Women's Basketball Hosts UCLA Saturday On Senior Day
March 6, 2009
Oregon State (18-10, 8-9)
UCLA (18-10, 9-8)
March 7, 2009
12:30 p.m. PT
Gill Coliseum (10,400)
Radio Broadcast: KTHH 990-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Todd Mansfield
Oregon State finishes the 2009 season by playing host to UCLA Saturday. The game at legendary Gill Coliseum is scheduled for a special 12:30 p.m. PT start.Saturday's game is also Senior Day for the Beavers, who will honor Brittney Davis, Tiffany Ducker and Mercedes Fox-Griffin before the game.
The game will be carried live on KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area. 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.
Rhea hit 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, and the Beavers, as a team, hit on 21-of-27. USC, meanwhile. went to the free-throw line just twice, hitting on both.Mitchell scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds to help pace Oregon State. Tiffany Ducker also had 12 rebounds to pace Oregon State.
On The Horizon
The Pac-10 Tournament starts next Thursday and the Beavers are guaranteed of a first-round bye. The Beavers will be playing Saturday to determine Friday's seeding.
UCLA remained alive in the race for the fourth seed in the Pac-10 Tournament with an astonishing 40-footer with time expiring by Darxia Morris against Oregon Thursday. That sent the Bruins to a 70-69 win over the Ducks, guaranteeing UCLA at least a share of fourth in the Pac-10 when the season ends Saturday.
Overall, UCLA outscores its opponents by less than a point per game and out-reboundes teams by more than five per game. The Bruins are 18-10 this season, as is Oregon State.
Nikki Caldwell is in her first season as UCLA's head coach. It is her first collegiate head coaching job.
UCLA comes into Saturday's game with a 35-16 all-time lead in the series and is 12-5 in games played at legendary Gill Coliseum. The Bruins are riding a four-game win streak in the series.
Last Game vs. UCLA - January 2, 2009
The Oregon State women's basketball lost a tight decision to UCLA, 60-53, at Pauley Pavilion.
Alex Mitchell paced Oregon State with a career-high 24 points, surpassing her 23 points earlier this season against UNLV. Mitchell was 9-for-12 from the field and hit on six of her seven free-throw attempts.
Brittney Davis also reached double figures for the Beavers. She connected on five shots from the field, including two from beyond the three-point line.
The game marked the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams.
Oregon State shot 36.5 percent from the field, and grabbed 32 rebounds, with Tiffany Ducker leading the team with 10.
The Beavers also managed 10 steals, with Ducker and Mitchell tying for the team lead with three apiece.
Game 28 Recap - March 5
Guard Talisa Rhea poured in 18 points, including six free throws in the last 21 seconds, and center Alex Mitchell recorded her second double-double as the Oregon State women's basketball team (18-10, 8-9) edged the USC Trojans 61-58 to move into a tie for fifth-place in the Pac-10 Conference standings.
The Beavers erased a two-point halftime deficit to build a nine-point advantage at 48-39 with 8:23 remaining, but the Trojans battled back to tie the game at 50-50 with 2:57 remaining with an 11-2 run. Rhea then made the critical free throws to hold off a furious USC rally.
The Beavers appeared the have the game in hand with a five-point advantage at 57-52 after a pair of free throws at the 21 second mark. However, USC's Camille LeNoir hit a deep three-point field goal with 16 seconds to narrow the gap to 57-55 and after two more Rhea free throws Ashlay Corral hit an improbable trey to close the gap to 59-58. Rhea built the lead back to 61-58, before Le Noir's desperation half court shot sailed right of the hoop at the buzzer.
The victory was a benchmark win for the Beavers who now have posted the most victories in a single season for the program since 1996.
The game Saturday is a special 12:30 p.m. PT start due to Pac-10 scheduling. It is the only day home game for the Beavers in Pac-10 play.
So far this season, Oregon State has played in eight day games, going 6-2. The Beavers are shooting .416 from the field and .750 from the free-throw line. They are also averaging 66.0 points per game in day contests, slightly better than night games.
18 Wins Is Most Under Wagner
Oregon State won its 18th game of the season with the win over USC, giving the Beavers their most wins under head coach LaVonda Wagner. The previous best was 16 in 2005-06, her first season at OSU.
The Beavers won their first game this season when trailing at the half on Thursday.
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