– As we close in on the end of calendar year 2018, take a look back at a big year for Oregon State women's basketball with these 18 facts.
1. Oregon State is 24-8 in calendar year 2018
Oregon State's 2018 has continued the winning tradition fostered by head coach Scott Rueck
. Thanks to another strong year, the Beavers are currently 125-25 since the start of the 2014-15 season, the seventh-best record in the nation over that span, trailing only UConn, Notre Dame, Baylor, Maryland, South Carolina and Louisville.
2. The Beavers are 12-1 at home in 2018
Gill Coliseum has become a fortress, as Beaver Nation continues to provide great support, helping spark the players on the floor. Oregon State has yet to lose on its home floor this season, and is 66-7 at Gill since the start of 2014-15.
3. Marie Gulich became the 21st player in Oregon State history to reach the 1,000 career-point mark
Gulich joined a storied group of players, including recent 1,000 point scorers Ali Gibson, Jamie Weisner
, Ruth Hamblin
and Sydney Wiese
. Current Beavers Mikayla Pivec
and Kat Tudor
are both on pace to reach the milestone in their careers, with Pivec closing in on 800 career points, while Tudor recently passed the 700 point mark.
4. Gulich was drafted in the first round of the WNBA Draft
The Phoenix Mercury selected the center with the No. 12 overall pick this spring. Oregon State is one of seven teams to have four players selected over the course of the last three WNBA Drafts, and is one of two programs to have players picked in the first round of the last two drafts.
5. The Beavers set a Pac-12 record for rebounding margin, not once but twice
Oregon State set new conference rebounding records in back-to-back games this season, out-rebounding La Salle and Santa Clara by 46 and 47, respectively, in consecutive games. The Beavers have out-rebounded eight of their 11 opponents this season.
6. Oregon State also set a single-game record for 3-pointers
The Beavers knocked down 18 triples at Washington on Feb. 11, setting a new program record and matching the Pac-12 record for 3-pointers in a conference game. Kat Tudor
led OSU with seven 3-pointers in the game.
7. The Beavers battled their way to the second Elite Eight in program history
Oregon State made an unforgettable run to the Elite Eight, earning a Sweet 16 win over Baylor to book its spot. The Beavers have now advanced to at least the Sweet 16 in each of the last three seasons, joining UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Baylor, Stanford, Texas, UCLA and Mississippi State as the only teams to do so.
8. Oregon State took down Tennessee in Knoxville
One of the most memorable games in Beaver history came in March, when OSU took down the Lady Vols in Knoxville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The defeat was the first ever home postseason loss for Tennessee, as they dropped to 57-1 in such games.
9. The Beavers made the NCAA Tournament…yet again
Oregon State has now made the NCAA Tournament five-straight years, doubling the programs total number of tournament trips. The Beavers have also won 11 NCAA Tournament games over the last four seasons, far surpassing the total of two tournament victories prior to that point.
10. Oregon State led the nation in 3-point percentage in 2017-18
The Beavers hit on 40.4 percent of their 3-point attempts last season, the best mark in the NCAA. Possibly more impressively, Oregon State is shooting an even better percentage from long range this season, currently checking in at 43.4 percent, again good for first in the nation.
11. The Beavers finished 2017-18 in the top-10 nationally in both field goal percentage and field goal percentage defense
It's an numbers game, and Oregon State is passing the test. The Beavers joined Baylor and UConn as the only teams last season to end the year in the top-10 nationally in both categories. So far this season OSU is eighth in field goal percentage and 14th in field goal percentage defense, again joining Baylor and UConn as teams in the top-15 in both categories.
12. Oregon State produced a perfect Academic Progress Rate…again…
Don't forget about the Beavers' impressive work in the classroom. Oregon State has notched a perfect APR for three-straight years, joining Stanford as the only Pac-12 teams to accomplish that feat.
13. The Beavers are averaging 5,158 fans per game in 2018
Beaver Nation has continued to show up in full force, as the Beavers have drawn over 5,000 per game in calendar year 2018. That mark has been highlighted by big crowds against Oregon and Duke, as well as a Beavers Beyond the Classroom matchup with Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
14. Oregon State inked a pair of five-star recruits
The Beavers announced the signing of five-star standouts Taylor Jones and Kennedy Brown in November. The duo will join the squad for the 2019-20 season. Jones is the No. 15 rated player in the nation by Prospects Nation, while Brown is ESPN's No. 19 rated player in this year's class.
15. The Beavers will end 2018 with seven wins over ranked opponents
Oregon State notched seven wins over ranked opponents this calendar year, highlighted by a win over No. 2 Baylor, as well as victories over UCLA and Oregon last season, both of which were ranked No. 7 when they faced the Beavers. Overall Oregon State has nine wins over top-10 teams since the start of 2014-15.
16. Felicia Ragland took her spot in the Oregon State Hall of Fame
Beaver great Felicia Ragland was inducted into the Oregon State Hall of Fame this fall. The guard was the 2001 Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year and a two-time Kodak All-America Honorable Mention.
17. Marie Gulich extends OSU's Defensive Player of the Year streak
Gulich earned Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year honors for the 2017-18 season, as a Beaver took the honor for the fourth-straight season. The center joined recent honorees Gabby Hanson (2017) and Ruth Hamblin
(2015 and 2016).
18. Oregon State continues to lead the Pac in field goal percentage defense
The Beavers have led the conference in the category the last five seasons, and that trend has continued so far this year, as Oregon State tops the conference, holding opponents to 33.5 percent shooting. That number is even more impressive at Gill Coliseum, where the Beavers have limited opposing teams to 32.4 percent from the floor since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
*All stats are as of Dec. 23, 2018
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