2008-09 Women's Basketball Season In Review
April 8, 2009
Oregon State finished the 2008-09 season with a 20-12 overall record. The Beavers were 9-9 in Pacific-10 Conference games, finishing in a tie for fourth place.
Oregon State was 13-3 in home games, 6-6 in games played on the road and 1-3 in neutral site contests.
Oregon State finished the 2008-09 season with a 20-12, the team's most victories since the 1994-95 season.
In The WNIT
Oregon State made its second trip to the WNIT under head coach LaVonda Wagner and the sixth since the 2001 season. The Beavers have now appeared in some version of the WNIT eight times.
The Beavers opened the WNIT with a 59-47 victory over Portland State at legendary Gill Coliseum. Advancing to the third round, they lost to New Mexico, 61-56, in Rio Rancho.
All-time, Oregon State is 12-6 (.667) in the WNIT, winning it in 1980 and 1982. Carol Menken holds the school record for points in a WNIT game with 33 against Drake in 1980.
Prior to the Pac-10 Tournament, Brittney Davis was named to the All-Pac-10 Third Team while Talisa Rhea and Mercedes Fox-Griffin were named honorable mention.Fox-Griffin was also named to the All-Defensive Team and Davis earned All-Defensive Honorable Mention.
Talisa Rhea was named to the Pac-10's All-Academic First Team, earning her second academic honor of the year. She was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Region Second Team earlier this year.
Mercedes Fox-Griffin was named to the Pac-10's Academic Honorable Mention squad as well.
Wow, They Were Wrong
The Beavers proved the Pac-10 wrong this season. Entering the year, OSU was selected to finish eighth by both the league's coaches and media. The result? Oregon State finished in a three-way tie for fourth.
That's the highest finish for the Beavers since they went 11-7 in league play in 1995-96 and finished second only to Stanford.
Getting Some Pac-10 Wins
The Beavers went 9-9 in Pac-10 games in 2008-09, their most wins in league since the 2001-02 season.
Oregon State won 11 non-conference games, which is the most for a Beavers' team since the club joined the Pac-10 more than 20 years ago.
Getting Warm In December
Oregon State went 6-0 in the month of December, the first time the team ever accomplished that. It also marked the longest win streak for Oregon State since the 2000-01 season.
A Little Bit On Mercedes
Mercedes Fox-Griffin finished her Oregon State career with 491 assists, placing her third in school history.
Fox-Griffin became just the third player in Oregon State history to lead the team in assists in three straight seasons. In each of the last three campaigns, she totaled at least 131 assists.
A Note On BD
Brittney Davis scored in double figures in the last 17 games straight. Of the Beavers' 32 games in 2008-09, she reached at least 10 points in 24.
Talisa And The Art Of The 3
Talisa Rhea set the Pacific-10 Conference single-game record for three-pointers with 10 in the season opener against Sacramento State. She finished the game with 42 points, which is tied for fifth-most in school history.
Rhea also had 64 three-pointers in 2008-09, the third-most in a single season. After just two seasons, she has made 131 three-pointers, which is second-most by an Oregon State player.
A Few Pac-10 Honors
Both Rhea and Alex Mitchell were named Pac-10 Players of the Week this season. Davis was named All-Pac-10 Third Team and Defensive Honorable Mention. Fox-Griffin and Rhea were named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention and the former earned All-Defensive honors.
Using Home Court Advantage
Oregon State equaled the school record for most victories at home in a season with 13. The Beavers went 13-3 at home, with their only losses coming to NCAA Tournament bound teams.
The Good Old Charity Stripe
As a team, the Beavers shot .744 from the free-throw line, a school record. That surpassed the previous best, set in 2004-05, of .734.