Weisner, No. 7 OSU pound Arkansas
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Oregon State faced its first challenge of the young season and held off pesky Arkansas.
Jamie Weisner scored 26 points and Ruth Hamblin added 16 points and 11 rebounds to help the No. 7 Beavers beat Arkansas 63-47 and win the San Juan Shootout on Saturday.
"I think today was a defining game in our season," Hamblin said. "We grew up a lot. How we responded in the fourth quarter shows what our team identity will be."
Weisner was 6 of 7 from 3-point range and 9 of 15 overall from the field. Sydney Wiese added nine points, 14 rebounds and seven assists for the Beavers (5-0).
"It was a great win," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said. "Arkansas gave a great effort. ... We do have a target on us. I thought we had a stretch in the second quarter which I thought was great. The fourth quarter was the best we've played all season. Our defense was unbelievable. Lot of good lessons for our team today."
Oregon State led 45-42 entering the fourth quarter before outscoring going on a 7-2 run to take control of the game.
Jordan Danberry matched her career-high with 14 points for Arkansas (2-4).
"We outfought the No. 7 team in the country," Arkansas coach Jimmy Dykes said. "I like how we fought. We had a couple a minutes where we couldn't stay with them but we'll get better at that."
"We will take these lessons, go back home and get ready for our next game. We had four or five critical turnovers in the fourth period that didn't allow us to get up enough shots at the end of the game. We'll get better at that and learn from it.
Arkansas was up 17-16 before Oregon State opened the second quarter with a 16-0 run. The Beavers led 38-26 at the half.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks are 2-9 versus teams ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll
Oregon State: The teams have split their two previous meetings with the Beavers winning in 2008 at the Junkanoo Jam. ... The Beavers have been dominant so far this season, holding the sixth-highest scoring margin in the nation at 43.3 points coming into the game.
All three of the games between the teams have taken place on Nov. 28.
Arkansas hosts Missouri State on Wednesday.
Oregon State visits Marquette on Thursday.