Women's Basketball Downs Oregon By 19 In Civil War

Jan. 31, 2009

Box Score

EUGENE, Ore. - Four players scored in double figures as the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated Oregon, 61-42, in the first Civil War game of the 2008-09 season Saturday afternoon at McArthur Court.

Brittney Davis led Oregon State with 16 points on 5-of-10 shooting. She was joined by Mercedes Fox-Griffin (13 points), Alex Mitchell (12) and Tiffany Ducker (10) in double-figure scoring as the Beavers shot better than 43 percent from the field.

Ducker, in fact, had Oregon State's first double-double of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds to go along with her 10 points.

Oregon, meanwhile, shot 42.9 percent but attempted nine less shots than Oregon State. OSU also connected on three more three-pointers and eight more free throws.

'I feel like we played 40 good minutes against a very good basketball team,' Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'We played a good game in a good home environment.

Overall, the Beavers dominated offensively, nailing 4-of-9 three-pointers, including two by Talisa Rhea. The sophomore, who finished with eight points, now has 113 three-pointers for her career, tying her for second for most in school history with Annette Mollerstrom (1992-96).

Oregon State (12-7 overall, 3-6 Pacific-10 Conference) built much of its offense on its rebounding. The Beavers grabbed 38 boards, including 15 offensively, which led to 16 second-chance points. The Ducks, meanwhile, had just 19 rebounds, including five offensively. That gave Oregon (8-12, 4-5) only seven second-chance points.

Oregon State was extremely sharp from the free-throw line, making 13-of-15 (.867) from the stripe. Of Davis' 16 points, five came from the free-throw line. Mitchell also had four free throws in the win.

In addition to her 13 points, Fox-Griffin had six assists. Mitchell had eight rebounds in addition to her 12 points, and Rhea had six boards, including three offensively.

Oregon State led for just about every minute of the game, aside from a few ties gained by Oregon early in the first-half. The Beavers led by as much as 23 at the 5:12 mark of the second half when Ducker sank her only free throw attempts of the game.

Oregon State jumped out to a 32-18 halftime lead, thanks in large part to better than 42 percent shooting from the field and connecting on all seven of its free throws. Oregon, meanwhile, made just one of its five free-throw attempts.

Fox-Griffin led the Beavers with 11 first-half points, while Alex Mitchell had 10 to go along with four rebounds.

Ellie Manou led Oregon with 12 points.

The Oregon State win snapped Oregon's four-game win streak in the series.

The Beavers next hit the floor Thursday night in Tucson as Oregon State takes on Arizona. The game, which is scheduled for a 6 p.m. PT start, can be heard live by tuning into KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. It can also be found on the Internet at osubeavers.com and Yahoo! Sports. Todd Mansfield will call all the action.

Oregon State Notes: The game marked the final of the month of January for the Beavers, who played all nine of their Pac-10 first-half games ... Mercedes Fox-Griffin had six assists, giving her 445 for her career ... That places her sixth in school history, needing just four to tie Margo Evashevski (449) for fifth ... OSU is 12-4 when making more free throws than opponents this season ... The Beavers are also 12-1 when leading at half.

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