Beavers get a chance to knock off “the best to ever do it”

Beavers get a chance to knock off “the best to ever do it”

The Beavers will get their chance to compete with the best of the best. 

Oregon State hosts Team USA on November 4th at Gill Coliseum in an exhibition game. Corvallis is the second stop of four as a part of Team USA’s training camp: Stanford, Texas A&M and Oregon. 

The Beavers enter the season with national championship aspirations. Despite being picked to finish third in the preseason Pac-12 media poll, the AP Poll still ranked the Beavers seventh in the nation. They’ll look to test themselves ahead of the regular season tipping off soon.

Beaver coach Scott Rueck joined the Talkin’ Beavers Podcast to preview the match up:

You’re getting your players ready to play against the best to ever do it...It’s a game but even more than that it’s an event. You’re bringing in a group of hall of famers into Gill [Coliseum] to play...

While Rueck anticipates to coach against WNBA Coach Dawn Staley, he also looks forward to the experience for his players.

It’s hard for me to even imagine to be honest, I don’t exactly know what it’s going to be like for them. I know it’s going to be one of those moments they’ll just never forget. It will feel a bit out of body.

Team USA will field a roster full of WNBA talent such as Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings) and A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces). 

I’ve joked [that] sometime during warm up [we need to] just stand there and look over there and just get over it. It’s like ‘that’s them and this is really happening, we’re going to get to play against them.’

The Beavers will also field some potential-WNBA players, highlighted by senior Mikayla Pivec who’s coming off of All-Pac 12 honors and an All-American honorable mention. She’ll get her chance to prove herself against other professionals heading into her final collegiate season. 

The game tips off at 7 p.m. (PT) at Gill Coliseum on Monday, November 4th. 

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How Jake Luton's injury-ridden past paved way to NFL Combine

How Jake Luton's injury-ridden past paved way to NFL Combine

Overcoming adversity is a part of Jake Luton’s journey.

The former Oregon State quarterback overcame a thoracic spine injury in 2017 and a sprained ankle in 2018 to help pilot the Beavers to their first five-win season since 2014. His determination earned him the 2019 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year award, a prestigious honor which recognizes a player who battled injury or illness.

The award speaks volumes of Luton’s tenacity. His injury-plagued past isn’t just a part of who he is, but also who he's become. 

At the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, Luton talked about how the game of football has taught him perseverance, something he has experienced first-hand in his collegiate career at Oregon State.

“I’ve had my share of getting knocked down,” Luton said. “I just keep getting back up. I keep fighting. I think that’s something that will help me in this process. I think team’s will see that and see that I have the ability to —I’m a fighter.”

In his “comeback kid” season in 2019, Luton started 11 games, throwing for 2,714 yards while completing 62.0 percent of his passes. He was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year on two occasions and appeared on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Maxwell Award watch lists.

Luton completed his career at Oregon State playing 23 games with 21 starts and finished his career fifth all-time with 42 passing touchdowns and 5,227 passing yards. 

He reflected on his final year with the Beavers and credited then second-year coach Jonathan Smith with the team's mounting success.

“He’s gonna turn that around,” Luton said of Smith. “I think we proved it this year. We kind of got the ball rolling. Would have liked to get a few more wins than we got, but just to make the strides that we did. They have a lot of great guys in that system. I think they’ll kind of keep taking that next stride and I’m excited to see them work.”

In his career at Oregon State, Luton played 23 games with 21 starts and finished his career fifth all-time with 42 passing touchdowns and 5,227 passing yards.

He is now ready to carve his path amongst the future of the NFL, starting at the combine. He'll use the pre-draft process to prove his rousing success in college can be carried into his professional football career.

The 6-6, 224-pound quarterback has already gained the attention of teams like the Texans and Patriots, who reportedly pulled him aside for informal interviews this week. Now, he just has to do what he's been doing since the 2017 season, be patient, trust the process and persevere.

And if Luton's name gets called in April, he will be ready. 

"I’m going to be prepared as best as I can be," Luton said. "I’ve never let any of the outside noise distract me, so I don’t think that would be an issue. I’d bring it every day and prove that I’m a leader, no matter if it’s a high or a low. Keep doing it every day, however that works out." 

"I’m not going to worry about filling anyone’s shoes. Just doing the best that I can do.”

Tres Tinkle ready for one last push, finish on a high note ahead of Civil War round two

Tres Tinkle ready for one last push, finish on a high note ahead of Civil War round two

It is crunch time, now or never for the Oregon State men’s basketball team. Coming off a two-loss weekend at the Arizona schools, the Beavers need to get back on track and have the opportunity to do so with three Pac-12 conference games remaining.

And senior Tres Tinkle knows it.

Our own Ron Callan caught up with Tinkle on Tuesday morning ahead of the Beavers’ Civil War matchup on Thursday in Eugene, Oregon.

Against Arizona, Tinkle didn’t just pick up his first technical ever at Oregon State, but his second, which resulted in an immediate ejection from the contest.

I thought it was fake. Never have even gotten a technical. It just didn’t seem real. I went to go sit on the bench just thinking I didn’t know what was going on. Then they escorted me into the locker room and watched the game on my phone. It was strange. It happens. — Tres Tinkle

[RELATED]: Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

I really appreciate Sean Miller and the words he said just knowing that it shouldn’t have happened. I know he’s done a lot of great things and I think a lot of people believe that as well, that it was a call that shouldn’t have been made, shouldn’t have ever happened. But it did so just got to live with it. — Tres Tinkle

Flush it and move on.

It has been a season of “lasts” for the senior from Missoula, Montana. In his fifth season with the Beavs, Tinkle became Oregon State’s leader in consecutive games scoring in double figures. 

He is averaging 18.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists while also leading the Pac-12 conference in steals per game (2.0).

I just want to finish on a high note. We always talk about, we drop some games that we wish we didn’t. Can’t have any more learning experiences. It’s time to really just get the momentum and peak at the right time. — Tres Tinkle

The Beavers (15-12, 5-10 Pac-12) are currently in eleventh in the Pac-12 conference standings with three games remaining on their regular season conference schedule. 

- 02/27: at Oregon (21-7, 10-5 Pac-12)

- 03/05: vs. Stanford (18-9, 7-7 Pac-12)

- 03/07: vs. Cal (11-16, 5-9 Pac-12)

Tinkle is spot on. The Beavs have an opportunity to finish on a high note with their remaining schedule. Oregon State has already faced and beaten the Ducks this season (a 63-53 win on Feb. 8 in Corvallis) and then hosting bottom half conference teams Stanford and Cal.

In a fight for seeding for the upcoming Pac-12 tournament, the Beavs need every win they can get to make life a bit easier in that daunting tournament.

Oregon State Athletics Announces 16th Hall of Fame Class

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Oregon State Athletics Announces 16th Hall of Fame Class

Congratulations to these Beavs!

Oregon State University will induct its 16th Athletics Hall of Fame class on the weekend of Sept. 25-27, Beavers Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Monday.

The 16th Hall of Fame class includes: Dennis Erickson, football head coach (1999-2002); Aki Hill, women’s basketball head coach (1978-1995); Tarrah Beyster, All-American softball pitcher (1997-2000); Mark Radford, men’s basketball (1978-1981); Danny Mwanga, men’s soccer All-American (2008-2009); and Jodie Taylor, women’s soccer All-America and International Player of the Year.

In addition to those six individuals, the Beavers will enshrine the 2001 Fiesta Bowl team and the 1980 women’s rowing team.

DENNIS ERICKSON: Led OSU to three bowl games, including the famed 2001 Fiesta Bowl where OSU defeated Notre Dame. OSU was 31-17 during his coaching tenure. His overall collegiate record, which also includes head coaching tenures at Washington State, Arizona State, Idaho, Wyoming, and Miami, is 179-96-1. 

AKI HILL: Named head coach after being highly recommended by some of the sport’s most influential people during that era (John Wooden, Pete Newell and former Portland Trail Blazers’ executive Stu Inman). A 17-year OSU career with a school-record 274 victories and eight postseason tournament appearances. 

TARRAH BEYSTER: A four-time All-American and then All-Pac-10 softball student-athlete while at OSU. The Chula Vista, Calif., native earned Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week seven times and concluded her career on the mound with 91 victories. She also was an accomplished batter with a .382 batting average with 143 RBI and a then NCAA record 211 walks. The four-year letterwinner (1997-2000) was the 2000 NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Oregon and led the Beavers to the NCAA Tournament twice. Her number “0” is retired by OSU.

MARK RADFORD: Led OSU to the No. 1 ranking during the 1980-81 season. The Portland native was a four-year letterman (1978-81) guard for the late head coach Ralph Miller and was part of two Pac-10 title teams. Radford scored 1,390 career points, dealt 401 assists, and had 184 steals – all are among the school’s top totals. Drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics following his Beaver career, playing 97 games.

DANNY MWANGA: The Portland native was the 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, an All-American First Team, and the 2008 league Freshman of the Year. Mwanga shares the OSU record for game-winning goals with five and overall had 18 goals. He was the first Beaver ever taken in the first round of the Major League Soccer Draft, being selected No. 1 by Philadelphia.

JODIE TAYLOR: An internationally acclaimed athlete from the United Kingdom who lettered at OSU from 2004-07. She earned Freshman All-American honors, was a four-time Pac-10 First Team honoree and made all-region three times. She is OSU’s career leader in six statistical categories, including points with 113 and goals with 47. A former member of the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League. She was named the 2017 International Player of the Year while a member of Arsenal.

Oregon State women's basketball falls in AP Poll again after loss to Stanford

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Oregon State women's basketball falls in AP Poll again after loss to Stanford

The Oregon State women's basketball team (20-8, 8-8 Pac-12) has fallen on hard times.

Since the loss of Kennedy Brown for the season with a torn left ACL, the Beavers have lost four of their last five games but finally got one in the win column against the lowly California Golden Bears

After the Bay Area road trip, the Beavers are ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll for Week 17, falling from No. 15 last week. If this ranking would stand for the NCAA Tournament seeding, the Beavers will not be hosting the opening weekend of March Madness. 

Other ranked Pac-12 teams include: No. 3 Oregon (25-2); No. 4 Stanford (24-3); No. 9 UCLA; No. 13 Arizona; and No. 24 Arizona State. 

The top-10 for women's basketball is as follows.

  1. South Carolina (27-1)
  2. Baylor (25-1)
  3. Oregon (25-2)
  4. Stanford (24-3)
  5. Louisville (25-3)
  6. UCONN (23-3)
  7. Maryland (23-4)
  8. NC State (23-4)
  9. UCLA (23-4)
  10. Mississippi State (23-5)

Let's recap the Beavers' weekend.

@ No. 4 Stanford, LOSS 63-60

Close, but not enough.

The Beavers put up a valiant effort on the road against the No. 4 team in the country, but a brutal third quarter doomed their chances. Trailing by 14 with 7:06 remaining, the Beavers went on a run to close the deficit to three. Redshirt junior guard Destiny Slocum had an opportunity to tie the game with 15 seconds left but missed a contested three-pointer. 

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec, Destiny Slocum,and freshman forward Taylor Jones scored 53 of the Beavers' 60 points. 

@ California, WIN 76-63

Riding a four-game losing streak since Brown's torn ACL, the Beavers won their first game of the season with her out of the starting lineup by defeating Cal. Pivec led the way for the Beavs with 24 points, leading all scorers in the contest. She also grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, an impressive accomplishment for any player but especially a 5-foot-10 guard. 

Once again, the Beavers relied on their big three of Slocum, Pivec, and Jones as they were the only three to score in the first half, but the team came together after the break to leave victorious.

UP NEXT: The No. 17 Oregon State Beavers will finish out the regular season at home against the Washington schools, starting with Washington at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 2/28 and then Washington State at noon on Sunday, 3/1. 

Beavers WBB Mikayla Pivec grabs 1,000 career rebounds

Beavers WBB Mikayla Pivec grabs 1,000 career rebounds

Size doesn't matter...heart does.

Oregon State senior Mikayla Pivec has a ton of it, and it shows on her stat line. Never giving up on plays and consistently battling for rebounds. 

The 5-foot-10 guard from Lynwood, Washington now has her named etched in the history books. With her seventh rebound against Cal on Sunday afternoon in Berkeley, Pivec grabbed the 1,000th rebound of her four-year career with the Beavers.

Pivec is the conference's second-leading rebounder at 9.6 per game just behind Oregon's Ruthy Hebard.

The No. 15 Oregon State Beavers got back in the win column with a 76-63 over the Cal Golden Bears and have another opportunity coming up next weekend with one last series in conference play hosting the Washington schools. The Beavs need Pivec to continue her hot streak to finish this season on a strong note and with momentum heading into the Pac-12 Tournament in a few weeks.

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State back on track with a much needed win at Cal

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State back on track with a much needed win at Cal

The No. 15 Oregon State Beavers (20-8, 8-8 Pac-12) were riding a four-game losing streak and had an opportunity to break it on Sunday afternoon against the last place Cal Golden Bears (10-17, 2-14 Pac-12).

They did just that.

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec led the way for the Beavs with 24 points, leading all scorers en route to a 76-63 much-needed win in Berkeley. It was a game Oregon State couldn’t afford to lose, and the Beavs got it done.

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 76, Cal 63

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. PIVEC, SLOCUM, JONES

Sounds like a law firm. Senior guard Mikayla Pivec, redshirt junior guard Destiny Slocum and freshman forward Taylor Jones have carried this Beavs squad offensively since freshman Kennedy Brown went down with a season-ending knee injury. 

Against Cal, these three were the only Oregon State players to score in the first half, however, the Beavs did hold a 25-24 lead at half: Pivec leading the way with 12 points; Slocum with nine points; and Jones with 4 points.

2. MIKAYLA PIVEC MAKES HISTORY

You knew this was coming. The Pac-12 conference’s second-leading rebounder at 9.6 per game, Mikayla Pivec, etched her name into Oregon State basketball history. On her seventh rebound, Pivec now has 1,000 career rebounds.

This is impressive, but even more so because she is a 5-foot-10 guard in a challenging Pac-12 conference.

Pivec finished with 24 points off 10-for-17 from the field and a perfect 4-for-4 from the FT line.

3. MADDIE WASHINGTON

The 6-foot-1 forward scored eight of Oregon State’s first 10 points coming out of halftime. She has been getting the start replacing Brown in the lineup.

This spark helped a 27-point quarter for the Beavs and a 52-43 lead after three quarters. As a team, Oregon State hit 13-for-17 field goals in that third quarter.

Washington finished with 10 points and six rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Beavs have another opportunity to finish Pac-12 conference play on a high note with hosting the Washington schools, starting with the Washington Huskies (13-14, 5-11 Pac-12) on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. (PT) at Gill Coliseum.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State inches away from upsetting Arizona State in Tempe

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Instant Analysis: Oregon State inches away from upsetting Arizona State in Tempe

It was the Tinkle and Thompson show down in the desert. Tres Tinkle and Ethan Thompson combined for 45 of Oregon State’s 73 points. This one came down to the wire with Oregon State having the ball, down one point and one opportunity to pull off what would be an incredible upset. 

The ball found freshman Jarod Lucas in the corner for a three-point shot, but it was barely off target.

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 73, Arizona State 74

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. SMALL BALL

Early in the game, head coach Wayne Tinkle made a change to go more small ball, and it paid off. Down by eight early, the Beavs bounced back the rest of the first half with a smaller lineup on the court to counter the speed of Arizona State. Tinkle gave more minutes to freshman Gianni Hunt and sophomore Antoine Vernon.

Junior Zach Reichle and freshman Jarod Lucas each picked up two quick fouls early in the game.

By going small, that made room for Tres Tinkle at the four spot and taking advantage of a smaller opponent on him. Tinkle finished with 25 points going 8-for-16 from the field, most of his damage coming on the interior or on the free throw line.

Turnovers continue to be an issue for the Beavs on the road, committing 10 in the first 14 minutes and finishing with 15 as a team.

2. MOMENTUM INTO HALFTIME

The Beavs finished the first half with back-to-back steals on back-to-back possessions, forced ASU deep in the shot clock for a bad shot, Tres Tinkle hitting four free throws, a 9-0 run over two minutes and a 40-37 lead going into halftime. 

The question was could the Beavs keep this momentum into the second half? (See #3).

3. FINISH FINISH FINISH

Oregon State was down 72-67 with just over two minutes left in the game. How would Wayne Tinkle and his squad respond to the situation and hostile environment?

Jarod Lucas hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to bring this to a one point game, 74-73 ASU lead. Gianni Hunt played excellent defense on ASU’s Alonzo Verge Jr., and the Beavers got the ball back with 21.7 seconds left and down one point. Thompson worked the ball to Tinkle at the top of the key, he drove left drawing in two defenders and found Lucas across court. Lucas barely missed the shot and the clock expired.

A valiant effort that needs to carry over for the remaining three conference games left on the schedule.

UP NEXT: It’s Civil War chapter two, this time in Eugene, Oregon vs. the Ducks (20-7, 9-5) on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. (PT) in Matthew Knight Arena.

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State’s comeback falls just short in loss to No. 4 Stanford

Instant Analysis: No. 15 Oregon State’s comeback falls just short in loss to No. 4 Stanford

The Oregon State Beavers were down by 14 points with 7:06 left in the game. The Beavs came clawing back thanks to Destiny Slocum, Mikayla Pivec and Taylor Jones. The sharp-shooter Kat Tudor drilled a three-pointer to bring the game within three late.

With 15 seconds left, OSU stole the ball and had a chance to tie the game and send the game into overtime. 

Unfortunately, Slocum missed the contested three-pointer and the No. 15 Oregon State Beavers (19-8, 7-8 Pac-12) lose their fourth straight in a tough battle against No. 4 Stanford (24-3, 13-2 Pac-12).

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 60, Stanford 63

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. THE BIG 3

Oregon State’s “big 3” came to play. It was the Destiny Slocum, Mikayla Pivec and Taylor Jones show all night. The three combined for 53 of OSU’s 60 total points. 

The rest of the team combined for seven points.

These three need help.

2. DEPTH AN ISSUE INSIDE

Since losing freshman forward Kennedy Brown, the Beavers have struggled to find depth in the interior. Freshman Taylor Jones has carried the load down low, but if she gets into foul trouble, the Beavs are left with limited offensive options. Senior Madison Washington has seen more minutes and so had sophomore Patricia Morris, however the production level is not as present.

3. STANFORD HOME COURT ADVANTAGE

It is difficult to defeat the Stanford Cardinal, but it is even more difficult to do so when they are playing at home. The Cardinal committed just four turnovers (three in the fourth quarter) vs. Oregon State. It’s hard to beat a team with that kind of efficiency. 

On the other hand, the Beavs committed 11 turnovers.

UP NEXT: The Beavs wrap up this Bay Area road trip with Cal (10-16, 2-13 Pac-12) on Sunday at 2 p.m. (PT) in Berkeley, Calif.

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Mikayla Pivec still believes with Pac-12 tournament looming

Talkin' Beavers Podcast: Mikayla Pivec still believes with Pac-12 tournament looming

It is crunch time for the Oregon State women's basketball team.

The No. 15 Beavers (19-7, 7-7 Pac-12) are currently on a three-game losing streak and have four conference games remaining on their schedule: a road trip to the Bay Area starting with No. 4 Stanford (23-3, 12-2 Pac-12) on Friday night; Cal on Sunday; and then a home series hosting the Washington schools before heading to the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada March 5-8 at T-Mobile Arena.

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec joined host Nigel Burton on the latest Talkin' Beavers Podcast.

Despite the three-game losing streak, Pivec still believes in what the Beavers can accomplish this season as well as be a dangerous team that no one wants to see in the postseason.

Continuing to get better offensive... We've shown potential. We have not shown a consistency that's demanded to beat the best teams. If we can figure out a way, and continue to believe in each other, we'll be a tough team to beat in Vegas. -- Mikayla Pivec

Pivec is having an outstanding senior campaign, averaging 14.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

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