Women's Basketball Opens Arizona Trip With Belmont Friday
Nov. 24, 2009
Oregon State (2-1)
November 27, 2009 • 3 p.m. PT
Walkup Skydome (7,000)
Radio Broadcast: KTHH 990-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Ron Callan
Oregon State makes its second trip of the season beginning Friday when the Beavers take on Belmont in the opener of the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic.
The game is the first all-time meeting between the teams.
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 audio of the game will be available on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Live stats will be available on nauathletics.com and osubeavers.com. Check osubeavers.com after the game for a full recap and box score.
Kirsten Tilleman posted her first career double double, finishing with 26 points and 13 rebounds in the Beavers’ 70-42 victory at Houston Baptist on Sunday.
Tilleman scored 18 of her 26 points in the first half and set career-highs as well in field goals made and free throws made.
The win was OSU’s first on the road this season.
Next Time Out
Oregon State will play either Siena or Northern Arizona on Saturday at either 1 p.m. or 3:35 p.m. PT, depending on Friday’s action.
The 1 p.m. game is the consolation game and the 3:35 p.m. game is the championship.
Belmont comes into Friday’s game with a 3-0 record after most recently defeating Alabama in overtime. The Bruins have also defeated Central Arkansas and UT-Martin in getting to the 3-0 mark.
Haley Nelson leads the team in both points per game (18.0) and rebounding (16.7 rpg). All told, Belmont has three players averaging double figures in scoring, with Amber Rockwell (17.0 ppg) and Shaundra Strayhorn (10.7 ppg) joining Nelson in that category.
Belmont finished the 2008-09 season with an 18-13 record and 12-8 mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference. They are coached by Tony Cross, who is now in his 26th year with a 532-240 record.
After their visit to Flagstaff, the Bruins play at Kennesaw State in Georgia on Dec. 3.
All-Time Vs. Belmont
Oregon State and Belmont will meet for the first time on Friday.
Last Time Out - Nov. 22
Kirsten Tilleman posted her first career double-double and the Oregon State women’s basketball team concluded its two-game road trip with a 70-42 victory over Houston Baptist Sunday afternoon at Sharp Gymnasium.
Tilleman set career-highs in points and rebounds in the victory, which improved the Beavers’ record to 2-1 this season while setting Houston Baptist back to 1-3. The OSU forward scored 26 points to surpass her previous high of 19 scored in the 2009-10 season opener against Cal Poly.
Tilleman also topped her career-high in rebounds with 13 against the Huskies, her previous high being 10 achieved twice last season.
A native of Bozeman, she finished the game 9-for-11 from the field and 8-for-11 from the free-throw line. The 26 points puts her in double-figures for the third time in her two-year career.
Kate Lanz and Talisa Rhea both had eight points in the win.
Tilleman’s Quick Start, Again
Kirsten Tilleman enters Friday’s game leading the Beavers in both scoring (17.7 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg). She has grabbed at least eight rebounds in each of the team’s three games this season, and against Houston Baptist last Sunday, grabbed a career-best 13.
Tilleman has also reached double figures in scoring in two of her three games this season, posting 26 against the Huskies. That marked a career best for her.
Non-Conference Bounce Back, Pt. 2
Oregon State bounced back from a loss at Houston with a 28-point victory at Houston Baptist. That kept OSU from losing two straight in non-conference play since dropping consecutive games to San Francisco and Idaho State in 2007.
Since those games, the Beavers have gone 16-5 in non-conference games, including a 14-2 mark in non-conference games played during the regular season.
Turkey Day Break
Oregon State has played on the road over the Thanksgiving weekend the past two seasons, and the Beavers have been successful. Over the two years, OSU has gone 3-2, which includes a near upset of No. 2 North Carolina last season in the Grand Bahamas. The Beavers came within four points of defeating the Tar Heels in an 82-78 loss.
Down In The Desert
Oregon State has not seen much of the three teams at the tournament this weekend. OSU has never played Belmont or Siena and has squared off against Northern Arizona just once, in 1997, winning 66-56.
Talisa Rhea currently stands in second place in school history with 134 three-pointers made despite having played just two-plus seasons with the Beavers. She trails first-place holder Felicia Ragland (1999-02) by 44. Ragland finished with 178 over her four seasons.