Beavers look to continue winning streak in Women's Basketball Civil War
CORVALLIS, Ore. - In any sport, a University of Oregon versus Oregon State University match up means one thing - Civil War.
Friday night, the two women's basketball teams prepared to face off at Gill Coliseum.
The Beavers are ranked 11th in the nation and they enter the game heavily-favored over the Ducks.
For the past five seasons, Oregon State has dominated the rivalry, which means no one on the Ducks' roster has seen a victory against OSU.
The last time Oregon defeated Oregon State was January 23, 2011. It doesn't appear the competition is going to let up any time soon. Oregon is entering Pac-12 play with a difficult schedule. They played UCLA on the road, then play back-to-back games against Oregon State, then they head to the Bay Area schools before returning to Eugene.
Kelly Graves says he knows it's going to be a long road home.
"We're the underdogs, I believe, in the first six games I always say, a team that plays with nothing to lose is a dangerous team and I think we can be a dangerous team. And I feel and I think our team feels that we can beat anybody. So, what a test," he said.
In the Civil War, the Ducks do have one thing in their favor. OSU's star guard Sydney Wiese is still sidelined indefinitely with a wrist injury. Freshman Katie McWilliams will continue to start in her place.
Two players who should match up well against one another are Oregon's Jacinta Vendenberg and Oregon State's Ruth Hamblin.
Hamblin is an elite post player and Vendenberg will have the task of guarding her in order to free up Jillian Alleyne.
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