Women's Basketball Returns Home To Face Cal State Bakersfield

Dec. 19, 2008

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Oregon State (7-1)
Cal State Bakersfield (7-5)

December 21, 2008 • 2 p.m. PT
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio Broadcast: KLOO 1340-AM,osubeavers.com
Todd Mansfield

The Game
Oregon State caps off a busy week when the Beavers play host to Cal State Bakersfield Sunday at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tipoff is scheduled for a 2 p.m. PT start.

The game is the third in a week for OSU, which has also played UNLV and UC Irvine.

The game will be carried live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area Fans can also catch the game live on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).Todd Mansfield will be behind the mic doing the play-by-play.

Last Game
Alex Mitchell and Brittney Davis both finished with 18 points to pace the Beavers to a 71-42 victory over UC Irvine on Thursday.

Davis also led the Beavers with six assists en route to the 29-point victory. It gave the Beavers four straight wins, the team's longest streak since winning five straight in 2000-01.

For Mitchell, it was her fourth straight game tying for or leading Oregon State in scoring.

Mercedes Fox-Griffin also posted 12 points for the Beavers, who reached seven non-conference wins for the second consecutive season.

On The Horizon
Oregon State takes a week off for the holiday break before getting back into action on Dec. 28 for an in-state matchup with Western Oregon. The matchup against Western Oregon is the team's final non-conference matchup before getting into Pac-10 play Jan. 2 against UCLA and Jan. 4 against USC.

Scouting Cal State Bakersfield
Cal State Bakersfield takes a 7-5 record into Sunday's game after defeating Pepperdine, 66-51, Thursday night in Bakersfield. The win put the Roadrunners' win streak at three games, tied for their longest of the season.

In addition to Pepperdine, Bakersfield has also defeated San Jose State, Santa Clara and Cal State Northridge, among others.

Christi Kepenekian leads the team in both scoring (20.1 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). Kelley Tarver is close behind with 14.6 points per game and Morgan Saso is second in rebounding per game (5.1 rpg).

Tim La Kose is in his eighth season as the head coach at Cal State Bakersfield.

Cal State Bakersfield Series
The meeting between the teams Sunday is the first all-time.

Game Eight Recap - Dec. 18
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 pushed 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.

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.

7-1 Ties For Best Since 1998-99
Oregon State's 7-1 start to the season is the team's best since the 1998-99 campaign, a year in which the Beavers opened the season with an 8-1 mark.

Four In A Row
The Beavers take a four-game win streak into Sunday's game against Cal State Bakersfield. The four-game win streak, which has come against San Francisco, Portland State, UNLV and UC Irvine, is the team's longest since a five-game streak late in the 2000-01 season.

Receiving Votes
Oregon State broke into the polls for the first time this season Monday when the Beavers received two points in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

And The RPI
As of Friday night, Oregon State has a Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of 17 and a strength of schedule of 50.

The Beavers are the second-highest rated team in the Pac-10, trailing only Stanford, which is No. 1 in the nation. The Pac-10, meanwhile, is rated as the No. 5 conference.

Mitchell On The Leaderboards
Alex Mitchell has either tied for or led the team in scoring in the last four games. She has scored at least 16 points in each of those four games and is averaging 17.5 points.

Brittney Davis is the only other Beaver to tie Mitchell during that stretch, doing it twice. In fact, either Mitchell or Davis - or both - has led the Beavers in scoring in six of the team's eight games this season.

Talisa Rhea has accounted for the other two games, leading the Beavers in scoring the first two games of the season.

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