Women's Basketball Takes Down Arizona
Jan. 10, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Talisa Rhea shot 5-of-10 from beyond the arc to lead the Beavers to their first Pacific-10 Conference win, a 68-43 victory over Arizona Saturday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.
Rhea led the Beavers with a game-high 21 points on the strength of the five three-pointers. She also had three rebounds and two assists. She shot 50 percent from the floor.
Oregon State (10-4 overall, 1-3 Pacific-10 Conference) put together a commanding win against Arizona. It shot better than 42 percent from the floor and greater than 41 percent from beyond the arc.
'I would like to do is congratulate my team and my staff on their first Pac-10 win of the season,' head coach LaVonda Wagner said after the win. 'It was a really good game. We executed, we defended, we rebounded the basketball, and we did all the things we talked about that we needed to do to be successful'
The Beavers took the lead right out of the gate and never looked back. They took a 3-0 lead on their opening possession when senior Brittney Davis drained a three-pointer. She had six points with three assists and a steal.
Tiffany Ducker added 12 points and was one rebound short of a double-double, posting nine overall. Six of her rebounds were on the offensive glass.
Alex Mitchell, meanwhile, added eight rebounds of her own.
Mercedes Fox-Griffin added 11 points to go along with six assists and four rebounds. She was 5-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Arizona (7-8, 0-4) remains winless in conference play and was led by Ify Ibekwe, who totaled 13 points on the night. She added nine rebounds and three blocks.
Amina Njonkou added nine points for the Wildcats and Beatrice Bofia blocked six shots in the losing effort.
Oregon State held its opponent to less than 50 points for the sixth time this season and outscored Arizona 29-9 in points off turnovers. It also outscored Arizona 24-16 in points in the paint.
The Beavers take the victory into a week of practices in preparation for their next road trip when they take on both Washington and Washington State.
'It's definitely a confidence builder traveling next week on the road up to the Washington schools,' Rhea said. 'It's nice to get this win at home and we're going to get back to practice Monday and get ready for the next one.'
Oregon State will now hit the road as the Beavers are scheduled to travel to the state of Washington next weekend. Oregon State opens its weekend slate Thursday night against Washington State in Pullman. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. PT start and will air live on KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. The game can also be heard on the Internet on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) and Yahoo! Sports. Todd Mansfield will call all the action.
Oregon State Notes: The announced attendance of 1,342 was the most to see an Oregon State game this season, home or road ... The previous high was 1,243 against Portland State on Dec. 7 at Gill Coliseum ... The Beavers now have a four-game home winning streak against Arizona ... The win marked the team's seventh at home this season, tying last year, which produced a 7-7 record at Gill Coliseum ... The Beavers how have a 247-139 record at home since the team's first season, 1978-79.