Oregon State unveils newly renovated performance center

Oregon State unveils newly renovated performance center

Oregon State University opened the doors to the newly-renovated P. Wayne Valley Sports Performance Center onTuesday. The $3.64 million privately-funded facility houses the Beavers’ strength and conditioning program for the University’s 500 student-athletes, including football.

“This is a vital facility upgrade for the continued growth of our football program,” Beaver head football coach Jonathan Smith said. “The P. Wayne Valley Sports Performance Center is crucial to our overall team development and recruiting efforts, and I join our staff in thanking the donors for their generosity.”

Beavers football also tweeted out a look at the new facility. 

“The remodel of the P. Wayne Valley Sports Performance Center was identified as a critical facility enhancement project during the early development of our Strategic Plan,” OSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes said. “On behalf of our entire athletics department, I want to thank our two anonymous donors for making this project a reality.”

Two generous anonymous donors made the renovations possible. The remodeled SPC includes 22 tons of new weights, a Gatorade Fueling Station, fully integrated audio/visual and sound, and an expanded indoor turf field among other amenities.

The previous equipment that was housed in the facility has been donated to OSU’s College of Public Health.

“This facility is the hub for all of our intercollegiate sports programs and provides the flexibility and space for our sports performance staff to enhance their abilities to develop our young men and women for the rigors of athletics competition at this level,” OSU Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance Jeff Macy said. “The new-look P. Wayne Valley Sports Performance Center creates a place where our student-athletes are motivated and inspired to be the best they can be while competing for championships.”

The $16 million performance center originally opened in May 2008.

“The SPC upgrades are a huge asset for all of the intercollegiate sports programs at Oregon State,” Beaver women’s softball head coach Laura Berg said. “There is no question that this facility is a game-changer for current and potential future student-athletes during the recruiting process.”

Oregon State Beavers WBB await their NCAA fate

Oregon State Beavers WBB await their NCAA fate

The Oregon State Beavers look like they are in a good position to host the First and Second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The latest Associated Press poll has them ranked #14 in the country. The latest ESPN Bracketology has them listed as a four-seed hosting the first two games in Corvallis. But neither assures them of the opportunity to host. They officially find out next Monday at 4:pm pacific when the NCAA Selection show announces its 64-team field.

Remember last year's selection show debacle? I was driving to Corvallis in the morning when the Selections were released prematurely by someone at ESPN. The selection show party in Corvallis was cancelled. Oregon State went on to beat Boise State and Gonzaga to move into the Sweet Sixteen for a fourth straight year.

One added bit of drama took place Monday afternoon in Las Vegas. Gonzaga, the top-seed in the West Coast Conference tournament, was upset in the semifinals by the Portland Pilots 70-69. The Bulldogs were ranked 11th in the AP Poll and were listed as a three-seed.hosting two games in Spokane. Now, wll they even host and where do the Pilots go if they can manage a win  in the WCC Finals Tuesday against either Pepperdine and San Diego?  Portland would qualify for the NCAA Tourney for the first time since 1997? 

It does look like the Beavs have a pretty good shot at two more games at Gill Coliseum. The impressive win over the Cougs last week and the fact they hung tough against Stanford and lost by eleven should be enough to host. I mean UCLA ,a team ranked higher in the poll at #10 lost to Stanford by 16.

Scott Rueck talked to me about whether nor not his team should host after the end of the Beavers trip to the Pac-12 conference tourney:

SCOTT RUECK OREGON STATE COACH

"The fight they have shown all season, I mean if anybody watched our games they know exactly who this team is. You know we have played in a tough conference and we faced adversity but all that has done is make us better. I think anybody who comes out of this conference is going to do a phenomenal

job in the post-season we are all ready for it.  We are battle-tested and there is nothing  that anyone could show us that we haven't seen already. This team deserves to be at home and I think is poised to make a run."

So the Beavers will wait till Monday and then find out what is next. We will have total coverage of the team's reaction after the NCAA Selection show next Monday here on the NBCSports NW website and on Talkin Beavers, as well.

Tres Tinkle named First-team All-Pac-12, Kylor Kelley named to Pac-12 All-Defensive team

Tres Tinkle named First-team All-Pac-12, Kylor Kelley named to Pac-12 All-Defensive team

Two days removed from Senior Day, Oregon State men's basketball players Tres Tinkle and Kylor Kelley have been recognized again. 

This time, by opposing Pac-12 coaches, as the end-of-season awards were announced ahead of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Tres Tinkle was named to the All-Pac-12 First Team for the third time in his career.

The all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history is the first Beavers player to be a three-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection since Gary Payton (1988, 1989, 1990). A.C. Green, Charlie Sitton, and Steve Johnson are the other Beavers to earn All-Pac-12 First Team honors three times.

He averaged 18.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game for the Beavers in his senior season. 

Fellow senior, Kylor Kelley got named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive team for the second time. He joins Gary Payton II, Eric Moreland, and Jared Cunningham as Oregon State players to be a two-time selection.

The Oregon native averaged 11.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. 

Oregon State WBB doesn't fall, remains in top 16 in AP Poll

Oregon State WBB doesn't fall, remains in top 16 in AP Poll

The Pac-12 Tournament didn't go as the Beavers had hoped, but it didn't go poorly.

Entering the week, No. 14 Oregon State (23-9, 10-8 Pac-12) needed to perform well enough to stay inside the top 16 and get potentially two more games at Gill Coliseum for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.  

I would love to play two more games in Gill. We know nothing is guaranteed and we have to take care of business in the Pac-12 tournament if we want the opportunity to do that. - Mikayla Pivec

It appears they did as their No. 14 ranking remains the same this week. They'll know for sure next Monday, March 16th at 4:00 p.m. PT when the NCAA Tournament bracket gets unveiled. 

Here's how the top-10 shook out.

  1. South Carolina (32-1)
  2. Oregon (31-2)
  3. Baylor (28-2)
  4. Maryland (28-4)
  5. UCONN (28-3)
  6. Louisville (28-4)
  7. Stanford (27-6)
  8. NC State (28-4)
  9. Mississippi State (27-6)
  10. UCLA (26-5)

Other ranked Pac-12 teams include No. 2 Oregon, No. 7 Stanford, No. 10 UCLA, No. 13 Arizona, and No. 25 Arizona State.

Let's recap the week.

Washington State WIN 82-55

The Beavers broke the trend of losing the first game of the Pac-12 Tournament, which they had done the past two seasons, by defeating the Cougars 82-55. Senior Kat Tudor led the way with six three-pointers. 

No. 7 Stanford LOSS 68-57

The Beavers' tournament run ended in the quarterfinals against the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal. In their two regular-season games, the Cardinal escaped both with three-point victories. This one wasn't as close as the Cardinal held a double-digit lead for most of the fourth quarter.

[RELATED: Pac-12 Tournament: Oregon State WBB eliminated by Stanford in quarterfinals]

However, it wasn't all bad as Mikayla Pivec set the Oregon State records for rebounds in a college career surpassing "The Canadian Hammer" Ruth Hamblin (1,027 career rebounds).

Despite the accomplishment, Pivec was in tears after the game because she felt she didn't do enough to help her team win.

UP NEXT: The Beavers await their seed in the NCAA Tournament that will start in two weeks. 

Oregon State triumphant on Tres Tinkle's Senior Day

Oregon State triumphant on Tres Tinkle's Senior Day

The all-time leading scorer in Oregon State history went out on a high note Saturday afternoon on his senior day.

The all-time leading scorer in Beavers history, Tres Tinkle, led the Beavers with 22 points in his final game at Gill Coliseum to help Oregon State (17-13, 7-11 Pac-12) close out regular-season conference play with a victory, by defeating the California Golden Bears (13-18, 7-11) 74-56.

He didn't do it alone, however, as fellow senior Kyler Kelly had what his coach described as his best game in a beaver uniform with 19 points 8 rebounds and a blocked shot.

He really bought in and locked in and had his best performance as a Beaver. - Wayne Tinkle

In the final minute up nearly 20 points head coach Wayne tinkle elected to give his son Tres and fellow senior Kyler Kelly a standing ovation from the crowd and each player had an emotional embrace with their head coach. After the game, Wayne Tinkle described how emotional that moment was to share with his son, in addition to the last five years in Corvallis.

It was pretty special and you can't ever prepare yourself. I tried to tell myself going into the pregame stuff to enjoy it and not be afraid to share emotion. But also to send the message that this may be potentially our last game in Gill with these guys but it's not our last game with them. - Wayne Tinkle

It was a pregame text that got the waterworks going, though.

The most emotional I got was my ride home from shootaround when my wife had sent me a text... just saying how proud she was of all that we've been through to where we've gotten but she said 'Don't feel sad because the days are coming to an end, be happy for the experience that you've been able to enjoy,'...I think that helped me focus. - Wayne Tinkle

Their head coach wasn't the only one being emotional today as both seniors felt the tears coming, as well. 

Coach said there was going to be some emotions and there for sure were. - Kylor Kelley

Now the team will look to make some noise in the Pac-12 tournament, but good news is that OSU is playing their best basketball now.

We're playing our best basketball this time of year which is what you want. - Wayne Tinkle

Tinkle's son echoed that sentiment.

“We’re just really, you know, believing. And now is a great time to play your best basketball.” - Tres Tinkle

Up next: The Beavers will open the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 11th. 

Pac-12 Tournament: Oregon State WBB eliminated by Stanford in quarterfinals

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Pac-12 Tournament: Oregon State WBB eliminated by Stanford in quarterfinals

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - The Oregon State Beavers' Pac-12 Tournament run ends at the quarterfinals.

A valiant effort that just wasn't enough for the deep, talented Stanford squad. Freshman forward Taylor Jones picked up her fourth personal foul midway through the third quarter which forced the Beavs to play small ball and was just physically outmatched.

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 57, Stanford 68

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. STANFORD’S EARLY DOMINANCE

A 13-2 run early for Stanford. Oregon State was stuck on four total points for four and a half minutes. Stanford was grabbing offensive rebounds as Oregon State was getting physically outmatched down low. It was a quarter that OSU really could have used freshman Kennedy Brown, who is out for the season with an ACL injury. 

Stanford made sure that Kat Tudor had someone on her at all times. Coming off a 24-point performance on Thursday night, she was held to just two points in the first half against the Cardinal defense.

Stanford also shot 40% (4-for-10) from three-point range in the first quarter.

2. MIKAYLA PIVEC MAKES HISTORY

A bright spot that continues to shine for the Beavs is Mikayla Pivec.

On Friday, Pivec etched her name in the history books once again. On her third rebound, Pivec became Oregon State’s all-time leading rebounder in program history (1,028 and counting).

3. FOUL TROUBLE FOR JONES

Freshman forward Taylor Jones got into foul trouble early, picking up two fouls and was forced to the bench. That left Maddie Washington, at 6-foot-1, as the tallest Beavs player on the court. Oregon State had to go small ball and Stanford was just too much to handle.

UP NEXT: Oregon State returns home and will wait to see where they will play in the NCAA Tournament.

Mikayla Pivec becomes Oregon State's All-Time leader in rebounds

Mikayla Pivec becomes Oregon State's All-Time leader in rebounds

Days after receiving the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year and All-Pac-12 recognition, Mikayla Pivec makes history once again!

Pivec etched her name into the Oregon State history books becoming the Beavers' All-Time leading rebounder, passing "The Canadian Hammer" Ruth Hamblin (1,027 career rebounds):

It was on her third rebound that broke the record on Friday night during the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals matchup vs. Stanford. 

Pivec is currently averaging 9.5 rebounds per game and is second in the Pac-12 Conference behind Oregon's Ruthy Hebard. This is an impressive accomplishment, to say the least, because Pivec is a 5-foot-10 guard. The four-year player has had quite the career in orange and black and will be remembered as one of the greats both on and off the court to come through Corvallis.

Congrats, Mikayla!

Oregon State WBB is on a mission with another crack at Stanford

Oregon State WBB is on a mission with another crack at Stanford

The Oregon State Beavers are on a mission. That is the message from senior standout Mikayla Pivec.

Last night after the Beavers dominated Washington State 82-55, Mikayla  joined me on the radio post-game show. She knows this is her last Pac-12 tournament as a player and she and her teammates want to make it something special.

We are on a mission. We have had two short stays at the Pac-12 tournament. We knows what it feels like to lose in the first round and then have to wait and wait and sit around to see what is next so we wanted to make the most of our opportunity here. We love having Beaver nation here who turned out to watch us and we wanted to make the most out of it for them as well. — Mikayla Pivec

Pivec, who finished with 17 points and seven boards against the Washington State Cougars on Thursday night knows it only gets more challenging here in Las Vegas. Tonight a third epic battle against No. 3 tournament-seeded Stanford.

I was walking through the casino where the Beavers and many other Pac-12 teams are staying and I ran into Mark Campbell the former Beaver assistant coach who now works for the Ducks under Kelly Graves. He said about tonight's game: "That is going to be a battle of heavyweights." You can't argue with that. 

Stanford did beat Oregon State twice in the regular season and both games were nail-biters. The first game in Corvallis could have gone either way. The Beavs played stellar defense but so did the Cardinal and Stanford escaped Gill Coliseum with a 61-58 victory on January 19th. Then a month later in Palo Alto, another winnable game that slipped out of the grasp of Oregon State, 63-60. Destiny Slocum was the offensive juggernaut in both games scoring 26 in each contest. 

The Beavers are now on a four-game winning streak and arguably playing their best basketball of the season in March when it matters most. Look for the Cardinal to try and shutdown the Beavers three-point shooting which was outstanding against the Cougars on Thursday. Kat Tudor's 6-for-7 effort was just so fun to watch. In the two games against Stanford she was 1-for-7 but no doubt her success last night will help build her confidence.

Look for the Beavers to mix up their defensive pressure and look to get the ball inside to Taylor Jones to potentially open up the long distance shooting. She had 14 points in the game in Palo Alto last month.

Pivec summed up what is at stake tonight: 

It's a big game for us and its a big opportunity to cement our chance of hosting (first and second round of the NCAA tournament) and we want to take advantage of that.

Because of the blowout win over the Cougars, not one player saw more than 28 minutes on the court last night. That bodes well for a team that must play four games in four days to potentially win the tournament.

One other note, the Beavers have had a first-round bye the past two years and had a play a game against an opponent coming off a big win. Lets see if they can turn the tables on a very talented Stanford team. 

Another late tip at 8:30 p.m. (PT) with the winner facing the winner of USC/UCLA. Total coverage of tonight's game can be found right here on NBC Sports Northwest.

Pac-12 tournament: Time for Kat Tudor, Beavers to unleash on Stanford

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Pac-12 tournament: Time for Kat Tudor, Beavers to unleash on Stanford

LAS VEGAS, Nevada - When Kat Tudor shoots like that, the Oregon State Beavers can contest with anyone in the country.

Rewind to earlier this season and the Beavs were staring at the No. 1 overall ranking for the first time in program history but fell just short.

Against the Washington State Cougars in round one of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday night in Las Vegas, the tournament-seeded No. 6 Beavers took care of business and looked about as efficient as they could have been in an 82-55 victory, lead by Tudor’s 24 points. Of those total points, Tudor drained 6-for-7 from behind the arc.

We see it in practice too, what she’s capable of. To see it come to fruition tonight was awesome. Coming together at the right time. So we’re excited to have Kat Tudor back. Huge weapon for us and get ready to see a lot more three’s the rest of the season. — Senior guard Mikayla Pivec

Now, the Beavs have a date with the No. 3 seeded Stanford Cardinal. A team they are all too familiar with and have lost twice to during regular season play. Two games that were decided by a total of six points. 

In their first meeting on January 19 in Corvallis, Oregon, the Beavs fell 61-58. Tudor was held to six points, all coming at the free throw line (6-for-8). 

One month and some change later, another three point loss, 63-60, this time in Palo Alto. Tudor was again held to just three points, hitting just 1-of-4 from three-point range.

Think she and the Beavs looking to unleash a little on the Cardinal? Definitely. 

Tudor just may be the difference maker against the Cardinal in the Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinals. When she hits those outside shots along the perimeter, it opens up so much more room down low for freshman sensation Taylor Jones to operate. She can take advantage from a sheer size standpoint against Stanford’s Nadia Fingall.

We’ll have more on this matchup from Ron Callan on Friday!

Instant Analysis: Oregon State snaps Pac-12 Tournament curse with win over Washington State

Instant Analysis: Oregon State snaps Pac-12 Tournament curse with win over Washington State

The last two years for Oregon State in the Pac-12 tournament hasn’t gone well. Each year, earning a first round bye and top-four seed, they've gone one and done.

This year is different.

The Oregon State Beavers, seeded No. 6 in the Pac-12 Tournament, took care of No. 11 seeded Washington State easily Thursday night in the opening round. It all started with the sharp shooting of Kat Tudor from beyond the arc to get them going on a positive note.

FINAL SCORE: Washington State 55, Oregon State 82.

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

KAT-CHING!

Senior Kat Tudor had enough about this curse. She came out dialed in and focused. The laser-sharp shooter hit her six five shots from 3-PT range which gave the Beavs a big 20+ early advantage and a 53-28 lead at halftime.

Tudor finished with 24 points hitting 6-of-7 from three-point range.

OFFENSE TRAVELS

How do you get comfortable playing on the road? With you defense. While Oregon State's defense was locked in on the Cougars, forcing them into contested shot after contested shot, the Beavs also found their shot on the offensive end shooting 70% (56% for game) from 3-PT range and 57% from the field through three quarters.

LADY LUCK

A little Lady Luck on your side in Sin City isn't so bad. But we all know this is a shot that senior Mikayla Pivec can make in her sleep. One that she makes look so easy.

But also one that created a ton of momentum for the Beavs in this game and just perhaps throughout the rest of the tournament.

Pivec finished with 17 points and 7 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The No. 6 seeded Beavs will play the No. 3 seeded Stanford Cardinal at 8:30 p.m. (PT) at Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday night.