Women's Basketball Returns Home To Face UC Santa Barbara Saturday

Dec. 4, 2009

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Oregon State (4-1)
vs.
UC Santa Barbara (1-5)

December 5, 2009 • 7 p.m. PT
Corvallis, Ore.
Gill Coliseum (10,400)

Radio Broadcast: KTHH 990-AM, KKAD 1550-AM, osubeavers.com
Play-By-Play: Ron Callan

The Game
Oregon State returns home for the first time in three weeks when the Beavers play host to UC Santa Barbara. Saturday night’s tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT at legendary Gill Coliseum.

The meeting will be the sixth all-time between the teams. UC Santa Barbara holds a 3-2 advantage entering Saturday.

Media
The game will be carried live on the radio by tuning into KTHH 990-AM in Corvallis and KKAD 1550-AM in Portland or by visiting Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com.).

Ron Callan will call the action.

Live audio and video of the game will be available on Beaver Nation Online (osubeavers.com) via a subscription fee.

Live stats will be available on osubeavers.com. Check osubeavers.com after the game for a full recap and box score.

Last Game
Haiden Palmer scored 18 points and the Beavers defeated Northern Arizona, 62-33, to claim the NAU Thanksgiving Classic in Flagstaff last weekend.

Talisa Rhea was named MVP of the tournament and Julie Futch earned all-tournament honors.

Next Time Out
OSU will have another week off as finals loom on the Corvallis campus. The Beavers next play Dec. 12 at home vs. Weber State.

Scouting UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Barbara picked up its first win of the 2009-10 season Sunday over San Diego and followed that up with a loss at Portland State Thursday to drop to 1-5 on the year. The Gauchos opened the season on a four-game losing streak.

Mekia Valentine leads UCSB in both scoring and rebounding. She averages 17.2 points per game and eight rebounds.

Lindsay Gottlieb is in her second season as the head coach of the Gauchos and takes a 23-15 record into Saturday night’s game. Last year, she led them to a 22-10 record.

UCSB next plays Dec. 13 when hosting Cal State Bakersfield.

All-Time vs. UC Santa Barbara
Saturday’s game marks the second in as many years for the Beavers against UC Santa Barbara. The Beavers won, 70-51, in Santa Barbara last year to pull UCSB to a 3-2 series lead.

The teams are 1-1 in both Corvallis and Santa Barbara. The Gauchos pull ahead in the series because of a 78-69 neutral-site win in 1991.

Last Time vs. UCSB - Feb. 24, 2009
The Oregon State women’s basketball team concluded its regular season non-conference slate by defeating UC Santa Barbara, 70-61, at The Thunderdome.

The win gave the Beavers 10 non-conference victories in 2008-09. That is the most in a single season for Oregon State since the Beavers began competing in the Pacific-10 Conference in the 1986-87 season. Three different Beavers scored in double figures to lead the team, led by Talisa Rhea, who sank three three-pointers to finish with 23 points. Rhea sank 10 baskets from the field and had her sixth 20-point game of the season.

Brittney Davis kept her double-figures streak intact at 11 games after getting 19 points on 5-of-14 shooting. Davis hit on two three-pointers – both coming in the first half – and was good on 7-of-8 free-throw attempts.

Oregon State set a school record with fewest turnovers with four. The original record of six was set in 2006 against Oregon, and that was equaled in the seventh game of the 2008-09 season against UNLV.

Last Time Out - Nov. 28
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.

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.

Three-Game Streak
Oregon State enters Saturday’s game on a three-game win streak after defeating Houston Baptist, Belmont and

Northern Arizona. It marks the second straight year the Beavers have had at least one three-game win streak.

Last season, OSU won six consecutive in the month of December, the longest such streak under head coach LaVonda Wagner and the team’s longest since the 2000-01 season.

Speaking Of December
Saturday is OSU’s first game in the month of December and they have not lost a game in the month since Dec. 29, 2007 against Oregon. The Beavers went 6-0 in December last year, winning all six games by at least 10 points.

After Saturday
After the game Saturday, Oregon State will go to a very state of Oregon-oriented schedule. The Beavers will play three straight at legendary Gill Coliseum, and the team’s next seven games will be played in Oregon. The only road game in that slate is Dec. 29 at Portland State.

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