Editor's note: Charlie Creme, Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel each vote to determine espnW's national player of the week, which is awarded every week of the women's college basketball season.
In a loss at Stanford on Feb. 8, Oregon State sophomore guard Aleah Goodman had her only scoreless game this season, going 0-for-7 from the field. The Beavers' 44 points was their lowest total of 2018-19, but there was an upside. They knew that was probably as poorly as they could play offensively, and they could spend the rest of the season striving for their best.
The Beavers have done that, and so has Goodman, the espnW national player of the week. In three victories this past week, she averaged 18.0 points, and made key plays both offensively and defensively late in games as the Beavers moved to 23-5 overall and 13-3 in the Pac-12.
Last Monday in the Beavers' rematch with No. 2 Oregon, Goodman had 22 points, four rebounds and two assists in Oregon State's 67-62 victory in Corvallis. She also forced Oregon star Sabrina Ionescu into a turnover with 5 seconds left and the Beavers holding onto a three-point lead.
Oregon had defeated Oregon State 77-68 on Feb. 15 in Eugene. But after that game the Beavers sounded confident they could make the adjustments needed to win the second matchup. And they did.
"I think this team continues to mature right in front of our eyes," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said after beating the Ducks. "They're rising to each challenge in front of them. They've needed to grow up quick and it hasn't been easy every day. They have to see, themselves, what they're capable of."
Friday in a 68-61 win over USC, Goodman had 11 points and three assists. Then against upset-minded UCLA on Sunday -- the Bruins had rallied to defeat Oregon two days earlier -- Goodman again led the Beavers with 21 points in a 75-72 victory. With Oregon State leading 70-68, Goodman hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game with 42 seconds left. She finished the Beavers' scoring with two free throws with 25 seconds left.
Goodman has come off the bench in all but three games this season. "You kind of take that time to see what your team needs. And when you get in the game, you know," she said. "So it's kind of nice to have that time when you can watch the game and be a fan for a second, just to figure everything out. And then come in and do it."
She is averaging 10.8 points and is the Beavers' leader from behind the arc with 65 3-pointers. She's shooting 43.3 percent from long range, which has been especially important after Oregon State lost Kat Tudor, who had 40 treys, to a season-ending knee injury on Jan. 4.
Goodman is from Milwaukie, Oregon, a suburb of Portland, where she helped LaSalle High School win two 5A Oregon State championships. She averaged 6.3 PPG last year for the Beavers.
Goodman has scored in double figures in all five games since going scoreless against the Cardinal. She and the Beavers will look to finish the regular season strong this weekend as Oregon State travels to Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Sunday.
Also considered: Kennedy Burke, UCLA; Bridget Carleton, Iowa State; Kaila Charles, Maryland; Bianca Cuevas-Moore, South Carolina; Reyna Frost, Central Michigan; Paris Kea, North Carolina; Darby Maggard, Belmont; Macy Miller, South Dakota State; Taylor Murray, Kentucky; Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame; Brenna Wise, Indiana
Previous winners: Kristine Anigwe, Cal (Nov. 12) | Kierra Anthony, Louisiana Tech (Nov. 19) | Jackie Young, Notre Dame (Nov. 26) | Christyn Williams, UConn (Dec. 3) | Jenna Allen, Michigan State (Dec. 10) | Alanna Smith, Stanford (Dec. 17) | Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon (Dec. 24) | Katie Benzan, Harvard (Dec. 31) | Kalani Brown, Baylor (Jan. 7) | Cierra Dillard, Buffalo (Jan. 14) | Teaira McCowan, Mississippi State (Jan. 21) | Paris Kea, North Carolina (Jan. 28) | Asia Durr, Louisville (Feb. 4) | Megan Gustafson, Iowa (Feb. 10) | Emese Hof, Miami (Feb. 17)