Women's Basketball Routs UNLV, 91-54.
Dec. 17, 2008
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Three players scored in double figures and Mercedes Fox-Griffin nearly had a double-double as the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated UNLV, 91-54, Monday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.
'I would like to congratulate my team,' head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'I thought we played 40 good minutes of basketball tonight. We had a good first half of play and came out the second half focused. UNLV went on several runs and we handled their runs. We continued to run our stuff and execute and also to get stops. UNLV did a great job in the first half knocking down three-point shots. In the second half, we were able to take that away and they got one.'
Overall, the Beavers shot better than 47 percent from the field, compared to 43.8 percent for UNLV. Oregon State, however, limited the Lady Rebels to just 48 attempts from the field while taking 76 shots.
The Beavers (6-1 overall) matched their best start to a season since LaVonda Wagner's first season as Oregon State's head coach, 2005-06, by turning the ball over just six times. Fox-Griffin's nine assists were just a portion of the team's total: the Beavers had 28, compared to seven for UNLV (4-4).
Mitchell was 10-for-14 from the field and had seven rebounds in 27 minutes. Davis, meanwhile, was 7-for-12 with six assists and six rebounds. Rhea also had six assists and was 8-for-17 from the field. She also knocked down four three-pointers. Davis had three as well as Oregon State knocked down nine for the game.
Oregon State limited UNLV to zero second-chance points, outrebounding the Lady Rebels, 49-22, including 24-5 offensively. The Beavers had 17 second-chance points to go along with 27 off 19 UNLV turnovers.
The Beavers jumped out to a 31-point lead with 7:39 remaining left in the second half. Mercedes Fox-Griffin sank a layup on an assist from Brittney Davis. Through the first 12-plus minutes of the half, Oregon State had outscored UNLV, 35-19.
Oregon State took a 44-27 lead into halftime after the Beavers shot better than 44 percent from the floor. UNLV, meanwhile, shot 42.1 percent from the floor but the Beavers managed 34 shots from the field while the Lady Rebels had just 19.
Rhea led the Beavers with 13 points in the first half on the strength of three three-pointers. She was followed closely by Davis, who had nine, and Mitchell, who posted eight points to go along with three rebounds.
The Beavers led by 20 at the 11:40 mark of the first half, and UNLV managed to get within 12 later on the in the half. But Oregon State surged ahead from that point on to go up by 17 at the break.
Jamie Smith and Brittany Halberg both paced UNLV with 13 points apiece.
Oregon State returns to the court Thursday night when the Beavers play UC Irvine at the Bren Center in California. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. PT tip. Todd Mansfield will call the action and the game will be available by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) and by tuning into KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland.
Oregon State Notes: Before the game, the Associated Press Top 25 poll was released and the Beavers are receiving two votes ... The Beavers are one of four Pac-10 teams to receive at least one vote ... The USA Today/ESPN/WBCA top 25 poll will be released on Tuesday ... Julie Futch made her first appearance of the season after missing the first six games of the season ... Oregon State held the lead at halftime for the sixth time in seven games this season ... The Beavers have won each game they led at the half.