Corvallis, Or. -- For the first time this season Oregon State women’s basketball fell out of the top 10, dropping to No. 11 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 following Sunday’s loss to Arizona.
The Beavers (19-5, 7-5 Pac-12) have lost five of their past nine games after starting the season with a flawless 15-0 record. All of the losses have come to teams ranked in the top 25.
To make matters worse, Oregon State will be down a player in the post. Freshman standout forward Kennedy Brown tore her ACL Friday against ASU. It goes without saying, but this is a huge loss for the program. Brown not only started every single game this season, she also was the replacement for Taya Corosdale, who suffered a season-ending leg injury at the beginning of the year.
The Beavers now face the challenge of replacing Brown. Their first test comes against USC on Friday night.
“I mean how amazing is Kennedy Brown? My heart breaks for her. You certainly don't hope for an injury that ends the season for anyone," said head coach Scott Rueck. "I know going forward this family is going to wrap our arms around her and be with her every step of the way as she comes back. She will come back stronger. We will look to Madi and Janessa to play more minutes. They both have played that position their whole careers and they are both seniors. "
The Beavers play two of their final six regular season games against top 10 opponents, at UCLA on Feb. 17 and at Stanford on Feb. 21.
OSU's next challenge will be against the USC Trojans Friday night at 7:00 p.m.