OSU women's basketball: Beavers dial long distance to blow out Lions

2013-11-21T21:00:00Z 2013-11-22T16:27:51Z OSU women's basketball: Beavers dial long distance to blow out LionsBy STEVE GRESS, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
November 21, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

In a 102-80 win over Sacramento State last Friday, the Oregon State post players were the stars of the game as they helped the Beavers score 66 points in the paint.

On Thursday against Loyola Marymount, the guards wanted their turn.

And boy did they ever produce.

Jamie Weisner, Sydney Wiese, Ali Gibson and Alyssa Martin combined to hit 15 of the Beavers’ school record 17 3-pointers in a 92-54 nonconference women’s basketball win over the Lions before a Gill Coliseum crowd of 923.

The Beavers are 4-0 for the second time in three years and will next head to the Bahamas for the Junkaroo Jam. OSU will open against No. 14 Penn State at 12:15 p.m. on Nov. 29.

Weisner and Wiese both hit 5 of 7 3-point attempts, while Gibson was 3 for 7 and Martin 2 for 7. Khadidja Toure and Gabby Hanson had the other two triples as the Beavers were 17 for 32.

“We’ve got some really special shooters on this team and highly talented kids,” coach Scott Rueck said. “I thought we did a great job moving the ball tonight.”

The Beavers finished with 27 assists on 36 made baskets.

The guards combined for 68 of the 92 points.

“We just take what the teams give us and they sagged down on the posts and we were open around the 3-point arc so we just had to hit our threes,” Weisner said.

Weisner led all scorers with 17 points. Wiese finished with 15 and Martin and Gibson both added 14.

Gibson and Martin set the tone in the first half.

Gibson scored the first five points and Martin went on a personal 9-0 run midway through the first half that turned an eight-point lead into a 17-point advantage in 90 seconds.

“I thought Ali set the tone for us, starting the game out and then Alyssa came in,” Rueck said. “And certainly Jamie and Syd do their thing all the time.”

It was the first time this season Weisner scored more than seven points in a game as she has struggled to stay out of foul trouble.

That wasn’t the case on Thursday.

“It was good for my confidence,” she said. “I’ve been getting in foul trouble lately so this week in practice I’ve just been focusing on moving my feet and trying to stay in good defensive position and limit my fouls.”

Speaking of defense, the Beavers weren’t too shabby there either.

OSU held the Lions to just 20 points in the first half, the fewest they have allowed in a half this season. The previous low had been 22 in the second half against Corban in the season opener.

The big key was slowing down lightning quick point guard Hazel Ramirez, who finished with just 13 points and had five turnovers.

“We worked all week on keeping her in front of us,” Rueck said. “I thought our post defenders helped really well on the screens.”

Oregon State 92, Loyola Marymount 54

LOYOLA MARYMOUNT (1-3) — Emily Ben-Jumbo 3-9 2-3 8, Mackenzie Kerins 0-1 0-0 0, Hazel Ramirez 5-13 3-5 13, Deanna Johnson 1-10 1-2 3, Taylor Anderson 3-4 0-0 6, Chelsea Barnes 6-8 4-5 16, Alyson Lock 0-2 0-0 0, Melinda Gomez 0-0 0-0 0, Sophie Taylor 0-1 0-0 0, Olivia Lucero 1-6 2-2 4, Leslie Lopez-Wood 1-6 2-2 4, Alexis Love 1-4 0-0 2, Brianna Kennedy 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 21-63 12-17 54.

OREGON STATE (4-0) — Deven Hunter 4-4 1-2 0, Ruth Hamblin 2-5 1-1 5, Ali Gibson 5-9 1-2 14, Jamie Weisner 6-11 0-0 17, Sydney Wiese 5-8 0-0 15, Khadidja Toure 2-5 0-0 5, Breanna Brown 1-3 0-2 2, Samantha Siegner 2-5 0-0 4, Gabriella Hanson 1-3 0-0 3, Kolbie Orum 2-2 0-1 4, Alyssa Martin 6-11 0-0 14. Totals 36-66 3-8 92.

Halftime — Oregon State 47, Loyola Marymount 20. 3-Point Goals — LMU 0-4 (Johnson 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Lucero 0-1, Lopez-Wood 0-1), OSU 17-32 (Gibson 3-7, Weisner 5-7, Wiese 5-7, Toure 1-1, Hanson 1-3, Martin 2-7). Rebounds — LMU 32 (Ben-Jumbo 4, Anderson 4), OSU 45 (Hunter 9). Assists — LMU 8 (Ramirez 3), OSU 27 (Weisner 6). Total fouls — LMU 14, OSU 17. Fouled out — None. Technicals — None. Att. — 923.

Steve Gress is the sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. He can be reached at steve.gress@lee.net.

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