Saturday's Senior Day Highlights Pivotal Week For Oregon State Women's Basketball
March 2, 2009
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State women's basketball seniors Brittney Davis, Tiffany Ducker and Mercedes Fox-Griffin will be honored Saturday when the Beavers take on UCLA at legendary Gill Coliseum. The game is a special 12:30 p.m. PT start.
Saturday's senior day highlights a pivotal weekend for Oregon State, which at 7-9 in Pacific-10 Conference play, is looking to strengthen its position at the league's tournament, which starts in less than two weeks in Los Angeles. The Beavers are ranked sixth in the Pac-10 standings and are assured of finishing no lower than that spot in the standings. That will guarantee the Beavers a first day bye in the tournament, with their opening game coming March 13.
That opening day game could come at 11 a.m. if the Beavers are to remain as the No. 6 seed. However, games against USC on Thursday and UCLA Saturday could help vault Oregon State into either the No. 5 or No. 4 slot in the tournament. Entering the 2008-09 season, Oregon State's highest seeding at the Pac-10 Tournament came in 2002 in the league's first tournament, held in Eugene. That year, the Beavers defeated No. 4 USC before falling to top-seeded Stanford.
This year, both USC and UCLA come into this weekend's play with identical 8-8 records in the Pac-10, which ties them for fourth in the conference, with Oregon State looming just one game out. Victories against the Los Angeles schools could vault the Beavers into a higher spot in the tournament. If the Beavers are to finish in either the fourth or fifth spot, their first game of the tournament would be March 13 at 7:15 p.m. PT.
Oregon State is coming off its first season sweep of Oregon since 1992-93 after the Beavers defeated the Ducks, 70-41, on Saturday at legendary Gill Coliseum. Now, the Beavers will wrap up their regular season Thursday night against USC at 7 p.m. and Saturday against UCLA at 12:30 p.m.
Prior to the game against UCLA, the Beavers will honor their three seniors. Davis is a two-year starter for Oregon State who has played in 50 games for the Beavers. This season, she is the team's leading scorer at 14.1 points per game.
Ducker has also played a prominent role for the Beavers. This season, she is averaging 6.4 points and a team-leading 6.8 rebounds per game. She will come into the weekend having played in 118 games, 103 of which have been starts.
Fox-Griffin will leave Oregon State as one of the most decorated players in school history, earning All-Pac-10 Third Team honors last season in addition to earning an All-Defensive Team honorable mention selection. She has 476 assists for her career, which ranks third in Oregon State history.
Each of the three seniors will also be available for autographs following the Beavers' game against USC Thursday night.
Tickets are still available for both games this weekend. Reserved tickets for individual women's basketball games are $10, while general admission for adults is $7 and senior/youth is $5. To purchase tickets, visiting the ticket office at Gill Coliseum, visit osubeavers.com or call 1-800-GOBEAVS.
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