Women's Basketball Sweeps Oregon in Civil War Series
Feb. 28, 2009
Corvallis, Ore – The Oregon State women’s basketball team held Oregon to only 10 points in the second half as they completed the program first sweep of the Ducks in 16 years with a 70-41 victory in front of a season high home crowd of 3,507. The 29-point margin was the most in the modern-day history of the series that dates back to 1977.
“The first thing I would like to do is to congratulate my team, Beaver head coach LaVonda Wagner said. “I felt like this was an excellent display of team basketball tonight on both ends of the floor.”
Senior Brittany Davis led the way for OSU (17-10 overall, 7-9 Pacific-10 conference) with a game-high 21 points. She added four assists and four steals. The Portland native was 9-for-11 from the free throw line and is now 44-for-50 from the stripe in her last seven games.
The Beavers picked up their defense in the second half and limited the Ducks to 4-for-26 from the field and forced eight turnovers.
Oregon State had 36 rebounds in the game, 12 of which came off the offensive glass, leading to 21 second chance points compared to Oregon’s four. The Beavers also forced 20 turnovers in the game that directly led to 22 points.
“When someone did not make a shot, we did a great job at getting the offensive rebound,” Wagner said.
Sophomore Talisa Rhea added 18 points for the Beavers shooting 8-for-16 from the field including two three-pointers while Mercedes Fox-Griffin added 11 points and was 5-for-6 from the free throw line.
“I thought Cedes did a great job of getting us in our sets and executing them,” Wagner added. “When she was not on the floor, Davis stepped-up and did the same thing.”
Oregon State shot 51 percent from the floor which is the highest shooting percentage in a Pac-10 game this season, while Oregon (9-18, 5-11) struggled shooting 34 percent. Taylor Lilley, who was plagued by foul problems, and Amanda Johnson both had eight points to pace the Ducks.
The Ducks cut the lead to three points with 14:24 left in the second half but then went cold from the floor as the Beavers went on a 19-1 run over nearly 11 minutes to build the lead to 59-38.
“Our fans did a great job,” Wagner said. “They showed up for us tonight, this was the largest crowd we have had in here to date, and we wanted to make sure they saw a great product and a great game.”
Oregon State returns to action hosting USC this Thursday at 7 p.m, followed by a matinee game on senior day against the UCLA Bruins Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
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