Coming of Age season for the Beavers Zach Reichle!

Coming of Age season for the Beavers Zach Reichle!

Zach Reichle came out of Wilsonville High School with huge credentials. He was named the Gatorade Oregon High School player of the year after his senior year in 2017.  Zach's first two seasons in Corvallis were pretty quiet. He averaged 1.7 points per game in his freshman season. He averaged eight minutes per game. Last year, those numbers improved a little with 3.5 minutes per game in 19 minutes on the court.

This season, Zach Reichle has come alive! He is averaging about ten points per game in 27 minutes and is providing on-court leadership. During the dramatic comeback win over Colorado Sunday in Boulder, Zach was a key factor both offensively and defensively. He scored a career high 19 points and hit nine key free throws in nine attempts. 

Head Coach Wayne Tinkle says Reichle's emergence as a team leader was huge during those critical minutes in Boulder.

[We] got guy like Tres who has always been a  leader but he is the head coach's son, so we said we needed another guy to really rise up and its with calling guys out when they're not bringing the energy to practice or when their not focused. To pat guys on the butt when they do something right because Zach and Tres are very similar where they leave everything on the floor when they play. We another guy to be a voice for us  and he did that with his play at Colorado with the example he set but also in the huddle when you saw him encouraging guys."

To compete for the Pac-12 title the Beavers need a solid effort each game from Reichle. He showed in the first two games that he is more aggressive driving inside because players may expect him to shoot the three. He knows he has struggled from long distance (15-48, 31.3%) so he has to show his versatility. He told men's basketball play-by play voice on "Talkin Beavers" that his increased confidence is paying off.

So Reichle and the Beavers are back home at Gill this week. Two huge games against the Arizona Schools. The Sun Devils and Beavers meet tomorrow night. The Beavers are 11-3 and 1-1 in conference play. The Sun Devils were blown out by rival Arizona last Saturday 75-47 in their lone Pac-12 play. They are 9-5 overall. Then the Beavers host 24th-ranked Arizona  Sunday night at 7:pm

You can see the entire interview with Zach Reichle and Wayne Tinkle tonight at 7:pm on Talkin Beavers on NBC Sports Northwest

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.

You can listen to the full podcast below:

Join Talkin' Beavers every Wednesday for Oregon State Beavers news, game breakdowns, and analysis. Plus conversations with the most important names in Oregon State Sports.

Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

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Even Arizona’s Sean Miller thinks Tres Tinkle’s ejection was bogus

One was earned; one was questionable.

Oregon State senior Tres Tinkle received two technical fouls at Arizona on Thursday night, which resulted in an immediate ejection from the game.

The first technical foul was a warning on both players.

After a tough basket under the hoop, Tinkle turned to run up court and accidentally made contact with Christian Koloko, who seemed to think that contact was purposeful. Koloko swung back at Tinkle which prompted Tres to get the refs involved, and rightfully so. The call was a double technical on Tinkle and Koloko.

The second was more obvious.

On a drive to the hoop with his left hand, Tinkle raised his right elbow above the shoulders on Arizona’s Jemarl Baker Jr.

Here is the play:

It was called a technical foul, Tinkle’s second of the game, and resulted in an immediate ejection.

Here is what Arizona head coach Sean Miller had to say about the call.

It’s unfortunate that he had to exit the game on that play. I don’t look at that as a cheap shot in any way shape or form. It is what it is. He may have connected above the shoulders. But I know he is a great kid, high-character guy. — Arizona head coach Sean Miller

Miller has great respect for Tinkle and what he has accomplished in his four+ years in Corvallis, Oregon.

Whether or not you agree with Miller, Tinkle was ejected at the 13:15 minute mark of the second half and without him on the court, the Beavers struggled to find their offense. Oregon State fell to Arizona 89-63 in Tucson, Arizona and into ninth place in the Pac-12 conference standings.

Oregon State needs Tinkle on the court. 

The Beavers have now lost two in a row and have a date with the Sun Devils next up in Tempe, where they just beat the No. 14 Oregon Ducks 77-72, before returning home for one last home series hosting the Washington schools.

At this points, it’s all about fighting for seeding in the Pac-12 Tournament (March 11-14) and the Beavers need every win they can get, and it starts with Tinkle.

Instant Analysis: Tres Tinkle ejected in Oregon State’s loss at Arizona

Instant Analysis: Tres Tinkle ejected in Oregon State’s loss at Arizona

In their first meeting in Corvallis, Oregon back on January 12, the Oregon State Beavers took care of business in dominant fashion for the upset win over No. 24 Arizona, 82-65, where all five starters finished in double figures.

It was a different story on Thursday when these two teams met up once again, this time in the desert. Oregon State's slow start on the offensive end, number of turnovers and losing one of their top players Tres Tinkle early in the second half resulted in a hole the Beavers couldn't dig themselves out of.

Oregon State (15-11, 5-9 Pac-12) drops its second game in a row with a loss at the Arizona Wildcats (19-7, 9-4 Pac-12).

FINAL SCORE: Oregon State 63, Arizona 89

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

1. FIRST HALF JITTERS?

The Beavers commited 13 first half turnovers, few of which were careless: dribbling the ball off the opponents foot, bad outlet passes, etc. Head coach Wayne Tinkle was visibly frustrated and told his team to calm down during a media timeout.

The good news for Oregon State is Arizona capitalized on only 15 points off these turnovers. The Beavers were down by 10 at halftime, but it could have been a bigger deficit.

Oregon State finished with 21 turnovers in the game.

2. TRES TINKLE EJECTED

Tres Tinkle received a second technical foul with 13:17 remaining in the second and was ejected from the game. His first technical was inadvertent and more of a warning on both players. After a tough bucket inside, Tinkle turned to run up court and accidentally bumped into an Arizona player. It was a double technical “warning” on both players.

The second came on a drive from Tinkle, and catching the Arizona defender in the chin with his elbow.

Tinkle was ejected and finished with 10 points (kept his double-digit scoring trend alive) and three rebounds.

Oregon State was without Tinkle for the final 13+ minutes in this contest.

3. JAROD LUCAS GETS HOT AGAIN

One of the bright spots on Oregon State's offense was Jarod Lucas.

The 6-foot-3 freshman guard from Hacienda Heights, California, found his groove from 3-PT range, as Beaver fans know what he can do, and finished with 18 points hitting 4-for-12 from three-point range. He lead all OSU scores and provided a spark off the bench.

UP NEXT: The Beavs wrap up the road trip at Arizona State on Saturday, Feb, 22, tip-off set for 5 p.m. (PT) in Tempe, Arizona.

Oregon State announces second annual Beaver Combine, invites fans to come

Oregon State announces second annual Beaver Combine, invites fans to come

For the second annual year, Oregon State will put on the Beaver Combine, Friday, February 28 at the Truax Indoor Center, adjacent to Reser Stadium. 

The event is open to the public and free, but fans are asked to remain in areas marked for spectators.

It'll begin at 8:00 a.m. with the offensive and defensive linemen participating in drills similar to that of this month’s NFL Combine. The drills include the shuttle run, 40-yard dash, broad jump, and 3-cone drill.

The linemen are followed by the “big skill” players at 9 a.m. and the “skill players” at 10 a.m.

The event will give Beaver Nation a first look at the Oregon State football team that will look to improve on a 5-7 record and a second-place finish in the Pac-12 North.

Instant Analysis: Oregon State WBB drops third in a row in OT loss to UCLA

Instant Analysis: Oregon State WBB drops third in a row in OT loss to UCLA

The No. 15 Oregon State (19-7, 7-7 Pac-12) were looking to get back on track after suffering two losses in a row. Unfortunately, it was another top team in the conference that stood in their way of doing so in No. 8 UCLA (22-3, 11-3 Pac-12). It was a back-and-forth battle all night long, and needed overtime to determine a winner, but in the end it was all UCLA, outscoring Oregon State 16-7 in the OT period.

FINAL SCORE (OT): Oregon State 74, UCLA 83 

Here are three takeaways from the game:

1. WONDER WOMAN DESTINY SLOCUM

The physical and mental toughness of Destiny Slocum was on full display tonight in Los Angeles. 

The 5-foot-7 redshirt point guard rolled her ankle, which looked like a considerable injury, early in the second quarter. She was then carried off by two teammates putting no weight on her right ankle to then check back into the game in the final minutes of the second quarter.

Slocum finished with 19 points, hitting 3-for-4 from three-point range, four assists and two rebounds.

[RELATED]: UPDATED: Destiny Slocum returns to the game vs. UCLA after injury scare

2. TURNOVER BATTLE

The Oregon State Beavers are averaging 15 turnovers a game this season. UCLA’s stifling defense forced the Beavs into 14 in the first half alone, however, the Bruins only capitalized with 11 points off those turnovers and Oregon State still held a 5-point lead at halftime, 31-26. 

This could have been a different story at the half if not for UCLA only shooing 27% (10-for-37) in the first half.

UCLA had the advantage on the offensive rebounds, 17-11 over Oregon State, and it turned into 14 second chance points.

3. OVERTIME IN L.A.

A 9-1 Bruin run in overtime would seal the deal. 6-foot-4 sensational freshman forward Taylor Jones fouled out in the going minutes of overtime, leaving 6-foot-1 Madison Washington as the tallest on the court for Oregon State. Jones finished with her ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Senior guard Mikayla Pivec also fouled out in the overtime period. Pivec finished with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Without Jones and Pivec, UCLA was too much for the Beavs to handle.

UP NEXT: The Beavers remain on the road for their next trip to the Bay Area, starting with at No. 4 Stanford on Friday night, tip-off set for 8 p.m. (PT) in Palo Alto, California.