Women's Basketball Stays Home To Host Arizona Saturday Night

Jan. 9, 2009

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Oregon State (9-4, 0-3)
Arizona (7-7, 0-3)

January 10, 2009
7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

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

The Game
Oregon State stays at legendary Gill Coliseum to host Arizona in the final of two games this weekend. The Beavers and Wildcats are both looking for their first Pacific-10 Conference victories.

The game Saturday night is slated for a 7 p.m. PT start.

The game will be carried live on KTHH 990-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
Mercedes Fox-Griffin had 10 points but the Oregon State women's basketball team lost to Arizona State, 61-36, Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Fox-Griffin was 5-for-9 from the field to pace the Beavers, who fell to 9-4 on the season.

Tiffany Ducker and Brittney Davis tied for the team lead with five rebounds apiece. Brittany Kennedy led the team with three assists.

On The Horizon
After playing Arizona Saturday night, the Beavers will have a few days off before making their only trip North next week. Oregon State visits Washington State in Pullman on Thursday. The Beavers then traverse West to Seattle to face Washington on Saturday.

Scouting Arizona
Arizona comes into Saturday night's game with a 7-7 overall record and is also looking for its first Pac-10 victory of the season after opening with losses against California, Stanford and Oregon. Most recently, on Thursday night, the Wildcats were downed by the Ducks, 68-55, in Eugene.

Ify Ibekwe is the team's overall leader in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (12.7 rpg). Reiko Thomas is closest to Ibekwe in scoring with 12.0 points per game, while Amina Njonkou has 7.2 rebounds per contest this season.

Niya Butts replaced Joan Bonvicini in the offseason and is 7-7 in her only collegiate season thus far.

Arizona Series
Arizona leads the all-time series, 27-23, with the Beavers taking a 16-7 home lead into Saturday night's game. The teams met three times last season, with the final contest being a 46-31 victory by Oregon State at the Pac-10 Tournament.

Last Game vs. UA - March 7, 2008
Tiffany Ducker posted her third double-double of the season as the Oregon State women's basketball team advanced to the second round of the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament with a 46-31 victory over Arizona Friday night at the HP Pavilion at San Jose.

Ducker got her third double-double of the season on the strength of 12 points and 12 rebounds. She was 5-for-9 from the field and 2-for-2 from the free-throw line. She posted four points and seven rebounds in the first half as the clubs tied, 14-14, entering their respective locker rooms.

Ashley Allen tied Ducker for the team lead with 12 points, connecting on four shots from the field, including one from the three-point line, and three free throws.

Talisa Rhea finished with three three-pointers - each coming in the second half - to give her 67 on the season, just two away from tying Felicia Ragland (2001-02) for the most in an Oregon State single-season.

Lastly, Mercedes Fox-Griffin led Oregon State (12-18 overall) with five assists, as she also recorded five rebounds.

Game 13 Recap - Jan. 8
Mercedes Fox-Griffin led the way for the Beavers with 10 points as the Oregon State women's basketball team fell to Arizona State, 61-36, Thursday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Fox-Griffin led the team with 10 points ,going 5-for-9 from the floor, with an assist in 33 minutes. The game marked the sixth time this season that she has scored double digits and the 31st time for her career.

Talisa Rhea added seven points in the game and was 3-for-4 from the free throw line to along with four rebounds. Brittney Davis and Tiffany Ducker both added five rebounds.

The Beavers fell behind early in the first half and despite surges throughout, never found their way back into the game.

Oregon State (9-4 overall, 0-3 Pac-10 Conference) came into the game 6-0 at home this season and for the first time this season trailed at the half at home.

Arizona State (9-6, 1-2) shot 50 percent from the field in the victory and was led by Sybil Dosty, who had a game-high 12 points.

A key to Saturday night's game may come on the boards, with both teams entering the game somewhat prolific at the practice. The Beavers are averaging 38.5 rebounds per game and are 9-0 this season when out-rebounding opponents. On the flip side, OSU is 0-4 when being out-rebounded.

Arizona, meanwhile, averages 41 rebounds per game, compared to 35.5 for its opponents.

Mercedes Fox-Griffin had 10 points Thursday night, giving her double-digits scoring for the sixth time this season. The senior leads active Oregon State players with 31 double-digit efforts in her career.

Rhea's Threes
Talisa Rhea currently sits at 97 three-pointers made for her career. She needs just three three-pointers to become the fourth OSU player with that many. She needs eight to tie Leilani Estavan for third all-time.

And Fox-Griffin's Assists
Mercedes Fox-Griffin, meanwhile, has 416 career assists and needs five to tie for eighth.

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