Women's Basketball Wins NAU Thanksgiving Classic Championship
Nov. 28, 2009
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Haiden Palmer scored a career-best 18 points and the Oregon State women's basketball team claimed the Northern Arizona Thanksgiving Classic Championship with a 62-33 win over the host Lumberjacks Saturday at the Rolle Activity Center.
The win put the Beavers at 2-0 over the two-day tournament, also defeating Belmont, 76-52, in the first game of the classic on Friday. With the win over Northern Arizona Saturday, the Beavers improved to 4-1 on the year while the Lumberjacks dropped to 1-6.
Palmer was 6-of-8 from the field and 1-for-1 from beyond the three-point line. She surpassed her previous season high of eight points achieved against Cal Poly in the season opener.
The Beavers shot 46.2 percent from the field in the win over NAU, and out-rebounded the Lumberjacks, 37-31. Palmer tied for the team lead in rebounds with Kate Lanz; both had six.
Oregon State forced 18 Northern Arizona turnovers, collecting six steals in the process. NAU, comparatively, had just three steals.
Amy Patton led NAU with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior Talisa Rhea was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after posting 31 points over the two games, including 25 against Belmont. Rhea had six points in the championship victory over Northern Arizona.
Julie Futch was also named to the all-tournament team after posting 19 points over the two games. She had 11 points against Belmont and eight Saturday against the Lumberjacks.
Palmer scored 12 points in the first half to lead the Beavers into the locker room. OSU held a 34-13 lead at the end of the first half, on the strength of shooting 44.4 percent from the field. Oregon State also knocked down nine free throws while Northern Arizona attempted just two, hitting neither.
Palmer was 3-for-4 from the field and knocked down the Beavers' only three-pointer of the half. The freshman was also 5-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Oregon State corralled 24 rebounds in the half, with 10 coming offensively. The Beavers turned those into 14 second-chance points. Conversely, Northern Arizona had just six offensive rebounds - and 13 overall - and did not tally one second-chance point.
The Beavers scored the first eight points of the game before NAU's Patton hit a jumper with 16:34 remaining. OSU built its lead to 26-6 before a Northern Arizona three-pointer with 3:31 left. The Beavers went on an 8-4 run to end the half.
The Beavers take the next week off before returning home to legendary Gill Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 5 against UC Santa Barbara. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.
Tickets are still available for the game. Reserved tickets for individual women's basketball games are $10, while general admission for adults is $7 and senior/youth is $5.
Single-game and season tickets are available by visiting osubeavers.com, calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS or by visiting the ticket office at Gill Coliseum.
For those who can't make it to the game, catch it live on KTHH 990-AM in the Corvallis area and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland. A full audio and video stream is also available at Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com). Ron Callan will call all the action.
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