Women's Basketball Hosts California Thursday Night

Jan. 20, 2009

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Oregon State (11-5, 2-4)
California (14-2, 5-0)

January 22, 2009
7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio Broadcast: KLOO 1340-AM, KKAD 1550-AM, osubeavers.com
Todd Mansfield

The Game
Oregon State returns home to play its first of two Pacific-10 Conference games this week. The Beavers play host to California Thursday night in a game that is slated to start at 7 p.m. PT at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The game will be carried live on KLOO 1340-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
Brittney Davis posted a career-best five three-pointers en route to a season-high 25 points as the Beavers defeated Washington, 69-55, on Saturday in Seattle.

Talisa Rhea had 15 points to help pace the Beavers past the Huskies, putting Oregon State at 2-4 in Pac-10 games this season.

Davis had 13 points in the first half as the Beavers took a 23-point lead into halftime.

The win marked Oregon State's first Pac-10 road victory since the conclusion of the 2006-07 season.

On The Horizon
Oregon State stays home to play host to Stanford on Saturday night. That game is slated to start at 7 p.m. as well and will feature the Beavers' second straight top 25 opponent. The Cardinal is ranked No. 11 in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 rankings.

Scouting California
California comes into Thursday night's game with a 14-2 overall mark and 5-0 record in Pacific-10 Conference games. The Golden Bears are ranked eighth in the most recent Associated Press Top 25 poll.

Ashley Walker is the team's offensive and rebounding leader. She averages 20.6 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per contest. She is followed closely by Alexis Gray-Lawson, who is second on the team with 12.9 points per game and who is this week's Pac-10 Player of the Week.

Gray-Lawson got that honor after Cal defeated Stanford, 57-54, on Sunday. The win puts Cal on a six-game win streak and the Bears are the only team in the Pac-10 with a perfect conference record.

Joanne Boyle is in her fourth season with California and has an 82-30 record.

California Series
Oregon State and California have played a relatively balanced series to date, with the Beavers taking a 28-27 advantage into Thursday night's game. Oregon State holds a 16-9 mark in games played at legendary Gill Coliseum. The Golden Bears have a four-game win streak in the series.

Last Game vs. Cal - February 7, 2008
Alex Mitchell tied a career high with 13 points and Ashley Allen added 10 and five rebounds, but it was not enough as the Oregon State women's basketball narrowly lost a hard-fought game to No. 9 California, 56-45, at Gill Coliseum.

Mitchell was 5-for-7 from the floor and recorded two rebounds and two steals to go along with her 13 points. The 13 points equaled her career high set Jan. 19 against Washington State in a 60-35 Oregon State victory.

Allen collected five rebounds, three assists and three steals, totaling 10 points to reach double-digit scoring for the 17th time in 23 games this season.

Talisa Rhea was active, scoring seven points to go with six rebounds. Tiffany Ducker was the Beavers' (10-13 overall, 3-9 Pacific-10 Conference) leading rebounder with seven. Ducker also led Oregon State with three steals.

Game 16 Recap - Jan. 17
Brittney Davis finished with a career-best five three-pointers to total a season-best 25 points as the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated Washington, 69-55, Saturday afternoon at Bank of America Arena.

Prior to Saturday's game, Davis' career-high from beyond the three-point line came against UC Irvine earlier this season. The 25 points surpassed her previous season high of 22 points achieved twice this season, most recently against UNLV on Dec. 15.

The senior was 8-for-12 from the field, highlighted by the five three-pointers. She was also 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

Talisa Rhea also had a big game for the Beavers, totaling 15 points on the strength of three three-pointers.

Sole Possession Of Third
Talisa Rhea knocked down three three-pointers against Washington Saturday, and now has 108 for her career, which places her in sole possession of third place in the Oregon State record books.

Next up for Rhea is second place, which is currently held by Annette Mollerstrom's 113 from 1992-96.

Against Top 25
The games Thursday and Saturday night, against Cal and Stanford, respectively, will be Oregon State's second and third of the season against top 25 teams.

The Beavers' other appearance against a top 25 club this season came on Nov. 29 in Freeport, Grand Bahamas against No. 2 North Carolina. The Tar Heels narrowly came away with an 82-78 victory.

At Home
Oregon State has held a decided statistical advantage over its opponents at home this season and is 7-1 in games at Gill Coliseum.

The Beavers are shooting .412 at home compared to the opponents' .362. Oregon State has made 42 three-pointers at home compared to just 23 for its opponents. And OSU has a .755 percentage at the charity stripe compared to .625 for other teams.

Talisa Rhea has especially liked shooting at home and is averaging 19.1 points.

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