Beavers Add Transfer Bendu Yeaney

Beavers Add Transfer Bendu Yeaney

CORVALLIS- The Oregon State women’s basketball team has added graduate-transfer standout Bendu Yeaney to its roster for the 2022-23 season head coach Scott Rueck Thursday announced.

“I have been watching Bendu play since her high school career began and for her to finish up her collegiate career back home at Oregon State is very special!” Rueck said. “She is an exceptional person and exceptional player. Bendu is a great defender, an attacking offensive player, has great court vision and fits our program extremely well. We are blessed to be able to add such a dynamic person and player with a wealth of experience and leadership ability. She will be a great asset on the floor and also in the development of her younger teammates. Bendu is the perfect person at the perfect time for our program and I know Beaver Nation is going to love her!”

Joining the Beavers will mark a homecoming for Yeaney, who hails from Portland, Ore. The guard spent the last two seasons at Arizona, after beginning her collegiate career at Indiana. Yeaney brings extensive experience at the highest level of college basketball, having made an impressive 122 career starts, including 10 in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, she has 952 career points, averaging 7.1 per contest, and has proven herself as a lock-down defender – often being tasked with guarding one of the opponent’s leading offensive weapons.

Yeaney started all 29 games for Arizona last season, helping the Wildcats earn a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament. She scored in double-figures eight times on the year, including a season-high 15-point performance at Gill Coliseum. Yeaney was also a key piece of Arizona’s 2020-21 squad, starting the final 24 games of the season, which ended in the National Championship Game.

At 5-foot-10 guard, Yeaney featured in the starting lineup in all 33 games her sophomore season at Indiana, helping lead the Hoosiers to an NCAA Tournament appearance. She averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds on the year, while leading the team with a total of 51 steals. The guard also started 36 games as a freshman, recording 8.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.

“I’m super excited to join this program, and achieve everything I know we’re capable of next season,” Yeaney said. “I chose Oregon State because I have a great relationship with the coaching staff, and I appreciate that the family culture here – it feels like home already. I grew up coming to games, and always wanted to have the opportunity to play in front of Beaver Nation. It’s going to be a bonus to have my family and friends be able to come to support me, as well. Go Beavs!”

A graduate of St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, Yeaney tallied 28.3 points, 13.1 rebounds and 4.6 steals per game during her high school career. She was a 2017 McDonald’s All-America nominee and a three-time all-league selection.

Yeaney will be joined this fall by incoming freshmen Raegan Beers, Adlee Blacklock, Lily Hansford and Timea Gardiner.

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