Women's Basketball Hangs Tough To Defeat Cal State Bakersfield

Dec. 21, 2008

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Talisa Rhea had 23 points and the Oregon State women's basketball team withstood a strong challenge from Cal State Bakersfield to defeat the Roadrunners, 66-56, Sunday afternoon at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea was 7-for-17 from the field to lead the Beavers, who improved to 8-1 this season, tying their best start to a season since Oregon State's 1998-99 campaign.

Of Rhea's 23 points, 16 came in the second half. She knocked down two three-pointers in the win and went to the free-throw line seven times, making every attempt.

Mercedes Fox-Griffin pitched in with 17 points and a team-leading six assists in 35 minutes. Alex Mitchell also had 12 points in the win, giving her double-digit in five straight contests.

Cal State Bakersfield (7-6 overall) hung with the Beavers for most of the second half, staying within single digits for most of the half. The Beavers, who had a five-point lead at the half, were able to hold on behind Rhea's 16 second-half points. The Beavers went to the line 29 times, with 22 of those coming in the second half.

Overall, the Beavers shot 75.9 percent from the charity stripe overall, and was 19-for-24 (.792) in the second half.

Oregon State combined for eight blocks, easily a season-high, surpassing the four against Arkansas. Tiffany Ducker had four blocks, while Mitchell and Rhea had two apiece.

For the eighth time in nine games this season, the Beavers took a lead into the break, albeit a smaller one than in the previous seven instances. Oregon State led 28-23 and was led by Mitchell, who posted 10 points in the first half. She was followed closely by Rhea, who had seven points.

The Beavers shot 34.3 percent in the first half compared to 31 percent for Cal State Bakersfield. Mitchell and Ducker combined for four blocks in the first half, which tied the overall team high for a single-game this season.

Katie Williams scored 15 of the Roadrunners' 23 first-half points after shooting 6-of-7 with a three-pointer and two free throws. Williams ended the game with a team-high 32 points overall.

Oregon State now takes a short break for the holiday season and returns to play on Dec. 28 when hosting Western Oregon at legendary Gill Coliseum. The game is slated for a 4 p.m. PT start and can be heard live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area and on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).

Tickets are still available for the game. 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.

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