Women's Basketball Stays In The Desert To Face Arizona State Saturday

Feb. 6, 2009

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Oregon State (13-7, 4-6)
Arizona State (16-6, 8-2)

February 7, 2009
3 p.m. PT
Tempe, Ariz.
Wells Fargo Arena (14,141)

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

The Game
Oregon State wraps up its trip to the desert  by visiting Arizona State Saturday afternoon. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. PT start (4 p.m. in Arizona) from Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. The matchup is the second between the teams this season.


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 call all the action from Wells Fargo Arena.

The game will also be televised live on FSN Arizona for fans who have access to the regional network.

Last Game
Alex Mitchell posted her first double double of the season and Brittney Davis and Talisa Rhea combined to sink eight three-pointers as the Beavers defeated Arizona, 63-55, Thursday night in Tucson.
Mitchell's double double included 15 points and 12 rebounds.

On The Horizon

Oregon State returns home next week to play host to the Washington schools. The Beavers host Washington Thursday night at 7 p.m. PT, followed by a Saturday night contest against Washington State that also starts at 7 p.m.

Saturday's game will be OSU's 'Pink Zone' game to help raise awareness for finding a cure for breast cancer.

Scouting Arizona State
Arizona State comes into Saturday's game with a 16-6 overall record and 8-2 mark in Pac-10 games. The Sun Devils are on an eight-game win streak, with each coming in conference games, after losing two straight, to Stanford and California, to open league play.

Arizona State is led offensively by Dymond Simon, who is averaging 13.6 points per game. She is joined as a team leader by Sybil Dosty, whose 7.6 rebounds per game paces the Sun Devils.

Charli Turner Thorne is in her 13th season as head coach of the Sun Devils and her 16th year overall as a collegiate head coach.

Arizona State Series
Arizona State holds a 29-19 advantage in the series, and a 16-7 record in games played in Tempe. The Sun Devils carry a 12-game win streak into Thursday's contest.

Last Game vs. ASU - January 8, 2009
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. 

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.

Game 20 Recap - Feb. 5
The Oregon State women's basketball team hit on a combined eight three-pointers, including seven in the first half, and Alex Mitchell finished with her first double-double of the season in a 63-55 victory over Arizona Thursday night at the McKale Center.

Mitchell grabbed the team's second double-double of the season, posting 15 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, just two off tying her career high of 14 achieved last season against Oregon. Of her 15 points, nine came off free throws in the second half. Overall, she was 9-for-12 from the charity stripe.

Brittney Davis paced the Beavers with five three-pointers - tying a career-high -- while Talisa Rhea connected on three of her own. For Davis, the three-pointers helped give her a team-leading 20 points, her fourth game this season having reached the 20-point plateau. The Portland native now has five straight games with double-figures in scoring.

In the process of getting her three three-pointers and 13 points overall, Rhea moved into second place in Oregon State history. She now has 116 three-pointers in less than two full seasons.

The game Saturday will be the first time the Beavers will play in front of a television audience. It does, however, start a TV stretch for the Beavers in the last part of the season. OSU is scheduled to play on FSN against California on Feb. 21 and then on FSN Northwest against Oregon on Feb. 28.

Davis, Recently
Brittney Davis has been on fire over her last five games, hitting double figures in scoring in each, most recently finishing with 20 against Arizona on Thursday night.

The senior guard is averaging 19.0 points in almost 36 minutes of action per game during that stretch. The Beavers are 3-2 in their last five games.

Bringing It All Together
Stats have been very telling for the Beavers this season. When they make more free throws than their opponent, they are 13-4. When they grab more rebounds, they are 12-1. And when their field goal percentage is better, they are 12-0.

Oregon State went into halftime with a 31-25 lead Thursday night. When the Beavers have the lead at half this season, they are 13-1. Conversely, they are 0-6 when they trail at half.

The Beavers have won three Pac-10 road games, their most since 2006-07.

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