Women's Basketball Hosts USC To Begin Final Pac-10 Weekend

March 3, 2009

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Oregon State (17-10, 7-9)
vs.
USC (14-13, 8-8)

March 5, 2009
7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio Broadcast: KTHH 990-AM, KKAD 1550-AM, osubeavers.comPlay-By-Play: Todd Mansfield

The Game
Oregon State plays in its final Pacific-10 Conference regular season series when the Beavers host USC and UCLA. The Beavers host USC Thursday night. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. PT tip at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Media
The game will be carried live on KTHH 990-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 will call all the action from Gill Coliseum.

Last Game
Brittney Davis scored 21 points and the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated Oregon, 70-41, at Gill Coliseum on Saturday.

The win gave the Beavers a season sweep of the Ducks for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The point differential was the largest in the history of the series, which dates back to 1977.

On The Horizon
The Beavers host UCLA Saturday afternoon in a special 12:30 p.m. PT start at Gill Coliseum. That wraps up the Pac-10 regular season for the Beavers, who will next be seen in action March 13 at the Pac-10 Tournament.

Oregon State has already wrapped up at least the sixth seed at the tournament, which gives the Beavers a first-day bye. The first day of the tournament in Los Angeles is March 12.

Scouting USC
USC comes into the final weekend of Pacific-10 Conference play with a 14-13 overall record and 8-8 mark in the league. The Women of Troy are on a two-game losing streak and are 3-6 in their last nine games. USC most recently dropped two games to No. 4 California, 66-64, and No. 2 Stanford, 85-74, at home.Camille LeNoir leads the team in scoring with 12.7 points per game, while Nadia Parker is tops in rebounding at 5.8 per. Parker is also second on the team with 11.1 points on average.

As a team, USC scores 73.3 points per game but allows 69.1 on average.

Mark Trakh is in his fifth season as USC's head coach and his 15th overall.

USC Series
USC holds a 33-17 advantage in the all-time series and is 13-10 in games played at legendary Gill Coliseum. The teams split last season, with each club winning on its home court.

Last Game vs. USC - January 2, 2009
Talisa Rhea scored 17 points and Alex Mitchell finished with 14 but the Oregon State women's basketball team lost to USC, 78-54, at the Galen Center.

For Mitchell, it was her second straight game in double figures and ninth of the year with 10 or more points. Mitchell was 5-for-10 from the field and finished with four rebounds while making all four of her free throw attempts.

Rhea, meanwhile, hit the double-digit mark for the seventh time this season. She was also 5-for-10 from the field and knocked down two three-pointers. She also was 5-for-6 from the charity stripe.

She also had four rebounds for the Beavers.

Oregon State fell to 9-3 overall this season and 0-2 in Pacific-10 Conference play. USC, meanwhile, improved to 8-5 overall and 2-0 in league games.

Game 27 Recap - Feb. 28
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.

Senior Brittney 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.

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.

The Scenario
Oregon State is guaranteed at least the six seed in the Pac-10 Tournament. The Beavers can move into fourth or fifth place depending on how they finish this weekend. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, which would be a wash with two OSU wins this weekend.

That would move to the best record against teams above them. Because UCLA defeated California last weekend, should the Beavers tie with the Bruins, UCLA would win. But if OSU should tie with USC - and defeat UCLA - then the tiebreaking team could be Oregon, which USC plays Saturday. Of course, if USC and UCLA lose both their games this weekend, OSU clinches fourth.

To really understand the tiebreaking scenario, visit www.pac-10.org. It can be complicated.

17 Wins Is Most Under Wagner
Oregon State won its 17th game of the season with the win over Oregon, giving the Beavers their most wins under head coach LaVonda Wagner. The previous best was 16 in 2005-06, her first season at OSU.

A Few Figures
OSU is 17-1 when leading at half and 16-1 when outrebounding its opponents. The Beavers are 17-5 when sinking more free throws.

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