Two Beavers named to ESPN's top 25 players list


Two Beavers named to ESPN's top 25 players list

Ahead of their match up with Team USA tonight, two Beavers have received national recognition for being among the best in the nation.

ESPN ranked the top 25 players in women’s basketball ahead of the upcoming season, and Oregon State's Destiny Slocum (9) and Mikayla Pivec (13) appeared on the list. 

Slocum, a 5-foot 7 junior, averaged 15.4 points and 4.5 assists per game last season. She began her college career at the University of Maryland, where she won the WCBA national freshman of the year award in 2017. Despite her success, the former five-star recruit wanted to be where we felt more comfortable. Oregon State needed a point guard, and Corvallis has delivered the experience she needed.

In addition to Slocum, the list also recognized Mikayla Pivec as the 13th best player in the country. The 5-foot-10 senior averaged 15.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game during her junior season. With the arrival of Slocum to the program, Pivec now plays off ball. When she played point guard her sophomore season, the Beavers made the Elite Eight. In her senior season, the Beavers have aspirations of going further. 

Slocum and Pivec look to lead the No. 7 Oregon State Beavers to their best season yet. But first, they have a scrimmage against Team USA which will be a great measuring stick for the team. 


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Three years ago, the Ducks grew up against OSU, now it's the Beavers' turn

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Three years ago, the Ducks grew up against OSU, now it's the Beavers' turn

Friday evening was rough for the No. 7 Oregon State Beavers (16-3, 4-3 Pac-12).

They fell 76-64 to their arch-rival, the No. 4 Oregon Ducks (16-2, 6-1 Pac-12) at Matthew Knight Arena and don't have any time to dwell. The two teams will play again on Sunday in Corvallis at Gill Coliseum. 

Despite trailing by 21 points in the fourth quarter, the Beavers were able to mount a 16-2 run to cut the deficit to just seven points, and appear to have something to build upon ahead of Sunday's rematch. 

"This is still a team that's forming. Anytime you have two freshmen on the floor as much as we do it's going to be a journey and we've played pretty well," said head coach Scott Rueck. "This was an opportunity for us to take some huge strides forward."

Oregon State as a whole struggled most of the night, but a bright spot was the stellar play of freshman center Taylor Jones who finished the first half with 17 of the Beavers' 29 points.  She ended the contest with 21 points shooting 10-of-12 from the field, and grabbing three rebounds. 

Her frontcourt mate freshman Kennedy Brown grabbed 12 rebounds but was held scoreless in the contest. 

After the game, Rueck made an interesting parallel with the play of his freshmen and two seniors from Oregon: Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard. 

And I look back to Oregon...three years ago in particular and even [Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard's] freshman year, the Civil War weekend is where they changed. They had to elevate to play against us and they did and they learned a lot about themselves and took their games to a new level...and that created momentum for them. Well, I think we're having to rise because both of these teams are so good, the margin of error is small and we're competitors. I think we did a lot of things well tonight just not quite well enough to win here.

Rueck is right.

When Ionescu and Hebard were freshmen, the Ducks got swept by Oregon State but both contests were close (43-40 in Eugene, 67-60 in Corvallis). The Ducks would end up making the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005; now they're on pace to win three-straight regular-season Pac-12 Championships. 

Now it's the Beavers' turn. More specifically, Brown and Jones. Brown cannot go scoreless if the Beavers want to defeat an Oregon team that's among the most talented in the country. Jones will need to continue being in the right places so guards Mikayla Pivec and Destiny Slocum can find her good looks. If the pair can take advantage of their size advantage, then they stand a chance of evening the season series with Oregon.

And who knows, perhaps in a few seasons it'll be Oregon head coach Kelly Graves' turn to say his team needs to grow up against Oregon State once again.

Beavers blow late lead, fall to UCLA

Beavers blow late lead, fall to UCLA

Another tough loss for Oregon State.

After battling back from a 13-point deficit in the second half, the Beavers (12-7, 2-5 Pac-12) couldn't finish the game against UCLA (10-9, 3-3 Pac-12), ultimately losing 62-58 at Gill Coliseum. 

With the loss, the Beavers fall to eleventh in the Pac-12 and the goal of returning to the NCAA Tournament appears more unlikely. As a bubble team, Oregon State cannot lose to subpar teams in the conference, especially in Corvallis. 

Here are some takeaways from the contest.

1. This team will go as far as Tres Tinkle takes them

Tinkle scored 17 points against the Bruins but shot only 4-of-14 from the field, which isn't good enough. The fifth-year senior should be dominating each game he plays in a weaker Pac-12 conference and had just an alright game. His shooting was poor but he was a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line which saved his night. Alas, it wasn't enough to defeat a subpar Bruins team.

2. Reichle needs more looks

Zach Reichle got the scoring started early with three three-pointers to give the Beavers an 11-9 lead.

He finished the game with only four three-point attempts total, which is far too little. That he only took five shots total is insane especially considering every other Beaver struggled shooting tonight. When he's hot like he was tonight, the Beavers should run him off multiple screens to at least make the defense react to him, rather than make him a nonfactor the rest of the night.

3.  The Beavers cannot come out flat

Oregon State lost this game because once again they went an extended stretch without scoring a basket. UCLA, who held just a three-point halftime advantage, opened the second half with a 13-2 run. The Beavers did fight back to take a 44-43 lead with 6:30 remaining off a Tres Tinkle three-point play but it was too little, too late as the Bruins ultimately outlasted the Beavers.  

FSU WR Tre'Shaun Harrison officially transfers to Oregon State, along with two others

FSU WR Tre'Shaun Harrison officially transfers to Oregon State, along with two others

Following leading receiver Isaiah Hodgins declaring for the NFL Draft, the Oregon State offense is going to have a lot of targets to redistribute next season.

We may have an idea of who will be catching them.

Florida State wide receiver Tre'Shaun Harrison has officially enrolled in Corvallis the university has announced, in addition to Washington wide receiver Trey Lowe and Air Force offensive lineman Joe Quillin. 

Harrison seems excited to be in a new area.

 As a sophomore this past season, Harrison recorded 27 receptions for 289 yards and two touchdowns for the Seminoles. As a freshman, he had had ten catches for 66 yards and an impressive touchdown.

Coming out high school, 247Sports rated Harrison as a four-star recruit and the nation's No. 4 athlete. The Seattle native originally committed to play at Oregon but followed Willie Taggart to Tallahassee when he accepted the Florida State head coaching gig.

Lowe played high school football at Jesuit where he was the 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year recipient for the state of Oregon after totaling 2,316 all-purpose yards at Jesuit High School. As a senior, he ran for more than 1,700 yards and scored 35 touchdowns. He was named 6A All-State as both a junior and a senior. At Washington, he appeared in just two games his true freshman season and did not appear in a game as a redshirt freshman.

Lineman Joe Quillin also attended Jesuit High School where he was a 2018 6A All-State selection on the offensive line in addition to being named second-team on the defensive line. Quillin was chosen as an all-league selection on the offensive line as both a junior and senior and helped Jesuit to three league championships. 

Oregon State has Tyjon Lindsey, Kolby Taylor, Trevon Bradford, Jesiah Irish, I'Shawn Stewart, Anthony Gould, Champ Flemmings, Aaron Short, Nahshon Wright, Rweha Munyago Jr., Cam Stoudamire, and Job Dockery returning at wide receiver and has signed incoming freshman Zeriah Beason, Silas Bolden, and Trevor Pope.

What to expect from Part I of Oregon vs. Oregon State WBB showdown


What to expect from Part I of Oregon vs. Oregon State WBB showdown

Firiday marks part one in a two-part Civil War series between the No. 4 Oregon Ducks (15-2, 5-1 Pac-12) and No. 7 Oregon State Beavers (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12). The first of a two-game series between the Ducks and Beavers tips off tonight at 7 p.m. (PT) at Matthew Knight Arena. Part two will tip off 40 hours later and 45 minutes North in Corvallis at Gill Coliseum at 1 p.m. (PT). 

Two games separated by less than 48 hours. Two teams separated by 45 minutes of one another. Both teams ranked inside the Top-10. A Civil War weekend series that will have major implications in national rankings, Pac-12 conference standings as well as future NCAA tourney seeding. This should be a good one.

Below you’ll find a list of Civil War historical facts, how each team has earned its ranking as well as specific matchups to watch this weekend.


- Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck is 15-3 all-time against the Ducks.

- Last year, the Civil War series was split with each team winning on their respected home court.

- Sabrina Ionescu is one assist away from becoming the Pac-12 leader in assists. 

- Mikayla Pivec leads the Pac-12 conference in rebounds per game (9.6).

- The Beavers are averaging 5.4 blocks per game.



Oregon - 87.5

Oregon State - 71.4


Oregon - 21.5

Oregon State - 18.3


Oregon - 11.3

Oregon State - 13.4


Oregon - 56.5

Oregon State - 53.4


It started with an empathetic win over Team USA. You knew Oregon was going to be good coming into this season, but a win over the best professionals in women’s basketball? That’s pretty impressive. The Ducks went 10-1 in non-conference play and their only loss came to top-10 opponent Louisville on neutral grounds.

Oregon out-scored its opponents 192-110 this past weekend including a 32-point win over the No. 3 Stanford and then a 50-point win over Cal. 


Started off this season with a perfect 15-0 record, the best start ever in program history. These past few weeks, the Beavers have been tested and have now lost two conference games: an eight-point loss at Arizona State and a three-point loss to then to top-10 ranked Stanford. 


Sabrina Ionescu and Minyon Moore vs. Destiny Slocum and Mikayla Pivec

This guard matchup will feature four of the top guards in the nation. The Ducks love to push the pace with Moore and Ionescu. These two have played once before for the Cal Stars, an AAU team in California. Moore and Pivec have similar styles of play in regards to pushing the pace and not being afraid of contact. One key that Oregon must do when guarding Pivec is limit her rebounds. Pivec currently leads the Pac-12 conference in rebounds and she does it from the guard spot. Ionescu and Slocum are also similar in terms of knowing how to score, choosing your shots wisely and the ability to take over games.

Ruthy Hebard and Erin Boley vs. Taylor Jones and Kennedy Brown

How this forward play turns out may decide how the rest of the game plays out. The Beavers have two outstanding freshmen forwards in Jones (6-foot-4) and Brown (6-foot-2) that will be a problem for the rest of the Pac-12 for the foreseeable future. Both are a tough matchup in terms of rebounding while Brown also has the capability of hitting the outside shot. Senior Ruthy Hebard brings her own dynamic play down low and holds the third best field-goal percentage in the nation (68.5). 


WHO: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 7 Oregon State

WHEN: Friday night, 7 p.m. (PT)

WHERE: Matthew Knight Arena, Eugene, OR

TV: Pac-12 Networks

RADIO: Oregon Sports Network

Ron Callan previews the match-up in the Talkin' Beavers Podcast

Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec named to Naismith Trophy Midseason Defensive Team

Oregon State's Mikayla Pivec named to Naismith Trophy Midseason Defensive Team

Is there anything Mikayla Pivec can't do?

After being named to the midseason watch list for the Wooden Award, and the preseason watch lists for the Wade Trophy and Miller Award, Pivec has found herself on yet another prestigious list. 

The Oregon State senior guard was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Defensive Team on Thursday. 

She is one of two Pac-12 players to be Naismith Trophy Midseason Defensive Team. Arizona junior guard Aari McDonald also made the list.

Oregon State forward Kylor Kelley represented the men's team on the Naismith Trophy Men's Midseason Defensive Team released Wednesday. 

Pivec is one of the reasons the Oregon State women's basketball team began the season 15-0, the longest winning streak in program history. She leads the Beavers in rebounds, assists and steals and has scored in double-figures in 49 of OSU's last 52 games, including all 18 this season. 

The Beavers are now 16-2 and heading into back-to-back Civil War games against rival Oregon. The two teams have split the series each of the last two seasons, each winning on their home court. 

Despite losing to Stanford, Oregon State WBB rises in AP Poll

Despite losing to Stanford, Oregon State WBB rises in AP Poll

After a series split over the weekend, the Oregon State women’s basketball team has seen a slight jump in this week’s AP Top-25 Poll.

The Beavers (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12) have jumped one spot in this week’s rankings, from No. 8 to No. 7.

It all started with a dominant 81-44 victory over the Cal Golden Bears last Friday. Oregon State’s defense held Cal to 25.8 percent shooting from the field and out-rebounded the Beats 51-22. 

Then, it was a Sunday matinée that tipped off at noon between No. 8 Oregon State and No. 3 Stanford. The Cardinal were coming off a 32-point loss to Oregon and had one extra day to prepare for the Beavers. Oregon State did a nice job containing Stanford’s offense, but on the other end, the Beavers struggled on their own offensively, scoring just six points in the third quarter and not making a shot in the last three minutes of the game.

Stanford came away with the victory, 61-58 at Gill Coliseum.

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Here's the top-10

1. South Carolina (22)


2. Baylor (6)


3. UConn


4. Oregon


5. Louisville (2)


6. Stanford


7. Oregon St.


8. NC State


9. Mississippi St.


10. UCLA


UP NEXT: Welcome to Civil War weekend that will once again feature two top-10 teams separated by 45 minutes of I-5 freeway of one another. First, the Beavers will travel south on Friday to play the No. 4 Ducks at Matthew Knight Arena (tip-off set for 7 p.m.) and then Oregon State will host Oregon on Sunday (tip-off set for 1 p.m.).

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!

Scott Rueck at a loss for words following second half performance in loss to Stanford

Scott Rueck at a loss for words following second half performance in loss to Stanford

CORVALLIS, OR - The story was going to write itself. Destiny Slocum records career-high night in Oregon State’s upset win over Stanford. The Cardinal can’t catch up after a Beavers’ 13-2 run to open the game. Huge momentum swinger with a date with the Oregon Ducks in Civil War weekend up next.

But it was a different story in the second half.

Oregon State was held to six points in the third quarter, committed six turnovers in the fourth quarter alone and did not make a field goal with under 3:46 left to play. 

It was an odd second half. 

Very odd. 

And very unlike this team.

In the end, No. 8 Oregon State (16-2, 4-2 Pac-12) falls to No. 3 Stanford (16-2, 5-1 Pac-12) in a nail-biter, 61-58 at Gill Coliseum.

The third quarter is where it began, shooting 3-of-14 from the field and scoring only six points. 

What was going right was Destiny Slocum, who finished with a season-high 21 points in the first half and was on track for quite the stat line, but was held to five points in the second half.

When asked about the second half and what defensive adjustments Stanford made on her, the redshirt junior responded:

No, I don’t think they did much. I just think seeing the floor faster, finding the open person more could have been an opportunity for me to find some open teammates. So, just take better shots. — Slocum

On the other side, Oregon State switched up its defensive look from person to zone  which gave Stanford’s offense some trouble holding them to 10 points in the third. But an opportunity lost as Oregon State shot 3-for-14 from the field in the third.

Oregon State Coach Scott Rueck was at a loss for words trying to describe the second half following the game.

I don’t know. I’m going to have to watch film. Honestly. I thought we executed better. I thought we were on the same page a little better than we were in the second quarter. — Scott Rueck

Rueck continued:

But I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. It was a confusing half. It was just an interesting half. I have a hard time putting words to it. I have to watch it to see honestly what just happened. — Scott Rueck

It was a half that the Beavers need to study, learn from and then throw away. Oregon State’s daunting schedule ahead starts with a date with the Oregon Ducks, another top-10 opponent and in-state rival for this upcoming Civil War weekend, and then a road trip to the mountains to face Colorado and Utah.

Until the loss at Arizona State, Oregon State’s 15-straight victories is the longest winning streak in program history and now the Beavers have lost two Pac-12 games in one week.

Time to refocus and get back on track. 

Instant Analysis: No. 8 Beavers costly turnovers lead to loss vs. No. 3 Stanford

Instant Analysis: No. 8 Beavers costly turnovers lead to loss vs. No. 3 Stanford

CORVALLIS - It seems like every weekend in Pac-12 women’s hoops features a top-10 showdown and today was no different.

This is just the talent in this prestigious conference. On a Sunday matinee, the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers hosted the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal in front of a packed house at Gill Coliseum.

Despite Oregon State starting the game on a 13-2 run, this one was back-and-forth to the finish.Stellar Stanford freshman Haley Jones, who is averaging 11.6 points per game, went down with a knee injury late in the third quarter and would not return. Stanford would have to find their scoring from somewhere else and both teams went to a smaller lineup. In the end, Stanford prevailed.

FINAL SCORE: Stanford 61, Oregon State 58

Here are three quick takeaways from the game:

Destiny Slocum 
The redshirt junior was locked in from the beginning. Slocum recorded 21 of Oregon State’s 36 points in the first half alone, getting it done from three point range and taking it hard to the hoop. Slocum finished with 26 points on 11-for-21 from the field.

Third quarter D 
Oregon State opened up the third quarter with a defensive mixture of person and zone. It gave Stanford a lot of trouble holding the Cardinal to 10 points in the third. On the other hand, the Beavers scored only six points, which left the door open for the Cardinal. 

The Beavers recorded 14 turnovers in the loss, double the amount of Stanford. They will need to take care of the ball better as the season progresses against this demanding Pac-12 conference. 

UP NEXT: A date with the Oregon Ducks in part one of a Civil War weekend starting in Eugene, OR on Friday night.