OSU women's basketball: Strong second half powers Beavers past St. Martin's

2012-12-09T18:30:00Z 2012-12-14T12:21:01Z OSU women's basketball: Strong second half powers Beavers past St. Martin'sBy STEVE GRESS, Corvallis Gazette-Times Corvallis Gazette Times
December 09, 2012 6:30 pm  • 

With the exception of the season opener, the Oregon State women’s basketball team has struggled a bit in the second half of games this young season.

Three times in the first seven games, the Beavers had been outscored by the opposition.

All three times, the Beavers lost.

That includes the Dec. 1 game against Sacramento State when the Hornets erased an 11-point deficit to knock off the Beavers in overtime.

That was the last time the Beavers had played prior to Sunday’s nonconference battle with Division II St. Martin’s.

OSU held a 41-26 lead at the break, and wasn’t about to allow a repeat of the Sac State game.

And it wasn’t even close.

The Beavers scored 19 of the first 22 points of the second half and cruised to an 84-36 win over the Saints before an announced crowd of 811 in Gill Coliseum.

“That’s been an issue for us this year for some reason,” coach Scott Rueck said of the second-half woes. “It’s one of those things as a coach, it’s a little bit of a mystery. I’ve been trying to figure it out.”

Rueck said that is not what he wants his program to be known for.

“We’re about finishing strong, we always have been,” he said. “For whatever reason, that’s been the case for us and so today to come out and have a great performance in the second half was what we needed to do. We need confidence, we need to build consistency. It’s a good sign as we move forward.”

It was an impressive performance on defense in the second half as the Beavers (5-3) limited the Saints (4-5) to 2-for-27 shooting and allowed only 10 points.

“It’s something that we’re going to keep building off of and we’re not going to stop with this,” said freshman Ruth Hamblin, who had a game-high and career-high 16 points. “It’s just a great defensive effort and we always have to sell out for 40 minutes, not just 20.”

While the defense limited the Saints to 11 baskets on 54 attempts for the game, an impressive 20.4-percent clip, the offense was getting in a groove.

The Beavers had 10 players score, including five in double figures.

Only Hamblin played more than 22 minutes.

Jamie Weisner had 14, Quortni Fambro 11 and Ali Gibson and Mollee Schwegler 10 each for the Beavers, who hit 31 of 62 shots, including 7 of 15 3s.

“I think that we have so many great shooters and players and stuff and we know that and we’re expecting them when they come in the game to be ready,” Schwegler said. “Coach always says when you get the ball, be a scorer, look to score first. That mentality makes everybody better.

“We’re getting to know each other a lot better and we know what people can do. When people start making shots, others just feed off of it.”

While the lopsided win may have been expected, it was still a good step for a team trying to find its identity before the start of Pac-12 play the first of the year.

“There was a hangover today for probably the first 10 minutes of this game before we relaxed, I thought, and just started playing basketball again and were reminded, oh yeah, we’re pretty good and we can execute and knock shots down and get stops when we need them,” Rueck said.

“This was a good win for us.”

Oregon State 84, St. Martin’s 36

ST. MARTIN’S (36): MacKenzie Taylor 1-2 0-0 2, Angela Gelhar 0-2 0-0 0, Chelsea Haskey 4-17 1-2 11, Erika Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Ciara Pedroni 1-8 3-6 5, Jori Skorpik 0-0 2-2 2, Jordyn Richardson 0-1 2-2 2, Krista Stabler 0-2 2-2 2, Britanie Lining 0-0 0-0 0, Shelby Ferguson 0-1 0-0 0, Hattie Kosko 2-9 0-0 5, Brooke Paulson 3-12 0-0 7. Totals 11-54 10-14 36.

OREGON STATE (84): Ali Gibson 4-7 1-2 10, Jamie Weisner 5-7 1-2 14, Patricia Bright 3-4 1-2 7, Alyssa Martin 2-5 2-2 6, Deven Hunter 2-6 0-2 5, Khadidja Toure 0-0 0-0 0, Samantha Siegner 1-2 2-2 4, Katie Schrock 0-2 0-0 0, Quortni Fambro 2-7 6-6 11, ShaKiana Edwards-Teasley 0-2 1-2 1, Mollee Schwegler 4-7 1-3 10, Ruth Hamblin 8-13 0-0 16. Totals 31-62 15-23 84.

Halftime: OSU 41, SM 26. 3-Point Goals: SM 4-18 (Gelhar 0-1, Haskey 2-7, Richardson 0-1, Kosko 1-2, Paulson 1-7). OSU 7-15 (Gibson 1-2, Weisner 3-4, Martin 0-2, Hunter 1-1, Signer 0-1, Schrock 0-1, Fambro 1-2, Schwegler 1-2). Rebounds: SM 33 (Pedroni 7). OSU 48 (Weisner 6, Hunter 6, Hamblin 6). Assists: SM 8 (Skorpik 2). OSU 16 (Hunter 4, Schwegler 4). Total fouls: SM 14, OSU 13. Fouled out: None. Technicals: None. Att.: 811

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

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