Women's Basketball Defeats UC Irvine
Dec. 18, 2008
IRVINE, Calif. - Brittney Davis and Alex Mitchell had 18 points apiece to pace the Beavers as the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated UC Irvine, 71-42, Thursday night at the Bren Events Center.
The win pushes Oregon State's win streak to four games, the Beavers' longest since a five-game streak toward the end of the 2000-01 season. During that streak, Oregon State has defeated San Francisco, Portland State, UNLV and UC Irvine, with each win coming by at least 17 points.
The win Thursday night put the Beavers at 7-1 on the year while UC Irvine dropped to 3-6.
For Mitchell, it was her fourth straight game in which she paced the Beavers in scoring. She shared the team lead in scoring with Davis in the Beavers' victory over San Francisco on Dec. 3. Against UC Irvine Thursday night, Mitchell was 8-for-12 from the field and finished with five rebounds.
For Davis, meanwhile, it was her fifth game in double figures this season. The senior guard was 6-for-13 from the floor and had a career-high four three pointers in eight attempts. Davis also had six assists to pace Oregon State.
Mercedes Fox-Griffin posted 12 points in the win to go along with four assists. As a team, the Beavers finished with 18 assists to just five for UC Irvine.
Oregon State forced UC Irvine to turn the ball over 18 times while the Beavers finished with 12 steals. Kirsten Tilleman led Oregon State with three steals in 28 minutes of play.
The Beavers shot 46.3 percent from the floor compared to just 35.7 for UC Irvine. Oregon State improved to 7-0 this season when finishing with a better shooting percentage than its opponent.
Oregon State took a 41-20 lead into the locker room at halftime. The Beavers sank 11 free throws in the half, which saw the teams combine for 25 personal fouls.
Davis nailed both her free throws and had two three-pointers to lead OSU with 10 points at halftime.
Of Oregon State's 11 free throw makes in the half, four were by Tilleman, who did not attempt a shot otherwise.
Oregon State began the game on a 14-0 run and held UC Irvine to no points until the 14:24 mark of the first half. The Anteaters then went on an 8-0 run before the Beavers sank another basket. The teams traded baskets from that point on until the break when Oregon State was up by 21.
The Beavers next play Cal State Bakersfield Sunday in a matchup at legendary Gill Coliseum. The game, which starts at 2 p.m. PT, is the team's last before the holiday break. The game will air live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area and on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Todd Mansfield will call all the action.
Tickets are still available for the game against Portland State. Reserved tickets for individual women's basketball games are $10, while general admission for adults is $7 and senior/youth is $5.
Single-game and season tickets are available by visiting osubeavers.com, calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by visiting the ticket office at legendary Gill Coliseum. Also available is the Pac-10 package. The Pac-10 package includes one ticket to each of the team's nine conference games at Gill Coliseum. Reserved tickets for the Pac-10 package are $56 while general admission tickets cost $45.
Oregon State Notes: The matchup between the clubs was the sixth all-time and first since the 2000 season ... Oregon State won the first four games of the series before losing in the 2000 season ... It was the fourth game held in Irvine ... Oregon State wore its black uniforms for the game ... UC Irvine hails from the Big West Conference ... The Anteaters are the only team from the Big West Oregon State will face this season.