Oregon Women Bury Beavers

This wasn't so much a Civil War as it was a Civil Skirmish. Though the Oregon State Beavers made noise early in the game seemingly to indicate they weren't going to go quietly into the night, in the end that is exactly what they did as the Oregon women's basketball team defeated the Beavers 64-55 Saturday night at McArthur Court in front of 5,245 fans.

Oregon improved their season record to 15-6 and 8-4 in conference play while Oregon State fell to 1-11 in the Pac-10 and 6-16 overall.

Led by senior forward Catherine Kraayeveld's 17 points and five rebounds, the Ducks trailed only once, and though the final margin indicates a closer game than the earlier match in Corvallis, in truth it was much of the same cloth. From a tie at eight, the Ducks gradually stretched the lead to 10 by the half, and broke the game open for good after the break.

Much of the credit for that half time lead goes to senior point guard Corrie Mizusawa who dealt out nine assists to five different players as the Ducks established control of the game. For the game, Mizusawa ended up with ten assists to go along with seven points.

Speaking after the game to OSN, Oregon coach Bev Smith highlighted Mizusawa's recent play saying she "has had three great games here at home and has played well defensively against some of the best guards in the league,"

The Beavers used both a trapping man-to-man and zone defense to limit the Ducks shooting percentage to 37.3% on 22-for-59 from the floor, though from behind the three-point stripe they were much more accurate, shooting 50% on 5-for-10.

Oregon State was no more accurate, 20-for-51 and 37.5% from the field and only 2-for-9 (22.2%) on their three-point attempts.

The Beavers did out rebound the Ducks, 37 to 34, but they were also guilty of 17 turnovers to only nine for Oregon.

Oregon opened the second half with a 23-6 run in the first nine minutes of play, stretching the lead to 50-33 and eventually to twenty points at 61-41 with five minutes remaining in the contest.

Wholesale substitutions allowed several of the younger Oregon players to get a taste of Civil War… er, Skirmish… basketball at Mac Court which allowed the Beavers to narrow the gap to the final margin.

Brandi Davis received her first starting assignment of the season and contributed five points while tying her career best with four steals. Andrea Bills and Gabrielle Richards shared the team lead in rebounds with six each.

As expected, Oregon State was led in scoring by Shannon Howell with 18. Forward Mandy Close paced the Beavers with seven rebounds.

After three games in the friendly McArthur Court confines, the Ducks take to the road next with a game Thursday in Pullman against the Washington State Cougars, then to Seattle to face the Washington Huskies on Saturday. Game time is 7:00 pm on Thursday with tip-off set for 1:00 pm on Saturday. Fox Sports Northwest will televise Saturday's game.

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