Women's Basketball Advance in WNIT
March 21, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. -
Senior Brittney Davis had a team-high 17 points as the Oregon State Beavers advanced to the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament with a 59-47 win over Portland State Saturday at legendary Gill Coliseum.
“First of all I would like to congratulate my team on a 20-win season, that hasn’t happened since the 1994-95 season,” OSU head coach LaVonda Wagner said. “I thought it was an excellent basketball game, both teams competed hard for 40 minutes. They (PSU) did a nice job of rebounding the basketball but we did force them into 25 turnovers. Also, we were able to get to the free throw line and were able to make our free throws and so we’re really happy about that.”
Senior guard Mercedes Fox-Griffin was one of three Beavers to score in double digits with 12 points. She led the team with five assists and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.
“I’m really happy with how we’ve been playing and how far we’ve come” Fox-Griffin said. “We went to the post-season my freshman year, but it feels really good to get our first win and continue to play.”
Davis was 6-for-17 shooting from the field before fouling out of the game with 1:25 left in the second half. She also had one of the team’s three 3-pointers and was 4-of-5 from the free throw line.
“The second half I just tried to relax and take my time on my shot,” Davis said. “I think I rushed it a lot in the first half (0-7). I was more patient in the second half and was able to get the shots that I did.”
Senior Tiffany Ducker came into the game leading the Beavers with 6.9 rebounds per game and added to that recording a game-high 11 in the game, five of which came off the offensive glass. She also added six points.
Talisa Rhea added 10 points in the game, six of which came off of two 3-pointers. She had four rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.
Clair Foucher led the Vikings (23-10) with a game high 19 points, but could find little help from her teammates. No other Viking scored in double digits while Kelsey Kahle and Kelli Valentine both had eight points. Both Foucher and Kahle fouled out in the second half.
Oregon State (20-11) now holds the record for most WNIT victories in the Pac-10 with 12.
The Beavers third round opponent will be the winner of the Nebraska at New Mexico game, which is being played Wednesday in Albuquerque. OSU will be the road team, playing at either New Mexico Friday or Nebraska Saturday.