Women's Basketball Opens Season Friday Night Against Cal Poly

Nov. 12, 2009

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Oregon State (0-0)
Cal Poly (0-0)

November 13, 2009 • 7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio Broadcast: KTHH 990-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Ron Callan

Oregon State: NR/NR
Cal Poly: NR/NR

The Game
Oregon State opens its 2009-10 regular season campaign Friday night when hosting Cal Poly at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.

The game is the third meeting in the past four years between the teams. OSU won in 2007 while Cal Poly was victorious in 2006.

The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KTHH 990-AM or by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com.).

Ron Callan will call the action.

Live stats for the game will be available by visiting osubeavers.com.
A live stream and live audio of the game will be available on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) by subscription.

Season Openers
The game against Cal Poly is the Beavers' 34th all-time opener. Oregon State carries a 27-6 record in season openers into the game and is 4-0 under head coach LaVonda Wagner.

Wagner is also 4-0 in home openers while at Oregon State. The Beavers also defeated Cal Poly, 73-64, in the home opener of the 2007-08 season.

Next Time Out
Oregon State takes nearly a week off before its next game. The Beavers will play at Houston on Nov. 19, Thursday of next week. The game will take place at Hofheinz Pavilion, home of the Cougars.

Scouting Cal Poly
Cal Poly is coming off a 21-11 season and a year in which the Mustangs went 11-5 in Big West play, putting them in third in the league. The team returns three starters from a year ago, including leading scorer Kristina Santiago, who averaged 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The team did lose forward Megan Harrison to graduation; she ended her career as the second-leading scorer in team history.

Faith Mimnaugh returns for her 13th year as the head coach of the Mustangs and is in her 16th year as a head coach at the collegiate level.

The game Friday night is also the season opener for Cal Poly, which did not play an exhibition game. The Mustangs head home to host New Mexico State on Sunday.

Last Time vs. Cal Poly - Nov. 10, 2007
Ashley Allen scored a career-high 25 points and Talisa Rhea posted 18 in her first career game as the Oregon State women's basketball team opened the 2007-08 season with a 73-64 victory over Cal Poly.

Allen had a big second half after starting strong in the first. She made OSU's first five points of the game and ended the first half with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor. In the second, she continued that hot streak, scoring 14 points, including two three-pointers. The guard ended the game 9-of-20 from the floor, connecting on four three-pointers.

Rhea, meanwhile, also showed a hot hand from beyond the three-point line, going 4-for-7. She scored 10 points in the first half to pace the Beavers, then turned around with eight more in the second half. She also dished out three assists and registered three steals overall.

Exhibition Recap #2 - Nov. 8
Six different players scored in double figures as the Oregon State women's basketball team hit the 100-point plateau for the second consecutive game in a 103-25 win over Lewis & Clark.

Kate Lanz paced Oregon State with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including three from beyond the three-point line.
Lanz was joined in double figures by Kirsten Tilleman and Julie Futch, who both had 12 points, and Kassandra McCalister (11 points), Talisa Rhea (10 points) and Brittany Kennedy (10 points).

Oregon State shot 60.9 percent from the field (42-for-69) and was 6-for-14 from beyond the three-point line. The Beavers forced 38 Lewis & Clark turnovers while committing just 11. The Beavers also led in steals - 22 to 3 - and rebounding, 39-26.

Kennedy had five steals and four assists to go with her 10 points. McCalister also had four assists in the victory.
Futch led the Beavers with seven rebounds, while McCalister had six.

Exhibition Recap #1 - Nov. 2
Talisa Rhea scored 23 points and Haiden Palmer added 20 in her first collegiate game as the Oregon State women's basketball team defeated Concordia (Ore.), 113-35, in the Beavers' exhibition opener.

Rhea connected on 7-of-12 shots from the field, and was 4-for-8 from beyond the three-point line. She added four rebounds and eight assists against the Cavaliers.

Palmer, meanwhile, hit on three three-pointers to go along with three rebounds and three assists. She started the game and played in 21 minutes, going 8-for-16 overall.

Palmer tied Brittany Kennedy for the team lead with six steals; overall, OSU had 17 steals to Concordia's two.
All told, the Beavers had 10 players finish with at least one point, and seven in double figures. In addition to Palmer and Rhea, Kate Lanz had 16 points, Julie Futch finished with 14, Tayler Champion posted 12 and Kirsten Tilleman and Anita Burdick both finished with 10.

Oregon State returns two starters from last season in Talisa Rhea and Kirsten Tilleman. Overall, Oregon State has seven returners from last season, including Brittany Kennedy, who started both of the Beavers' exhibition games.

Stacey Nichols, Julie Futch and Anita Burdick comprise the Beavers' three returning seniors, while redshirt sophomore guard Kassandra McCalister is back for her third season with Oregon State.

Oregon State welcomes seven newcomers to the team this season, including five freshmen.

Guard Kate Lanz is the reigning 6A State Player of the Year and will wear No. 15 for the Beavers this season. Tayler Champion (Inglewood, Calif.), Angela Misa (Oceanside, Calif.), Haiden Palmer (Moreno Valley, Calif.) and Amaya Gastaminza (Pamplona, Spain) help comprise the list of the team's five freshmen this season.

The Beavers also have two junior college transfers in Eisha Sheppard (San Bernadino Valley College) and El Sara Greer (Kirkwood CC). Greer started both of the team's exhibition games.

Career Lists
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 131 three-pointers made despite having played just two seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 47. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.

Rhea also stands second in three-point attempts (389) and ninth in free-throw percentage (.752).

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