Women's Basketball Hangs Tough, But Loses To No. 6 California
Jan. 22, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's basketball team fought hard throughout the game but could not pull off an upset of No. 6 California, losing 77-72 Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.
Talisa Rhea's layup with 0:36 left on the clock pulled the Beavers to within three points but they could not overcome California made it's free throw shots down the stretch to claim the victory. The Golden Bears knocked down six free throws with less than 30 seconds, while the Beavers managed two layups for four points.
'I felt tonight was a very good basketball game and entertaining to watch I'm sure,' Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'I felt like my team competed. Unfortunately we came in on the short end of the stick. They took and made big shots and they got to the free throw line. When they needed to get a rebound, they got a rebound. When they needed to get a stop, they got a stop. That's why they are ranked in the top 10 in the country. We have to play hard, and we have to play smart and together. We must be able to execute our offense under pressure.'
Oregon State (11-6 overall, 2-5 Pacific-10 Conference) was led by senior point guard Brittney Davis with 24 points on the night, six of which came off two three-pointers. She ended the night a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line and added four assists along with two steals.
Rhea added 20 points of her own and also was a perfect 3-for-3 from the line.
The Beavers shot just fewer than 44 percent from the field in the game and better than 78 percent from the line. Both teams hit 18-of-23 shots from the charity stripe.
California was successful on 7-of-13 three-pointers (53.8 percent), while the Beavers managed four in 11 attempts (36.4 percent). Davis led Oregon State with two from beyond the arc, while Rhea and Mercedes Fox-Griffin each had one apiece.
The teams tied in the rebounding category, controlling 32 apiece. Oregon State managed 15 offensively, which led to 12 second-chance points. Cal had 11 on the offensive glass for 14 second-chance points.
Ashley Walker led the way for the Golden Bears with 20 points and seven rebounds. She added three assists and three steals in the game.
Alexis Gray-Lawson added 19 points but saw little playing time towards the end of the game because of foul trouble. She ended the game with four fouls and 32 minutes played. Natasha Vital added where Gray-Lawson left off by scoring nine of her 18 points in the final four minutes of the game.
Oregon State stays home to host No. 11 Stanford on Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. PT. The game can be heard live on KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area and by visiting osubeavers.com and Yahoo! Sports. Ron Callan will call the game from legendary Gill Coliseum.
Oregon State Notes: California had a 14-11 lead at the 9:13 mark of the first half ... That surpassed the teams' combined point total in last year's game at Gill Coliseum in the first half ... In that game, the Beavers had a 13-11 lead at halftime before California eventually won, 56-45.