Beavers Fall in Quarterfinals
March 13, 2009
Los Angeles - The UCLA Bruins erased a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Oregon State 62-56 in the quarterfinals of the State Farm Pac-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament at the Galen Center Friday. The victory pushed UCLA into the semifinals against No. 2 Stanford Saturday night, while Oregon State awaits a possible postseason berth after finishing with a 19-11 record.
The Beavers built the first half lead of 26-21 behind the play of senior guard Brittney Davis. Davis had 15 points at the break; she would end with a game-high 22 points, including 12 of the team's first 14 points. The lead was tempered though as OSU was in serious foul trouble already at halftime, a fact that proved to be the difference at the end.
OSU pushed the lead to nine points on two occasions in the second half, the last at 32-23 on a Mercedes Fox-Griffin layup. The Beavers still had an eight-point advantage at 36-28 at 14:02 on a Talisa Rhea layup before UCLA made a steady comeback to eventually tie the game at 41-41. The lead bounced back and forth for the next six minutes before Atonye Nyingifa put the Bruins in the lead for good at 50-49 with a jump shot.
The Beavers were severely hampered by foul problems at the end of the game as center Tiffany Ducker was disqualified and forward Kirsten Tilleman and Fox-Griffin had four fouls. Tilleman started the game, but played only 21 minutes due to fouls. UCLA used free throw opportunities to ice the game at the end.
Oregon State will now await what possible postseason opportunities present as NCAA and NIT officials will announce their fields Sunday afternoon.