CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State women’s basketball freshman sensation Jamie Weisner was unanimously selected to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team in polling of the conference’s media corps announced Monday.
The guard from Clarkston, Wash. has put together arguably when of the best freshman seasons in Oregon State history this year. She leads the team in scoring with 12.6 points per game and is a close second in rebounding, averaging 6.0 boards per contest.
Her 379 points are already the seventh most for a freshman in OSU history and her 180 rebounds are ninth. Against #6 Cal on Feb. 24, Weisner became just the fifth freshman in OSU history, and first since Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Tanja Kostic (473 points; 213 rebounds) in 1992-93, to amass totals of 350 points and 150 rebounds in a season.
Natalia Mattick (503 points; 224 rebounds) in 1990-91, Kari Parriott in 1987-88 (402 points; 232 rebounds) and Brenda Arbuckle (407 points; 298 rebounds) in 1983-84 are the only other Beaver freshmen to hit those point and rebound numbers. Kostic and Parriott were named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year for their efforts, Mattick was beat out for the award by Lisa Leslie and Arbuckle wasn't eligible because Pac-10 women's basketball didn't start until 1986-87.
Weisner is one of just three freshmen in the top 20 in both scoring and rebounding in the Pac-12. Her 12.6 points per game are 14th and her 6.0 rebounds are 19th. With 50 assists and 137 field goals, Weisner has played a part in nearly 30 percent of the team's 650 buckets.
The sharpshooter is also the most potent threat in the Pac-12 from deep. Her .382 3-point percentage (47-for-123) leads the Pac-12 and would best the previous Oregon State freshman record from Talisa Rhea in 2007-08 (.370). She is fourth all-time among OSU freshmen in single-season three-point field goals made.
Weisner leads the team with four double-doubles and 20 games in double-figures scoring, including five games of more than 20 points. Along with Cal’s Brittany Boyd and Colorado’s Chucky Jeffery, Weisner is the only other pure guard in the conference to have at least four double-doubles this season. Her 13 rebounds against #19 Colorado on Sunday were a season-high for an Oregon State player.
The Eastern Washington product is also just one tenth of a rebound away from leading her team in that category as well. Future all-American Tanja Kostic was the only other freshman to pace the Beavers in both points and rebounds in the same season when she topped OSU with 18.2 ppg and 8.2 rpg in 1992-93.
Impressively, Weisner upped her play during a formidable Pac-12 schedule that saw the Beavers play seven nationally-ranked opponents, averaging 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds in league games. Her stellar conference performance was highlighted by a Jan. 4 game against USC in which she scored 27 points on 11-for-21 shooting. The offensive output was OSU's best in three years and the best ever for a Beaver freshman in their first Pac-12 game. No Oregon State freshman has had a higher scoring effort in nearly two decades since Anette Mollerstrom poured in 28 points against Arizona State on Feb. 27, 1993. All five of Weisner's 20+ point efforts have come in conference.
She was joined on the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team by Jillian Alleyne (Oregon), Lia Galdeira (Washington State), Arielle Roberson (Colorado) and Talia Walton (Washington).
The media awards were instituted prior to the 2009-10 season. Last year, Scott Rueck was voted Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Earlysia Marchbanks was named to the All-Conference squad and Ali Gibson earned a spot on the All-Freshman team.
The awards voted on by the league’s coaches will be announced on Wednesday.