Women's Basketball Loses Close Contest To Washington

Jan. 3, 2010

Box Score

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Talisa Rhea scored 22 points, but the Oregon State women's basketball team lost to Washington, 69-64, Sunday night at legendary Gill Coliseum.

Rhea was a perfect 11-of-11 from the free-throw line and sank a three-pointer to pace her to 22 points, which is her fourth consecutive game in double figures, and in six of her last seven. Rhea has led or tied for the team lead in each of the Beavers' last four games.

The game was a back-and-forth battle the entire way, with neither team able to build a lead of more than eight points, and that came with 28 seconds left for the Huskies. Oregon State's last lead came by three at the 13:52 mark of the second half.

All told, the score was tied 13 times and the lead changed hands eight times.

'I thought tonight was an up and down contest, and we did not execute,' head coach LaVonda Wagner said. 'Our defense was not on point like I wanted them to.'

Oregon State shot 37.5 percent from the field and was at an 80-percent clip from the free-throw line, finishing with 20 makes on 25 attempts. Conversely, Washington was at a 49-percent mark from the field and shot 76.9 percent (20-for-26) from the free-throw line.

Oregon State led in rebounding, 38-28, marking the ninth time this season the Beavers have had more rebounds than their opponent. Of the Beavers' 38 rebounds, 21 came offensively, which led to 20 second-chance points for OSU compared to 10 for Washington.

'We got more possessions then they did, we just did not execute the way we should have,' Wagner said.

El Sara Greer had her second consecutive double-digit rebound effort, finishing with 10. Of those 10, five were offensive. She also had six points and a steal.

Haiden Palmer was close behind Rhea with 10 points to go along with four rebounds.

Rhea, who now has 930 career points in two-plus seasons at Oregon State, led the Beavers with five assists on Sunday against the Huskies. She also had one of the team's six steals. Palmer had two herself.

The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Beavers, which stands as the second-longest under Wagner's tenure. The Beavers dropped to 9-3 on the year and 1-1 in Pacific-10 Conference play. Washington, meanwhile, improved to 6-6 on the year and 1-1 in league games.

Kristi Kingma led the Huskies with 18 points, and she was followed by Sarah Morton, who had 12. Mackenzie Argens led Washington with eight rebounds.

The teams seesawed in the first half until they went into the break tied at 28. The score was tied five times in the first half and the lead changed hands twice.

Washington shot 46.2 percent from the field in the first half while Oregon State finished at a 46.2 percent clip. Palmer led the Beavers with six points, while Greer paced the team with six rebounds. OSU had a game-leading 22 rebounds in the first half while Washington posted 14.

The Beavers stay at home Saturday when Oregon State hosts Oregon in the Civil War. The game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. PT start at legendary Gill Coliseum and will be televised nationally on FSN.

'We are very excited for the opportunity to play against Oregon,' Rhea said of Saturday's matchup. 'As a team, we have details that we need and will continue to work on this week in practice to be prepared for the Civil War this Saturday.'

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. 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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