Women's Basketball Plays As No. 5 Seed At Pac-10 Tournament Friday Night
March 11, 2009
Oregon State (19-10)
March 13, 2009
7:15 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif.
Gill Coliseum (10,258)
Radio Broadcast: KTHH 990-AM, osubeavers.comPlay-By-Play: Todd Mansfield
Oregon State heads to Los Angeles to take part in the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. The Beavers will open the tournament by playing UCLA in a game that is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. Friday night. All games are at the Galen Center, which is home to USC.
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 the Galen Center.
Additionally, a live video feed of the game will be available by visiting www.pac-10.org.
Four Beavers scored in double figures, including Brittney Davis, who had 14 points, and Oregon State defeated UCLA, 61-58, last Saturday in Corvallis.
On The Horizon
Should Oregon State win, the Beavers will play again Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. PT. That game will pit either No. 1 Stanford, No. 8 Washington State or No. 9 Arizona, depending on earlier action.
A loss would end the Beavers' trip to Los Angeles and have the team awaiting its postseason fate.
UCLA finished the regular season with an 18-11 overall record and 9-9 mark in Pac-10 play. The Bruins tied the Beavers for fourth place and earned the No. 4 seed by virtue of defeating California earlier this season. The Golden Bears finished the season with a second-place finish.
Doreena Campbell leads UCLA with 13.3 points per game. Chinyere Ibekwe leads UCLA with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Overall, UCLA outscores its opponents by 6.1 points per game and out-reboundes teams by nine per game. UCLA ended the regular season having gone 3-2 over its last five games and 2-1 in its last three.
Nikki Caldwell is in her first season as UCLA's head coach. It is her first collegiate head coaching job.
UCLA comes into Friday's game with a 35-17 all-time lead in the series. Oregon State's victory last Saturday snapped a four-game UCLA win streak. The teams have played in neutral site games three times, with UCLA posting a 2-1 record.
Last Game vs. UCLA - March 7, 2009
The Oregon State women's basketball team added to an already strong resume for postseason play with its fourth consecutive victory, a 61-58 decision over the UCLA Bruins Saturday afternoon at legendary Gill Coliseum.
The victory improved OSU to 19-10 overall, its most victories since the 2002 season, and pushed it into a three-way tie for fourth place in the conference with the Bruins (18-11) and USC at 9-9. The nine conference victories represent the most since 11 in 2002, when the team also tied for fourth.
Davis, who transferred from Minnesota following the 2006 season, scored the first 10 points for the Beavers and her layin at the 16:13 mark of the first half gave OSU a 7-6 lead, a lead it wouldn't surrender the rest of the game. She led four Beavers in double figures for scoring, finishing with a team-high 14 points - all in the opening half.
The Beavers built an 11-point lead on eight occasions, the first at 33-22 late in the first half, before they settled on a 36-27 advantage at the break.
OSU then held no less than an eight-point lead throughout nearly the entire second half, before a late UCLA rally inside the four minute mark. Neither team scored in the last 1:29 of the foul-plagued game in which there were 50 fouls leading to four disqualifications. UCLA had two chances to the tie the game in the final 29 seconds, including Rebekah Gardner's open look from the corner at the buzzer that bounced off the rim.
The Pac-10 Tournament
The Pac-10 Tournament is in its eighth year and for the first time, it will be held in Los Angeles.
For the second time, the Beavers will be the fifth seed. The first time came in 2002-03, the first year of the tournament. That year, OSU opened by defeating USC before losing to No. 1 Stanford.
Overall, the Beavers are 4-7 in the Pac-10 Tournament entering this season. Last year, Oregon State was the No. 8 seed and defeated No. 9 Arizona before losing to No. 1 Stanford.
That Seems Familiar
For the third time in head coach LaVonda Wagner's four seasons at Oregon State, the Beavers will play an opponent in consecutive games. In 2005-06 and 2006-07, the Beavers played Oregon in consecutive games.
In those games, the Beavers went 2-2. OSU won the first game both times before losing the second.
The game Friday night is the Beavers' third on a neutral court this season and the first since Nov. 29. Oregon State is 1-1 in neutral site game, averaging 73.5 points per.
Nine Wins Is Best Since 2001-02
Oregon State's nine victories in Pac-10 games this season is the most in a single season since the 2001-02 squad went 11-7. That year, the Beavers finished 17-15 overall and made the second of four straight trips to the WNIT.OSU's 19 overall wins this season is the best since 1995-96, when the Beavers went 19-9.
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