Women's Basketball Opens Pac-10 Play In Los Angeles
Dec. 31, 2008
Oregon State (9-1, 0-0)
UCLA (9-2, 0-0)
January 2, 2009 7 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif.
Pauley Pavilion (12,819)
Radio Broadcast: KTHH 990-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Todd Mansfield
Oregon State gets into Pacific-10 Conference play when the Beavers travel to Los Angeles to play UCLA at Pauley Pavilion. The game Friday night is slated for a 7 p.m. PT start.
The Beavers will stay in Los Angeles after the game to play at USC on Sunday.
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). Because of technical difficulties with BNO, links on osubeavers.com will go straight to a free broadcast hosted by Yahoo!
Todd Mansfield will be behind the mic doing the play-by-play.
Talisa Rhea led Oregon State with 15 points and Kirsten Tilleman pitched in with a career-best 12 points in the Beavers' 66-32 victory over Western Oregon on Sunday.
The game marked OSU's final non-conference game before Pac-10 play starts. It was, however, not the team's last non-conference tilt at OSU later plays at UC Santa Barbara.
On The Horizon
Oregon State wraps up its first weekend of Pac-10 play when the Beavers visit USC on Sunday at the Galen Center. First tip for that contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.
After the trip to LA, Oregon State returns home to face Arizona State and then Arizona in the Beavers' Pac-10 home openers. Those games are scheduled for Jan. 8 and Jan. 10, respectively.
UCLA enters the game Friday with a 9-2 overall mark and is coming off a 72-62 loss at Texas Tech on Monday. The Bruins, like the Beavers, are opening Pac-10 play on Friday.
Doreena Campbell is the only UCLA player averaging double digits in scoring, at 12.1 points per game. The Bruins, however, have seven players at seven points or better, and as a team, average 75.8 points per game, slightly ahead of Oregon State's 75.1.
Chinyere Ibekwe is the team's leading rebounder at 9.2 per game as the Bruins average 46.9 boards per game as a team.Nikki Caldwell is in her first season as the Bruins' head coach. It is her first collegiate head coaching stint.
The meeting between the teams will be the 51st all-time, with UCLA taking a 34-16 lead into Friday night's contest. The Bruins hold a 20-5 mark in games played at Pauley Pavilion.
Last Game vs. UCLA - Feb. 21, 2008
Mercedes Fox-Griffin scored 12 points along with six rebounds and four assists, but it was not enough as the Oregon State women's basketball team lost a heartbreaker in the closing seconds to the UCLA Bruins 55-52 at legendary Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State (10-17, 3-13 Pacific 10 Conference) was led by Fox-Griffin's all around effort as she recorded her 11th double digit scoring game of the season and the 24th of her career on 4 of 10 shooting from the field. She also tied a team high with four assists.
Ashley Allen also recorded 12 points for the Beavers, giving her a 20th game with double digit scoring figures. Allen tied Fox-Griffin for the team lead with four assists.
Julie Futch found ways to contribute as well, scoring eight points, collecting four rebounds and three steals.
Game 10 Recap - Dec. 28
The Oregon State women's basketball team wrapped up its early season non-conference schedule with a 66-32 victory over Western Oregon Sunday at legendary Gill Coliseum.
On Sunday, Talisa Rhea led the Beavers with 15 points and Kirsten Tilleman posted a season-best 12 to pace the Beavers to the 34-point victory. Rhea was 5-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-6 from the three-point line, while Tilleman was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.
The Beavers were dominant on the boards, leading the Wolves, 49-31. Tiffany Ducker led the club with 11, including six offensively. Oregon State finished with 23 offensive rebounds.
Another look at the numbers shows that the Beavers finished with 29 points from their bench - paced by Tilleman's 12 and another seven from Brittany Kennedy. Oregon State also had 16 second-chance points to six for Western Oregon.
Oregon State's 9-1 start to the season is the team's best since the 1995-96 season, when the Beavers went 10-1. That year also happens to be the last time OSU made the NCAA Tournament.
The Beavers are also on a six-game winning streak, which is the longest since the start of the 2000-01 year.
Oregon State is currently receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Beavers have earned 11 points, which would be 29th nationally, and are 20 points behind No. 25 New Mexico. The Beavers are looking to earn their first top 25 ranking since the final AP poll of the 1995-96 season.
Rhea Moving Up
Talisa Rhea enters Pac-10 play with 28 three-pointers on the year, which is twice as many as Brittney Davis, the next closest OSU player. Rhea now has 95 three-pointers for her career, which places her fifth in Oregon State history.
With one more three-pointer, Rhea will tie A.J. Dionne (1993-96), for fourth, and then nine behind No. 3 Leilani Estavan (2001-04) who finished her career with 105.
In Games Started This Year
After coming off the bench in the Beavers' first two games of the season, Alex Mitchell has started the last eight and really accumulated some statistics.The sophomore is averaging 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in games she has started.