Preview: Women’s basketball travels to Corvallis for interstate rivalry sport | Gameday

Fresh new off a dominant 4- start, the Ducks will journey to Corvallis for their first major-25 showdown versus the Oregon Condition Beavers.

The very last time Oregon stepped into Gill Coliseum was Jan. 26, 2020. That Sunday, the Ducks secured a victory in opposition to Oregon Point out in Corvallis for the very first time given that 2010. It was the very same day the team rallied at the rear of Sabrina Ionescu as they mourned the decline of Kobe Bryant. 

But a new staff will be coming to facial area No. 15 rated Oregon Point out this calendar year. A different team, a diverse atmosphere, but the exact same aim.

The Beavers are searching to bounce back again following their surprising 79-85 reduction to Utah at household for their initially decline of the year. For their Pac-12 meeting opener, they swept past Colorado 79-53. 

“They’re heading to participate in with a minimal much more desperation knowing that they just can’t lose an additional activity at house I wouldn’t imagine,” Oregon head coach Kelly Graves said. “They’re likely to be definitely concentrated and we have to make confident our youngsters recognize that, hear, you can’t go and evaluate scores.” 

Oregon State’s guard Aleah Goodman has exploded in the past two game titles, scoring 20-furthermore in again-to-back game titles and potential customers the group averaging 17.7 details per sport consequently far. Goodman was named to the Preseason All Pac-12 Choice and is now very first in OSU’s job 3-position proportion at 42.9%. Maddie Scherr and Te-Hina Paopao will have to have to operate her off the three point line. 

Guiding Goodman, Oregon State’s Sasha Goforth has started well in her first 12 months of play for the Beavers. The freshman earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honors this earlier week and scored double-figures in all of the to start with 4 games of participate in. The Ducks will want to comprise each Goodman and Goforth and from lighting it up offensively.

“She’s a wonderful player,” Graves said. “She’s athletic and very long. So she’s going to be a matchup headache for whoever we have to put on her. She just attacks the basket so effectively and gets to the line a great deal.” 

Goforth’s extensive, athletic build will make her a worry on protection as well, fitting perfectly into OSU’s defense. 

“She’s likely to be a great player for them, presently is,” Graves reported. “She’s acquired a good deal of upside as properly.”

In the post, Oregon State’s Taya Corosdale and Taylor Jones current a difficult matchup for the Ducks, with Jones scoring a blended 43 points in their to start with two online games. 

Oregon’s Sedona Prince would be the initial preference to match up with either of them on the block, but her standing for Sunday’s activity is at this time questionable immediately after sitting down on the sidelines in a walking boot last match. If Prince is to enjoy this weekend, she would match up perfectly lengthwise with Oregon State’s bigs down lower, but if not, many others will have to stage up in her absence. 

“It’s heading to be a formidable match up, but I like what Nyara’s accomplished defensively on the inside and Sedona can give us that size as very well,” Graves claimed. “Lydia, of course, has also long gone by means of the wars with these fellas the total time. We can match up with length, we just have to preserve them off the block.”

Graves is prepared to perform deep in the Duck’s bench once again, with 12 diverse players scoring at least twice this time and at the very least ten out of the 13 players have scored in all four game titles. 

Oregon at present stands at No. 8 and will need to have strong play from each finishes of the ground to safe their initially leading-25 acquire of the time and a gain versus their rivals up the I5 freeway. 

“I foresee a actually challenging, hard, really hard-nosed activity,” Graves said.