Rhea Scores 25, Women's Basketball Defeats Belmont

Nov. 27, 2009

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Talisa Rhea scored a season-best 25 points and the Oregon State women's basketball team opened the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic with a 76-52 win over Belmont Friday at the Rolle Activity Center.

With the win, the Beavers improved to 3-1 on the year while Belmont dropped to 3-1. Oregon State will play in the championship game of the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday at 3:35 p.m. PT. OSU will square off against the winner of Northern Arizona and Siena. Belmont plays in the consolation game that starts at 1:05 p.m. PT.

Rhea was 9-for-21 from the field, and was 6-of-9 from beyond the three-point line. The 25 points surpassed the 20 points she scored in the season opener against Cal Poly.

All told, the Beavers dominated the game offensively in both halves. Overall, OSU shot 40.3 percent from the field while Belmont was held to 30.9. Oregon State dished off 16 assists in 29 made baskets and committed just 10 turnovers while Belmont was credited with 14.

OSU also dominated on the boards, finishing with a season-high 56, with 26 coming on the offensive end. Belmont, meanwhile, managed just 31.

Julie Futch also had a big night shooting-wise, posting a season-high 11 points, and just two off her career-high of 13. Futch ended the game 5-for-11 from the floor and 1-for-3 from beyond the arc.

Kirsten Tilleman had another big night on the boards, leading the Beavers with 12. She has now tied or led the team in rebounds in each of the Beavers' four games this season, and the sophomore has 25 over her past two games, which also includes a win over Houston Baptist.

Belmont was led by Shaundra Strayhorn, who had 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting. She was the only Bruin in double figures.

Oregon State dominated the first half, taking a 41-21 lead into the locker room. The Beavers shot 40.5 percent from the field, while Belmont was held to a 27.6 clip.

OSU not only dominated the scoreboard, but the stat sheet as well, evidenced by a 30-13 advantage in rebounding, a 10-6 mark in assists and the Beavers committed just four turnovers while the Bruins were credited with seven.

Rhea was 4-for-6 from the three-point line to give her a team-leading 14 points in the first half. Futch also finished the half with nine points for the Beavers, who, after starting off 1-of-11 from the field, finished the half 14-of-26. As a team, OSU was 5-for-10 from beyond the three-point line and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.

Tilleman consisted her dominance on the boards, finishing the first half with 10, already eclipsing her average of 9.7 entering the game. The sophomore neared her second straight double-double in the first half, finishing the first frame with six points.

The Beavers and Bruins traded baskets for almost the 10 minutes of the first half, but OSU went on an 11-0 run that started at the 11-minute mark and lasted three minutes. During that stretch, Tilleman had six points, including two shots from the field, while Futch nailed two from the point and Rhea hit a three at the 9:30 mark.

Oregon State concludes play at the NAU Thanksgiving Classic Saturday in a game that is slated for a 3:35 p.m. PT start from the Rolle Activity Center. The Beavers will square off against the winner of host Northern Arizona and Siena, which started 45 minutes after the Beavers' victory over Belmont.

Catch the game live on KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area or on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan returns to call the play-by-play for the Beavers.

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