On Sunday, January 15th at 12 Noon, the Washington Huskies (9-6 overall; 1-4 PAC) will resume their PAC-12 conference schedule on the road against the Oregon State Beavers (10-7 overall; 2-4 PAC) in Corvallis, Oregon.
Freshman big Raegan Beers is a Problem the Huskies must solve.
Oregon State’s second, third and fourth most frequent scoring combinations all involve Beers as the scorer: #1 Bendu Yeaney (Assister) to Raegan Beers (Scorer); #2 Talia von Oelhoffen (Assister) to Raegan Beers (Scorer); and #3 AJ Marotte (Assister) to Raegan Beers (Scorer).
Beers averages 15.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.8 blocks per game.
A three-time PAC-12 Freshman of the week this season, Beers also leads all freshmen nationally in double-doubles (7) and field goal percentage (58.1%).
Yeaney is a super athlete and an excellent on-ball defender.
Bendu Yeaney averages 6.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
To secure the victory over Oregon State, the Huskies will need to:
(1)control Talia Oellhoefen to limit one aspect of her do-everything game, i.e., UW defense either limits her scoring or her facilitating her Beavers teammates’ scoring;
(2) neutralize Raegan Beers enough to prevent her from posting a dominant double-double (points/rebounds) performance;
(3) dominate the Beavers with inside-the-paint scoring by the Huskies, with at least 10 points each by Dalayah Daniels and Haley Van Dyke;
(4) defend the three-point line to limit Oregon State’s best shooters from deep, i.e., Martha Pietsch(33.3%), Adlee Blacklock(33.3%), Lily Hansford(32.2%), Shalexxus Aaron(30.8%) and Talia von Oelhoffen (30.5%).
A Washington Huskies’ road victory over Oregon State in Corvallis would be an upset that would dramatically increase UW’s chances of avoiding the PAC-12 cellar this season.