Ruth Hamblin had a breakout season last year as a sophomore for the Oregon State women’s basketball team.
For the Beavers to back up last season’s 24-11 campaign and trip to the NCAA tournament, Hamblin will need to have another standout year.
She could also use some help in the post.
If Sunday was any indication, that help could come in the form of sophomore Kolbie Orum and freshman Marie Gulich.
Both had impressive outings, albeit against Division II Western Oregon in an exhibition game.
“I just like that they came and played their game,” coach Scott Rueck said.
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Orum had 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting, and hit all four of her free throws, something her teammates struggled with (they were a combined 1-for-10 outside of Orum). She also dished out three assists, had three blocks and grabbed six rebounds.
“Kolbie has always been a scorer, never had to worry about that,” Rueck said. “The rest of her game really looked good (Sunday). Defensively she was very accurate, she competed on the boards, she ran the floor hard. So I just think her overall level of intensity just remained at a high level.
Gulich, who like Orum played 20 minutes off the bench, finished in double figures with 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting. She added six rebounds and two blocks.
“Marie, we know what we have as an offensive player,” Rueck said. “She brought great defense today. I thought she really moved the ball well on the pass.”
Hamblin also netted double figures, scoring 134 in 16 minutes. She added 10 rebounds.
Life will certainly get more difficult this Friday when Portland comes to town for a 4 p.m. tip in the regular-season opener.