Courtesy: Oregon State Sports Information
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Two days after having a career game against the Beavers’ arch rival, sophomore center Ruth Hamblin one-upped herself on Monday night in Gill Coliseum. The 6-foot-6 Canadian notched just the second triple-double in OSU history, scoring 23 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking a school-record 10 shots to lead the Oregon State women’s basketball team to an 84-70 win over Oregon in the Civil War.
The victory handed the Beavers a season sweep of the Ducks for the third consecutive year and was OSU’s seventh-straight win in the series. Oregon State is now 10-6 overall and 2-2 in Pac-12 play.
Just 48 hours after guiding her team to an 88-80 win in Eugene on Saturday with a 27-point, 16-rebound effort, Hamblin was even more of a menace in front of the home crowd tonight. OSU had previously had only one triple-double in the nearly 38-year history of the program, on Feb. 11, 1984, when Lisa Channel scored 16, had 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists in an 84-62 Beaver win over California in Gill Coliseum.
“It’s an honor and very humbling,” Hamblin said. “I’m just excited I was able to bring that for my team.”
Hamblin’s performance was only the 14th triple-double in the NCAA this season and the first by a Pac-12 player.
Oregon (9-6, 0-4) went up early, 16-15, on a Jillian Alleyne jumper with 13:38 in the clock in the first half. Jamie Weisner hit back-to-back three-pointers and was followed by a bomb from deep off the lefty hand of Sydney Wiese and the Beavers were off and running to the tune of a 20-4 run over the next 5:24.
Freshman Gabriella Hanson had seven points during the spurt as part of her best game in a Beaver uniform. The Troy HS product scored a career-high 19 on a nearly perfect 8-for-9 shooting. It was her three-pointer from the far corner with 4:14 left that put the proverbial nail in the coffin, putting her team up 76-63 and sealing the OSU win.
“I guess you could say something kind of came over me, I don’t know,” Hanson said. “It’s nothing that I’m not confident in. I felt like the shot was open so I took it. I had the open drive and I took it. Nothing felt like it was out of my range.”
After Oregon State’s early run, the Beavers wouldn’t lead by less than 10 points throughout the remainder of the first half. But Oregon made a run in the second and was able to cut its deficit all the way down to just a single point, 62-61 with 8:55 to go.
A Lexi Petersen layup pulled the Ducks as close as they’d been since early in the first half, but Oregon couldn’t get over the hump and reclaim the lead. Hanson answered the pressure-packed situation with a three-pointer and then traded baskets with her teammate down low.
Hamblin made a layup. Then Hanson knocked down a mid-range jumper. Hamblin banked another two off the glass and was followed by a finish at the rim from Hanson before the freshman drained the back-breaking three-pointer.
After Oregon got within one, Hanson and Hamblin combined to go on a 14-2 run and ensure the Beavers’ win streak would continue.
“There were some hard lessons against Notre Dame and Penn State,” Hamblin added. “We couldn’t finish them off in the last four minutes. But it’s been coming together for us, and these (wins vs. Oregon) have been good for our confidence.”
Jamie Weisner scored 17 and tallied seven rebounds for the Beavers, her 13th consecutive game in double figures. Deven Hunter put up totals of 11 points and eight rebounds.
Hamblin’s 10 blocks came just two weeks after she tied the previous school record with nine against No. 2 Notre Dame on Dec. 29. She came into the game seventh in the country in rejections per game and will surely shoot up the rankings after leaving Gill swatting 3.9 per contest. Hamblin has 63 blocks this season and is on pace to finish with an astounding 122, which would set both Oregon State and Pac-12 records.
Oregon State will hit the road again for conference road games at USC and UCLA this Friday and Monday. Both will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.