Oregon State Beavers Big Movers in NCAA Women’s Basketball

The Beavers moved up six spots in the rankings as two big games approach.

The Oregon State Beavers still only have one blemish on their record so far this season. Back in the early going, they dropped a one-point decision to Marquette. Since that time they have rattled off 10 straight wins, albeit generally against peripheral teams. However, that changed last week when they knocked off the then ninth-ranked Washington Huskies. At 13-1 OSU were rewarded in the rankings as they are now the 16th-ranked team in the nation following a large 7-place jump early this week.

Why aren’t the Beavers a little higher after beating Washington? That probably has to do with the fact that the Beavers won the game at home by a small spread. In fact, the Huskies remain the 12th team in the Week-9 AP Poll after the setback with a 14-2 record. If Oregon keep their winning streak going through this week, it will be hard to picture them staying out of the Top 10 in women’s college basketball.

Oregon State head out on the road later this week, somewhere they’ll be for a little while. First, on January 6th they’ll be at 20th-ranked California. then on the 8th OSU will play at 10th-ranked Stanford. If OSU go 1-1, they may budge up slightly in the rankings. If Oregon State go 0-2, then competitive scores might actually prevent them from falling too far. If the Beavers win both games then they can certainly expect a spot in the Top 10 due to the road venues and quality teams.

Next week things don’t get much easier as the Beavers will stay on the road at No .9 UCLA and USC. It’s too early to start thinking about what directions those games could take them as different rankings will be in effect by the time they roll around. However, after beating up on the fluff for most of the season, OSU are now at the time in their schedule where they can prove that they are an elite team. There will be plenty of games to come after the road trip that’s upcoming, but the Beavers truly have a chance to turn some heads more so than they have so far this season.

Shane Lambert