Women's Basketball Stays Home To Host No. 11 Stanford

Jan. 23, 2009

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Oregon State (11-6, 2-5)
Stanford (14-4, 5-1)

January 24, 2009
7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio Broadcast: KTHH 990-AM, osubeavers.com
Ron Callan

The Game
Oregon State stays home for its second of two games against the Bay Area schools this week. The Beavers host 11th-ranked Stanford Saturday night at legendary Gill Colisuem. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

MediavThe game will be carried live on KTHH 990-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!

In a rare switch, Ron Callan will handle the play-by-play duties Saturday night with Todd Mansfield unavailable.

Last Game
Brittney Davis scored 20 of her 24 points in the second half, and the Oregon State women's basketball team hung tough with No. 6 California, but the Beavers lost to the Golden Bears, 77-72, on Thursday night.

Davis was 7-for-13 on the night and helped OSU keep pace with Cal in the second half. The Golden Bears had a 27-26 lead at the half and narrowly outscored the Beavers, 50-46, in the second half.

Talisa Rhea had 20 points to help pace the Beavers, who have lost two games by a combined nine points to top 25 teams this season.

On The Horizon
The Beavers have a light week next week. Oregon State visits in-state rival Oregon in the Civil War, presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers. That game, on Saturday, will take place in Eugene's McArthur Court.

Scouting Stanford
Stanford knocked down Oregon Thursday night, 85-57, to improve to 14-4 on the year and 5-1 in Pacific-10 Conference play. The Cardinal is second in the Pac-10, behind only California, which defeated Stanford, 57-54, on Sunday.Stanford has won six of its last seven games, with its only blemish being the California loss.

Jayne Appel leads Stanford both offensively and on the boards. She averages 15 points per game game and 9.5 rebounds. Overall, Stanford out-rebounds its opponents by more than 12 per game and outscores them by 22 points.

Stanford is ranked 11th in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today top 25 polls.

Tara VanDerveer is in her 23rd season at the helm of the Cardinal program.

Stanford Series
Stanford holds a 41-6 all-time lead in the series, and a 16-6 mark in games played in Corvallis. The Cardinal is on a 17-game win streak. OSU's last victory came in 2001 in an 81-65 victory at Gill Coliseum.

Last Game vs. Stanford - March 8, 2008
Brittney Davis finished with 18 points, but the Oregon State women's basketball team fell to top-seeded Stanford, 64-41, at the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament at the HP Pavilion.

The loss knocked the Beavers (12-19 overall) out of the tournament after advancing to the second round. OSU defeated ninth-seeded Arizona, 46-31, earlier to advance to the game against the Cardinal (28-3), which came in the No. 6 team in the country.Davis, in just her third game back after missing eight straight due to injury, was 6-for-10 from the field and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. She also knocked down one of the team's three-pointers.

Tiffany Ducker posted eight points and three rebounds, while Alex Mitchell paced Oregon State with five boards. Stanford out-rebounded Oregon State, 39-31, but the Beavers managed 12 offensive rebounds to the Cardinal's 15.

Ashley Allen, Oregon State's lone senior, posted five points and two rebounds in her final game.

Game 17 Recap - Jan. 22
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 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.

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.

Against Top 25
Oregon State will play its third game of the season against a top 25 opponent on Saturday. Thus far, in the previous two games, OSU has lost by a combined deficit of just nine points.

In those two games, the Beavers have shot .457 from the field, .791 from the free-throw line and have dished out an average of 16 assists.

Davis, Part Deaux
Brittney Davis has had a pair of nearly identical games in the Beavers' two most recent games. Against Washington on Jan. 17, she scored 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Against California on Thursday, she had 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting.Davis now has eight games in double figures this season and 23 in two seasons at Oregon State.

From The Stripe
The Beavers certainly take advantage of their free throw opportunities. Against Cal on Thursday, Oregon State was 18-for-23 from the line.

On the year, the Beavers rank second in the Pac-10 with a .739 percentage. Mercedes Fox-Griffin (2nd-.864), Brittney Davis (5th-.824) and Talisa Rhea (8th-.800) are all in the top 10.

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