Beavers Play In Women's Basketball Civil War Saturday

Jan. 29, 2009

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Oregon State (11-7, 2-6)
vs.
Oregon (8-11, 4-4)

January 31, 2009
2 p.m. PT
Eugene, Ore.
McArthur Court (9,087)

Radio Broadcast: KLOO 1340-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play:
Ron Callan

The Game
Oregon State plays in the first of two games this season against Oregon in the Civil War, presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers. The game will take place Saturday afternoon at McArthur Court on the Oregon campus. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT.

Media
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!

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

Last Game
Alex Mitchell led Oregon State with 14 points and Brittney Davis posted 10 but Oregon State lost to No. 11 Stanford, 69-54, last Saturday at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The game marked the final home game in the Pac-10 first half for OSU.

On The Horizon
The second half of Pacific-10 Conference play begins Thursday when the Beavers visit Arizona. OSU and Arizona tip off in a 6 p.m. PT start. That is followed by a Saturday contest at Arizona State, which starts at 3 p.m. PT, and will air on FSN Arizona in a regional broadcast.

Scouting Oregon
Like Oregon State, Oregon has had a relatively long week of rest, although for the Ducks, it is slightly shorter after a 66-54 win over Portland at home Monday night. That snapped a two-game losing streak for the Ducks, who enter the Civil War with an 8-11 overall record and 4-4 mark in Pac-10 play.

Micaela Cocks leads the team with 14.7 points per game, while Amanda Johnson is tops in rebounding with 5.2 per contest. Despite having played in just 13 of the team's 19 contests, is second on the team with 11.2 points per game.

Oregon has played a somewhat strong schedule, competing against Georgia Tech, Baylor, Marquette and South Dakota State out of conference. The Ducks are 4-7 in non-conference games this season.

Bev Smith, an Oregon alum, is in her eighth season as the Ducks' head coach.

Oregon Series
Oregon holds a 54-19 all-time series lead and 28-4 mark in games played in Eugene. The Ducks hold a three-game win streak, with OSU's last win coming in 2007, 63-59, at McArthur Court.

Saturday's game will mark the 74th all-time meeting between the teams, easily the most against any one opponent for the Beavers.

Last Game vs. Oregon - March 1, 2008
Tiffany Ducker scored 17 points, and Alex Mitchell grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and notched her first career double-double (10 pts) but it wasn't quite enough as Oregon (13-16, 7-11) defeated Oregon State (11-18, 4-14) in a game that was closer than final score indicates, 60-49. The Ducks were led Ellie Manou's 18 points. The contest marked the end of the regular season.

The Beavers trailed by as many as eight points in the second half at 37-29 at the 10:48 mark, but Ducker scored nine consecutive points to help the Beavers stay close and when Julie Futch hit a three-pointer with 6:25 to go the margin was reduced to two at 43-41. But, shortly after Futch's hoop, Ducker picked up her fourth foul which hindered her play before eventually fouling out at the 1:20 mark when Oregon's Ellyce Ironmonger converted a three-point play that pushed the lead to six at 53-47.

Poor shooting was a big story for the Beavers at McArthur Court, making only 21 of 62 attempts for 33.9 percent, but for most of the game the percentage was under 30.

The Ducks rallied from a poor first half shooting performance to make 13 of 25 second half opportunities.

Game 18 Recap - Jan. 24
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, at legendary Gill Coliseum.

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.

In Just Two Seasons
Talisa Rhea has 111 three-pointers for her career, in less than two full seasons. Yes, that's right. She's been so prolific at three-pointers that the sophomore is third in school history in the category, and needs just two to tie Annette Mollerstrom (1992-96) for second-most in school history.

And Fox-Griffin Is Sixth
Another OSU player steadily climbing up the ranks is Mercedes Fox-Griffin, whose 439 assists is tied with Izzy Maryntschak (1988-91) for sixth in school history. Next up is fifth-place's Margo Evashevski (1990-93) who had 442.

Davis In The Last Three
Brittney Davis has reached double figures scoring in each of her last three games, and during that stretch, is averaging 19.6 points per game.

The Halves
OSU is 11-1 this season when leading at halftime, and 0-6 when trailing.

Oregon State 'Pink Zone'
Women's Basketball plays host to its 'Pink Zone' event on Feb. 14. The game is in conjunction with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and the need to bring awareness to the issue of breast cancer in the process of finding a cure. For more information, visit Oregon State's Web site, osubeavers.com.

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