Women's Basketball Returns From Break To Face Western Oregon Sunday

Dec. 26, 2008

Oregon State (8-1)
vs.Western Oregon (5-5)

December 28, 2008 • 4 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio Broadcast: KLOO 1340-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Todd Mansfield

The Game
Oregon State returns to action after a short holiday break. The Beavers play host to Western Oregon on Sunday at legendary Gill Coliseum. The game starts at 4 p.m. PT.

The contest is the last non-conference game for OSU before opening up Pac-10 play next weekend in Los Angeles.

The game will be carried live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area Fans can also catch the game live on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Because of technical difficulties with BNO, links on osubeavers.com will go straight to a free broadcast hosted by Yahoo!
Todd Mansfield will be behind the mic doing the play-by-play.

Last Game
Talisa Rhea scored 23 points to lead the Beavers to a hard fought 66-56 victory over Cal State Bakersfield last Sunday at legendary Gill Coliseum.Mercedes Fox-Griffin finished with 17 points and six assists while Alex Mitchell finished with 12 points. She was later named the Pac-10 Player of the Week.

On The Horizon
Oregon State gets into Pac-10 play next weekend when the Beavers play at UCLA on Jan. 2 and then at USC on Jan. 4. The Friday-Sunday Pac-10 weekend is the only one of the season because of New Year's.
OSU opens up Pac-10 play at home the next weekend when Arizona and Arizona State visit legendary Gill Coliseum.

Scouting Western Oregon
Western Oregon enters Sunday's game with a 5-5 record, most recently defeating Cal State Los Angeles on Dec. 20, 76-63.
The Wolves are a Division II club based in nearby Monmouth. Western Oregon is led by Katie Torland, who is averaging 17.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game this season.The Wolves' last Division I opponent was Southern Utah on Dec. 17. They lost, 85-52.

Western Oregon Series
The teams have met seven times, most recently last season, with the Beavers holding a 5-2 series lead, including a 4-1 mark at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Last Game vs. WOU - Nov. 13, 2007
Tiffany Ducker recorded her first double-double of the year and Stacy Nichols set a career high with 12 points as the Oregon State women's basketball defeated the Western Oregon Wolves, 66-46, at legendary Gill Coliseum.
Ducker came up big in the post, scoring 19 points in addition to 10 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. Nichols, meanwhile, registered a career-high 12 points, in addition to her five rebounds and two blocks. Her previous career high was eight points.

Game Nine Recap - Dec. 21
Talisa Rhea had 23 points and the Oregon State women's basketball team withstood a strong challenge from Cal State Bakersfield to defeat the Roadrunners, 66-56, at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea was 7-for-17 from the field to lead the Beavers.

Of Rhea's 23 points, 16 came in the second half. She knocked down two three-pointers in the win and went to the free-throw line seven times, making every attempt.

Mercedes Fox-Griffin pitched in with 17 points and a team-leading six assists in 35 minutes. Alex Mitchell also had 12 points in the win, giving her double-digit in five straight contests.

Cal State Bakersfield (7-6 overall) hung with the Beavers for most of the second half, staying within single digits for most of the half. The Beavers, who had a five-point lead at the half, were able to hold on behind Rhea's 16 second-half points. The Beavers went to the line 29 times, with 22 of those coming in the second half.

Overall, the Beavers shot 75.9 percent from the charity stripe overall, and were 19-for-24 (.792) in the second half.

Mitchell, Pac-10 Player Of The Week
Alex Mitchell averaged 17.7 points per game last week, and for her efforts, was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career. She joins Talisa Rhea as Oregon State's Pac-10 honorees this season.

Mitchell had a career-high 23 points against UNLV, and entering Sunday's game, has reach double-figures in scoring in five straight games.

8-1 Start
Oregon State is 8-1 this season, which is the team's best start since 1998-99, when that Beavers' squad also went 8-1.

A win Sunday would get OSU to 9-1 and the team's best start since the 1995-96 team, which went 10-1.

Perfect December
Oregon State is looking for its sixth win in December on Sunday, and it would give the team a perfect 6-0 month. It would mark the team's first perfect December since the 1998-99 club went 5-0.

Before Pac-10
The game Sunday is Oregon State's final non-conference game prior to Pac-10 play. It is, however, not the Beavers' last as they will play UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 24.Over the past two seasons, the Beavers are 15-5 in non-conference regular-season games.

Mercedes Fox-Griffin posted 17 points in the team's victory over Cal State Bakersfield, giving her 30 double-digit scoring efforts for her career. Those 30 lead Oregon State, with Talisa Rhea next in line at 21.

Oh And There Are The Assists
Mercedes Fox-Griffin also now had 406 assists for her career, becoming just the ninth player in team history to hit the 400 plateau. She now sits in ninth, needing 15 to tie Chelle Flamoe (1986-89) for eighth.

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