Women's Basketball Defeats Portland State In Portland

Dec. 29, 2009

Box Score

PORTLAND - The Oregon State women's basketball team closed out its early non-conference schedule by defeating Portland State, 58-49, Tuesday night at the Stott Center.

Talisa Rhea led the Beavers with 19 points in the win, which saw Oregon State outscore Portland State, 20-12, over the last 5:40 to close out the victory. The game had remained close up to that point, but OSU was able to come away with the 9-point victory. Rhea was 8-for-10 from the free-throw line to pace the Beavers.

Kirsten Tilleman posted her third double-double of the season, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. She was 5-of-10 from the charity stripe and of her 11 rebounds, seven came offensively.

Oregon State finished with 47 rebounds to 36 for the Vikings. The Beavers grabbed 22 offensively. Haiden Palmer had six to back up Tilleman's team-leading 11. Palmer also finished with 12 points in the win.

The Beavers shot 51.9 percent in the second half to seal the victory. Oregon State finished the game shooting 34.4 percent to 30.8 for the Vikings. Oregon State also had 11 assists to seven for Portland State and the Beavers forced 18 PSU steals on the strength of nine steals.

Rhea had five assists and two steals to add to her team-leading 19 points. Tilleman had four steals in addition to her double double.

Claire Faucher Portland State with 22 points and five assists. She also tied Katy Wade for the team lead with five rebounds.

With the win, the Beavers closed out the early portion of their schedule with an 8-2 record. Oregon State is on a four-game winning streak and opens Pacific-10 Conference play Friday night when hosting Washington State at 7 p.m.

Portland State, meanwhile, also played its last non-conference game before the open of conference play and dropped to 6-7 on the year.

The game was originally scheduled to be the second half of a doubleheader at the Stott Center, with the Portland State men slated to play Willamette at 5 p.m. However, a winter storm that hit Portland and dumped snow on the city forced the schedule to change. The Willamette men got stuck in traffic coming from Salem, moving the women's game to the opener of the doubleheader.

Oregon State's game, which was scheduled to go at 7 p.m., or 30 minutes after the completion of the men's game, started late regardless because of snow in the downtown area. The game officially started at 8:15 p.m. after the teams were allowed 30 minutes to warm up.

Oregon State held a 22-19 lead at halftime, the eighth time in 10 games this season the Beavers have had the advantage after the first half. Tilleman led Oregon State with 10 points in the half as the sophomore shot 3-of-7 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free-throw line.

Tilleman also had six rebounds to pace the Beavers, who finished with 26 to 20 for Portland State. Thirteen of those rebounds came offensively, compared to four for the Vikings.

Oregon State opens Pacific-10 Conference play Friday night when the Beavers play host to Washington State at legendary Gill Coliseum. Tipoff 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 KLOO 1340-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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