Women's Basketball Defeats Cougars For Weekend Sweep Of The Washington Schools

Feb. 14, 2009

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Tiffany Ducker's career-high 17 rebounds propelled the Oregon State women's basketball team to a 52-42 win over Washington State Saturday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The 17 rebounds added to a 12-point effort for Ducker, giving her the team's third double-double of the season - and her second of the year. The senior has six career double-doubles in her four years with the Beavers.

'Tonight was a game where our team really gutted it out and did what we had to do to get the win,' head coach LeVonda Wagner said. 'I felt like we had a lot of diversity during the game. That was a really tough basketball game to play; there was really no rhythm and no flow. '

'I know we wanted to close this game out and the only way to stop their transition was to get rebounds,' Ducker said. She now has five games with 10 or more rebounds this season. The 17 against Washington State surpassed her previous career-high of 16 achieved against Arizona last season.

Oregon State (15-8 overall, 6-7 Pacific-10 conference) guaranteed itself a winning regular season for the first time since the 2005-06 campaign. The Beavers have six games remaining - five in conference and a non-conference tilt at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 24.

'One of the biggest things for us is that we had a great preseason,' Wagner said. 'Things are going in a great direction. Everything is where it needs to be. We just have to continue to gut things out.'

For the second straight game, the Beavers had four players in double figures. Along with Ducker's 12 points, Brittney Davis added 12 points while Mercedes Fox-Griffin and Alex Mitchell both added 10.

Fox-Griffin added seven steals, which tied her career-high that she set two years ago against Oregon. She also was a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

For the second straight game Davis was perfect from the free-throw line, going 8-for-8. She has now posted double figures in eight straight games.

Oregon State shot 81 percent from the free throw line, going 17-for-21. The Beavers controlled the glass, grabbing 45 rebounds to the Cougars' 33. Of those 45, 17 came offensively, with Ducker grabbing seven alone.

Washington State (10-14, 3-10) struggled from the floor, shooting 14.8 percent in the first half and 30.4 percent for the game.

Jazmine Perkins led all scorers in the game with 19 points, 13 coming in the second half. She was 9-for 22 from the field and added seven rebounds.

April Cook added 12 points for the Cougars and was 2-for-4 from beyond the arc.

The win gave Oregon State a weekend sweep of the Washington schools for the second straight season. The Beavers began the weekend by defeating Washington Thursday night, 77-63.

Oregon State makes its final Pacific-10 Conference regular season road trip of the year next week. The Beavers play at Stanford Thursday night in a game that starts at 7 p.m. PT and can be heard live on KLOO 1340-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. It will also be available on the Internet at Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) and Yahoo! Sports. Todd Mansfield will call all the action.

The second game of the trip, Saturday night against California, will air live nationally on FSN. The game will start at 6 p.m. from California's Haas Pavilion.

Oregon State Notes: The game marked Oregon State's 'Pink Zone' game to help benefit the WBCA's Kay Yow Cancer Fund ... A portion of t-shirt sales will go the fund ... T-shirts were $15 and gave anyone who purchased them prior to the game free admission into Gill Coliseum ... Brittney Davis has now made her last 21 free throws in a row after going 8-for-8 against Washington State and 12-for-12 against Washington Thursday night ... Her last miss came at the 2:27 mark of the second half against Arizona State on Feb. 7 ... She then made one at that mark to set off the 21 straight.

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