Women's Basketball Out-Paces Washington By 14

Feb. 12, 2009

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Brittney Davis led all Oregon State scorers with 20 points as the Beavers swept the season series over Washington with a 77-63 victory over the Huskies Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

'I felt like tonight was a huge step for us,' head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'We got in some early foul trouble at the point-guard position. Mercedes Fox-Griffin is very used to running our point and keeping us poised under pressure. We had to put her on the bench early in the first half. Brittney Davis took over the point and did a great job of keeping us poised, running our plays, getting us in the right spots, and then switching up our defenses. We were able to go into half with a 10-point lead. So I felt like that was instrumental in our success tonight.'

Davis scored 12 of her 20 points from the free-throw line going a perfect 12-for-12 from the charity stripe. She added three assists and two rebounds.

Oregon State (14-8 overall, 5-7 Pacific-10 conference) shot 78.9 percent from the line, going 30-for-38 for the game. The 30 free throws made were one short of the all-time team record of 31 set New Year's day in 1982 against Hawai'i.

The Beavers had 25 more free throw attempts than the Huskies, who were 8-for-13 from the line.

Four Beavers scored in double digits; Davis (20), Alex Mitchell (19), Talisa Rhea (18), and Mercedes Fox-Griffin had 11 second-half points.

The Beavers out-rebounded the Huskies by nine, with Kristen Tillman leading the team with a career-high 10.

Overall, the Beavers shot 41.5 percent from field, finishing with 53 shot attempts. The Huskies had 59 attempts from the field, and posted a 42.4 clip. But the Beavers' 22 more free-throw makes made the difference.

Washington (5-17, 1-11) suffered its 11th straight loss off the season and was led by Sami Whitcomb who scored a game-high 23 points.

Whitcomb was the only Husky to score in double digits and was 5-of-9 from three-point range. She added seven rebounds and four steals.

The Huskies got into foul trouble early and often racking up 30 personal fouls as a team including two technical fouls, one on forward Liz Lay and another on guard Christina Rozier.

Oregon State plays home Saturday night against Washington State in the Beavers' annual 'Pink Zone' contest to benefit the WBCA's Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The game starts at 7 p.m. PT at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Fans have an opportunity to purchase an official 'Pink Zone' t-shirt from Beaver Authentics before the game, either online or at a merchandise tent outside the front doors of Gill Coliseum Saturday night. The shirts are $15 and entitle the wearer to free admission to the game Saturday night. A portion of the proceeds from the t-shirt will go the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which was created by the WBCA and the late coach in December 2007. Yow is the former head coach at North Carolina State and is considered an innovator in the world of women's athletics and collegiate basketball. She passed away the morning of Jan. 24 after battling breast cancer.

Only fans who purchase the official shirt will receive free admission. Other pink shirts do not qualify.

For those fans who can't come to the game, it will air live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area. It can also be heard on the Internet by visiting osubeavers.com or Yahoo! Sports. Todd Mansfield will call all the action.

Support Oregon State University Athletics by making your tax deductible donation to the Beaver Athletic Student Fund. For more information follow this link or call 541-737-2370. You can make an 'everyday champion.'

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