It's New Mexico: Beavers Visit Lobos Friday Night In Third Round Of WNIT

March 26, 2009

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Oregon State (20-11)
New Mexico (24-10)

March 27, 2009 • 6 p.m. PT
Rio Rancho, N.M. • WNIT
Santa Ana Star Center (6,449)

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

Oregon State travels to Rio Rancho (a suburb of Albuquerque) Friday night for the third round of the WNIT. Tip time is scheduled for 6 p.m. PT (7 p.m. in New Mexico) from the Santa Ana Center.

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 ( Because of technical difficulties with BNO, links on will go straight to a free broadcast hosted by Yahoo!

Todd Mansfield will call all the action.

Last Game
Brittney Davis scored 17 points and Mercedes Fox-Griffin added 12 and five assists as the Beavers advanced to the third round of the WNIT with a 59-47 victory over Portland State last Saturday.

Davis nailed six baskets from the floor, including a three-pointer, and hit on four free throws as the Beavers went 22-of-30 from the charity stripe compared to just 7-for-12 for Portland State. Fox-Griffin was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the win.

On The Horizon
The winner of the game will go on to play the winner of Kansas and Creighton on a day to be determined. Kansas and Creighton were to square off Thursday night in Lawrence, Kansas.

Scouting New Mexico
New Mexico comes into Friday night's game with a 24-10 overall record after defeating Nebraska, 54-43 on Wednesday. The Lobos finished the 2008-09 season with a 9-7 record in Mountain West Conference play, giving them a 15-3 non-conference record.

Amy Beggin leads the team with 15.4 points per game and is followed closely by Angela Hartill at 11.9. Amanda Best is tops on the team in rebounding at 5.6 per game, with Amanda Adamson nipping at her heels with 5.3 on average. As a team, the Lobos out-score (11.6) and out-rebound (4.4) their opponents on average.

Don Flanagan is in his 14th year as New Mexico's head coach and has now guided the Lobos to 13 straight winning seasons.

New Mexico Series
Oregon State and New Mexico have played four times with the Beavers winning all four, two in Corvallis and two in Albuquerque. The Beavers last won, 77-61, in 2001.The game Friday night will be the first neutral site contest between the teams.

Last Game vs. UNM - December 2, 2001
Hollye Chapman's career-high 28 points and Leilani Estavan's career-high 22 points helped Oregon State University to a dominating 77-61 victory against University of New Mexico in women's basketball action in front of 8,533 fans at the Pit in Albuquerque.

Oregon State evens its record at 3-3 while New Mexico, who knocked off No. 8/9 Texas Tech on Friday night, falls to 5-2 on the year.

It was the Chapman and Estavan show for the Beavers in the first half, as the duo combined for 35 points to lead Oregon State into the locker room with a 42-34 advantage. Senior post Ericka Cook was the only other OSU player to score before intermission, adding seven points. The rest of the team was 0-for-11 from the field in the half, but the Beavers shot 46-percent from the floor while the Lobos shot 54-percent.

OSU maintained a 19-14 advantage on the boards with the Beavers dominating the offensive glass, 8-1.

Game 31 Recap
Senior Brittney Davis had a team-high 17 points as the Oregon State Beavers advanced to the third round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament with a 59-47 win over Portland State at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Senior guard Mercedes Fox-Griffin was one of three Beavers to score in double digits with 12 points. She led the team with five assists and was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line.

Davis was 6-for-17 shooting from the field before fouling out of the game with 1:25 left in the second half. She also had one of the team's three 3-pointers and was 4-of-5 from the free throw line.

Senior Tiffany Ducker came into the game leading the Beavers with 6.9 rebounds per game and added to that recording a game-high 11 in the game, five of which came off the offensive glass. She also added six points.

Talisa Rhea added 10 points in the game, six of which came off of two 3-pointers. She had four rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.

Oregon State is in 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 12-5 (.706) 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.

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.

Rhea All-Academic
Talisa Rhea was named to the Pac-10's All-Academic First Team on Wednesday, earning her second academic honor of the year. She was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Region Second Team earlier this year.Mercedes Fox-Griffin was named to the Pac-10's Academic Honorable Mention squad as well.

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