Women's Basketball Heads South To Face UC Irvine

Dec. 16, 2008


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Oregon State (6-1)
UC Irvine (3-5)

December 18, 2008 • 7 p.m. PT
Irvine, Calif.
Bren Center (5,000)

Radio Broadcast KTHH 990-AM, KKAD 1550-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play Todd Mansfield

The Game
Oregon State plays its second game of the week when the Beavers travel South to play at UC Irvine. The game Thursday is scheduled for a 7 p.m. PT tip at the Bren Center in Irvine, Calif.

The game is the second of a three-game week for the Beavers, who return home to host Cal State Bakersfield Sunday.

The game will be carried live on KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in the Portland area. Fans can also catch the game live on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com).

Todd Mansfield will be behind the mic doing the play-by-play.

Last Game
Oregon State saw three players post double figures and another come close to a double-double in a 91-54 victory over UNLV Monday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Alex Mitchell finished with a career-best 23 points, while Brittney Davis had 22 and Talisa finished with 20. Mercedes Fox-Griffin had eight points and nine assists in the win.

On The Horizon
The Beavers have a busy week. After playing at UC Irvine, Oregon State visits hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, capping off a three-game week for the Beavers.

The game against the Roadrunners is the last before the holiday break. Oregon State will play its final non-conference game before Pac-10 play on Dec. 28 against Western Oregon at Gill.

Scouting UC Irvine
UC Irvine enters Thursday’s game with a 3-5 record and on a three-game losing streak, with losses to Arizona State, Hawai’i and most recently, Weber State. The Anteaters opened the season by defeating UTEP, San Diego and Sacramento State and by losing to New Mexico State and Cal State Bakersfield.

Oregon State and UC Irvine both play Sacramento State and Cal State Bakersfield.

Mary Has is the team’s leading scorer with 13.9 points per game, and is followed closely by Rebecca Maessen, who is at 13.1. Kim Barnes, meanwhile, leads the club with 5.5 rebounds on average.

Overall, UC Irvine is dominated both scoring-wise and on the boards, on average. The Anteaters have a minus-16.4 disadvantage in scoring and are outrebounded by 6.9 rebounds per game.

UC Irvine Series
The game Thursday marks the sixth meeting between the teams. OSU leads, 4-1.

Game Seven Recap - Dec. 15
Three players scored in double figures and Mercedes Fox-Griffin nearly had a double-double as the Oregon State women’s basketball team defeated UNLV, 91-54, Monday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Alex Mitchell led the Beavers with 23 points, while Brittney Davis scored 22 and Talisa Rhea had 20 in the victory. Fox-Griffin, meanwhile, posted eight points and nine assists.

Overall, the Beavers shot better than 47 percent from the field, compared to 43.8 percent for UNLV. Oregon State, however, limited the Lady Rebels to just 48 attempts from the field while taking 76 shots.

The Beavers (6-1 overall) matched their best start to a season since LaVonda Wagner’s first season as Oregon State’s head coach, 2005-06, by turning the ball over just six times. Fox-Griffin’s nine assists were just a portion of the team’s total: the Beavers had 28, compared to seven for UNLV (4-4).

Mitchell was 10-for-14 from the field and had seven rebounds in 27 minutes. Davis, meanwhile, was 7-for-12 with six assists and six rebounds. Rhea also had six assists and was 8-for-17 from the field. She also knocked down four three-pointers. Davis had three as well as Oregon State knocked down nine for the game.

Oregon State limited UNLV to zero second-chance points, outrebounding the Lady Rebels, 49-22, including 24-5 offensively. The Beavers had 17 second-chance points to go along with 27 off 19 UNLV turnovers.

That’s 6-1
Oregon State has tied its best start under head coach LaVonda Wagner, at 6-1. The 2005-06 club also went 6-1 to start the season. That also happened to be Wagner’s first season with the Beavers.

A win Thursday would put the Beavers at 7-1, which would match their best start to a season since the 1998-99 season, when OSU went 8-1 to open the season.

Receiving Votes
Oregon State broke into the polls for the first time this season Monday when the Beavers received two points in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

And The RPI
As of Tuesday morning, Oregon State has a Rating Percentage Index (RPI) of 14 and a strength of schedule of 31.

The Beavers are the second-highest rated team in the Pac-10, trailing only Stanford, which is No. 1 in the nation. The Pac-10, meanwhile, is rated as the No. 5 conference.

All-Time Threes
In 38 career games, Talisa Rhea has now hit 90 three-pointers. That places her into a sixth-place tie in Oregon State career history.

Mitchell’s Best
Alex Mitchell posted a career-best Monday night when the sophomore scored 23 points, surpassing her previous total of 16. Over her past three games, Mitchell has posted a total of 52 points scored, which is slightly better than 17 points per game.


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