Courtesy: Oregon State Sports Information
EUGENE, Ore. – Ruth Hamblin posted her second career double-double with game-highs of 27 points and 16 rebounds, freshman point guard Sydney Wiese added career-highs of 24 points and nine assists and the Oregon State women’s basketball team shot over 56 percent in the second half to win its sixth consecutive Civil War over rival Oregon on Saturday night in Eugene, 88-80.
In a back-and-forth game that featured seven ties and 15 lead changes, Deven Hunter put the Beavers (9-6, 1-2) up for good when she connected on mid-range jumper with 8:52 left. That bucket sparked a 13-3 Oregon State run that was capped with a Jamie Weisner layup in traffic.
A 3-pointer from Ali Gibson with 1:43 to go gave the Beavers their largest lead of the night, 85-74. Oregon (9-5, 0-3) would cut it to seven on a Danielle Love layup with 57 seconds left, but Wiese would make three of four free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
The story of the night, however, was OSU’s sophomore center, who absolutely dominated the action for large stretches. Her 27 points were the most for a Beaver since Weisner scored that many in last year’s Pac-12 opener against USC. El Sara Greer was the last Oregon State player to have more than 16 rebounds, pulling down 17 against UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 5, 2009.
“We’ve seen a lot of growth (from Ruth),” Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck said. “There were glimpses against Clemson, but when she came back from Christmas something was different. For somebody that has her work ethic, this was inevitable … it was just a matter of when.”
Hamblin also contributed five blocks, her fourth game of the season with at least that many. In Oregon State’s last four games, the Canadian has rejected 22 shots.
While Hamblin was patrolling the post, freshman sharpshooter Sydney Wiese was her normal self from behind the 3-point line. The Arizona product hit seven of her 14 attempts from deep and until she converted those late-game freebies, had produced all her points courtesy of the long ball.
“It’s pretty tough to defend Jamie (Weisner) and myself,” Wiese said. “If you take away one of us, the other is going to shoot. If you take both of us away, then Ruth is down low. We have a lot of options on offense and it’s pretty tough to stop all five.”
That prowess from 3-point range is now tied for third in OSU history for a single game. All-American Felicia Ragland had two outings in her career where she hit seven triples. Talisa Rhea was the last to do it when she connected on the same number against the Ducks on Jan. 9, 2010.
As a team, Oregon State was 12-for-35 on threes. Prior to this year, OSU had only hit 12 3-pointers in a game just three times in program history. The Beavers have already accomplished the feat four times this season.
OSU received career efforts from up and down its lineup. In addition to Hamblin and Wiese, Gabriella Hanson set a personal best with nine rebounds while playing some harassing defense on the nation’s ninth-leading scorer, Chrishae Rowe.
Khadidja Toure also handed out a career-high seven assists. Oregon State had assists on nearly 80 percent of its baskets, setting up 27 of its 35 field goals off of pretty passes.
The first half was highlighted by a number of runs from both squads. Hamblin made the Beavers’ first two shots after a Rowe jumper opened the scoring, but Oregon responded by scoring the next 10 points to take a 12-4 lead with 16:47 to go in the period.
The Ducks would grow their edge to as large as 12 with 13:07 on the clock until Oregon State settled down and answered with a 16-3 run which spanned three minutes and two seconds. That 12-point Beaver deficit became a 23-22 OSU lead with 8:29 until intermission.
In keeping with the theme of the half, with Oregon State up 27-25 in the first, Oregon went on a quick 10-0 spurt in less than two minutes. The Ducks grabbed a 35-27 advantage on a Liz Brenner layup with 5:14 until halftime. Oregon State would close the gap thanks to some more magic from Hamblin and Wiese and trail just 42-41 at the break.
Oregon State will look to win its 10th game of the season and move to .500 in conference play when it hosts the Ducks on Monday night at 7 p.m.