Women's Basketball Hits The Road To Start Second Half Of Pac-10 Play

Feb. 3, 2009

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Oregon State (12-7, 3-6)
Arizona (8-12, 1-8)

February 5, 2009
6 p.m. PT
Tucson, Ariz.
McKale Center (14,545)

Radio Broadcast: KLOO 1340-AM, KKAD 1550-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Todd Mansfield

The Game
Oregon State opens up the second half of the Pacific-10 Conference slate Thursday night when the Beavers visit Arizona. The game at the McKale Center is scheduled for a 6 p.m. PT (7 p.m. in Arizona) start.

The game will be carried live on KLOO-1340 AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. 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!

Todd Mansfield returns from a brief hiatus for play-by-play duties.

Last Game
Four players scored in double figures, led by Brittney Davis' 16 points, and the Beavers defeated Oregon, 61-42, in the Civil War, presented by the Northwest Dodge Dealers, on Saturday.

Tiffany Ducker posted the Beavers' first double-double of the season, grabbing 10 boards in addition to 10 points. Mercedes Fox-Griffin had 13 points and six assists and Alex Mitchell finished with 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Oregon State never trailed in the win.

On The Horizon
Oregon State stays in Arizona to play against Arizona State Saturday in Tempe. That game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. PT start (4 p.m. in Arizona). Fans who have access to FSN Arizona will be able to catch the game live as it is being broadcast on a regional basis.

Scouting Arizona
Arizona comes into Thursday night's game with an 8-12 record and has lost eight of its last nine games, with each coming during Pac-10 play. The Wildcats are tied with Washington for ninth place in the conference.

Arizona's only win came against Washington this past weekend, defeating the Huskies, 65-51. Arizona held a late lead later on against Washington State, but lost to the Cougars, 68-58.

Ify Ibekwe leads the Wildcats in both scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (11.7 rpg). She also has 37 blocks, with the second-most on the team coming from Beatrice Bofia, who has 14.

Niya Butts is in her first season as a collegiate head coach.

Arizona Series
Arizona leads the all-time series, 27-24, with the Wildcats taking a 17-6 home lead into Thursday's game. Oregon State, however, holds a two-game win streak after defeating Arizona, 68-43, in the team's first meeting of the season.

Last Game vs. Arizona - January 10, 2009
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 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.

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.

Game 19 Recap - Jan. 31
Four players scored in double figures as the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated Oregon, 61-42, in the first Civil War game of the 2008-09 season Saturday afternoon at McArthur Court.

Brittney Davis led Oregon State with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting. She was joined by Mercedes Fox-Griffin (13 points), Alex Mitchell (12) and Tiffany Ducker (10) in double-figure scoring as the Beavers shot better than 43 percent from the field.Ducker, in fact, had Oregon State's first double-double of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with her 10 points.

Oregon, meanwhile, shot 42.9 percent but attempted nine less shots than Oregon State. OSU also connected on three more three-pointers and eight more free throws.Overall, the Beavers dominated offensively, nailing 4-of-9 three-pointers, including two by Talisa Rhea.

The Rhea Watch
That watch just moved a little higher in the Oregon State record books. Talisa Rhea sank two three-pointers against Oregon Saturday and is now tied for second-most in Oregon State history with 113. Annette Mollerstrom also had that many from 1992-96.

The only former player now in the way is Felicia Ragland, whose 178 three-pointers from 1999-2002 is the school record.

One More On Rhea
Talisa Rhea also has 46 three-pointers this season, which is the sixth-most in school history, and is thre behind the fifth-place spot (Anita Rivera had 49 in 2005-06). Rhea is already second in school history in a single-season after hitting on 67 last season.

Fox-Griffin Moving Up The Charts
Talisa Rhea is not the only player doing some damage to the record books. Mercedes Fox-Griffin now has 445 career assists, which puts her fifth in school history. She is within striking distance of No. 4 Cheryl Sturzenegger (449) and No. 3 Margy Becker (454).

First Of The Year
Tiffany Ducker's double-double Saturday marked the team's first of the season.

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