Women's Basketball Falls To No. 11 Stanford
Jan. 24, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Both Brittney Davis and Alex Mitchell finished in double figures and the Oregon State women's basketball team came out strong in the first half but could not hang on against No. 11 Stanford, falling to the Cardinal, 69-54, Saturday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.
'First of all I would like to say I thought my team played really hard for 35 minutes of the game,' head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'I thought we did a great job of getting some stops and scoring against a very good basketball team. The two things we talked about before the game were that we could not turn the ball over and we needed to rebound the basketball. If you look at the stat sheet the thing that stands out to me is the number of rebounds that Stanford had.'
Mitchell led Oregon State with 14 points while Davis had 10. The Beavers took a one-point lead into halftime but early foul trouble in the second half made it difficult to stay with the Cardinal. Stanford outscored the Beavers, 42-26, in the second half to take the victory.
Mitchell had four rebounds to go along with her 14 points. She was 6-for-11 from the field.
Davis, meanwhile, hit on two three-pointers to finish with the 10 points. She also had four assists, which was second on the team only to Mercedes Fox-Griffin, who had five. Fox-Griffin totaled nine points herself and had three rebounds in 38 minutes of play.
Stanford (15-4, 6-1) turned it on in the second half, finishing with the 42 points after managing 27 in the first half. Included in those 42 points were 24 in the paint. Stanford was led by Jayne Appel who had a double-double with game highs in points and rebounds with 18 and 12, respectively.
Four other players for the Cardinal scored in double digits including Jillian Harmon and Jeanette Pohlen both with 12, Kayla Pederson with 11, and Nnemkadi Ogwumike with 10.
The Cardinal shot 61.5 percent from the field in the second half.
Oregon State will take the next week off before playing in its ninth Pacific-10 Conference game of the season. The Beavers will play Oregon in the Civil War, presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers, on Saturday in Eugene. The game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. PT start at McArthur Court. It will be available on the radio by tuning into KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area and on the Internet at osubeavers.com and Yahoo! Sports. Ron Callan will call all the action.
Oregon State Notes: The announced crowd of 1,664 was the highest this season for an Oregon State home game ... Brittney Davis reached double figures in scoring for the third straight game and 10th time this season ... Alex Mitchell posted double figures for the fourth time during the Pac-10 season ... Anita Burdick played 10 minutes in the game which is a season high ... Anita Burdick and Brittany Eskridge both saw their first action in four games.
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