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Alyssa Martin Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

May 13, 2014


Student athlete Alyssa Martin is the daughter of two Oregon State graduates, Earl (a Beaver basketball player from 1986-1990) and Tricia Martin. Born in Orange County, California, Alyssa began playing basketball when she was in kindergarten. Her high school years were spent in the Portland metro area where, as both a junior and senior, she received All-State accolades for her achievements as a member of the Jesuit High School basketball team.

Martin arrived at OSU during a down period for the women's basketball program. Recruited by coach Lavonda Wagner, Martin was the only member of her recruiting class to honor her commitment to the university following Wagner's firing in June 2010. Despite the uncertainty that engulfed the early years of her college career, Martin thrived at OSU. As a freshman she led the team in scoring and was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. A civil engineering major, Martin also was named Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention for her sophomore, junior and senior years.

The 2013-14 season concluded with the OSU women's basketball team making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1996. For the leadership that she showed as the team's solo senior, Martin was honored as the recipient of the Carol Menken-Schaudt Teammate of the Year Award, given to "the person who exemplifies what a Beaver student-athlete should be...[and one] who is looked up to because of her work ethic, attitude, support and care for other teammates."

Martin completed her senior year having scored 985 career points and she is third all-time in Oregon State history in 3-point field goals made, with 150. She will graduate with the class of 2015.