) at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the annual Beyond the Classroom game. Hundreds of students will be in attendance for the contest against the Tigers of the West Coast Conference.

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First-year goaltender Anaya James is the Tigers’ leading scorer, averaging 13 points per game, followed closely by first-year center Elizabeth Elliott (12.8 points per game). Pacific won over William Jessup and Cal State Bakersfield.

Oregon State is 5-0 against the Pacific.

Goodbye to Gill

Wednesday’s contest is the Beavers’ last home game until after Christmas. The team will take a short break from competition this weekend and return to action with a two-game trip to the East Coast the following weekend. Oregon State will play in Monmouth on December 10 and Villanova on December 12.

The team will then travel to Hawaii for games against Idaho on December 17 and northern Iowa on December 19. The Beavers will finally return to the Gill Coliseum to host North Carolina Central on December 28 in their final non-conference game.

Beavers drop in the poll

As you might expect, the state of Oregon fell in this week’s Associated Press poll and is now No. 23 in the rankings. Three other Pac-12 Conference schools are ranked this week: Stanford is # 4, Arizona # 7, and Oregon # 18. South Carolina was a unanimous first-place pick.

Great neighborhood for von Oelhoffen

Oregon State’s fourth-quarter rally against Notre Dame on Saturday was triggered by freshman guard Talia von Oelhoffen. She played the entire quarter, scoring 20 points on 6 of 11 shots, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. She also managed 5 for 6 from the free throw line. Von Oelhoffen finished with 25 points for the game. The Oregon state women’s basketball staff have confirmed that von Oelhoffen’s 20-point quarterback is the program record. The NCAA moved to quarterbacks in 2015.

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