Oregon State women beat Arkansas 63-47 for 5-0 start – OregonLive.com
from Oregon State Athletics:
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The No. 7 Oregon State women’s basketball team moved to 5-0 on Saturday afternoon, defeating Arkansas 63-47 at the San Juan Shootout in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“This was a great win,” said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck. “Arkansas is the most athletic team with the most size we’ve seen so far, and I was impressed with the way they played. We’ve got a target on our back, and when you have that you are going to get everybody’s best shot. That’s what we got from Arkansas today. I really liked our poise. The fourth quarter was the best basketball we’ve played so far this year. We controlled the game defensively, and executed flawlessly on the offensive end in that quarter.”
Jamie Weisner led the Beavers with 26 points on 9-for-15 shooting, going 6-for-7 from three-point range. Fellow senior Ruth Hamblin filled the stat-sheet again, going for 16 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. Junior Sydney Wiese notched a game-high 14 rebounds and seven assists.
As a team, Oregon State shot 40 percent from the field and held Arkansas to 29.7 percent from the field.
“I think this was a bit of a defining game in our season,” Hamblin said. “We really grew a lot today. Arkansas came out right from the start ready to challenge us, and the way we responded, especially in the second and fourth quarters, helped define what our identity will be this year.”
The teams traded baskets throughout the first quarter, with neither team leading by more than three points in the frame. Five different Beavers scored in the period, but Arkansas held the lead after 10 minutes by a score of 17-16.
Oregon State would come out strong to start the second quarter, as back-to-back buckets from Hamblin sparked a run of 14 unanswered points to early in the period. Overall, the Beavers outscored the Razorbacks 22-9 in the second quarter to take a 12-point lead into the intermission. Weisner finished the first half with 16 points and four 3-pointers.
Arkansas made a run in the third quarter, cutting the advantage to three heading into the final frame. Oregon State would bounce back to start the fourth, stretching the lead back to eight within the first three minutes of the period. The Beaver defense would clamp down from there, holding the Razorbacks to five points in the fourth quarter to give OSU the 16-point win.
The Beavers will head to Milwaukee, Wis. on Thursday to take on Marquette in a game that will air live on Fox Sports 1.