Women's Basketball To Host Portland State In Second Round Of WNIT Saturday Night

March 20, 2009

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Oregon State (19-11)
Portland State (23-9)

March 21, 2009 • 7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore. • WNIT
Gill Coliseum (10,258)

Radio Broadcast:KTHH 990-AM, osubeavers.com
Todd Mansfield

The Game
Oregon State opens up play in the Women's National Invitational Tournament. The Beavers will host Portland State in the second round on Saturday night. The game is slated for a 7 p.m. PT start at legendary Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.

The game is a rematch from a Dec. 7 matchup between the teams.

The game will be carried live on KTHH 990-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 Gill Coliseum.

Last Game
Brittney Davis led Oregon State with 22 points and Talisa Rhea had 11 but the Beavers lost to UCLA in the quarterfinals of the Pac-10 Tournament, 62-56, on March 13 in Los Angeles.

Davis knocked down four three-pointers to finish in double figures for the 15th straight game. Rhea, meanwhile, posted her 20th double-figure effort of the season and tied for the team lead with three assists.

On The Horizon
The winner of Saturday night's game goes on to play the winner of Nebraska-New Mexico on a time, date and location to be announced.

Scouting Portland State
Portland State defeated Portland on Thursday night to advance to the second round of the WNIT. The Vikings take a 23-9 overall record into the game, having won nine of their last 11 games.

Kelsey Kahle leads Portland State in scoring with 16.8 points per game, while she is also tops on the team in rebounding with 6.4 per contest. As a team, the Vikings score more than five points per game more than their opponents and out-rebound by 2.3.

Sherri Murrell is in her second year at Portland State and 14th overall collegiately.

Portland State Series
Oregon State comes into Saturday night's game with a 25-6 all-time lead in the series and has won the last nine games straight. The Beavers are 15-2 in games played in Corvallis.

Last Game vs. PSU - December 7, 2008
The Oregon State women's basketball tied a school record for fewest points allowed in a game, running away from Portland State with a 58-24 victory at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The 24 points allowed by the Beavers tied the school record set in 1989 in a 63-24 win over UC-Irvine. Oregon State (5-1 overall) allowed the Vikings (5-3) to make just nine baskets from the field Sunday, to go along with four free throws. The Vikings made just two three-pointers.

Oregon State managed 36 rebounds to Portland State's 31, and forced 35 Viking turnovers. The Beavers also posted 16 steals. Portland State's leading scorer, Kelsey Kahle, scored just five points after coming into the game averaging better than 15.

Alex Mitchell led Oregon State with 13 points, and was trailed by Brittney Davis and Tiffany Ducker, who both had 10 in the win. Oregon State shot 43.8 percent from the field and posted 13 assists, led by Mercedes Fox-Griffin's four.

Oregon State came out strong in the first half and went into its locker room with a 29-6 lead. Defense played a big role for the Beavers as they held Portland State to only 14 percent from the floor in the first half. Overall, the Vikings managed to shoot just 22 percent, the lowest total for an Oregon State opponent since the Beavers held Arizona to a 27.3 percent clip in the 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Tournament.

Game 30 Recap
The UCLA Bruins erased a five-point halftime deficit to defeat Oregon State 62-56 in the quarterfinals of the State Farm Pac-10 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

The Beavers built the first half lead of 26-21 behind the play of senior guard Brittney Davis. Davis had 15 points at the break; she would end with a game-high 22 points, including 12 of the team's first 14 points. The lead was tempered though as OSU was in serious foul trouble already at halftime, a fact that proved to be the difference at the end.

OSU pushed the lead to nine points on two occasions in the second half, the last at 32-23 on a Mercedes Fox-Griffin layup. The Beavers still had an eight-point advantage at 36-28 at 14:02 on a Talisa Rhea layup before UCLA made a steady comeback to eventually tie the game at 41-41.

Oregon State will be making its second trip to the WNIT under head coach LaVonda Wagner and the sixth since the 2001 season. The Beavers will have now appeared in some version of the WNIT eight times.

In 2005-06, the last time in the tournament, the Beavers opened at home and defeated Santa Clara, 77-48. They then lost at Wyoming, 67-49.

All-time, Oregon State is 11-5 (.688) in the WNIT, winning it in 1980 and 1982. Carol Menken holds the school record for points in a WNIT game with 33 against Drake in 1980.

Going For No. 20
With a win Saturday, the Beavers will hit the 20-win plateau for the first time since the 1994-95 season. That year, the Beavers went 21-8 and appeared in the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to the Pac-10 Tournament, Brittney Davis was named to the All-Pac-10 Third Team while Talisa Rhea and Mercedes Fox-Griffin were named honorable mention.Fox-Griffin was also named to the All-Defensive Team and Davis earned All-Defensive Honorable Mention.

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