Oregon State Beavers predicted to be a one seed by ESPN’s bracketology

Oregon State Beavers predicted to be a one seed by ESPN’s bracketology

The No. 7 ranked Oregon State women's basketball team (5-0) is off to a strong start to the season winning the WNIT ahead of an anticipated matchup against No. 16 Miami this weekend. However, some experts think they’re underranked. 

ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme released his up to date predictions which had the Beavers as the one seed in the Fort Wayne region. They were joined by fellow one seeds UCONN, defending champion Baylor and their rival Oregon. 

If they finished as a one seed, it would be the highest seed earned by the Beavers in school history. Coach Scott Rueck discussed earlier on the Talkin’ Beavers podcast that he felt this team’s ceiling is unknown. Coming from a coach that knows how to get to the Final Four, that’s an exciting statement to hear for Beavers fans.

“I don’t know what the ceiling is and that’s a great thing for a coach to say.”

You can listen to the full Talkin' Beavers Podcast below:

Oregon State wins the Preseason WNIT

Oregon State wins the Preseason WNIT

CORVALLIS - The No. 7 Oregon State Beavers are the 2019 Preseason WNIT champions. But it wasn’t easy.

A few nights after blitzing No. 18 Depaul 98-77 in the semifinals of the tournament, they got to host the Missouri State Lady Bears at Gill Coliseum. The Lady Bears had won 13 consecutive road games dating back to last season heading into the contest and upset Oklahoma earlier this week. 

Junior Aleah Goodman felt the win will help the Beavers in the long run:

To play in a tournament like this in November is huge for our team, huge for our confidence.

The Lady Bears led by four points at halftime, 39-35, and then extended that lead to as high as eight in the third quarter. In response, Beavers head coach Scott Rueck changed up the Beavers defense away from man-to-man to a 2-3 zone, which worked to great effect limiting the Lady Bears to 26.7% shooting in the third quarter. 

The Beavers went on to double the Lady Bears in the third quarter, 20-10. Redshirt junior guard Destiny Slocum hit a three pointer to close the third and give the Beavers a six-point advantage. In the fourth, the Beavers continued to push the pace for open three-pointers and came away victorious.

After the game, Slocum felt proud of her team:

We talk about championship mindset here a lot of the time, and [this] is the first net I’ve got to cut down...it feels good to start the season this way.

You can watch Aleah Goodman and Destiny Slocum react to the win in the video above.

Oregon State has “a great opportunity to learn” following loss to Team USA

Oregon State has “a great opportunity to learn” following loss to Team USA

CORVALLIS - In front of a rocking Gill Coliseum, the No. 7 Oregon State Beavers hosted Team USA. The Beavers put up a valiant effort but in the end, Team USA proved to be too much, winning the game 81-58. 

In the postgame press conference, Beavers coach Scott Rueck discussed how this exhibition game will prepare his team for the upcoming season. 

They’re all pros and WNBA All-Stars for the most part...that is the best team in the world...what a great opportunity to learn from.

The Beavers came out gunning with sophomore Aleah Goodman hitting a step back three while being guarded by the legend Sue Bird. The Beavers led by as much as four points in the first quarter before trailing by only two points at the end of the period.

Goodman thought her team got their “jitters out early” and just “played basketball.” She also greatly appreciated the experience of playing against the best and learning from them at their shared practice session earlier in the day.  Goodman finished the contest with 14 points including three three-pointers. 

Rueck mentioned that due to starting underclassmen in the post, it limited what his team could do on offense.  He claimed he was speaking "a different language" at times.

At halftime, the Beavers trailed by just five. But Team USA showed why they’re elite by doubling Oregon State in the third quarter, 24-12. That dominating period proved to be the difference as every other quarter was won by Team USA by two, three and six points respectively. 

After the game, junior Destiny Slocum said she felt they let the game slip away in the third.

Our first two quarters we held our own, came out with a great mindset and great focus from the tip. That third quarter is something that you look at and [think] 'man, if we had held our own in that quarter this would have been a completely different game.’

Slocum led the Beavers with 15 points and five assists. Her and her teammate, Mikayla Pivec, were recognized as among the nation's best. 

Overall, the Beavers should be pleased with their performance. No one expected them to defeat a team that should win the Gold Medal. Experience against professionals like this should pay dividends this season, as they too aspire to take home trophies of their own.

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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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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. 

Listen to the full podcast below:

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A historic recruiting class gives Beavers an elite ceiling

Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck cannot wait for the season to start.

Rueck joined the Talkin’ Beavers Podcast this week to preview the upcoming season.

The Oregon State Women’s basketball team has amassed significant praise this preseason. They’re ranked No. 7 in the preseason AP poll but that may be selling the team short.

“I don’t know what the ceiling is and that’s a great thing for a coach to say.”

Coming off of a Sweet 16 appearance, the Beavers are bringing elite talent to Corvallis.

“It’s one of the best recruiting classes we’ve ever had.”

The freshmen made their impressive debuts in an exhibition game against Division II Union of Tennessee. 

The standout was five-star center out of Forney, Texas, Taylor Jones. She dominated with 27 points, 12 boards and five blocks in just 23 minutes. If she can put up any stat lines in the ballpark of her debut, the Beavers can compete with anyone in the country. 

Kennedy Brown, another five-star recruit, added 12 points and seven rebounds. She is the highest rated recruit to ever come out of Kansas and looks to make an immediate impact for the Beavers.

Between elite freshmen talent and the veteran guards such as Preseason All-American Mikayla Pivec, Destiny Slocum and Aleah Goodman, the Beavers want to compete for not only a conference championship, but a national championship. 

You can listen to the full podcast here.

Oregon State Freshmen shine in Beaver debut!

Oregon State Freshmen shine in Beaver debut!

The 6th ranked Oregon State Women's basketball team got off to an impressive start last weekend. They played an exhibition game against Division II Union of Tennessee. Four players scored in double figures in the 95-41victory before a crowd of about 3,000 at Gill Coliseum.

Pre-season All-American Mikayla Pivec showed her versatility once again with 14 points,nine rebounds and four assists. 

Junior Destiny Slocume poured in 16 points and Junior Aleah Goodman added nine points and seven assists. 

This may be Scott Rueck's best Oregon State team since he arrived back on campus in July of 2010. His program started from scratch and has turned into one of the nation's elite programs.

This particular game, even though it was an exhibition against a team from a lower division, marked an important junction for this team. 

Two-highly recruited Freshman made their college debut at Gill Coliseum and they didn't disappoint.

Taylor Jones, a five-star recruit from Forney, Texas dominated in her 23 minutes on the floor. 27 points, 12 boards and five blocked shots. She was thrilled to finally be playing her first game for Oregon State at Gill:

Kennedy Brown is a McDonald's All-American and five-star recruit from Derby, Kansas. She contributed 12 points and seven boards in her first Oregon State game. She and Taylor both had played with the team during their tour of Italy but playing in front of Beaver Nation at Gill was a special moment:

Brown and Jones are two of a very talented Freshman class. 6-9 inch Jelena Mitrovic and walk-on Noelle Mannen are also newcomers on the Oregon State roster. Mitrovic is on the mend from a leg injury and Mannen is a graduate of Valley Catholic H.S. in Beaverton.

The Beavers play another exhibition game Friday against Concordia (OR) and on November 4th host the USA Women's national team at Gill. 

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First sell out of the season goes to Oregon women's basketball

I hope you already bought your tickets to this weekend's Civil War, because it is officially sold out. 

No. 3 Oregon women's basketball owns the first sell out of the season (women or men) at Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Ore. for the upcoming game vs. No. 9 Oregon State. 

It will be second sellout in arena history for the women's program. The other was the Matthew Knight Arena debut against Oregon State during the 2010-11 season. 

The highest attendance for a men's game at home this season was also against Oregon State; 11,204 attendance on Jan. 5. 

The Oregon women look to extend the nation's longest active winning streak to 17 games vs. the Beavers on Friday. By the way, the Ducks are gaining national recognition after a dominant weekend in the Bay Area