Women's Basketball Visits Washington State Thursday Night

Jan. 13, 2009

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Oregon State (10-4, 1-3)
Washington State (7-7, 0-3)

January 15, 2009
7 p.m. PT
Pullman, Wash.
Beasley Coliseum (11,566)

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

The Game
Oregon State travels North for its first of two games this weekend when the Beavers visit Washington State Thursday night at Beasley Coliseum. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. PT start.

The game will be carried live on KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. 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 21 points on the strength of five three-pointers and Tiffany Ducker was one rebound away from a double-double as Oregon State defeated Arizona, 68-43, Saturday at Gill Coliseum.

Rhea was 5-for-10 from beyond the arc, while Ducker had 12 points and nine rebounds to help the Beavers pace by Arizona. Mercedes Fox-Griffin led Oregon State with six assists and the point guard had 11 points of her own.

The win was the seventh of the season at home for the Beavers.

On The Horizon
Oregon State travels West to Seattle for a 2 p.m. PT Sunday game against Washington at Bank of America Arena. The game is the final of the weekend for Oregon State, which will then return to Corvallis to prepare for California and Stanford next week.

Scouting Washington State
Washington State comes into Thursday night's game with a 7-7 overall record and 0-3 mark in Pac-10 play. The Cougars are one of two teams -- Arizona being the other -- still looking for their first league win.

Washington State is on a five-game losing streak that began Dec. 22 at Hawai'i. WSU most recently lost by 49, 102-53, to Stanford on Saturday.

Jazmine Perkins leads the team with 14.6 points per game, and is followed closely by April Cook at 13.7. Rosie Tarnowski leads WSU with 6.0 rebounds on average, followed by Heather Molzen at 5.8.

June Daugherty is in her second year with Washington State, and has also surpassed her five wins in her first season with the Cougars last season.

Washington State Series
Oregon State takes a 41-21 lead in the all-time series into Thursday night's contest. The Cougars and Beavers, however, are tied, 15-15, in games played in Pullman. The clubs tied the season series last season, with each winning at home.

Last Game vs. WSU - February 15, 2008
Ashley Allen scored 25 points and Mercedes Fox-Griffin added 10, but the Oregon State women's basketball team fell to Washington State, 56-52, in a rare Friday night game at Friel Court.

Allen was 7-for-21 from the field and 5-of-10 from beyond the three-point line. She came into the game as the Pacific-10 Conference's third-leading scorer at 16.2 points per game.

Fox-Griffin hit the 10-point plateau to go along with a team-leading six assists. The Beavers (10-15 overall, 3-11 Pac-10) finished the game with 13 assists as a team compared to Washington State's 14.

The Cougars (4-20, 1-12) were able to grab 42 rebounds to the Beavers' 28. Alex Mitchell led Oregon State with seven boards, while Ebonee Coates paced WSU with 11.

Oregon State jumped out to a 37-28 lead at the 12:29 mark of the second half, led heavily by Allen and Rhea, who combined for eight of the team's first 14 points through the first eight minutes. Washington State, however, kept close, scoring four straight points - two apiece by Jasmine Williams and Heather Molzen - to pull within five, 37-32.

Washington State took the lead for the first time in the second half at 7:52 mark when Williams connected on the second of two free throws. The game remained close throughout the rest of the contest, but Oregon State never regained the lead in the four-point loss.

Game 14 Recap - Jan. 10
Talisa Rhea shot 5-of-10 from beyond the arc to lead the Beavers to their first Pacific-10 Conference win, a 68-43 victory over Arizona Saturday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea led the Beavers with a game-high 21 points on the strength of the five three-pointers. She also had three rebounds and two assists. She shot 50 percent from the floor.

Oregon State (10-4 overall, 1-3 Pacific-10 Conference) put together a commanding win against Arizona. It shot better than 42 percent from the floor and greater than 41 percent from beyond the arc.

The Beavers took the lead right out of the gate and never looked back. They took a 3-0 lead on their opening possession when senior Brittney Davis drained a three-pointer. She had six points with three assists and a steal.

Tiffany Ducker added 12 points and was one rebound short of a double-double, posting nine overall. Six of her rebounds were on the offensive glass.

102 ... And Counting
Talisa Rhea knocked down five three-pointers against Arizona on Saturday, giving her at least three three-pointers in a game six times this season. The sophomore now has 102 three-pointers for her career, placing her in fourth in team history, just three off tying Leilani Estavan for third.

Rhea has 35 three-pointers this season, and at this pace, would finish with 75.

Double-Double Close
Tiffany Ducker nearly had Oregon State's first double-double of the season Saturday, totaling 12 points and nine rebounds. One more rebound and she would have had the Beavers' first double-double of the season.

Last year, Oregon State players finished with five double-doubles, led by Ducker's three.

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