Women's Basketball Defeats Western Oregon At Gill

Dec. 28, 2008

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The Oregon State women's basketball team wrapped up its early season non-conference schedule with a 66-32 victory over Western Oregon Sunday at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The win puts Oregon State at 9-1 on the year, the team's best start to a season since the 1995-96 team went 10-1 to open its campaign. The win was also the Beavers' sixth in a row, the longest since the 2000-01 Oregon State team won its first six games of the season.

On Sunday, Talisa Rhea led the Beavers with 15 points and Kirsten Tilleman posted a season-best 12 to pace the Beavers to the 34-point victory. Rhea was 5-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-6 from the three-point line, while Tilleman was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line.

The Beavers were dominant on the boards, leading the Wolves, 49-31. Tiffany Ducker led the club with 11, including six offensively. Oregon State finished with 23 offensive rebounds.

Western Oregon turned the ball over 24 times, which led to 36 Oregon State points. The Beavers, on the strength of their 49 rebounds, finished with 30 points in the paint to just 16 for the Wolves (5-6 overall).

Another look at the numbers shows that the Beavers finished with 29 points from their bench - paced by Tilleman's 12 and another seven from Brittany Kennedy. Oregon State also had 16 second-chance points to six for Western Oregon.

Katie Torland, who came into the game as Western Oregon's leading scorer with an average of 17.4 points per game, scored nine to lead the Wolves. She was 3-for-9 from the floor as Western Oregon shot 28.9 percent from the field. Oregon State, meanwhile, was 34.9 percent from the floor and a shade better from beyond the arc at 35.3 percent (6-for-17).

Oregon State ran out to a 38-13 lead at the half, and was led by Rhea, who finished the first half with 13 points on the strength of three three-pointers. The Beavers forced the Wolves into 16 turnovers and took 12 foul shots as Western Oregon committed 12 personal fouls.

Based on the 16 turnovers, Oregon State made 27 points in the first half and had 14 points in the paint compared to just six for Western Oregon.

Oregon State had a 5-3 lead with almost 15 minutes remaining in the first half, then proceeded to go on a 33-10 run to end the half. The Beavers' bench played a big role in the first half, finishing with 16 points.

Oregon State opens up Pacific-10 Conference play Friday when the Beavers travel to UCLA. Game time at Pauley Pavilion is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT. The game can be heard live on KLOO 1340-AM, Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) and Yahoo! Sports. Todd Mansfield will call all the action.

Oregon State Notes: The matchup was the eighth all-time between Oregon State and Western Oregon, and the second in as many years ... The game marked the Beavers' last non-conference tilt before Pac-10 platy, but not their final of the season ... Oregon State will play at UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 24 in between games against California and Oregon ... The Beavers had now led at the half in nine of their 10 games this season and have won in each instance.

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