Oregon State must regroup after tough loss to Stanford

Oregon State must regroup after tough loss to Stanford

The Beavers and Stanford mirror each other. Look at the stats.

They are nearly identical. Both teams are now 16-2. Look at the commitment to defense. Both teams are tremendous at making their opponents feel uncomfortable.

The game played Sunday at Gill Coliseum before 8,667 fans represents what is best about women's college basketball and even more. It also shows us what is tremendous about the quality of this year's Pac-12 conference.

In reality, either team had a chance to win Sunday's  game in the final five minutes. A game won by Stanford 61-58.

Check this out......with 3:59 to go in the game, redshirt junior Destiny Slocum (who had a season-high 26 pts) hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 55-55. With 3:46 to go in the game, Lexie Hull answered for the Cardinal with her own three-pointer to give Stanford a 58-55 lead. Those were the final field goals of the afternoon. Defense was outstanding by both teams. Offensive rebounding by Stanford turned out to be the difference down the stretch. The Cardinal had eight offensive rebounds in the final minutes of the fourth quarter that kept the ball away from the Beavers. Ultimately, that was the difference in this one.

Senior Mikayla Pivec had 10 points and three rebounds in the game and was asked afterwards about if she still feels positive about things after such a heart wrenching loss. Pivec was brutally honest:

I'm not really positive right now......we just lost. I don't want that to happen. We will look at the film but right now it hurts. — Pivec

Pivec will return to the practice court on Tuesday with the fervor the All-American brings to this talented Oregon State team.

By the way, the post-game news conference was the shortest in recent memory lasting just three minutes and 44 seconds. The loss was a gut punch but at the same time the season is still young and this team has so much room to grow. 

Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck was proud of the effort against Stanford. Its about getting better and playing your best basketball in late February and March. He was asked how he will handle the fact his team has lost two of their last three conference games

Like I would if we'd won. How can we better than we were today. Go back and see what worked and what didn't  What did they do that caused us trouble and get better. That's it. Simple. — Rueck

I think the Beavers will look back at this game and realize this one was so close to a victory. But, that is the story of the Pac-12. It is so deep, so talented and now the Beavers must put the Stanford loss in the rear view mirror immediately. The Ducks are next. 

Rueck has a 15-3 record over Oregon since his arrival as the head coach at Oregon State. The Ducks, have arguably their best team since the Kelly Graves era began. This past weekend, Oregon showed how powerful they are with a 32-point win over Stanford and a 50-point win over Cal.

For Oregon State, it is a chance to regroup and prepare for a game against their rival and show everyone they can stick with Sabrina and company.

More to come from Corvallis after the players get their day off tomorrow. Make sure you check the NBC Sports Northwest webpage for the latest on this week's Civil War matchup!

TBT: The Best Oregon State Beavers NFL Combine memories

TBT: The Best Oregon State Beavers NFL Combine memories

As Oregon State alumni Jake Luton and Isaiah Hodgins take the next step to making their professional dreams come true at the NFL Combine, let's take a look back at some of the best memories from former Beavers at the event.

After winning the second Biletkinoff Award in school history, Brandin Cooks ran the fastest time in the 40-yard dash in the 2014 NFL Combine at 4.33 seconds.

By getting the fastest time at the event, he won $100,000 from Adidas in the process. He used the money to surprise his mother with a new car.

"She needed one," Cooks said in an interview with Fox Sports. "She was driving around in a 1999 Saturn, and I wasn’t having that anymore."

Cooks got drafted by the New Orleans Saints with the 20th overall pick in the NFL Draft. He would be traded twice on his rookie contract to the Patriots and then the Rams, who he currently plays for. 

Another standout was defensive nose tackle Stephen Pae, who broke the record for bench presses of 225 pounds at the NFL Combine with 49 in 2011. He broke the previous record of 45 set by former Arkansas offensive lineman Mitch Petrus (2010), former Ohio State defensive end Mike Kudla (2006) and former UTEP defensive tackle Leif Larsen (2000). Combine records have been tracked since 2000.

He would be selected by the Bears in the second round of that year's draft. 

Eventually joining Paea in Chicago was Ryan Nall, who forwent his senior season at Oregon State to declare for the NFL Draft. The Central Catholic product went undrafted, but signed to the Bears' practice squad before being called up this past season.

He took to Twitter to wish Jake Luton and Isaiah Hodgins a good NFL Combine.

Talkin' Beavers: Scott Rueck helped vault Oregon State onto the national stage

Talkin' Beavers: Scott Rueck helped vault Oregon State onto the national stage

In this week’s episode of Talkin’ Beavers, Beavers Insider Ron Callan is joined by Oregon State women’s basketball coach Scott Rueck. 

Rueck, in his 10th year with Oregon State, has helped vault the women’s basketball program onto the national stage. The Beavers made it to the Final Four in 2016, Round of 32 in 2017, Elite 8 in 2018 and Sweet 16 in 2019. 

In the Talkin’ Beavers podcast, Rueck dishes out his advice for coaches starting out, talks about how he keeps his team focused through injuries and setbacks, and why he hopes two former Beavers will land on one WNBA roster. 

He also discusses the growth of women’s basketball, calling it “remarkable.” He credits networks such as ESPN and Pac-12 for the increased visibility of women’s hoops. He says all of the Beavers games can be viewed on television. 

Once you start to watch, you start to learn, you start to understand who these people are and what incredible athletes they are, how dedicated they are. Once it becomes personal for you, it sucks you in, to where you just can’t get enough of it.

Rueck also shares with Callan why it’s integral for him to develop real connections with all of his players. He says he aims to help them grow individually, seeing themselves as they really are, as well as open their eyes to new things. But most importantly for Rueck, he wants his team to know they are family. 

“They are family and that’s what we do,” Rueck said. “I see this team as my sister, my nieces, my, I guess I’m old enough now, I can say daughters, which is weird to say. That’s how I view them. I’m responsible for them.” 

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.

NFL Combine Profile: Oregon State QB Jake Luton

NFL Combine Profile: Oregon State QB Jake Luton

Jake Luton
 

Position: Quarterback
Year: Redshirt senior
Hometown: Marysville, WA

Measurables: 

Height: 6’6 1/8" 

Weight: 224 pounds

Hand: 10 3/8

Arm: 31 6/8

Wingspan: 77 5/8

Overview

You can just call him the comeback kid. 

After missing most of the 2017 season with a thoracic spine injury and being limited to just eight games in 2018 with a sprained ankle, Luton was named 2019 Mayo Clinic National Comeback Player of the Year in his sixth and final year at Oregon. 

The Beavers signal caller passed for 2,714 yards with 62 percent completion, recording 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions though 11 games in 2019. He helped lead the Beavers to their first five-win season since 2014.

Luton played 23 games (21 starts) at Oregon State, and concluded his career fifth in touchdown passes with 42 and seventh in passing yards with 5,227. He was invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Hula Bowl. 

Draft projections

Luton is projected to be a Day 3 or UDFA range prospect come draft day. 

Strengths

- Big frame 
- Requisite arm strength 
- Poised in the pocket

Weaknesses

- Injury history 
- Accuracy 

Social media workouts

Luton hasn’t posted anything on his Instagram timeline or Twitter as of late, but in mid-February, he shared this photo to his Instagram story. It appears he’s been working out at EXOS in preparation for the draft. 

NFL Combine profile: Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins

NFL Combine profile: Oregon State WR Isaiah Hodgins

Isaiah Hodgins

Position: Wide receiver
Year: Junior
Hometown: Oakley, California

Measurables: 

Height: 6’3 5/8" 

Weight: 210 pounds

Hand: 9 7/8"

Arm: 33 1/8

Wingspan: 80 4/8

Overview

Isaiah Hodgins was named a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award in 2019 and for good reason.

Hodgins was one of the elite receivers in the country, finishing his junior campaign with 20 touchdowns, second all-time, with 2,322 receiving yards. In 34 games at Oregon State, Hodgins made 27 starts and finished his career with 176 receptions, sixth in school history.

He was named First-Team All-Pac-12 from Associated Press and Phil Steele’s FCS Postseason teams and second-team by Pac-12 Coaches.

Hodgins brings several qualities that make him a solid developmental receiver for most NFL teams. We’ll talk about what he can improve upon in the next several months.

Draft projections

Hodgins is projected as a potential third-to-fourth round selection.

NFL comparison:

Kenny Golladay

Strengths

- Sneaky fast
- Elite concentration
- Big frame
- Catch radius

Weaknesses

- Route building
- Explosiveness
- Needs to maximize physical tools

Social media workouts

Hodgins shared this photo on his Instagram. He's been working out at EXOS in Phoenix, Arizona. 

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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.