Oregon State Drops Tight Game to New Mexico

March 28, 2009

RIO RANCHO, N.M. - Brittney Davis scored a team-leading 19 points, but the Oregon State women's basketball team saw its season come to an end with a 61-56 loss at New Mexico Friday night.

The Beavers end their 2008-09 campaign with a 20-12 overall record, reaching the third round of the WNIT after defeating Portland State last week.

Davis scored her last collegiate three-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining to pull the Beavers to within three, 59-56. The shot, a running jumper from way beyond the three-point line, came just seconds after New Mexico nailed two free throws.

The Lobos, after an Oregon State foul, sealed the game with two free throws from Amy Beggin with five seconds left. The win pushed New Mexico to 25-10 this season and advanced the Lobos to a quarterfinal game Monday at home against Kansas.

The three-pointer was the third of the night for Davis, with each coming in the second half and each pulling the Beavers to within five of the Lobos. She hit one at 3:24 and 1:41 before the final one of her career. The game Friday night was also the final one for fellow seniors Tiffany Ducker and Mercedes Fox-Griffin.

Ducker was second on the team with 11 points while she grabbed seven rebounds for the Beavers, who finished with a 35-33 advantage on the boards. Kirsten Tilleman led Oregon State with 11 boards.

Fox-Griffin finished with eight points and four rebounds.

Oregon State shot 37.7 percent from the field and hit on three three-pointers, all coming from Davis. New Mexico posted a 40.4 percent clip.

The teams seesawed in the first half to come to a 29-29 tie at the break. Oregon State shot 42.9 percent in the first half, while New Mexico managed to shoot 41.7 from the floor. Rebounds were close, with the Beavers holding an 18-14 advantage.

Davis led the Beavers with eight points in the first half as six of the eight players to see time in the frame contributed with at least two points. For New Mexico, it was Sara Halasz who provided much of the offense, scoring 14 points on the strength of six buckets, including a three-pointer. The three-pointer was the only of the half as the Beavers went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc and the Lobos were 1-for-5.

Halasz ended up leading New Mexico with 17 points, while Angela Hartill had 15 and Beggin had 13.

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